August 22 2014

NBC Pulls the Plug on Emerald City

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NBC has pulled the plug on Emerald City before it even got off the ground.

Announced at the upfronts this year, NBC described the series with the following blurb:

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.

There was a lot of advertising for the series at Comic-Con this year, especially on buses for some odd reason, so you have to wonder what went wrong. Deadline, the source of the news, says that there is still a chance that Universal which was producing the series could potentially shop the show around, but it seems unlikely to me that anyone will pick it up.

This is the second announced series to be axed already this year before it even made it to our screens. Fox pulled the plug on Hieroglyph just last month, but at least that one filmed an episode. Emerald City was a straight to series order with no pilot filmed.

You have to wonder what is happening at the networks. Are things so bad that they are desperate enough to just greenlight anything without thinking it through?

I have a feeling no one should get too attached to any new shows this season.

Source: Deadline .

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