Emerald City Discovers Its Dorothy in True Detective Season 2 Actress

Adria Arjona

Apparently, the Yellow Brick Road begins somewhere inside a gritty HBO crime anthology.

NBC’s event series Emerald City has cast True Detective Season 2 star Adria Arjona in the plum role of Dorothy, TVLine has learned.

A 10-episode, re-imagining of the classic Wizard of Oz universe — which blends elements from author L. Frank Baum’s 14-novel collection — Emerald City was scrapped last August due to creative differences between EP/writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and NBC. In April, the Peacock net revived the project with David Schulner (The Event) taking over the showrunner reins from Friedman. Shaun Cassidy (American Gothic, Invasion) will serve as executive producer alongside Schulner.

Here’s the official Emerald City logline: “In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.”

Arjona’s pre-True Detective credits include two-episode guest stint on Person of Interest and an installment of Unforgettable.

Does this casting sound totally Oz-some to you? (Sorry!) Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Wordsmith says:

    So Dorothy is supposed to be a 20-year-old police officer with K-9 training? Or does she just happen to own a trained police dog?
    That said, I totally bought the actress as a badass rookie cop on Person of Interest, so I’m sure she can pull it off in either case.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Does anybody remember if her character had interactions with Bear during her POI appearances? That would definitely add to the prevailing sense of deja vu when this series makes it to air.

    • johnhelvete says:

      The police handlers take those dogs home with at night and when the dogs retire, they often end up staying with their handlers and their families. The reality show on CBS, Dogs in the City did an episode where the retired police dog was having issues, the handler had a new dog partner so he had two dogs in the house, and the problem was solved by the man’s teenage son becoming the new handler/master or whatever the correct term is.

      • Wordsmith says:

        I see. So maybe Auntie Em is the K-9 officer in the family and Dorothy just takes care of Toto during off-duty hours. That works too.

  2. nate says:

    20? Um no

  3. bf07825 says:

    There are 13 or 14 books in the original series. And still they need to reimagine the story?

  4. dman6015 says:

    “Game of Oz”? “Wizard of Thrones?”

  5. Sarah says:

    This girl was so great on Person of Interest (I have never seen True Detective) that I wanted her to become a recurring character. Now I’m really interested in watching this.

  6. I wasn’t too impressed with season 1 of True Detective. So, I have fresh eyes going into season 2. I can watch True Detective via PureVPN

  7. Ro says:

    “Met her on a Monday and my heart stood still… da doo ron ron, da doo ron ron…” (sorry, reliving my teen years).

  8. nmc1496 says:

    I will watch anything that Shaun Cassidy is associated with….brilliant man!