NBC orders Oz-themed show "Emerald City" to series and "The Slap"

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NBC is building its 2013-14 lineup a little early. Moments after announcing that Peter Pan will be the 2014 follow-up to The Sound of Music Live!, network entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association that the network has ordered two projects: Emerald City and The Slap.

Emerald City, one of several Wizard of Oz projects that's been floating around, is a dark retelling of the famous L. Frank Baum book series. Greenblatt said he expected a midseason launch for the project, which will run for 10 episodes.

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

Described as a "dramatic and modern reimagining," Emerald City focuses on a head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale -- unwittingly sent to Oz, where she finds herself at the center of an epic and bloody battle. Writer Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman will serve as executive producers, with Universal Television producing.

Additionally, NBC has ordered the eight-part miniseries The Slap. The event series chronicles the fallout of what happens when a child is slapped at a family BBQ.Greenblatt and entertainment president Jennifer Salke were confident that it would only run as a miniseries.