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‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

21 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘One Day at a Time’ Producer Gloria Calderon Kellett and Star Justina Machado on Reinventing Norman Lear’s Classic Sitcom — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

If you’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz” — and who hasn’t? — then you only know a fraction of L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” mythology (which spawned 13 sequel books).

“These stories are there and ripe for retelling,” says “Emerald City” executive producer David Schulner, who took over the NBC series with fellow executive producer Shaun Cassidy after Josh Friedman, who originally developed the show, departed.

“My only experience when I came to Josh’s script was seeing the movie,” he recently told IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller. “When you read the books it’s clearly written for kids, but its like the Pixar movies,” he says, noting there’s plenty for adults to latch on to as well. “The books »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

21 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘One Day at a Time’ Producer Gloria Calderon Kellett and Star Justina Machado on Reinventing Norman Lear’s Classic Sitcom — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

If you’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz” — and who hasn’t? — then you only know a fraction of L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” mythology (which spawned 13 sequel books).

“These stories are there and ripe for retelling,” says “Emerald City” executive producer David Schulner, who took over the NBC series with fellow executive producer Shaun Cassidy after Josh Friedman, who originally developed the show, departed.

“My only experience when I came to Josh’s script was seeing the movie,” he recently told IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller. “When you read the books it’s clearly written for kids, but its like the Pixar movies,” he says, noting there’s plenty for adults to latch on to as well. “The books »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

8 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory, »

- Kaite Welsh

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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

8 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory, »

- Kaite Welsh

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

7 January 2017 11:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

7 January 2017 11:44 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Meet Oz’s New Dorothy! 5 Things to Know About Emerald City’s Adria Arjona

6 January 2017 2:49 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

We’re not in Judy Garland’s Kansas anymore.

NBC’s new drama Emerald City imagines the world made famous in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz in a dark, modernized story from visionary director Tarsem Singh.

At the center of Emerald City is actress Adria Arjona, who stars as a 20-year-old nurse named Dorothy.

Here are 5 things to know about the 24-year-old actress, who is featured in the current issue of People:

1. There’s no place like New York City for this Puerto Rican-Guatemalan actress.

Arjona was born in Puerto Rico but spent her life on the road.

“My dad is a musician, »

- Patrick Gomez

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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards

6 January 2017 9:07 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There have been a lot of takes on “The Wizard of Oz,” a lot of different points-of-view on the fantastical world originally created by the novels of L. Frank Baum in 1900. But NBC’s “Emerald City” is, to the best of my knowledge, the first one that transforms the flying monkeys of the classic 1939 musical adaptation into steampunk drones. They’re still recognizably flying monkeys, but to the residents of Oz, they’re just a random bit of technology, accepted as normal in a world that’s anything but.

There is something genuinely special about NBC’s “Emerald City,” premiering tonight — and not just because of its complicated journey to television, which included at least one total shutdown during the development phase before being reborn as a 10-episode series directed in its totality by Tarsem Singh, in a wide variety of exotic locations around the world.

Read More: The 24 Most »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards

6 January 2017 9:07 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There have been a lot of takes on “The Wizard of Oz,” a lot of different points-of-view on the fantastical world originally created by the novels of L. Frank Baum in 1900. But NBC’s “Emerald City” is, to the best of my knowledge, the first one that transforms the flying monkeys of the classic 1939 musical adaptation into steampunk drones. They’re still recognizably flying monkeys, but to the residents of Oz, they’re just a random bit of technology, accepted as normal in a world that’s anything but.

There is something genuinely special about NBC’s “Emerald City,” premiering tonight — and not just because of its complicated journey to television, which included at least one total shutdown during the development phase before being reborn as a 10-episode series directed in its totality by Tarsem Singh, in a wide variety of exotic locations around the world.

Read More: The 24 Most »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Taboo’ Review: Tom Hardy is a Powder Keg Primed to Explode in Macho FX Miniseries

6 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Some stories want to explore big ideas. Some strive to be allegorical, existential, soapy, or good ol’ fashioned fun. And some stories just want to watch the world burn.

The origins of that line lead to “The Dark Knight,” not “The Dark Knight Rises.” The latter would be more fitting since it featured Tom Hardy, co-creator and star of the new FX limited series, “Taboo,” in which the star of “Warrior” and “Mad Max” burns down the world and everyone in it.

Since Hardy is the modern-day embodiment of masculine cool, that would be a fine pitch right there; plenty of series have been built on less. However, while “Taboo” may prioritize style over depth, the result is an addictive, slow-burn story, and a damn entertaining journey.

Read More: The 24 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2017

Taboo” (which Hardy created with his father, Chips Hardy, and frequent collaborator Steven Knight), is set in 1814 London, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Emerald City’ Star Vincent D’Onofrio Reveals Why He Joined Series Before Reading The Script

6 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Emerald City” star Vincent D’Onofrio was so excited by a certain aspect of the NBC limited series that he signed on to the show without even reading the script. And the reason for his enthusiasm? The chance to work once again with series director Tarsem Singh. “It’s the only reason really,” D’Onofrio told TheWrap. “I was doing ‘Magnificent Seven’ and I heard that he was shooting this and I asked if they had cast The Wizard yet and when they said ‘No.’ I said, ‘Tell Tarsem I want to do it.’ I hadn’t read the script »

- Joe Otterson

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Emerald City gets four new promos ahead of tonight’s premiere

6 January 2017 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its series premiere today, four new promos have arrived online for the fantasy series Emerald City, NBC and Tarsem Singh’s dark reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz novels; watch them below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Explore the wonderful world of Oz with poster, trailer and character images for Emerald City

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen it before, where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands!!!

