Dorothy and the Tin Man are closer to finding a home on NBC. The network has ordered Emerald City, a show based on The Wizard of Oz, and fans will get at least one full serving of life in Oz.
The series is based on Frank L. Baum's classic books with a dramatic, modern bend. A 20-year-old Dorothy finds herself in Oz at the center of a messy battle for control over the city. Josh Friedman (Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles) and writer Matt Arnold are executive producers.
At a Television Critics Association meeting, NBC exec Bob Greenblatt said he believes the show will initially have about 10 episodes and that it could launch mid-season. But he also held out the possibility that it could turn into a miniseries and not return for a second season.
"Who knows? Emerald City could be over after 10 episodes if we feel we've plumbed the depths of what we want to do with that show. Or given that there are a number of books to draw from, we could have Emerald City on the air for five years," he said.
As the novel series approaches its 75th anniversary, a number of networks are attempting to launch Dorothy-centered projects. As of late last year, Elementary executive producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman were working on Dorothy, a medical drama based in New York City with characters and themes inspired by the Wizard of Oz; Syfy is working on a miniseries titled Warriors of Oz; and over at CW, Tim Kring (Heroes) is bringing Dorothy Must Die to life. Picking up after Dorothy supposedly returned home, the movie shows her ruling over Oz as a merciless fascist.
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