NBC Greenlights Drama Series 'Emerald City' and Miniseries 'The Slap'

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January 19th, 2014


via press release:






UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 19, 2014 — NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Emerald City,” a reimagining of the classic Frank L. Baum books that have inspired everything from “The Wizard Of Oz” to “Wicked.”


Based on the 14-book series that first created the wonderful – and treacherous – Land of Oz, “Emerald City” is a dramatic and modern reimagining of the tales that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.


Writer Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman will serve as executive producers. Universal Television is the production company.


NBC is also ordering eight episodes of the miniseries “The Slap,” based on the critically-acclaimed Australian project of the same name that aired in 2011.


Written by Jon Robin Baitz (“The West Wing,” “Brothers & Sisters”) and also produced by Universal Television, “The Slap” is a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.


Baitz, who was a Pulitzer finalist for his semi-autobiographical play “A Fair Country,” will write all episodes and executive produce with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Tony Ayres.


  • Rebooted

    The Slap sounds weird, but could be interesting.

    How many Oz series will make the air? haha

  • Shepherd

    Does NBC somehow not notice how poorly Wonderland is doing?

    Slap will bomb. I’m sure people will check out an episode or two, but honestly; who wants to watch Deception with kids?

  • Dennis

    The Slap (original) was fantastic… and actually did very well in the ratings for its network in NZ.

    I’m rather the darker oz got greenlight… Dorothy Must Die i think its called? on the CW or CBS? I’m not sure..

  • Matt M.

    THE SLAP may be THEE most stupid, delinquent television idea… Ever.

  • Bev

    I like the concept of “The Slap”

  • Dennis

    @Matt M
    Actually it’s an award winning series from a bestselling novel

  • Mark3

    Sounds like slap is all about how hollyweird wants parents to raise there own kids. BOMB!

  • Androme

    Matt, your comment is ironic, because you spelled “the” wrong.

  • CarShark

    Emerald City doesn’t sound cheap or family-friendly. How many people really want to see grimdark Wizard of Oz?

  • PRW

    *raises hand to CarShark’s comment*

    Not to mention it will likely be on Fridays with Grimm and likely Revolution

  • StevenD

    Emerald City is being described as a “Game of Thrones” equivalent to the Wizard of Oz world. Interesting to see what they could do with it.

  • Mumbo

    Emerald City sounds like something that will be accompanying Grimm on Fridays. Especially if it’s a 10-episode limited order.

  • Kissan

    Emerald City sounds good. It says it’s a 10 episode order but if it does good it gets more than that for anyone who doesn’t know.

  • Aok98

    I watched the first episode of the Australian version of The Slap and all it did was make me hate most of the characters, so I never watched another. I would be interested to see what NBC does with it.

  • a p garcia

    The Wizard of Oz as a drama? Sound like a loser. The Slap sound interesting but in a PC nation, it won’t do well.

  • Shepherd


    I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to feel that way once they see the premier, myself included! Either you’re going to hate the one who slaps the kid, or you’re going to hate everyone making a huge fuss over ‘nothing’. I’m expecting a lot of melodramatic writing in a show that thinks it’s being serious.

  • Randy

    They shouldn’t do Mini-Series at all. Either have a FULL series, or don’t have it at all. The reason why they aren’t good is because these shows appear out of nowhere, and than disappear just as fast. They are way too short. Now, if you are just talking about a movie that is 3 days in a row, I’m okay with that, but not just a Mini-Series.

    The reason why the Bible Series worked (and probably the reason why are you going to see more of these attempts) is because it appeared around Lent / Easter, and people are looking for Bible type of stuff during that time. The series got a lot of hype! SYFY does this way too much – Mini-Series! They only had 6 episodes of Fangasm, and than it’s gone. For only that long, it was just too short to worry about when it’s coming back, if ever. I finally found when it’s on, and than it’s on for only 6 hours (5 weeks).

  • James

    Randy: The good thing with doing a mini-series is that audience will get to watch the story unfold with a sure beginning, middle and definitive end, something that 22-episode season-formatted shows would not be able to do (and viewers will fell shortchanged when a show gets cancelled and ends with a cliffhanger).

    The mini-series format is a very popular genre and has always been in-demand overseas. Kinda nice that US broadcast TV are finally seeing the value of doing this type of shows.

  • Ronald

    Esmerald City is going to be Once Upon A Time version of Oz! NICE!

  • Networkman

    The Slap sounds silly. A complex drama stemming from a small incident of discipline.

    I may be interested in Emerald City. But it may be overkill. Because I believe Once Upon A Time will be dealing with OZ this spring.

    Anyways, my interest of Emerald City will all deal with casting and how the show is executed.

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