Emerald City premieres on January 6th and features a cast »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Review: Razor Sharp Season 12 Premiere is Just the Start of a Bold, Brilliant Year

4 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Don’t call it a comeback.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” hasn’t seen a consistent dip in quality for longer than we can remember, but every season, it feels as though the TV world takes Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) a little bit for granted. Perhaps because it comes out at the beginning of the year, seven months before the Emmy nominations hit and a good 11 months prior to the “best of the year” lists. Or maybe it’s just because it’s been on so long that people want to believe they know what’s coming. That they “get it.”

Yet the gang is as eager to disprove the notion as they are proud to embrace the purity of their characters’ perturbed nature. Like the goofy baby brother eager to join the big kids table, “Sunny »

- Ben Travers

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TV Review: ‘Emerald City’ on NBC

4 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen “The Wizard of Oz,” read the source material by L. Frank Baum, or come across some retelling of Dorothy’s picaresque journey. And therein lies the core problem with “Emerald City.” In look and tone, it does not imitate the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland, but this darker take on the story remains so familiar that, although it’s gorgeous, there’s too little tension and suspense driving it.

There are imaginative nods to the iconic film: A rainbow takes the form of a stained-glass decoration, and monkey statues are part of an elaborate drone system in Oz. Director Tarsem Singh, who is also an executive producer on “Emerald City,” displays a sensibility that dovetails well with both halves of the show’s name. “Emerald City” features saturated jewel tones and inventive and elaborate urban landscapes, and Singh’s use of color and his talent for »

- Maureen Ryan

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Emerald City Season 1 Review

4 January 2017 1:38 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

If you’re not one for the resurgence of classic fairy tales translated into hard-edged, dark adventure stories (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman), then you’ll likely have a difficult time connecting with NBC’s wondrously visualized but narratively slight re-do of The Wizard of Oz. Dubbed Emerald City, the new show has all the trappings of the hero’s journey – a reluctant heroine, an animal companion, a potential love interest, and about three too many villains – but it does nothing interesting with L. Frank Baum’s decidedly classic storytelling other than make it slightly more “adult.”

A twist on such a wholesome, homegrown American myth is ripe with potential, but Emerald City‘s idea of an origin story is one filled with cable-protected sex scenes for the Witch of the West (Ana Ularu, one of Emerald City‘s gleefully »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Emerald City TV Review – Oz Will Blow You Away All Over Again

3 January 2017 10:38 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Television reimaginings of classic tales have made for some wonderfully engaging entertainment (going back to Syfy efforts Tin Man and Alice, which were surprisingly fun) but Emerald City moves to a new level as Tarsem Singh returns to the form he hasn’t quite managed since The Fall.

The warning that should come on the tin is that audiences shouldn’t go into this expecting anything like a “retelling” of The Wizard of Oz. It would be nearly impossible to give a clear idea of what’s happened to L. Frank Baum’s works here, but it isn’t just modernized, but dipped in the grime of reality, and subjected to an absolutely unfettered imagination. It covers elements of the first three books (and perhaps beyond… it’s been a while), but is “inspired by” in the broadest sense. Some characters in this effort are an amalgamation of two characters in the books, »

- Marc Eastman

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Emerald City Review: NBC's Oz Reboot Has Courage, Short on Heart and Brains

3 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A sexy, gritty reboot of The Wizard of Oz. It sounds like something Jack Donaghy would dream up on 30 Rock, doesn’t it? Yet Emerald City isn’t a 10-second sitcom joke; it’s a 10-hour actual thing that NBC has created. And while it displays some dazzling visual flair and is plenty ambitious in its scope, like a certain famous Scarecrow, this ponderous revamp doesn’t seem to have much of a brain at all.

Debuting Friday, Jan. 6 at 9/8c, Emerald City begins, appropriately enough, in Kansas, with a grown-up Dorothy Gale (True Detective‘s Adria Arjona) searching for »

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Emerald City First Look: Magic Cannot Be Controlled

2 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Get ready for some magic.

NBC's long-awaited series, Emerald City has finally made it to the small screen.

It's a reimagining of Frank L. Baum's 14 Wizard of Oz books, but it's nothing like you've ever seen before.

Dorothy may still be swept up in a tornado, but the land she lands in isn't anything like where Judy Garland landed in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz".

This Oz is much more dark, and this Dorothy (Adria Ajorna) has a lot more grit.

And did you check out her dog? He certainly isn't going to fit in a little wicker basket.

Still, director Tarsem Singh, who filmed the series non-episodically, like a movie, threw in a few Easter eggs for lovers of the original film. 

We've already seen Emerald City Season 1 Episode 1, "The Beast Forever" and Emerald City Season 1 Episode 2, "Prison of the Abject", both of which make up the two-hour premiere, »

- Lisa Babick

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