NBC has announced that they will not be moving forward with its Wizard of Oz set series Emerald City, Deadline reports.
Emerald City was set to find a 20-something Dorothy, desperate for clues about her “identity of her biological mother, breaking into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night… and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own – a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and 20-year-old Dorothy Gale becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.
The Wizard of Oz based series was a strong favorite at this year’s upfront presentation, with NBC ordering the ten episode drama straight to series.
Reports indicate that there was a strong difference in what the NBC executives and showrunner Josh Friedman envisioned for the series, which eventually led to NBC’s decision not to move forward with the series.
Universal Television, the company behind the series, is still looking to move forward with the series and is expected to shop the series around to other cable and broadcast networks.
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