You wake up in a hospital bed. You barely remember what got you there, though you still feel a bit shaken from whatever it was. Was it a car accident? No…you don’t think so. Did you get jumped while walking home at night? Hmm…no. Your doctor comes in and you ask her, “Doc, what happened to me?” She picks up your chart, stares at it for a moment, and calls a nurse in. You close your eyes expecting the worst. While your eyes remain closed, she hollers for two more nurses to bring you some lunch and change your bedpan. Why is it taking so long for her to tell you what’s wrong? You open one eye and, wait, WHAT?! THERE’S A SCARECROW CHANGING YOUR BEDPAN?! A LION LOOKING AT YOUR CHART?!!? A TIN MAN ATTEMPTING TO CARRY IN A TRAY OF LUNCH?! WWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NO WONDER WHY IT’S TAKING SO LONG! From Deadline:

The producers who brought Sherlock Holmes to New York for CBS, are doing the same with some other classic literary characters. CBS has put in development Dorothy, a drama project from Elementary executive producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. The project, from CBS TV Studios where Timberman/Beverly Prods. is based, is described as a medical soap based in New York City inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz. Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer) will write the script and executive produce with Beverly and Timberman.

Uh. What? So it’s about four people and each one of them has a flaw in common with one of the main characters in the Wizard of Oz, I guess? You couldn’t just PICK NEW FLAWS? “Well, I want to make a medical drama, but I wish some character traits were already laid out for me. I’m willing to stretch.” What is this world?! We have already gone around too many times with the old ideas, so now we have to vaguely layer the old ideas on top of other boring done-to-death ideas, in order to have some Frankenstein’s monster of old ideas? Okay. WE THROW UP OUR HANDS, CBS. Who should play the Dorothy just kidding let’s go back to bed!

Comments (30)
  1. Maybe there will be less explosions than *ER*.

  2. Did you guys see that episode of Scrubs where JD was like Dorothy (in fact Dr. Cox called him that!) and Carla was like the lion and Elliot was like the scarecrow and Turk was like the tin man? Anyway, it was really great and this makes me think of that.

    I find more and more lately when I read the premise for a show I think to myself, “That could work for one to two episodes or (with other ones) maybe one season, but how are they gonna be able to sustain that for multiple seasons?” This is one of those shows. They can’t be looking for a brain, heart, and courage every episode! I think lately people pitch shows that they don’t think about where it’s gonna be in season 5 or 6 because they figure if they get that far, they’ll figure it out (thanks, Lost!)

    • this is where I like the BBC method- 6 episode seasons. If they can figure out how to do it for than 6 episodes then they make another season*. If not, you just have 6 episodes of a well-executed concept.

      *series, in England

      • Personally, I don’t like this plan at all. TV is designed to be an ongoing medium and so show creators and prospective show runners should have a plan for an extended story (obviously procedurals and status-returning sitcoms have a slightly different MO) and if they don’t, they should be working in a different media (movies maybe?).

  3. “If I only had a brain…and better coverage.”

  4. It’s too early for this. Back to bed!

  5. I’m worried because the Tin Man could easily be melted down and remade into bed pans. Or maybe in this retelling he could be made of bed pans? I dunno, there are a lot of different ways you could go with this.

  6. Elementary was surprisingly great, but that doesn’t make me trust CBS. I also just really don’t like medical dramas.


    NURSE AUNTIE EM wheels in an unconscious man. His skin is tinged grey but he has no other signs of illness.

    What’s his story?

    We’re not sure yet but we think it may be lupus.

    DR. DOROTHY puts her stethoscope to his chest, then recoils in horror.

    I don’t think we’re in lupus anymore. [dramatic pause] THIS MAN HAS NO HEART!

  8. CBS is great at updating those old dusty IPs, somebody pass this pitch along to them. It’s Moby Dick but it’s now a cop show, the whale is now a pretty young woman detective, Captain Ahab is a pretty young man detective, they solve crimes together and the big question is “will they or won’t they?”

    (Ishmael is the quirky ME, ovb)

  9. Still a good chance this show is medically more credible than Dr. Oz.

  10. So you’ve got:

    -An attending with robotic personality and crappy bedside manner.
    -A doctor who’s terrified of whatever he used to do because like, maybe he;s a surgeon but he left a guy on the table or something.
    -A loveable dope.
    -A bitch.
    – A woman main character narrating this because we see it through her lense. She’s finding her way in a new world.

    Congrats, you made a Grey’s Anatomy and ER hybrid. You did it!

    • The phrase “finding her way in a new world” just made me barf because it’s obviously going to be used in commercials for this show.

  11. The characters “and themes” of the Wizard of Oz? So is Dorothy going to spend every episode wandering around lost in the strange, sinister hospital, trying to avoid the woman whose sister she killed, desperate to get home? Because I’d watch THAT show. (American Horror Story: Emerald City Institute)

  12. Man, all I am getting from this is that the world might be ready for my dream show Jane Eyre update following Jane and Bertha as the HUNT GHOSTS!

  13. Didn’t we already have a Wizard of Oz themed prison show? Called Oz? Am I not getting something here?

  14. Every episode: “This man doesn’t have a heart. He’s quite dead.” “This man doesn’t have a brain. He is also quite dead.” “This man has no courage. Send him away, this is a hospital.”

  15. OK, now I want a Never Never Land SVU

  16. They should call it ‘Ozpital and set it in the East End of London, to justify the dropped h in the title.

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