Oz in the News 5.16.16

54353191-93f7-4230-94f3-4b2983c74d65_463x34715 Wonderful Things You Might Not Know About L. Frank Baum  In addition to the Oz series, Baum wrote other books for children and teenagers, including romances and science fiction, under an assortment of pen names. Under the name Edith Van Dyne, he wrote a successful series of books called Aunt Jane’s Nieces that were as popular as the Oz books. Other pseudonyms included Laura Bancroft, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Staunton, and Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald.

Emerald City: Wizard of Oz TV Series Ordered by NBC  The Wizard of Oz mythology is getting yet another facelift, and this time it’s for television. NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, Here’s the official synopsis:

In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and a K9 police dog are swept into a world far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing realms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio (“Daredevil,” “Jurassic World”) as the guileful Wizard and directed by the visionary Tarsem Singh across three European countries, this is Oz completely reimagined — a place where familiar characters show up in fresh, unexpected ways, and where an unsuspecting young woman holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. As Dorothy navigates this dangerous world and uncovers her true destiny, we’ll see there’s no place like… Oz.

With 14 books in L. Frank Baum’s series about the Land of Oz, there’s certainly plenty of material to work with. Emerald City will arrive sometime midseason, and isn’t on the NBC Fall schedule.

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