NBC is planning to spend a lot of time in Fantasyland.
Moments after announcing on Sunday that the network would do a live version of "Peter Pan," NBC chief Robert Greenblatt said he has ordered "Emerald City," a 10-episode event series inspired by the books of L. Frank Baum.
"It's told through the eyes of a 20 year old Dororthy," Greenblatt explained at the TV critics press tour. "It's definitely not your grandmother's Oz."
The "Peter Pan" announcement comes after NBC had extraordinary ratings success with a live holiday airing of "The Sound of Music," headlined by Carrie Underwood.
"Get ready for flying children," Greenblatt told reporters.
Like "Sound of Music," the "Peter Pan" production, set to air Dec. 4, will be guided by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Maron. The cast has yet to de determined and though Greenblatt declined to reveal his dream choices for the title character, he joked that Miley Cyrus might be a fine fit for the role.
Gerenblatt pointed out that NBC aired a live version of "Peter Pan" in 1955 that drew an audience of 65 million. "Emerald City," a dark take on Dorothy's journey, has been described as a cross between "The Wizard of Oz"
and "Game of Thrones." It is being prepped for a midseason launch.