'Emerald City' Canceled at NBC

The twice-developed modern take on 'The Wizard of Oz' was a ratings and critical bomb right out of the gate.
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The bloodshed has begun at NBC.

Short-order drama Emerald City has been canceled after one underwhelming season.

The series, a modern version of The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum's Oz book series, had a nearly two-year journey from script to screen. The drama now has the distinction of being canceled not once, but twice, as the Vincent D'Onofrio starrer was picked up straight to series and scrapped before being revived with another writer months later.

The drama disappeared just as quietly as it opened, despite the impressive names attached, including acclaimed director Tarsem Singh and D'Onofrio as the Wizard. The 10-episode limited series from Universal TV averaged a 1.2 rating.

It joins fellow freshman series Powerless in the canceled heap.

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