A drama series that had a long road to make it to the air at NBC is now going away quickly after just one season. Variety reports that the network has canceled the “Wizard of Oz”-inspired “Emerald City.”
“Debuting in January, ‘Emerald City’ never found an audience over its 10 episodes,” Variety notes. “Opening to 4.5 million viewers, the drama dipped week-to-week to a season low of 2.3 million viewers, slightly ticking up for its finale with an audience of just under 2.9 million.”
The report notes that the fantasy series’ journey to make it onto the schedule was a twisted road.
“It first landed a straight-to-series order for the 2014-2015 season, but NBC opted to pass on the ambitious series, which at that time was being developed by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman,” Variety reports. “Then, for the next season, the network retooled the series with David Schulner, giving yet another straight-to-series 10-episode order in spring 2015, though NBC did not put ‘Emerald City’ on the schedule until early 2017.”
The show’s cancellation follows the demise of another NBC freshman series, “Powerless,” which was pulled from the network’s schedule.