TV News: Emerald, Living, City, Enlisted

Emerald City
NBC has opted not to move forward with “Emerald City,” a ten episode modern and dark reimagining of the classic L. Frank Baum Oz tales said to be more akin to the likes of “Game of Thrones” than the 1939 MGM film.

Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman’s project would’ve drawn from Baum’s original fourteen books and featured more battles, political maneuvers and a very different take on the infamous wizard. Though ordered straight to series, the plan has been scrapped due to a “difference in vision” between the network and show runners. [Source: Variety]

The Living and the Dead
“Life on Mars” and “Ashes to Ashes” co-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are re-teaming for the six-part supernatural period drama series “The Living and the Dead” for The BBC .

Set in the English countryside in 1888, the story follows a gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. Appleby investigates hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations, encouraged by the Society for Psychical Research. [Source: The Guardian]

White City
“Syriana” writer/director Stephen Gaghan is set to direct and executive produce AMC’s geopolitical drama pilot “White City” which deals with Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

The story follows Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. [Source: Deadline]

Following prolonged negotiations with Yahoo Screen, the streaming company has opted to decline bringing back Kevin Biegel’s semi-autobiographical canceled military comedy “Enlisted” for another season.

Fox scrapped the show after one season and Yahoo began talks to pick up the show, much like it did with NBC’s “Community”. Unfortunately Yahoo Screen and producer Fox 21 could not come to terms on a budget for a second season. [Source: The Live Feed]