Cable Channel's First Scripted Development Slate Includes Updates on 'Wizard of Oz,' Henry VIII Deadline

With its first scripted development slate, E! Entertainment is featuring a number of projects based on pop culture, including a contemporary story based on "The Wizard of Oz" and another setting the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII in present-day Hollywood, reports

The new projects come after NBCUniversal cable networks chief Bonnie Hammer took over responsibility for E! and made adding scripted programming a priority for the news- and reality-focused network, the story says.

Other scripted projects include "The 400," a period drama about the Vanderbilt dynasty in the 1890s, and "Upstarts," produced by Kevin Spacey and Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca, about the Silicon Valley digital boom in the late 1990s, the story notes.