Emerald City - Season 1 Episode 1 "The Beast Forever"

Emerald City: Revisit the Land of Oz Tonight

Does Tarsem Singh’s Emerald City look freakin’ gorgeous or what?

There was little doubt that the creator of “The Fall” and “Immortals” would deliver some glorious eye candy with his reimagined Oz. That said, will audiences embrace Singh’s police officer Dorothy and the other changes to L. Frank Baum’s classic story? Personally, I feel like we know “The Wizard of Oz” pretty well, so why not attempt to take a different path along the yellow brick road? So far reviews have been mixed, but I recommend giving it a go and judging for yourself.

Besides, they pretty much had me at Vincent D’Onofrio playing The Wizard. You can meet the witches of Oz (including the lovely Joely Richardson) in the sneak peek below. Yeah, I’m about 70% sold. How about you, will you be tuning-in?

NBC’s official description for the series is as follows…

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world – a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, “Emerald City” is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.

Emerald City airs Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.