The Twilight Zone (2019 TV series)
|The Twilight Zone|
|Created by||Rod Serling|
|Narrated by||Jordan Peele|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||37–56 minutes|
|Original network||CBS All Access|
|Original release||April 1, 2019 –|
|Preceded by||The Twilight Zone (2002–03)|
The Twilight Zone is an American anthology web television series, based on the original 1959 television series created by Rod Serling, that premiered on April 1, 2019 on CBS All Access. Jordan Peele serves as the narrator of this incarnation, in addition to co-developing, co-writing, and executive producing through Monkeypaw Productions.
On December 19, 2012, it was announced that Bryan Singer had finalized a deal to develop, executive produce, and potentially direct a third revival of The Twilight Zone for CBS Television Studios. Additionally, at the time of the announcement, the production had yet to hire a writer, begun being shopped to networks and was still finalizing a deal with the Serling estate. On March 7, 2013, it was reported that a writer was in negotiations to join the series. By 2016, Simon Kinberg and Craig Sweeny had joined the production and CBS was weighing whether to shop the project to other networks or streaming services or to place it on their own CBS All Access. Kinberg eventually left the project to write and direct the film Dark Phoenix and Singer and Sweeny soon dropped out as well.
On November 2, 2017, it was announced that CBS was redeveloping the revival for their streaming service CBS All Access. Additionally, it was reported that Jordan Peele was in talks to executive produce the series through his production company Monkeypaw Productions and that Marco Ramirez was in talks to serve as showrunner. On December 6, 2017, it was announced that CBS had given the production a series order. Peele and Ramirez were confirmed to executive produce alongside Simon Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, and Rick Berg. Peele, Ramirez, and Kinberg were also expected to collaborate on the series' premiere episode. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of CBS Television Studios, Monkeypaw Productions, and Genre Films.
On August 6, 2018, it was confirmed that the first season would consist of ten episodes. Additionally, it was reported that the production had established a writers' room and completed concepts, outlines, and scripts for the first season in various stages of development. The series was not expected to have a formal showrunner but director Greg Yaitanes was set to be in charge of overseeing continuity among episodes. On September 20, 2018, it was announced that, in addition to executive producing, Peele would serve as the series' narrator and host. On October 2, 2018, it was announced via a promotional video for the series that Gerard McMurray was directing an episode with Mathias Herndl serving as his director of photography. On November 15, 2018, it was reported that Alex Rubens would write an episode of the series.
In October 2018, it was announced that Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott had been cast in guest starring roles. Lathan was expected to appear in an episode entitled "Rewind" and Scott in an episode entitled "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet", a remake of the original series episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". On November 15, 2018, it was reported that Kumail Nanjiani had been cast in a guest starring role. In December 2018, it was announced that John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Erica Tremblay, Steven Yeun, and Greg Kinnear would appear in guest starring roles. Cho, Tolman, and the Tremblays were expected to appear in an episode titled "The Wunderkind" and Yeun and Kinnear in an episode titled "The Traveler". In January 2019, it was reported that DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams, Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby, Ike Barinholtz, and Percy Hynes White had been cast in guest starring roles. Wise, Williams, Dryzek, White, and Whitesell were expected to appear in one episode while Farmiga, Seehorn, Kirby, Barinholtz, and Hynes-White would be featured in another. On February 7, 2019, it was announced that Ginnifer Goodwin, James Frain, and Zabryna Guevara had been cast to guest star in an episode titled "Point of Origin". The full trailer revealed that Tracy Morgan, Glenn Fleshler and Chris Diamantopoulos would make guest appearances with Morgan appearing alongside Nanjiani, Fleshler in "Rewind" alongside Lathan, and Diamantopoulos joining Scott in "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet". It was revealed through the official Twitter page that Seth Rogen will appear in an episode. In March 8, 2019, it was announced Zazie Beetz and Betty Gabriel would appear in an episode, while Chris O'Dowd and Amy Landecker will appear in an episode titled "The Blue Scorpion". In March 28, 2019, it was announced that Damson Idris will appear in an episode titled "Replay", which was previously titled "Rewind".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"The Comedian"||Owen Harris||Alex Rubens||April 1, 2019|
Struggling comedian Samir Wassan meets legendary comic J.C. Wheeler, who advises him to include personal material in his routines. After doing a successful routine centered around his dog, Samir returns home and discovers that not only did his dog vanish, but no one seems to remember that it ever existed. He then learns that jokes about the people in his life get laughs but cause them to disappear from existence. After accidentally erasing his nephew, Devin, Samir starts erasing people he thinks the world would be better off without. His girlfriend, Rena, leaves him after one of the people he erases causes her to go from a successful lawyer to a struggling waitress. Samir continues abusing his power, going so far as erasing rival stand-up comic Didi Scott, until Rena confronts him during a set with a journal containing names of those he has erased. Realizing he has become a selfish monster, Samir erases himself from existence, creating a universe where he never existed and everyone previously erased continues to exist. Didi, now a rising star, meets Wheeler following a set and asks for his advice.
