After ordering ten-episodes of a modern take on The Wizard of Oz, then canceling the show, NBC has re-ordered and un-canceled Emerald City. Dorothy got home easier than this show got on the air.
The show stalled when executive producer and writer Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) left due to the usual creative differences. Now, NBC has revived the show and given showrunning duties to David Schulner (The Event). Emerald City is another one of those "event series" — which is like a miniseries but with the potential to have several seasons.
The ten-episodes will follow an adult, policewoman Dorothy Gale and her police dog Toto as they end up in a "Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.”
Here are the character descriptions from last June:
DOROTHY GALE | A natural, and not waify, beauty scarred by past experiences, Dorothy has patched a life together for herself despite the fact that she sells herself short. Outward insecurity and lack of self-awareness hide the savior survivor that she will discover she truly is.
WEST | This 30something femme is a corruptive — and fearsome — force of nature, a drugged-out virtuoso filled with self-loathing. She's equal parts compelling and unsettling.
NORTH | In her 30s or 40s, this Type-A manipulative perfectionist has a bit of a "big sister" relationship to West.
HENRY | The series' male romantic lead, this handsome and well-built gent presents a seemingly open nature that belies a bit of a past. #Denry
THE WIZARD | On the exterior, this 40something male is a charismatic and politically astute leader, earnest in his beliefs and intentions but also an "ends justify the means" sort. His showmanship however conceals a dangerous, and perhaps deadly, seriousness.
EAMONN | The Wizard's righthand man is unquestioningly loyal. A strong, silent type.
TIP | All of 15 and harboring a secret past, this lass is undergoing the discomfort of discovering her sexuality.
JACK | Tip's neighbor and closest friend, an adventurous and energetic teen.
OJO | A member of the Munja'kin, a primitive and isolated cross-pollinated culture, this stoic and fearsome man (mid-30s to early 40s) is rather unsympathetic to Dorothy's plight.
SYLVIA | A "good mimic" is sought to play this odd, feral and haunted 10-year-old.
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