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Emerald City is a short-lived Oz TV series that was broadcast by NBC from January to March 2017 for a single season of 10 episodes.


Promotional banner from the show's webpage

It had been initially reported on August 22, 2014 that the network wasn’t planning to pick it up, but in April 2015 it was announced that they are going to make the series with a 10 episode first season. It premiered on January 6, 2017 as a two-hour event. The series has a TV-14 age rating and it concluded on March 3rd.

On May 4, 2017, NBC announced that the series had been cancelled after one season and it was released to DVD and Blu-ray on July 25.

Production History[]


  • January 22nd: The series is green-lighted after being pitched by Matthew Arnold who wrote the Pilot script.
  • August 22nd: The show was canceled by NBC before entering production due to creative differences


  • April 15th: It was announced that NBC reversed their decision and picked it up again to be reworked upon by David Schulner.
  • June 15th: It was confirmed that Adria Arjona has been cast to play Dorothy.
  • July 14: It was announced that Tarsem Singh would direct all ten episodes of season one.
  • Fall: Other roles were announced as the show was set to air in 2016.
  • December 3rd: NBC airs The Wiz Live! which possibly stirred interest for the series to be re-examined.


  • May: Teaser images released on social media and full cast list released
  • June: NBC reveals their 2016 Fall lineup, but it does not include Emerald City indicating it was planned to air in early 2017 as a mid-season replacement. Also, a trailer for the show was leaked on YouTube but the video was removed on copyright grounds by NBC.
  • July 20th: Character promo images released
  • July 23rd: The previously leaked teaser trailer is shown at Comic-Con during the Grimm panel featuring Adria Arjona.
“It’s a reimagined, darker version of what we all know of The Wizard of Oz,” teased Adria Arjona, who plays Dorothy, when she stopped by the EW lounge at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. “It’s based mostly on the books more than the movie.”
  • August 29th: NBC announced that the show would premiere as a two-hour event on January 6th, 2017.
  • November 23rd: The season one trailer is released

“It’s a reimagined, darker version of what we all know of The Wizard of Oz,” teased Adria Arjona, who plays Dorothy, when she stopped by the EW lounge at San Diego Comic-Con. 2017:

  • January 6th: The show premiered on NBC.
  • March 3rd: Season One concludes
  • May 4th: NBC announces that the show has been cancelled and will not return for a second season.
  • July 25th: The series is released to DVD and Blu-ray
From one of the news reports:
One of the biggest differences between the TV adaptation and movie: Arjona’s Dorothy won’t wear ruby red slippers. That might leave some fans perplexed, but Arjona hinted that part of her wardrobe is ruby red. “They’re not slippers, but I do have something,” said the coy actress, who later suggested she wears gauntlets, a.k.a. armored gloves.
Don’t worry, though — flying monkeys will abound and Arjona will have Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion in her squad, albeit with a twist. “I think people will play guessing games [over their identities],” she said. “[They’ll ask], ‘Is that the Lion? Is that the Tinman?’ It will slowly be revealed.
Emerald City

Promotional image from the show's webpage.


Oz Characters[]

New Characters[]

  • Isabel Lucas as Anna
  • Ryan Hayes as Barrymore
  • Billy Jeffries as Claude the Jester
  • Omri Rose as Dr. Sam Gold
  • Roxy Sternberg as Elizabeth
  • Miklós Bányai as Gore
  • Peter Schueller as Han
  • Suan-Li Ong as Isabel
  • Ivo Canelas as Javier
  • Amber Rose Revah as Miranda
  • Laura Brook as Mrs. Clifford
  • Mia Mountain as Nahara
  • Barnabás Réti as Seth
  • Rebeka Rea as Sylvie
  • Vahid Gold as Toby
  • Caroline Boulton as Barmaid
  • Scott Alexander Young as Butler
  • Sergej Onopko as Lead Assassin
  • Nicholas Wittman as Wounded Soldier
  • Gina Bellman as Karen
  • Ashante "PT" Stokes as Actor



Emerald City Season 1 Trailer HD

Extra: The Making of Emerald City, released online December 17th, 2016

  1. The Beast Forever January 6th, 2017
  2. Prison of the AbjectJanuary 6th, 2017
  3. Mistress-New-Mistress January 13th, 2017
  4. Science and Magic January 20th, 2017
  5. Everybody Lies January 27th, 2017 
  6. Beautiful Wickedness February 3rd, 2017
  7. They Came First February 10th, 2017 
  8. Lions in Winter February 17th, 2017
  9. The Villain That's Become February 24th, 2017
  10. No Place Like Home March 3rd, 2017


  • Pilot (Emerald City): First written in 2014, many changes were made for the filmed version.
  • Second Season: Before being canceled, the last episode ends on a cliffhanger with Roquat being revealed as the Beast Forever. It is unclear if any progress had been made before cancellation to continue the story.


The original intent of the series is described as a dark re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the vein of Game of Thrones. It was to be fully written by Matt Arnold as he did write the original 2014 pilot script.

On January 22, 2014, NBC had picked up the series for a 10 episode 'limited-run'  with a basis of: 'The series will feature a modern and more sophisticated examination of  L. Frank Baum's original 14 "Oz" books. In this iteration, Dorothy will be 20 years old and will find herself in the middle of a bloody battle for control of the magical land.'

From the official press release from NBC about their intended 2014-15 lineup:

"Desperate for clues that will lead to the identity of her biological mother, a young woman breaks into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night… and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and 20-year-old Dorothy Gale becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. You’re not in Kansas anymore, and this is not your Grandmother’s Oz."

As another hint, the first announcement about the show stated: '"Emerald City” will still involve a tornado, but our 20-year-old Dorothy will land in a place that is not Oz.”



