The business of television can be a complex mystery to some viewers who either can't or aren't interested in grasping what goes on behind the scenes. But it took zero showbiz knowledge to see that the Wizard of Oz-based drama Emerald City was not going to be the biggest TV success story of the new millennium. And now NBC cancelled Emerald City this week, a little over two months after Season 1 finished airing. Too bad everyone didn't get a pair of ruby reds to take them all home.
Emerald City had big troubles on its way to making it from concept to premiere, and critics weren't glowing, but the show did gain a fanbase when it finally debuted in January. Only, the fanbase wasn't as big as NBC would have liked, though the viewership technically hadn't made too significant a drop during its 10-episode run, going from 4.49 million to 2.8 million, with its key demo rating spanning from 1.0 to 0.7. But, as TVLine reports, the fantasy drama got the axe anyway.
The series followed Adria Arjona's twentysomething Dorothy Gale into the Land of Oz, though not the one that everyone remembers, for this was a dark place where the threats were much more pressing than Margaret Hamilton's Witch. With a cast that included Vincent D'Onofrio as The Wizard and Joely Richardson as Glinda, as well as a healthy production budget, Emerald City had a lot of the pieces in place to make it to Season 2, and creators Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold definitely did have plans for a follow-up season, though one has to wonder how optimistic those plans were.
Coming into existence in the early days of 2014, Emerald City was ordered straight to series at NBC, with Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman on board then as well. It was around eight months later when the network decided to scrap the project, only to get back on the yellow brick road some months later, and it took over a year and a half to get it to air. Perhaps if Season 2 had happened, we could have enjoyed it in 2019 or so.
Emerald City is hardly the only show on TV that was in danger of cancellation - there are lots of those -- and it joins others such as Doubt and Pitch that have already had their plugs pulled. You can see how all your other favorite shows are doing with our cancellation/renewal rundown, and then head to our summer TV schedule to see when all the best shows will debut in the coming months.
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