Meet Dorothy and the Oz-some Residents of NBC's Emerald City

NBC is off to the see the Wizard… at some point during the upcoming TV season. But until the Peacock sets foot on the Yellow Brick Road, TVLine has your first sneak peek at the colorful array of characters on tap for the Oz-some event series Emerald City.

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Debuting during the 2014-15 TV season, Emerald opens with Dorothy, a 20-year-old woman desperate for clues to the identity of her biological mother, breaking into a sinister facility somewhere in the Midwest. When her mission is foiled by security, Dorothy steals a K9 police dog and speeds away… into the path of a tornado. Said twister transports her to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy — in other words, the Land of Oz in a way never seen before, a realm where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long. A horse of a different color, indeed.

Who all will inhabit this strange new world? Check out the casting calls for Emerald, then do the thing you do in Comments and cast away!

DOROTHY GALE | A natural, and not waify, beauty scarred by past experiences, Dorothy has patched a life together for herself despite the fact that she sells herself short. Outward insecurity and lack of self-awareness hide the savior survivor that she will discover she truly is.

WEST | This 30something femme is a corruptive — and fearsome — force of nature, a drugged-out virtuoso filled with self-loathing. She’s equal parts compelling and unsettling.

NORTH | In her 30s or 40s, this Type-A manipulative perfectionist has a bit of a “big sister” relationship to West.

HENRY | The series’ male romantic lead, this handsome and well-built gent presents a seemingly open nature that belies a bit of a past.  #Denry

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THE WIZARD | On the exterior, this 40something male is a charismatic and politically astute leader, earnest in his beliefs and intentions but also an “ends justify the means” sort. His showmanship however conceals a dangerous, and perhaps deadly, seriousness.

EAMONN | The Wizard’s righthand man is unquestioningly loyal. A strong, silent type.

TIP | All of 15 and harboring a secret past, this lass is undergoing the discomfort of discovering her sexuality.

JACK | Tip’s neighbor and closest friend, an adventurous and energetic teen.

OJO | A member of the Munja’kin, a primitive and isolated cross-pollinated culture, this stoic and fearsome man (mid-30s to early 40s) is rather unsympathetic to Dorothy’s plight.

SYLVIA | A “good mimic” is sought to play this odd, feral and haunted 10-year-old.

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  1. Shazay says:

    Henry is her love interest? Isn’t that the name of her uncle. Ew. I’ll give it a shot if its done well. I hope it’s visually appealing and not too dark.

    • Yeah, weird. Making the Scarecrow the love interest would make more sense.

    • S. says:

      Are they trying to get a shipper hashtag going off of a casting call description? Or was that TVLine?

    • S says:

      I read the pilot script a while ago and Henry IS the Scarecrow. He doesn’t remember who he is when Dorothy finds him strung up on a post. His name in the script is actually “The Man Without a Name”…but Dorothy decides to call him Henry (they don’t give a reason…maybe it reminds her of home?).

      The overall script is pretty good, but if they don’t cast a GOOD Dorothy the whole thing is going to fall apart since she’s in like 98% of the scenes.

      • S. says:

        Hey TVLine comments twinsie. Threw me for a sec to see your post right below one of mine. I thought I was losin’ it. Just want to make it clear to others (although they probably don’t care), we are not the same person. I almost never see your posts so either we don’t follow the same shows typically or you don’t post as often. In any case, ‘sup. Interesting info on the pilot. Kinda creepy if she names him after her uncle, but Henry’s a decent name. Is the uncle named Henry in this show’s world?

    • Geo says:

      Yeah, Henry Gale was Dorothy’s uncle, so that’s a highly peculiar choice. Maybe they’re going for an icky Game of Thrones thing?

      On another note, if they’re gonna make real-world equivalents of the Oz characters, shouldn’t Tip be male-to-female transgender (i.e., SPOILER ALERT from the Oz books: Tip is a male character who later transforms into Ozma, one of the major female characters of the Oz series)? Maybe that’s what they mean by “discovering her sexuality”?

