ENTERTAINMENT
Oscars 2017 live updates: Stars get red carpet ready

Tarsem Singh

'Emerald City' takes a dark but ponderous journey down the yellow brick road

'Emerald City' takes a dark but ponderous journey down the yellow brick road

“Game of Thrones” consistently ranks as one of TV’s most pirated shows.  If “Emerald City,” premiering Friday on NBC, is any indication, it’s also become one of the most widely imitated.  

Though it is billed as a dark new take on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which has inspired scores  of adaptations over the past century, the 10-episode miniseries probably owes more to George R.R. Martin — or for that matter, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — than L. Frank Baum. (And, if I’m being honest, some royalties may also be due to the “Outlander” team.)

Directed in its entirety by Tarsem Singh (“The Fall”), “Emerald City” is NBC’s second recent trip down the...

58°