Emerald City (TV series)
|Based on||Oz book series
by L. Frank Baum
|Directed by||Tarsem Singh|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||January 6, 2017– present|
Emerald City is an American fantasy television series developed for NBC by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, and based on the Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum, set in the fictional Land of Oz. Directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu and Vincent D'Onofrio, Emerald City received a 10-episode order for its first season by NBC in April 2015, which premiered on January 6, 2017 with a two-episode debut.
After being transported from Lucas, Kansas to the Land of Oz by a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale sets out to find the Wizard, unaware that she is about to fulfill a prophecy that will change everyone's lives forever.
- Adria Arjona as Dorothy Gale: a nurse from Lucas, Kansas who embarks on a perilous journey to the Emerald City in an attempt to meet the Wizard and find her way back home.
- Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Roan / Lucas: an amnesiac who accompanies Dorothy in an attempt to regain his lost memory and quickly finds himself falling in love with her.
- Ana Ularu as West: the former Witch of the West and the opium-addicted madam of a brothel who continues to use her magical abilities despite the fact that she blames magic for failing to save her fellow witches.
- Mido Hamada as Eamonn: an unquestioningly loyal member of the Wizard's Guard who is personally tasked with finding Dorothy before she reaches Emerald City and doing whatever it takes to prevent the Beast Forever's return.
- Gerran Howell as Jack: a young man who is reanimated following a horrific accident and forced into servitude only to find himself growing close to his new mistress.
- Jordan Loughran as Tip: a teenaged girl who sets out to discover her true self after being freed from a spell that has kept her in the form of a boy for most of her life.
- Joely Richardson as Glinda: the former Witch of the North who runs an orphanage for potential members of the Wizard's High Council and has held a deep-seated hatred towards the Wizard ever since he outlawed magic.
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Frank Morgan / The Wizard of Oz: an enigmatic figure who sought to reinvent himself by ruling Oz and, in doing so, created a world where magic is outlawed.
- Isabel Lucas as Anna: a member of the Wizard's High Council who quickly becomes his closest advisor after challenging his theory about the Beast Forever's return.
- Roxy Sternberg as Elizabeth: a member of the Wizard's High Council who is determined to prove herself and protect Oz from the Beast Forever.
- Stefanie Martini as Langwidere: the eccentric Princess of Ev who is determined to exact vengeance against the Wizard for leaving her mother and her people to die at the Beast Forever's hands.
- Rebeka Rea as Leith / Sylvie: a young witch with dangerous abilities whom Dorothy and Lucas first come across in the woods near Nimbo and who seems to recognize Lucas.
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Ojo: a member of the Munja'kin tribe who is determined to do whatever it takes to save his wife Nahara from the Prison of the Abject.
The series was created by Matthew Arnold who pitched an alternate telling, a dark, edgy version of The Wizard of Oz to Universal Television. Arnold wrote the pilot script, which then received a 10 episode direct-to-series order on NBC. Josh Friedman was brought on as showrunner.
The series was originally slated to air in 2015, with filming scheduled to begin in 2014. However, it was cancelled before entering production due to creative differences between Friedman and the studio.
On April 15, 2015, NBC reversed course and decided to go ahead with the series. On July 14, 2015, it was announced that Tarsem Singh would direct all ten episodes of the first season, with David Schulner as new showrunner, replacing Josh Friedman, and Shaun Cassidy coming on board as executive producer.
