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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Jordan Peele was "terrified" of rebooting The Twilight Zone -- and isn't sure he'll assume the on-camera Rod Serling role
“I was terrified,” Peele tells Variety. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call" from CBS Television Studios. According to Variety, "Peele has resisted — but not ruled out — stepping into Serling’s on-camera presenter role for the revival. The new series will have someone in that job, speaking directly into camera, teeing up each episode. But Peele worries that his face is too associated with comedy, that his presence would undermine the serious work he’s putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
The X-Files’ Darin Morgan teases tonight’s episode, a Trump-inspired “love letter” to The Twilight Zone
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“The initial thing was trying to find some sort of Trump thing,” says the influential X-Files writer. “I wanted to write something about it because (the show’s) whole premise is 'The Truth is Out There,' and now your fictional characters work for someone for whom the truth is a bit fuzzy. So, you should write something about that. Rather than coming up with a story idea or a plot or the weird phenomenon thing, I actually started from that viewpoint. Which is a bit different from what I’ve normally done.” ALSO: Fox releases a midseason extended X-Files trailer.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Thanks to Black Mirror and Electric Dreams, the anthology series is back
“The beauty of the anthology series is that anything could happen,” says David Bianculli, who adds that “no genre on television, in this century, has had a bigger and better resurgence than the anthology series.”
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
How relevant is The Twilight Zone now?
Source: The Atlantic
A Twilight Zone theater adaptation in London and a planned CBS All Access revival from Jordan Peele are aiming to capitalize on the relevance of the Rod Serling classic to modern times. “There are countless entries in Rod Serling’s groundbreaking anthology sci-fi series that seem constructed for the 21st-century world, which is presumably why there are so many ongoing efforts to reboot it,” says Sophie Gilbert. She adds: “The question is, can the show still resonate with audiences hardened by the crueler speculative stories of Black Mirror and the more intense paranoia of The X-Files? The paradox of The Twilight Zone now is that it’s steeped in nostalgia and tied up with longing for a simpler time, even though no television show has more expressly warned against the impulse of yearning for the past.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
CBS All Access officially orders Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Peele will be among a trio of producers with genre experience on the reboot, joining The Defenders’ Marco Ramirez and The X-Men franchise’s Simon Kinberg. “Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” says Peele. CBS All Access’ Julie McNamara adds that “with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
The Twilight Zone is being rebooted for CBS All Access
Les Moonves announced today during CBS' earnings call that a new version of The Twilight Zone is headed to CBS' streaming service. Moonves offered few details. Rod Serling's classic TV series, which ran from 1959 to 1965, has been rebooted as a TV series twice before, on CBS in 1985 and on UPN in 2002. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele is behind the reboot, noting that Get Out was described "as an African-American version of The Twilight Zone."
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
If there was a hall of fame for TV sounds, Law & Order’s chung-chung would go in it
Source: The New York Times
Neil Genzlinger opines that it's the most successful sound in TV history. The hypothetical hall of fame would include the intro to The Twilight Zone, the ticking time peace of 60 Minutes and the shutter click of NCIS.