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How About This: "The Wizard of Oz" Television Show!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 6, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 6, 2009 |

In a sign of just how desperate they’ve gotten over on NBC for an actual hit — two weeks ago, they had exactly one TV show in the top 20, “ER,” though even its season average was 50th, and for the season, “The Biggest Loser” is their biggest hit — they are now developing an hour-long drama based on The Wizard of Oz. It’s a modern retelling where Dorothy moves from Kansas to Manhattan (her Emerald City), where she has to deal with a wicked boss at her job in the art world.Ah, a workplace comedy based on “The Wizard of Oz.” The possibilities are endless! The heartless receptionist! The brainless sexual harassing co-worker! And the cowering accountant. Brilliant. Sheesh.

Man, William Jennings Bryan is getting a lot of mileage out of that “Cross of Gold” speech.

Overseeing development on “Dorothy Gale,” is Jason Katims, a writer/producer for “Friday Night Lights.” He’s already working on the second attempt to adapt Parenthood for the small screen. Bridget Carpenter, whose other credits include “Bionic Woman” and “Dead Like Me” is exec-producing.

In other meaningless television news, “More to Love,” the Paul Blart / Bachelor reality show we reported on last week, is set to roll out this summer. I only mention this because I can’t seem to let go of the fact that Variety made the same “Fatchelor” joke twice in one short article. Michael Schneider: You are wit personified.

Finally, I’ve never seen the half-hour comedy, “The Game,” over on the CW. In fact, I’ve never even heard of it, though it’s been on the air for three seasons. However, the CW is completely giving up on half-hour comedies next season, so they are apparently giving some consideration to turning “The Game” into an hour-long dramedy. I am hard-pressed to give a damn. But a TV news round-up needs at least three items.

The Fatchelor! Ha!

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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