First look–Emerald City… New Wizard of Oz retelling begins Friday on NBC


The Wizard of Oz–whether or not you may be a fan of L. Frank Baum’s classic book or one of the best fantasy films of all time, you may want to tune in for a new NBC series airing Friday nights this winter.  Featuring well-known actors Joely Richardson and Vincent D’Onofrio, Emerald City stars Adria Arjona as twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale, who is sucked into a tornado and transported to the otherworldly Land of Oz.  D’Onofrio plays the famous Man Behind the Curtain who runs Oz.

But don’t expect the bright and cheery world of the 1939 production or something like you’d see from Disney.  Look for a dark world in this modern-day retelling.  It’s gritty and somewhat dystopian as seen in the first trailer for the series, below.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell and Jordan Loughran co-star in the series.  Series writers and executive producers include Shaun Cassidy, David Schulner, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, Matthew Arnold, and Josh Friedman.  Dhandwar directs the series.


Star Wars fans take note: Trisha Biggar, costume designer for the prequels and featured in the landmark book Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, has created the costumes for the series.  Keep Padme Amidala in mind when watching the wardrobes of the various featured witches.

Check out this preview for Emerald City followed by several character posters released by Universal to promote the series:

The set design looks like something out of Warcraft, The Postman, or History Channel’s Vikings.  The production design was led by David Warren, known for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Snow White and The Huntsman.

Here are several character posters:

dorothy    wiz

east    glinda

ev    eamonn

jack    lucas

Look for Emerald City on NBC Friday nights at 8 p.m. Central beginning January 6, 2017.

C.J. Bunce

One comment

  1. The cast, dramatic scenes, costumes and special effects combine well to provide a captivating visual experience and potentially good fantasy story. I’ll have to watch a few more episodes to see if the coming episodes of “Emerald City” are an interesting as the pilot.

    However, the premise is promising.

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