“The Twilight Zone” is one of the most beloved TV shows in history. Since its initial TV run from 1959-64, it has spawned a number of imitators and adaptations, eventually leading to a feature film and TV shows with the same title that premiered in 1985 and 2002. CBS All Access made a huge splash late in 2017 when it announced that it would be reviving “The Twilight Zone,” with a series close in line with the spirit of the original, updated for a newer audience.
Details have been trickling out about this new series, and with enough confirmed tidbits floating around, here’s a handy overview of everything that curious viewers might want to know as new episodes approach.
“That Signpost Up Ahead…”
In addition to working as an executive producer on the series, Jordan Peele will step into the monochrome Rod Serling role as narrator and host. To make the announcement official, Peele recorded part of the classic intro from the original series. Peele and fellow EP Simon Kinberg also picked their favorite “Twilight Zone” episodes.
The Ever-Growing Cast
Much like the Serling original, this CBS All Access version will look to combine established stars with some up-and-coming talent.
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One batch of casting announcements confirmed that John Cho, Allison Tolman, and Jacob Tremblay would all be joining the ensemble, appearing together in an episode called “The Wunderkind.” No additional details accompanied this news.
They will join Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott, two previously revealed members of the cast. Lathan is starring in the episode “Rewind,” while Scott will be the center of “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” presumably an updated twist on William Shatner’s character from the Serling run and John Lithgow’s from the feature film. “The Big Sick” writer/star Kumail Nanjiani will also be appearing in an episode.
[Update: December 12, 2018]
“The Walking Dead” alum Steven Yeun will also be joining the cast for an episode entitled “The Traveler.”
[Update: January 14, 2019]
“She’s Gotta Have It” star DeWanda Wise and “2 Dope Queens” and “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams will lead an upcoming episode. Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White and Jonathan Whitesell will also appear in the installment.
Behind the Camera
When production on the series began at the beginning of October, the announcement revealed that “The First Purge” director Gerard McMurray would be directing one of the episodes.
As of the time of this post, production is still underway. However, the show is still aiming for a premiere date sometime in 2019.