Every week, Emerald City executive producers David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy will bring EW behind the scenes and explain the ins-and-outs of the new NBC dark fantasy series inspired by the Land of Oz books. Here, Cassidy spills on episode 8, “Lions in Winter,” via a script.
INT. NBC/UNIVERSAL STUDIOS – AUGUST, 2015 – DAY
We’re TIGHT ON the face of Executive Producer DAVID SCHULNER.
It’s a good face, a face that has served David well for most
of his forty-one years, but today, it’s wrestling with a
volcano of emotion.
Schulner’s producing partner, SHAUN CASSIDY, enters. He’s
just turned in his script, “Lions In Winter,” the eighth
episode in their forthcoming limited series, “Emerald City.”
Cassidy looks at Schulner in eager anticipation.
Schulner lets out a deep sigh.
SCHULNER: It’s incredible.
CASSIDY: Really? You really think so?
SCHULNER: I do. And I love how you reveal the
lion. I only wish…
Schulner hesitates. Cassidy leans in.
CASSIDY (with concern): David?
Schulner’s head falls into his hands.
SCHULNER: I KNOW! AND I HATE MYSELF FOR IT!
SCHULNER (CONT’D): Lucas and Dorothy were a couple for
the ages! What was I thinking?!
CASSIDY: Plot twist?
SCHULNER: Damn the plot twist! We’ve got
enough trouble in the world now. Oz
should be an escapist paradise! A
land where love conquers all!
SCHULNER: Glinda’s just sent Lucas to kill
CASSIDY: Well, every relationship has its
SCHULNER: No. Our only hope is the finale.
(wheels turning; half to himself)
If Dorothy somehow doesn’t get back
CASSIDY: Aren’t we calling it “No Place Like
CASSIDY: Okay, but–
SCHULNER: We march to our own drummer!
(pulling out his phone)
I’m going to call Tarsem and see
what he thinks about getting
Dorothy and Lucas back together.
CASSIDY: Tarsem’s scouting dungeons in
SCHULNER: Then he should be in a good mood.
CASSIDY: David, I really think you’re
overreacting. Getting Dorothy homeis very
important. Learning the truth about her
mother and finding her way back to Kansas
is the culmination of her entire story.
The hero’s journey, right?
SCHULNER: Don’t give me that Joseph Campbell crap.
CASSIDY: I’m just saying that this is
everything we’ve been working toward
all year, and if we don’t
get Dorothy home–
SCHULNER: She and Lucas can live happily ever
Cassidy looks at him pointedly.
CASSIDY: And wouldn’t that be… boring?
Schulner holds, realizing he’s right. Cassidy sighs,
heads for the door.
SCHULNER: You’re welcome.
CASSIDY: You are going to be alright alone
SCHULNER: I’ll be fine. Maybe I’ll write a
scene where Dorothy kills a bunch
of the Wizard’s soldiers. That
ought to make me feel better.
CASSIDY: See you in the morning.
He exits. Schulner returns to his desk. Sits. After a beat,
he picks up his phone and punches in a series of numbers.
And off Schulner, we…
Emerald City airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.