First Syfy puts a post-apocalyptic The Wizard of Oz in the pipeline, and now CBS is doing their own version as a medical drama. If someone doesn’t get around to doing an outer space-set Wizard sci-fi comedy I will be sorely disappointed.
Deadline reports that executive producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Tinman Timberman, who brought Sherlock Holmes across the pond and into the new century with Elementary, are now working on Dorothy, “a medical soap based in New York City inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz.” Along with Beverly and Timberman Emily Fox, whose credits include Ghost Whisperer, Jane By Design, and the Olsen twins classic New York Minute, will executive produce and write.
Granted, I haven’t seen Elementary. It’s on my list; I’ve heard it’s really good. But this just sounds weird. How do you even do a The Wizard of Oz medical drama? Granted, it being based only on the show’s “characters and themes” and not its actual plot presumably means we won’t have Dr. Gale making her way through the hospital wing with Orderlies Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow to find the mysterious Hospital Director Oz so she can get her vacation time approved and go back home for a few weeks. I imagine Dorothy’s adventurous, curious spirit will be in service of her finding cures for things. But what’s the quest? There has to be a quest!
I don’t even know with this one, readers. I don’t even know. But I do know that, assuming Dorothy doesn’t go all Doogie Howser, M.D. and have its main character be a kid, I’ll be able to ship Dorothy and Scarecrow like I did when I was five, except this time I won’t look back at myself in a few decades’ time and feel vaguely uncomfortable about it.