NBC Picks Up Oz Drama ‘Emerald City & Miniseries ‘The Slap’

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At the network’s TCA executive session, NBC topper Robert Greenblatt today announced that they had handed a 10 episode straight-to-series order to Wizard of Oz themed drama Emerald City and an 8 episode order to miniseries The Slap, which is based on the Australian series of the same name.

Based on the book series by Frank L. Baum, Emerald City is described as 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. Universal Television is producing with Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers.

The Slap, which is based on the Australian series of the same name, is an 8 episode miniseries described as 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. The original (pictured) starred Melissa George, Sophie Okenedo, Essie Davis, Jonathan LaPaglia, Alex Dimitriades and Sophie Lowe. Universal Television is producing with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold, Tony Ayres and Jon Robin Baitz – who will write all 8 episodes – serving as executive producers.