Tin Man – Part 1 of 2

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore when SPACE gets swept into another world with the thrilling, three-part mini-series TIN MAN.  A dark re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Emmy®-award winning TIN MAN airs over three consecutive nights beginning Saturday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET and continuing with Episode 2 on Sunday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The two episodes air again on Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, before TIN MAN concludes with Episode 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

TIN MAN is The Wizard of Oz for a new generation. Viewers familiar with Baum’s storyline will delight in the clever ways this new interpretation echoes the old. However, the Ozian realm portrayed in TIN MAN, a menacing world populated by wicked sisters, cowardly psychics, and brain-drained inventors, is much further over the rainbow than ever before.

In the premiere episode, a fierce tornado rips DG (Zooey Deschanel) from her life as a waitress in the Midwest and drops her in The O.Z. (The Outer Zone).   DG soon discovers that the new Oz is a bewitched, fantastical land that’s no place like home. Plunged into a decade-long night of fear by the sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), the O.Z. is oppressed by dark magic. Aided by her Longcoat storm troopers – led by Zero (Callum Keith Rennie) – and winged Mobat (“monkey bat”) spies, Azkadellia has seized power from her mother, the rightful queen, and neutralized powerful Ozian leaders like the Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss). 

As she searches desperately for a way home, DG collects a group of ragged but loyal companions: Glitch (Alan Cumming) who lost his brain in Azkadellia’s torture chamber, Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough) a heartbroken ex-cop (or “Tin Man”), and the fearful Raw (Raoul Trujillo), one of the half-wolverine oracles used and discarded by Azkadellia.

Azkadellia’s sole purpose is to possess the Emerald of the Eclipse, end the royal family line and bring everlasting darkness to the O.Z. Standing in her way is DG, who has the map coordinates to the emerald’s location buried in her subconscious.  With every step down the famed brick road, emboldened by her own emerging memories, DG learns to shed her old identity and embrace her true destiny.

TIN MAN is directed by Nick Willing. The series was written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, who also serve as executive producers along with Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

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