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||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||January 6 –|
March 3, 2017
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 by NBC in April 2015, which premiered on January 6, 2017, with a two-episode debut, and concluded on March 3, 2017. On May 5, 2017, NBC canceled the series after one season.
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.
Cast and characters
- Adria Arjona as Dorothy Gale: a nurse from Lucas, Kansas who embarks on a perilous journey to 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 Ozma / Tip: a teenager 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.
- Florence Kasumba as East: the former Witch of the East and the creator of the Prison of the Abject, who keep deals with the Wizard for her own purposes and is on a fight against her sister Glinda.
- 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.
- Gina McKee as Dr. Jane Andrews: a contractor for the Royal Family of Ev who shares a mysterious connection to both Dorothy and the Wizard.
- 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.
- Suan-Li Ong as Isabel: a former member of the Wizard's High Council, being forced to leave after breaking her vow of chastity.
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, 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||US 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 practitioners. 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 (a result, it is hinted, of no longer taking the medicine Mombi said was keeping Tip alive).|
|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 promptly 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. Later, in confused response, Jack forcefully kisses Tip, who angrily pushes him away, and he falls 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 to a nearby village, but Eamonn and his soldiers are patrolling it. The girl is claimed by a suspicious-looking couple, whom Dorothy later finds turned to stone. Eamonn confronts Dorothy and recognises Lucas' sword. Dorothy shoots him and escapes with Lucas; they kiss in the woods. The 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 killing Jack, but is taken to Glinda's household. Given the choice between joining Glinda's nuns or West's courtesans, she chooses West but requests to be taught magic. Jack has been saved by a surgeon named Jane, and given a mechanical body. He is distressed by his condition, and meets the eccentric Princess Langwidere, to whom Jane has sold him as a servant.|
|5||"Everybody Lies"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Halley Gross |
Teleplay by : Naomi Hisako Iizuka
|January 27, 2017||2.79|
|Determined to exact revenge for her sister's death, West captures Dorothy and uses magic to interrogate her. Dorothy is repaid for a previous good deed. The Wizard seeks aid from the Kingdom of Ev to build a weapons arsenal to help him defeat the Beast Forever. Meanwhile, an old acquaintance may hold the key for Lucas to recover his lost memories.|
|6||"Beautiful Wickedness"||Tarsem Singh||Story by : Leah Fong |
Teleplay by : Kelly Sue DeConnick
|February 3, 2017||2.42|
|Dorothy's (Adria Arjona) confrontation with the Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) brings her closer to discovering the truth about her past. Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) goes to great lengths to recover his memory, even if it means allying with West (Ana Ularu). The Wizard enacts his plan with Langwidere (guest star Stefanie Martini) to prepare for the battle to come.|
|7||"They Came First"||Tarsem Singh||Tracy Bellomo||February 10, 2017||2.34|
|The Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) launches an assault on a village as his power is threatened and he enlists West (Ana Ularu) to help. Dorothy (Adria Arjona) and Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) fight to keep Silvie (guest star Rebeka Rea) safe as they journey north to seek Glinda's (Joely Richardson) assistance. After suffering a great loss, Langwidere (guest star Stefanie Martini) grapples with her new authority as her relationship with Jack (Gerran Howell) continues to become complicated. Mido Hamada and Jordan Loughran also stars.|
|8||"Lions in Winter"||Tarsem Singh||Shaun Cassidy||February 17, 2017||2.47|
|When Dorothy (Adria Arjona) and Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) arrive at Glinda's (Joely Richardson) castle she reclaims something for which she has been searching. The Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) heads to the Kingdom of Ev to build his weapons arsenal. Meanwhile, West (Ana Ularu) uses some dangerous magic to help Tip (Jordan Loughran) reconnect with her past. In the Kingdom of Ev, Jack (Gerran Howell) struggles to find his place in Langwidere's (guest star Stefanie Martini) life.|
|9||"The Villain That's Become"||Tarsem Singh||Tracy Bellomo||February 24, 2017||2.36|
|As the Wizard and his army arrives in the Kingdom of Ev, an intense negotiation may lead to a standoff with Langwidere. Dorothy and Lucas find themselves on opposite sides as Dorothy defeats Lucas and leaves him for dead up on a cross as she found him. Meanwhile, Jack makes a decision that might have deadly consequences he didn't suspect. Elsewhere, Tip transforms again and she and West solidify their bond as they free dozens of battle-tried witches. Dorothy uses magic to mount a battle of her own against the Wizard. A surprise is in store for all.|
|10||"No Place Like Home"||Tarsem Singh||Josh Carlebach & David Schulner||March 3, 2017||2.87|
|Ozma and West overtake the Emerald City. Ozma is crowned queen She demands that the man in the lion mask step forward. Eammon surrenders himself and states he killed Ozma's parents to please the Wizard, but couldn't kill Ozma, because she reminded him of his daughter and he submits himself to any punishment. Ozma pronounces a sentence upon him and also forces him to wander Oz in the skin of a beast. Meanwhile Jack and Jane make their way to the Wizard's camp to kill him. The Wizard states that if he is killed then Jane will never see her daughter again. Glinda and her army attack the Wizard. Dorothy and Glinda face off. Dorothy tries to reason with her, by stating she has a Stone Giant on her side. Glinda summons Silvie and Silvie uses her power to destroy the Stone Giant. The Wizard's men use guns to shoot witches, but the weapons turn out to be useless, as only a witch can kill another witch. Dorothy returns home and starts to believe that everything that happened was a dream. Then Lucas appears and tells her that she's needed back in Oz to help fight the Beast Forever, who has returned.|
A special episode, titled "Oz Reimagined: The Making of Emerald City", originally aired on December 16, 2016, and detailed the behind the scenes of the series including locations, effects, costumes and interviews.
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".
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Emerald City: Season One||10||July 25, 2017|
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