TV upfronts season is like your birthday–if your family celebrates your birthday by giving you some gifts you want and some stuff you absolutely do not want, while also keeping you in suspense over whether they’re going to take away and destroy some of your favorite toys/gadgets. But, whether you lost your favorite show in the greenlighting/cancelling melee that is upfronts season, there are plenty of shows hitting the silver screen this fall and winter to (possibly) fill the void left by finished or cancelled series. However, not all of these upcoming shows are going to be hits. While some, like Fox’s Gotham, are bound to get second seasons based on the buzz that’s already been building for months, others will fall by the wayside and may not even be worth checking out.
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As someone who loves television, I try to check out as many pilots as possible, but in the current TV culture where there are more shows than days in the year, it’s hardly practical to watch the pilot of every single new series. Instead, I try to watch all the trailers and read all the synopses for upcoming series and pick out all the shows that seem to have potential. After this upfronts season, I find myself with 20 series to check out in the fall (on top of all the shows already on my watch list). From there, I’ve narrowed down those to the top ten of which pilots I’m most anticipating. While this is by no means a list of shows that will definitely, absolutely be successful, these are the ten pilots I’m most excited to watch.
Last summer and fall it seemed Hollywood had caught Yellow Brick Fever as many major TV networks — CBS, NBC, CW, and Syfy — were looking to adapt L. Frank Baum’s classic work of literature: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Syfy was developing a post-apocalyptic Oz with Warriors of Oz, NBC began progress on a “dark reimagining” called Emerald City, CBS was working on a medical drama titled Dorothy, and CW was in talks to adapt Danielle Paige’s, at the time, forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die. Though none of those proposed TV series have made it to the silver screen just yet, they were being discussed around the same time as ABC’s fairy tale series Once Upon A Time announced plans of incorporating the classic good versus wicked standoff into their show.
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Though fans may not be happy with the quality or quantity of Oz adaptations, the influx is indicative of a persisting love inspired by Baum’s classic tale. Since the book was released over a century ago — it was first published in May of 1900 — the beloved story has spawned numerous sequels, been adapted to film, television, and the stage many times, as well as inspired multiple retellings in literature. Throughout the past 114 years of Oz history, there have been many iconic works based on Baum’s original book, and his stories are set to hit the big screen yet again in the limited release of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return on May 9. In honor of all the Wicked Witches in popular culture at the moment — Once Upon A Time’s season finale airs on Sunday — it seemed appropriate to talk about the best adaptations from Baum’s original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.