Nowadays, NBC is desperately looking to put itself back on the map, and they are willing to take some chances to do it. Fortunately for those us who who love our science fiction and fantasy, that means they are willing to take some high-profile risks, such as their decision to produce the somewhat expensive series ‘Emerald City‘ directed by Tarsem Singh (known for choosing some pricey locations), a new twist on the L. Frank Baum book series ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was based upon. The show is going to air on Friday nights alongside the final season of ‘Grimm,’ both of which will premiere mid-season, and clearly NBC is hoping some of the ‘Grimm’ audience will be attracted to the sci-fi and fantasy elements of ‘Emerald City,’ especially since it is focusing on a modern take on the classic world, where science and magic are battling for dominance in a very adult looking Oz, and Dorothy appears to be a beat cop from Kansas struggling to find her way home, and not some helpless little girl.

NBC has released another promor recently, which you can check out below.  It features lots of footage from the series (which does look gorgeous), and also features interviews from the cast and crew, highlighting the difference between their characters and the ones we all remember from the classic film (Dorothy is edgier, the Scarecrow is a really a guy left to die in a field who Dorothy saves, and vows to protect her from that point forward), and gives us a glimpse of the world, the actors, and what we can expect from the series, which appears to have a lot of potential. Check them out for yourself below, and then let us know your opinion of ‘Emerald City’ in the comments section below!

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world — a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, “Emerald City” is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.

‘Emerald City’ premieres on NBC on Friday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT and 8pm C.

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