NBC's 'Emerald City' Miniseries Will Be a 'More Thrilling, Epic' 'Wizard of Oz' Story

You know "The Wizard of Oz" and Broadway's "Wicked" — now NBC is taking us to "Emerald City."

NBC has gotten a jumpstart on their 2014-15 TV season, announcing another live musical event with "Peter Pan Live!" coming in December and two notable miniseries, including "Emerald City," based on the L. Frank Baum book series.

[Related: "Peter Pan Live!" Will Air on NBC Dec. 4, 2014]

A darker retelling, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt described their take — which will follow a "headstrong" 20-year-old Dorothy Gale — as "more thrilling" and at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying that Dorothy will find herself at the center of an "epic" and bloody battle. The miniseries will be 10 episodes long, with the possibility of future seasons given the ample source material.

"'Emerald City' could be over after 10 episodes, but given the books there are to draw on, it could be on for five years," Greenblatt said.

NBC also announced "The Slap," an eight-episode miniseries that chronicles what happens after a child is slapped at a family barbeque, including the ensuing legal proceedings in this very politically correct time we live in.

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