Emerald City Canceled; Rise & For God and Country Picked Up to Series at NBC

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NBC has been getting busy now that the threat of the writers' strike has passed and the upfronts are looming.

Fans of Emerald City have to make peace with the ending of that extravagant series, because what's done is done.

That's right, NBC has decided not to move forward with a second season.

A Formidable Force - Emerald City Season 1 Episode 10

The Wizard of Oz movie and the books by Frank I. Baum were successful. 

Everything else that has come after has been somewhat challenging, to say the least.

That's not to say Emerald City didn't have its fans, but audiences roared more about whether or not the series was remaining true to source material than they took the time to enjoy what was presented to them, and that didn't make for an enjoyable experience overall.

If anybody is asking for my opinion, here it is: Let the originals rest on their beauty and the others fall away from memory.

Rise on NBC

NBC picked up two dramas for the fall schedule. Both were early contenders and had already started fully staffing their writers' rooms. Surprise! They're official now.

Rise (formerly known as Drama High) comes from Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and centers on a dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) who gains the self confidence he needs to take over the local high school's theater department.

What he achieves with the department not only inspires and motivates the faculty, but invigorates the entire working class town.

Theater Students on Rise

The series stars Radnor, Rosie Perez and Marley Shelton, as well as a young cast featuring Moana star Auli’i Cravalho. Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett and Shirley Rumierk also-co-star.

Stranger Things standout Shannon Purser (BARB!!!) has a recurring role.

For God and Country Cast

For God and Country has also been picked up to series.

There are a lot of military-themed dramas in the works at various networks. We here at TV Fanatic greatly enjoyed SIX on History and look forward to a few more catching on across the dial.

The series, starring Anne Heche and Mike Vogel, is described as heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes.

Heche is D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell, whose team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C.

Anne Heche on For God and Country

Vogel is Adam Dalton, who has works in coordination with Campbell with his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists using their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

NBC The cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal. 

What do you think?

Are you upset about the cancelation of Emerald City? Did you have ideas on how the series could have been salvaged for a second season?

Do either of the new series calls to your heart? Which one sounds like a winner?

While you're pondering the wins, you can watch Emerald City online to make your open wound feel better.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Emerald City Quotes

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