NBC places series order for Emerald City, a “dark reiminaging” of The Wizard of Oz

With the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, NBC is looking to get into the fantasy game, with the network placing a 10-episode order for Emerald City, an update of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold.

According to Deadline, the series is described as “a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.”

As well as Emerald City, NBC has also ordered an 8-episode miniseries The Slap, which is based upon an Australian series of the same name and is described as a “a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.”

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