  • The show has various differences from most Oz adaptations including:
    1. Instead of a house, Dorothy and Toto are inside a police car which crash lands unto the Wicked Witch of the East who wears magical gloves instead of Silver Shoes or Ruby Slippers. This does not initially kill her, but later she accidentally dies by shooting a handgun. Her death was not a cause for celebration, as Glinda and Mistress West held a ritualistic funeral for the “cardinal witch” who happened to control the weather in Oz.
    2. The Munchkins are not friendly with Dorothy in suspecting she was a witch for having apparently killing the Witch of the East, but this wasn’t possible as it was revealed later “only a witch can kill another witch”. After a period of water-boarding for answers, they actually banish her from their area as Ojo the tribal leader takes her to their border where the Yellow Brick Road is and tells her about the Wizard.
    3. Dorothy's family is Hispanic and speak some Spanish which is subtitled English. It is revealed her mother named Karen Chapman had given her as a baby to Aunt Em and Uncle Henry but did not want to meet her in person until the day of the tornado.
    4. Toto is not actually Dorothy's dog and instead is a police K-9 German Shepard who just happened to be in the police car that she ran into during the tornado. Toto is not the dog’s name but is a word that means "dog" in the Munchkin language.
    5. Some magical characters are changed such as Jack who is human without a pumpkin-head only to later become the Tinman (with some similarities to Tik-Tok), the Scarecrow is human with has a brain but has amnesia, and the Lion is a man in a lion suit. Also, the Winged Monkeys are flying robots that contain cameras with record film that can be seen on a projector.
    6. Tip automatically becomes the female Ozma just one night after not taking a black magic elixir potion that was given to her by Mombi labeled as “medicine” which kept her male. This causes a sudden conflict in her gender identity in relation to Jack, who had previously tried to break her out of Mombi’s house and inappropriately kissed her, which she rejected and caused her to accidentally push him off a high balcony. This leaves him nearly dead, only to be repaired by Jane to become the Tin Man. This replaces the dynamic of the Wicked Witch of the East enchanting Nick Chopper for loving Nimmie Amee.
    7. The Wizard did not come by balloon but by a vortex that he and fellow scientists created.
    8. The Wicked West of the West is not green nor evil as she is rather neutral in the series and happens to work at a brothel in the Emerald City. Glinda is the Witch of the North but a separate Witch of the South was the mother of all witches until she died, and thus no new witches have been born in Oz since then.
    9. The Yellow Brick Road is made out of poppy dust sprinkled onto cobblestone which can make walkers sleepy if they walk down it for too long.
    10. Instead of switching out heads, Langwidere switches out magical masks and wages war against Oz.
    11. Instead of being called Oscar Diggs, the Wizard is named Frank Morgan after the actor who played the character in the 1939 film.
    12. The brick road is a combination of The Yellow Brick Road and The Deadly Poppy Fields
  • Before going to Oz, Dorothy works as a nurse, which might relate to the unproduced Dorothy (TV series) that CBS had announced to be a medical drama series.
  • Without much already in place such as a full plot and cast, it made a small appearance at Comic-Con 2014 in the form of advertisements on the bus system suggesting a 2015 release date but it would not make a much larger official appearance two years later at Comic-Con 2016 moving it officially to 2017.
  • Initially screenwriter Josh Friedman was stated to be working on the show, but he was under contract with Universal Television which has put him unto another project.
  • Despite its initial canceling and reorder, it is the first Oz live-action TV series in recent development to ever be 'picked up as a series' not counting the Tin Man miniseries.
  • With its 2017 airdate, it aired during the winter hiatus of Once Upon a Time's sixth season which had its own Oz sub-plots relating to a adult Dorothy returning to Oz being a warrior.
  • The NBC timeslot for Emerald City was right after that of their other fairy tale inspired series Grimm which was also in its sixth season.

External Links[]

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TV Series Adventures in Oz with Cheryl (1999) • Lost in Oz (2002) • Tin Man (2007) • La Maga (2008) • Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2011) • Emerald City (2017)
Animated Series and Specials Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) • Return to Oz (1964) • Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) • In the Magical Land of Oz (1983) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986) • Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of Oz (1990) • The Oz Kids (1996) • Adventures in the Emerald City (1999) • Marchen Awakens Romance (2007) • Lost in Oz (2015-2018) • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2017-2020)
Guest Appearances Shirley Temple's Storybook Theater: "The Land of Oz" (1960) • Once Upon a Time (2011-2018) • Supernatural (2013-2015)
Pastiches, parodies, etc The World's Greatest SuperFriends: "The Planet of Oz" (1980) • Scooby-Doo (1981-) • Beetlejuice: "Wizard of Ooze" (1991) • Animaniacs: "Buttons in Ows" (1995) • Earthworm Jim: "Wizard of Ooze" (1996) • Rugrats: "No Place Like Home" (1999) • MadTV (2000-2004) • Futurama: "Anthology of Interest II" (2002) • That's So Raven (2003-2006) • Phineas and Ferb: "Wizard of Odd" (2010) • Dora the Explorer : "Book Explorers" (2012) • The Fresh Beat Band: "The Wizard of Song" (2012) • Victorious: "April Fools Blank" (2012) • "Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Brick Road" (2012) • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Minnie's The Wizard Of Dizz" (2013) • Dino Dan/Trek's Adventures "The Wonderful Wizard of Dinoz" (2014) • Black Dynamite: "The Wizard of Watts" (2015) • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads" (2017)
Reality TV Project Runway (2004) • America's Got Talent (2006 – present) • Face Off (2011)
Shorts and others Beef Ravioli commercials (2006) • Unknown, Lost, or non-English Adaptations