      • liz says:

        It would be fabulous is Tip was trans. But I doubt NBC is going to do that. And if they do “discovering her sexuality” is the wrong phrase to use about someone whose trans.

  2. Kissan says:

    I want Stefanie Scott for Dorothy FTW!!!

  3. spindae2 says:

    Lyndsy Fonesca for the lead!

  4. K says:

    AnnaSophia Robb or Zoey Deutch for Dorothy!

  5. Pickle says:

    Jodele Ferland, or someone like her, for Dorothy.

  6. Braddock says:

    I’m just hoping this is done better than what Once Upon a Time and supernatural did.

  7. Please do not let them typecast Bex Taylor-Klaus as Tip. Amen.

  8. Aleana says:

    My choice for cast Tracy Spiridakos as Dorothy Sarah Michelle Gellar as West Elizabeth Mitchell as North Matt Lantar as Henry

    • Aleana says:

      Kyle MaclachIan as The wizard Johnathon Schaech as Eamonn Bex Taylor- Klaus or Sofia Black D’ellia as Tip Robbie Amell as Jack Mark Pellegrino as OJO Johnny Seguoyoh as Sylvia

    • S. says:

      Supposedly back when she got the role in Revolution, Tracy’s high school congratulated her, saying she was from the Class of 2000. Then her hometown paper said she was in her early 20s when she was playing a 15yo on a show there. She’s been secretive about her exact age for years, but she wasn’t some genius that graduated at age 12. Assuming she graduated like anybody else at around 18, it’d make her around 32, not 26 which would still be too old for a 20yo, outwardly insecure Dorothy even if were her real age. If she can get cast in younger parts, more power to her, but c’mon gone are the days where hiding this kind of thing works forever. She seems like she’s 32 with good genes.

      • S. says:

        Just for the sake of citing, the high school thing was a June 2012 newsletter and the hometown paper was from 2009, an article called “No trick, all treat” about a show called Majority Rules. Before anybody tries to act like I care way too much, I was just looking up the people I didn’t know that others were mentioning on this thread, trying to figure out if they could play the part (that Jordelle Ferland seems interesting, had no idea who she is but she’s actually the right age). Many of them are too old or are youthful but too worldly for the character description. I saw Tracy’s pic and thought there’s something weird here. A quick google search turned up this info that others had already posted.

  9. Tedi says:

    Dorothy – Meaghan Rath
    West – Ari Graynor or Heather Hemmens
    North – Jeanne Tripplehorn
    Henry – Jason Dohring
    Wizard – Patrick Fabian or James Van der Beek

    • S. says:

      Jeanne Tripplehorn is 51 but she looks great, could play 40s but not 30s, depends on what they wanna do with the part. I dunno about Meaghan for this particular part but she does seem nice though, and I’d watch her in something. I remember her interview on Craig Ferguson because his wife’s name is Megan and she teased his wife for spelling it the “lazy way.” The audience got all ‘ooooh snap’ and he yelled at them which made me laugh.

      • Tedi says:

        I agree, she is older than specified but I think she could pull off type-A big sister. Meaghan to me has good comedic timing which could break the predicted heaviness of the role and based on past roles I think she could play vulnerable, insecurity well. What do you think of the other choices?

    • liz says:

      Jason Dohring! yes!

  10. “TIP | All of 15 and harboring a secret past, this lass is undergoing the discomfort of discovering her sexuality.”

    Insert obligatory lesbian coming-of-age story. Yawn.

  11. Fabe says:

    If we could get Sarah Michelle Gellar as either North or West, I’d probably explode.

  12. TVFan says:

    Based on the descriptions, I am guessing that Dorothy will find out that her long lost mother is none other than North.

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  14. liz says:

    “A natural, and not waify, beauty”
    …. and yet they will undoubtedly cast a waify girl.

  15. liz says:

    it better be good, that’s all I have to say. Less ‘Tin Man’ and more ’10th Kingdom’ – get Diane Weist if they have to.