NBC developing 'Wizard of Oz'-themed drama because CBS can't have all the fun

the-wizard-of-oz-nbc-drama.jpgWho knew that TV execs would be so keen to follow the yellow brick road this development season?

Deadline reports on Friday (Aug. 23) that NBC has purchased "Emerald City," a "Wizard of Oz"-themed drama from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold -- just two weeks after CBS put "Dorothy," a medical soap inspired by "Oz" ( Yeah, has us stumped, too) into development.

"Emerald City," which will be written by Arnold, is described as a dark remaining of the classic tale of Oz more in the vein of "Game of Thrones," using stories from author L. Frank Baum's original 14 books.

"Dorothy" and "Emerald City" aren't the only "Oz" shows making the rounds, either, it would seem. Reportedly, a treatment from "Heroes" alums Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, with "Heroes" creator Tim Kring supervising, is working its way about town. Syfy also has a miniseries titled "Warriors of Oz" in development. The mini, from "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov, is said to be a fantasy-action remaining of the well-known story.

Are you into all the "Oz" inspiration, or do you wish it was all a dream?
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