This one doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, at the moment.
CBS is developing a medical drama called 'Dorothy' which will both be a modern-day hospital soap set in New York City... and an adaptation of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.' Details as to just how both of these things can be true remain sketchy at the moment, so we're going to have to use our imaginations. The project is being developed by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, executive producers on 'Elementary,' which managed to update Sherlock Holmes and Watson for the modern day. Still, in 'Elementary,' Holmes is still a consulting detective, as he is in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original tales; the combination of the characters from 1900's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' with hospital soap opera seems a bit more difficult to grasp.
The project is being written by Emily Fox ('The Ghost Whisperer') so hopefully we'll have more details soon, as the concept is developed. L. Frank Baum wrote 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' as a children's novel; published in 1900, the book famously spawned a 1939 feature film adaptation that is widely considered one of the most important films in cinematic history. 'Dorothy' is far from the first television series adaptation of the story and its characters: in 1961, there was a short-lived animated series 'Tales of the Wizard of Oz' which spawned an animated TV movie entitled 'Return to Oz.' In 1990, ABC aired an animated series of their own, named for the 1939 film, which lasted a single season.
Much more recently, 2011 brought us 'The Witches of Oz,' a mini-series on the Sci-Fi Channel. Now called Syfy, the network is dipping into Baum's inkwell once again, as they are developing an action-drama series called 'Warriors of Oz.' In 'Warriors of Oz,' a present day hero will travel to a futuristic version of Oz where he or she will team up with warriors: Brainless, Heartless, and Coward; three guesses who those characters are?
There have been a fair amount of "Oz" remakes lately. This summer was Sam Raimi’s flick ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ starring James Franco. In 2014, there will be an animated movie ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.’ And, of course, there is the current running Broadway musical, ‘Wicked,’ based on the witches from Oz. Still, each of these versions still takes the Oz characters in an Oz setting telling Oz stories. Depicting a scarecrow version of McDreamy seems a bit too strange for some audiences. Time will tell if 'Dorothy' finds itself an engaging hook.
What do you think of all of the Oz adaptations coming down the chute?