You just can’t make this stuff up.  We thought it was a joke at first, but it’s real.

Have they really thought this through?

Have they really thought this through?

The same producers who brought Sherlock Holmes to New York for CBS are now trying to do the same thing with other classic literary characters.  CBS has greenlit  Dorothy, a drama project from Elementary executive producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. The show is described as “a medical soap based in New York City inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz.”

We kid you not.  Why these things go together is something nobody at Krypton Radio can figure out.

Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer) will write the script and executive produce with  Beverly and Timberman.

The original book by Frank L. Baum was written more than a hundred years ago.  The 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been been pursued for screen adaptations and interpretations for decades now, including the 1939 feature classic which will soon mark its 75th anniversary, and the recent box office bomb Oz the Great and Powerful.  The Syfy Channel is currently developing Warriors Of Oz, a mini-series project from Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov  that is described as a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story. Beverly and Timberman’s series credits also include Unforgettable, Justified and Masters Of Sex, only one of which was well received by the public (Unforgettable, from 1996, didn’t live up to its title), and another of which nobody’s even seen yet (Masters of Sex, debuting in September 2013 on Showtime).

There’s a dispute between Time Warner and CBS over the rates CBS wants to charge for their services, and Time Warner has dropped them.  So, no CBS Television, and no Showtime wherever Time Warner Cable is concerned.  Will the public even see the Masters of Sex series, let alone Dorothy?

At about 5 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 2, Time Warner Cable removed CBS stations in Gotham, L.A., Dallas and five other smaller markets, after the companies could not agree on retransmission terms. The operator also removed Showtime and other CBS-owned cablers, while the Eye retaliated by blocking TW Cable broadband subs from accessing full-length episodes on and mobile apps.

Kristine Cherry of The Corsair’s Closet on Krypton Radio recently declared that CBS probably now stands for “currently broadcasting snow”.  Time Warner contends that CBS is trying to charge 600% what their competitors are.  CBS declares this to be nonsense.  There’s no way to check on this, because only Time Warner actually has all the figures from all the other providers to do that kind of comparison.  However, if Dorothy represents the kind of thinking going on at CBS these days,  there’s little reason to expect this situation to result in anything like quality programming.

This Dorothy series idea sounds more like a Madlibs accident than a real project.  Oh, God, let us be wrong.

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