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City" review by Suzanne
I wasn't sure, at first, if I would like this, but it
definitely grew on me. I watched the first three episodes
and hope to watch more. I've read some speculation online
about it being similar to "Game of Thrones," but to me it's
nothing like that. It's also nothing like the original
"Wizard of Oz" or any other versions we've seen.
Premieres January 6 on NBC
story is very gritty, even though it mostly takes place in
Oz, a land of magic. If you loved how wonderous and
beautiful Oz was in the original movie, then you probably
won't like this.
They take just about everything
about the original movie or books and turn it on its head.
If that kind of thing bothers you, don't watch this.
However, if you like a very modern fantasy show (but
not very gory), then you should watch this. The
scenery is fantastic; they filmed it in many beautiful
locations around the world.
Here are a few tidbits
that are not big spoilers. Dorothy is a full grown woman;
the show starts in the real world, in current time. She does
travel to Oz with a dog that she later calls Toto. She does
kill the Wicked Witch when she lands in Oz, and she is
greeted by some little people (they don't ever call them
Munchkins, from what I can tell). I didn't have any
closed-captioning on my screener, and at times I had trouble
understanding what they were saying.
(Dorothy) is a great actress, and I'm sure we'll see her in
more things now. Another great newcomer is Jordan Loughran,
who plays Tip. Vincent D'Onofrio plays the Wizard, and he's
always great, but I didn't like the weird accent he adopted
There is a Glinda, there is a scarecrow, a
tin man and a lion (of sorts), and lots of magic. Also, we
see a gun, swords, many witches, stone giants, lots of snow,
some water-boarding, other violence and death, some sex, and
a really interesting transgender character. I think they did
a pretty good job with it, but it's not for kids at all.
Check it out!
Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy
Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world — a
mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent
D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and
faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches
but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic,
romantic and fantastical, “Emerald City” is an empowering
tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity
even as she battles to bring a divided world together.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Jordan
Loughran, Gerran Howell and Joely Richardson also star.
David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew
Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed
by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as an executive
producer. “Emerald City” is a Universal Television
Please visit the official show site at
We know you have a lot to watch so we appreciate you
taking the time to check out “Emerald City.” This has been a
thrilling adventure for all concerned and we’re excited to
share the first 10 episodes of our epic journey with you.
“Emerald City” is inspired by L. Frank Baum’s 14 “Wizard
of Oz” books. We’re big fans of Oz, from the 1939 MGM film
to “The Wiz” and “Wicked,” but where these are all musicals,
we thought it might be worth reimagining Baum’s stories
through the lens of adult drama. Because the books were not
originally written as children’s tales but as political
allegory, their core themes still resonated for us. One
hundred years later, women are still fighting for
empowerment, science and religion/magic are often at war and
the pursuit of identity – racial, gender and otherwise –
remains at the forefront of our political and cultural
conversation. And, of course, there will always be “no place
Many traditional rules of how network television is made
were broken for this show. All 10 scripts were written long
before anything was filmed and then rewritten as actors and
locations were chosen. Our extraordinary director, Tarsem
Singh, only agreed to sign on if he could shoot the entire
series non-episodically, like a 10-hour film. To make the
show look unlike anything audiences had seen before, we
limited our CGI and instead searched the globe for locations
possessed of true magic: Old Roman roads on the coast of
Spain, a remote national park in Croatia, 15th-century
castles in Hungary, Gaudi’s Park Güell in Barcelona. Most
remarkably, we were fortunate to assemble a cast from all
over the world, led by the amazing Vincent D’Onofrio as our
follicly-challenged demagogue of a Wizard, and newcomer
Adria Arjona as Dorothy.
The story of a young woman’s search for self via a way
home is timeless, as is the reclaiming of head, heart and
soul as represented by a scarecrow, tin man and lion. All of
these iconic characters come to life in our Oz, but how they
reveal themselves will surprise. Half the fun of reaching
“Emerald City” is the road itself, but beware of witches,
flying monkeys and yellow poppy pollen.
“Emerald City” debuts on Jan. 6 with a two-hour premiere
at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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