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.


  • skyfi

    Emerald City is from Siberia creator. I guess they will announce 2nd season under the deal soon too.

  • greysfan

    For those doubting The Slap go and grab a copy of it on DVD. It is a great drama and the worry i have is another US adaptation going wrong.

  • Eve


    Siberia Season 2? That’s what you mean?

  • skyfi


  • CreacK

    @Shephard Wonderland is in the ABC death slot. Pay more attention on here. In September, several posts mentioned the death slot. Plus, Grimm and OUAT or doing decently.

    Obviously NBC hasnt been paying attention to other networks. Mini-series and Limited Series dont have a good track record this year. Sleepy Hollow did good, but Betrayal bombed, Hostages super-bombed, Wonderland is bombing (but has previously stated, not necesarily its fault, it has the death slot), and Killer Women is bombing, and The Assets bombed so bad it only aired 2 episodes as a mini-series. Also, NBC has Dracula, which is bombing. They should know that The Slap will bomb. Emerald City isnt listed on here as limited, so this rant doesnt apply to it, though Im surprised the initial order is only 10. I thought 13 was the standard for initial orders.

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