Looks like CBS may have scrapped or delayed its plans with the producers of “Sherlock” to make “Dorothy,” a medical drama set in New York City with characters inspired by the Tin Man, Scarecrow and so on.
Actually, it’s too soon to tell if any of these “Wizard of Oz” TV spinoffs in development will even make it onto the screen, let alone with a working heart, brains and courage. Surely, one of them will hit home, right?
“Emerald City” (NBC)
A 20-year-old Dorothy, accompanied by a police K-9 dog, is transported into a violent world of dark magic and mystical politics. The network promises “an epic and bloody battle.” From the makers of “Siberia” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” The casting call sought someone to play an “odd, feral and haunted 10-year-old.” Air date: Sometime in 2015
“Warriors of Oz” (Syfy)
Last year, Timur Bekmambetov, director of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” signed on to make an intense miniseries described thusly: “A fantasy-action re-imagining of the classic story in which a warrior from present day Earth is transported to a post-apocalyptic future Oz where he must team up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless and Coward, in order to defeat the evil Wizard who has enslaved the land.” But Syfy never released any casting news, and Bekmambetov has been linked to a “Ben-Hur” remake with Tom Hiddleston. Air date: Maybe never
“Red Brick Road” (Lifetime)
Ever notice that the Yellow Brick Road in Munchkinland is entwined with a red one? Evidently, taking that path leads you to a “Game of Thrones”-esque fantasy project from one of the writers of “Dexter,” Tim Schlattmann. This alternate-reality Oz has been taken over by an evil queen, and politics and intrigue follow. Air date: 2015
“Dorothy Must Die” (CW)
Tim Kring, creator of “Heroes,” is adapting the young-adult page-turner by Danielle Paige that made Dorothy Gale into a villainous dictator, the Tin Man into a serial killer and the Emerald City into a trailer park. Air date: 2015
THE WIZARD OF AUGUST
We’re celebrating this month’s 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” movie with a story a day.
Wednesday in Food: “Oz”-inspired cookbooks.