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NBC Cancels ‘Emerald City’ After One Season

Goodbye yellow brick road, as the network drops the “Wizard of Oz” adaptation

NBC has canceled the “Wizard of Oz” adaptation “Emerald City” after one season, TheWrap has learned.

After a tumultuous few years in the making, the Vincent D’Onofrio-led series finally premiered back in January to lackluster ratings. Across the show’s 10-episode run, “Emerald City” averaged just a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.

The drama was first picked up straight-to-series in 2013 and scheduled to premiere in 2015, with Josh Friedman serving as showrunner. However it was later scrapped, only to be revived with new showrunner David Schulner and director Tarsem Singh.

Based on the “Wizard of Oz” book series, “Emerald City” starred Adria Arjona as the 20-year-old Dorothy Gale, who is transported to another world — a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force.

The series also starred Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell and Joely Richardson.

“Emerald City” becomes NBC’s second cancellation of the season, following the network’s decision to pull the DC Universe comedy “Powerless” from the schedule last month. NBC also announced on Thursday that it had ordered two new dramas to series — the Jason Katims high school drama “Rise” and the Anne Heche-led military drama “For God & Country.”