Oz in the News 8.23.14

emerald-city_612x381‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Series ‘Emerald City’ Not Going Forward At NBC  NBC won’t be heading for Oz. The network has opted not to proceed with Emerald City, its 10-episode Oz-themed drama series, which had been ordered straight-to-series for next season. The project hails from executive producers Matthew Arnold, who originally conceived the idea and penned the original script, and Josh Friedman, who tweaked the pilot script and has been running the writers room. I hear after several backup scripts had been produced, there was a difference in vision between NBC brass and Friedman about what the show should be, leading to NBC’s decision to not go forward with it. Word is that Universal Television, which developed the project and is producing it, is still high on it and may shop it elsewhere.

Can CNY support two Wizard of Oz museums?  This week, the Lyman Frank Baum Foundation officially purchased the West Onondaga Street house from the Syracuse Land Bank. The foundation is planning for elaborate interactive exhibits at a museum called Oz Home. “It’s going to be beyond a museum. It’s going to be classified as one, but it will do much more. People can use their imagination,” says Oz Home Executive Director Kathleen Di Scenna. The foundation estimates the Oz home needs about $225,000 in renovations. It would be the second museum devoted to L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz to open in Central New York. The All Things Oz Museum in Baum’s birthplace of Chittenango moved into a larger, permanent home earlier this year. Both museums have been fundraising, and some have wondered: Can the area support two separate Oz museums?

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