The 10th Kingdom
Part I: Sunday, February 27 (9-11 p.m. ET);
Part II: Monday, February 28 (8-10 p.m. ET);
Part III: Wednesday, March 1 (8-10 p.m. ET);
Part IV: Sunday, March 5 (9-11 p.m. ET);
Part V: Monday, March 6 (8-10 p.m. ET)
Continuing to re-shape the longform programming
landscape, NBC brings the multi-part miniseries back to network
television after more than a decade with "The 10th Kingdom," an
inventive 10-hour fantasy saga and special effects extravaganza
from Hallmark Entertainment and award-winning executive producer
Robert Halmi, Sr. This clever piece of original storytelling from
Emmy winner Simon Moore ("Gulliver's Travels") about a girl (Virginia,
a New York waitress), a dog (really an enchanted prince) -- and
an alternate reality (entered through a vortex in Central Park)
takes the audience on a wild romp through a fantastic dimension
where familiar fairytales are reinvented in new -- often hilarious
and sometimes sinister -- grown-up terms.
Five-time Emmy winner John Larroquette ("Night
Court," "The Practice") heads the stellar cast which includes "Father
of the Bride's" Kimberly Williams, Emmy and two-time Oscar winner
Dianne Wiest ("Hannah and Her Sisters," "Bullets Over Broadway"),
Rutger Hauer ("Merlin," "Blade Runner"), Golden Globe nominee Ed
O'Neill ("Married with Children"), Scott Cohen ("Jacob's Ladder,"
"The Mambo Kings") and Daniel Lapaine ("Brokedown Palace," "Dangerous
Beauty"). Emmy winner Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") also stars
as Snow White.
A genre-shattering mix of fantasy, sophisticated
humor, adventure and intelligence, "The 10th Kingdom" is directed
by David Carson ("Star Trek") and Herbert Wise ("I Claudius"). Writer
Simon Moore and Brian Eastman ("Diana") are producers.
After Virginia (Williams), a twenty-something
waitress who lives in New York City with her ne'er-do-well janitor
father, Tony (Larroquette), befriends a stray dog (who turns out
to be a bewitched prince) on her way to work at the Grill on the
Green restaurant in Central Park, she and her father are transported,
via a magic mirror, to the Land of Nine Kingdoms. In this alternate
dimension, an evil queen (Wiest) has escaped from the Snow White
Memorial Prison and is trying to usurp the throne from Prince Wendell
(Lapaine). Virginia and her father get caught up in the intrigue
and are pursued by the Troll King (O'Neill), his disgusting children
and the queen's evil huntsman (Hauer). They are aided by Wolf (Cohen),
a handsome, sardonic and conflicted wolfman who is allied with the
queen, but falls in love with Virginia.
As Virginia and Tony try to find their way
back to New York (the 10th kingdom), they are caught up in a series
of bizarre adventures vaguely reminiscent of familiar fairytale
situations -- but always with a slight twist. During their journey,
Virginia comes to realize that she has never dealt with her anger
over her mother's abandonment of her when she was a child. She also
begins to fall in love with Wolf, who is doing a lot of personal
growth in order to tame the beast within and win Virginia's trust.
With a little advice from an older and wiser Snow White (Manheim),
Virginia comes to terms with her feelings about her mother. Now
strong and confident, Virginia battles the evil queen, restoring
Prince Wendell to his rightful throne. Wolf successfully vanquishes
his inner demons, and he and Virginia return to New York where they
live happily ever after -- or at least until the next crisis in
the Land of the Nine Kingdoms.
"The 10th Kingdom" was filmed in England,
Austria, France and Germany.