The CW is Developing ‘Dorothy Must Die’, A ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama From ‘Heroes’ Creator Tim Kring

By September 8, 2013


It seems like a week doesn’t go by without news breaking that another head-scratching Oz-themed TV project is in the works. There’s SyFy’s “Warriors Of Oz,” CBS’ medical drama “Dorothy,” and NBC’s “Game of Thrones”-esque “Emerald City.” Now we have word that the CW is looking to pick up Tim Kring’s long-rumored project, “Dorothy Must Die.” I guess we all just need to surrender to the TV gods, because the networks are definitely gaga for Oz. DEAL WITH IT!

According to Deadline, the network, Kring and co-executive producers Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster are currently in negotiations to bring Danielle Paige’s yet-to-be-published young adult novel of the same name to TV screens everywhere. Paige’s twist on the classic tale is that Dorothy never left Oz and has basically become a fascist dictator, backed up by her trusty goons, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and yup…the Scarecrow too! Cue another naive Kansas girl who lands in Oz and is the only one who can take down the evil ruler, Dorothy. Sounds vaguely familiar. This being the CW, I guess we can all look forward to having our childhoods ruined by a sexy up-and-coming actor being cast as the Scarecrow.

Okay, I have to confess, I’m a shameless CW show watcher and this sounds kind of interesting to me in a guilty pleasure, “Vampire Diaries” kind of way. I’m not proud. So I’m definitely willing to check it out if it ever goes to air. I also have a bit of a soft spot for Kring and would really love to see him redeem himself after he tried my patience with “Heroes” and then totally broke my heart. Remember how good the first season was until the finale? Still bummed about it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if “Dorothy Must Die” is his big comeback.

What do you think of all the Oz-related projects in the works? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.