NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, a show set within the world of L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The project initially moved forward as a pilot last season, from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, although the network didn't pick up the series. The project was reworked by Do No Harm series creator David Schulner, resulting in the dramatic reversal of a straight-to-series order.
Emerald City follows the exploits of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are swept up by a tornado and taken to a mystical land far away, full of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The show is said to put a much darker spin on the original Wizard of Oz tale, showcasing the transformation of a young girl into a "headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands," according to Variety. It isn't known if NBC is looking to air the show this fall, or save it for a midseason entry.
NBC is also developing another program based on The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, which will be the network's annual live musical event airing at the end of this year. The magical land of Oz has been explored on the small screen in the past, most recently with the Syfy miniseries Tin Man, which starred Zooey Deschanel as Dorothy. There was also an animated series entitled The Wizard of Oz which ran for just 13 episodes in 1990.