We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto, we’re back in the wonderful Land of Oz.
After the books, the film and the musical comes a new TV series based loosely on the L. Frank Baum “Wizard of Oz” books. This modern reimagining of the classic story is directed by Tarsem Singh.
It features amazing visuals and several daring plot changes. This time, Dorothy is all grown up and working as a police officer. A tornado transports her to the Land of Oz, where lots of full-sized, medieval-style tribes-people have replaced the Munchkins.
The Wicked Witch of the West is running a brothel, while the good witch, Glinda, runs an orphanage. Dorothy pals up with, not a scarecrow, but a soldier with amnesia who has been mysteriously crucified. Another key character is an abused, transgender teen.
The show has been described as “Grimm meets Game of Thrones,” and it certainly contains lots more sex and violence than we usually find in Oz.
Emerald City premieres on NBC on January 6th.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Fans of the Lemony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books, and/or fans of the Jim Carrey film of the same name, will be counting the days until the premiere of the new “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Netflix show.
The hugely popular stories about the Baudelaire orphans and their adventures are long overdue for a TV adaptation. Neil Patrick Harris will be bringing on the evil in the role of Count Olaf, while Malina Weissman is Violet, Louis Hynes is Klaus and Presley Smith is baby Sunny. Patrick Warburton plays the narrator, Lemony Snicket. The eight-episode series promises to be whimsically witty, with plenty of plot twists and macabre humour. Neil Patrick Harris will be singing a constantly evolving theme song, too; can’t wait!
Head to tvthatrocks for full updates of the show when Netflix releases the whole series on January 13th.
24 without Kiefer Sutherland? Dammit! If that’s your reaction, perhaps you should give the premiere of 24: Legacy a chance, or at least see what tvthatrocks has to say about it.
Jack Bauer is nowhere to be seen and instead this spin-off show will focus on a new hero, Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins. Returning to America after taking out some bad guys, ex-military man Carter is an assassination target, but he is more concerned about, you guessed it, foiling a huge terrorist attack on American soil. 24: Legacy uses the series iconic ‘real-time’ format but has all new characters. It's rumoured, however, that Kiefer Sutherland might make a cameo appearance at some point.
The 24: Legacy premiere has a prime spot as lead-out program for the Super Bowl on February 5th.