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"The Beast Forever"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman
Teleplay by : Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold
|January 6, 2017||4.49|
|Dorothy Gale, a 20-year old Kansas nurse, wants to renew her relationship with her biological mother Karen, who gave her up for adoption. During a storm, Dorothy goes to Karen's trailer, finding a corpse inside and her mother lying injured in a storm shelter. Dorothy is confronted by a police officer but she ducks into his squad car, the twister transporting it and a police dog to the Land of Oz, Dorothy running over the Wicked Witch of the East. Taken to a tribal village led by Ojo, Dorothy is warned the witch's death will make her a target for the Wizard and other witches like Glinda and West. Dorothy travels to the Emerald City with Toto, meeting an amnesiac, crucified man she names Lucas. The two are confronted by the resurrected East, but Dorothy fools her into shooting herself in the head using a police gun. The Wizard dispatches his soldier Eamonn to find Dorothy.|
|2||"Prison of the Abject"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman
Teleplay by : Justin Doble and David Schulner
|January 6, 2017||4.49|
|Glinda and West prepare to store East's soul and spells within their sacred temple, sealed up by the Wizard as per his ban on magic. The Wizard opens up the ceremony to the public, the ritual terrifying them and changing their once respected view on the witches. Eamonn and a band of soldiers track Dorothy, but when one of his subordinates tries to murder him so they can go home, Eamonn kills him off-screen. Lucas falls ill, Dorothy taking him to the witch Mombi for help. Mombi points out a sword Lucas carries belongs to one of the Wizard's soldiers, who persecute magic practicioners. Dorothy discovers Mombi's ward Tip is imprisoned but Mombi claims it is for his own good since he is ill. Mombi poisons Lucas, but Dorothy heals him. She frees Tip with help from his friend Jack, both boys fleeing into the night. Mombi tries to murder Dorothy, but Lucas stabs her with the sword before beating her to death, though it is implied she survived. The next day, Jack discovers Tip has transformed into a girl.|
|3||"Mistress - New - Mistress"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Justin Doble and Nichole Beattie
Teleplay by : Justin Doble and David Schulner
|January 13, 2017||3.22|
|Dorothy, Lucas, and Toto travel for the Emerald City but discover the Wizard's orders to kill Dorothy. They go to East's castle, where Dorothy hopes to use a tornado to go back home. She poses as East's successor and is asked to use her magic gloves to stop the out-of-control weather. Dorothy is sucked into the tornado, and returns with her mother Karen's clothes, realising she was in Oz. East's castle is destroyed by the tornado as the three escape. Meanwhile in Oz, three witches publicly commit suicide and the Wizard asks Anna to investigate. She realizes that he lacks magic and is prompty imprisoned. Tip and Jack travel to the Land of Ev to gain more medicine, but a chemist explains the medicine was suppressing Tip's true gender. Jack forcefully kisses Tip, and she angrily pushes him off a balcony to his death.|
|4||"Science and Magic"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Sheri Holman
Teleplay by : Shaun Cassidy
|January 20, 2017||2.83|
|Dorothy and Lucas encounter a mute girl whilst travelling through a forest. Dorothy takes her into the nearby village, but discovers Eamonn and his soldiers patrolling it. The girl is taken away but Dorothy finds her captors have been turned to stone. Eamonn confronts Dorothy, recognising Lucas' sword, knowing his identity. Dorothy and Lucas escape, kissing in the woods, but next day, Lucas is found by Eamonn and Dorothy is knocked out by Ojo. The Wizard and Anna find a magic portal in the village of Nimbo, but it disappears. The Wizard blackmails the village elder into embracing the way of science. Tip contemplates suicide after apparently murdering Jack, but is taken to Glinda's household, given the choice to join Glinda's nuns or West's prostitutes; Tip chooses West after she promises to teach Tip how to use magic. Jack is saved by a surgeon named Jane, and given a new mechanical body. He has trouble adjusting to his new condition, and meets the eccentric Princess Langwidere, to whom Jane has already sold him as a servant.|
|5||"Everybody Lies"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Halley Gross
Teleplay by : Naomi Hisako Iizuka
|January 27, 2017||2.79|
|Desperately seeking revenge for the death of her sister, West tracks down Dorothy and uses enchanted interrogation techniques to get the information she needs. The Wizard seeks the aid of the Kingdom of Ev to build a weapons arsenal to help him defeat the Beast Forever. Meanwhile, an old acquaintance may hold the key to Lucas recovering his lost memories|
|6||"Beautiful Wickedness"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Leah Fong
Teleplay by : Kelly Sue DeConnick
|February 3, 2017||2.42|
|Dorothy's confrontation with the wizard brings her closer to discovering the truth about her past; Lucas' attempt to recover his memory may lead to him allying with West; the wizard enacts a plan with Langwidere.|
|7||"They Came First"||Tarsem Singh||Tracy Bellomo||February 10, 2017||2.34|
|When the wizard's power is threatened, he launches an attack on a village and enlists West to help; Dorothy and Lucas try to keep Silvie safe as the head to get Glinda's help; Langwidere grapples with her new authority.|
|8||"Lions in Winter"||Tarsem Singh||Shaun Cassidy||February 17, 2017||2.47|
|Dorothy and Lucas arrive at Glinda's castle; the wizard heads to the Kingdom of Ev to build his arsenal of weapons; West uses dangerous magic to hep Tip reconnect with her past; Jack tries to find his place in Langwidere's life.|
|9||"The Villain That's Become"||Tarsem Singh||Tracy Bellomo||February 24, 2017||TBD|
|10||"No Place Like Home"||Tarsem Singh||TBA||March 3, 2017||TBD|
The series premiered on January 6, 2017 in the U.S. on NBC. Emerald City also premiered in the same day in Brazil on Fox Action, and continues to be displayed simultaneously with the American view.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 38% approval rating based on 39 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Dark and brooding, but also confusing and contrived, Emerald City is the Game of Thrones/Wizard of Oz mashup nobody asked for." Metacritic reported a score of 47 out of 100 based on 31 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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