CBS is reportedly developing L. Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz' as a medical drama set in New York.
L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” is set to be the inspiration for a new CBS show titled “Dorothy,” which is described as “a medical soap based in New York City inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz,” according to Deadline.
Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, who have both executive-produced the literary adaptations “Elementary” and “Justified,” are set to executive-produce the show. Writer Emily Fox, who worked on “Ghost Whisperer” and co-wrote the screenplay for the Olsen twins film “New York Minute,” is writing the pilot and also serving as an executive producer.
Although the show is still in the early stages of development, some commentators are already expressing a blend of surprise and disgust at the idea. A story by io9 reporter Rob Bricken ran with the headline “Apocalypse nears as CBS orders a Wizard of Oz-themed medical drama,” while TVLine writer Matt Webb Mitovich asked, “How will such a thing work? And is there an animal hospital spin-off for Toto and the Flying Monkeys?” Collider writer Adam Chitwood called it a “head-scratcher.”