Emerald City (TV series)

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Emerald City
Emerald City NBC TV series.png
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
Based on Oz book series 
by L. Frank Baum
Developed by Matthew Arnold
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s) Shaun Cassidy Productions
Mount Moriah
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
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Emerald City is an upcoming American fantasy television series based on the Land of Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum. A 10-episode first season was ordered straight to series by NBC in April 2015,[2] and the series is to premiere on January 6, 2017.[3]

Development and production[edit]

The series was created by Matthew Arnold who pitched 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.[4]

The series was originally slated to air in 2015, with filming scheduled to begin in 2014.[5] However, the series was canceled before entering production due to creative differences between Friedman and the studio.[6]

On April 15, 2015, NBC reversed course and decided to go ahead with the series after all.[7]

On July 14, 2015, it was announced that Tarsem Singh would direct all 10 episodes of season 1,[8] with David Schulner as new showrunner, replacing Josh Friedman, and Shaun Cassidy coming on board as executive producer.[9]



  1. ^ a b "About Emerald City". NBCUniversal MediaVillage. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (April 16, 2015). "NBC Revives 'Emerald City' Drama with 10-Episode Order". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Emerald City - Premiere Date Announced". Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 23, 2013). "NBC Buys 'Wizard Of Oz' Drama From Matt Arnold As Frank Baum's Classic Becomes The Hottest TV Property This Season". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 19, 2014). "NBC Greenlights Drama Series 'Emerald City' and Miniseries 'The Slap'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (August 22, 2014). "'Emerald City' Canceled by NBC Before Start of Production". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 15, 2015). "'Emerald City' Resurrected By NBC With Straight-To-Series Order, New Writer". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hipes, Patrick (July 14, 2015). "'Emerald City' Series: Tarsem Singh To Direct All 10 Episodes, Three More Join Cast". Deadline.com. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (July 14, 2015). "Tarsem Singh Set to Direct All 10 Episodes of NBC's EMERALD CITY". Collider.com. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 15, 2015). "NBC's Emerald City Casts Adria Arjona As Dorothy". Deadline.com. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c Wagmeister, Elizabeth (October 21, 2015). "Vincent D'Onofrio Cast as the Wizard of Oz in NBC's 'Emerald City'". Variety. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (December 8, 2015). "TVLine Items: Nip/Tuck Vet Is Glinda, Red Mars Lands Series Order and More". TVLine. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ Jackman, Josh (May 26, 2016). "The Hollywood star who still teaches at cheder". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 

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