Cast : Kumail Nanjiani, Amara Karan, Diarra Kilpatrick, Ryan Robbins, Tracy Morgan
|2||"Nightmare at 30,000 Feet"||Greg Yaitanes||Story by : Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele and Marco Ramirez |
Teleplay by : Marco Ramirez
Based on "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by : Richard Matheson
|April 1, 2019|
PTSD-suffering journalist Justin Sanderson boards Northern Goldstar Airlines Flight 1015 from Washington, D.C. to Tel Aviv after accepting a job offer. Shortly before takeoff, Justin finds an MP3 player in his seat pocket and discovers it contains a podcast revolving around "the mystery of Northern Goldstar Flight 1015," which disappeared an hour into the flight. As the podcast accurately describes events involving his fellow passengers, Justin juggles controlling his nerves and confiding in Joe Beaumont, a former pilot who seems to be the only person who believes him. He tries using clues from the podcast to avert the disaster, but every attempt results in irritated crew and passengers. Joe then convinces Justin to help him gain access to the flight deck so he can land the plane safely in Canada. The two accomplish their mission but Justin realizes at the last minute that Joe is responsible for the crash. Waking up on an atoll, Justin learns via the podcast that everyone survived while he is considered missing. The other survivors proceed to surround Justin and beat him to death as he claims that he was trying to save them.
Cast : Adam Scott, Chris Diamantopoulos, Dan Carlin, Katie Findlay, Nicholas Lea
|3||"Replay"||Gerard McMurray||Selwyn Seyfu Hinds||April 11, 2019|
While at a roadside diner with her college-bound son Dorian, Nina Harrison discovers her old family camcorder has the power to turn back time when she presses the rewind button and that she is the only one aware of its capabilities. The two then encounter Officer Lasky, a racist state trooper who pulls them over for speeding before becoming violent with them. Nina rewinds time and convinces Dorian to pull over by claiming she doesn't feel well. This time, however, Lasky holds them for not pulling over properly. Nina attempts to change time by first stopping at a motel and then trying to sympathize with Lasky at the diner, but both attempts end in Lasky harming or killing Dorian. Nina then visits her estranged brother Neil, who not only believes her story but helps her get Dorian to the college campus. When Lasky arrives with a group of state troopers, Nina, Neil, and the students stand their ground, prompting Lasky to leave. Ten years later, Dorian is a father to daughter Trinity and Nina holds onto the camcorder. After Trinity accidentally breaks the camcorder, Dorian tells Nina to let go and leaves to run an errand as she and Trinity look on.
Cast : Sanaa Lathan, Damson Idris, Glenn Fleshler, Steve Harris
|4||"A Traveler"||Ana Lily Amirpour||Glen Morgan||April 18, 2019|
Alaska police sergeant Yuka Mongoyak arranges for her brother Jack to be pardoned at Captain Lane Pendleton's annual Christmas party, which she detests. At the height of the festivities, Yuka discovers another inmate has mysteriously appeared in the station's holding cells. The stranger, whose name is "legally" A. Traveler, claims he is an extreme tourist who has heard of Pendleton's "famous" parties. As Traveler becomes friendly with the guests, Yuka grows suspicious of his identity. Pendleton soon grows suspicious when Traveler reveals information he should have no way of knowing. When Yuka, Jack, and Pendleton spot antennas on Traveler's head, Traveler deflects their suspicions by claiming Pendleton is in league with the Russians. Pendleton then leaves to check on the shed powering the town while Traveler promises Yuka that she will be in charge and that "[his] people" will come and take over. Yuka proceeds to corner Pendleton and hold him at gunpoint. As UFOs descend from the sky, Jack shares a piece of pumpkin pie with Traveler, now in his true alien form, and states things would be better with him in charge.
Cast : Steven Yeun, Marika Sila, Greg Kinnear, Patrick Gallagher
|5||"The Wunderkind"||TBA||TBA||April 25, 2019|
|Cast : John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, John Larroquette|
On February 3, 2019, a teaser trailer for the series aired during the telecast of Super Bowl LIII. The commercial played as though it was interrupting CBS' feed of the game and it featured host Jordan Peele standing in an empty Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Another trailer was released on February 21.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 76% based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 7.53/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Twilight Zone explores the strangeness of the modern world through Rod Serling's winning formula, creating a thought-provoking -- if not always spine-tingling -- showcase for Jordan Peele and his exceptional crop of collaborators." On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews."
BBC gave it a positive review and said that: "It's possible that ... Rod Serling and Jordan Peele switched places. As co-creator and on-screen host of the new version, he [Peele] updates the series while capturing the original's essence." The Week was more mixed in its review, calling the first episodes "unforgivably long", but also saying that the series stays "true to the ethos of The Twilight Zone" and that "the episodes are free-standing and timeless". The Verge also gave it a mixed review, praising Jordan Peele as the narrator, but saying the series should try to step away from the original. The Atlantic was more critical, comparing it unfavorably to the original series, stating, "[w]ith the exception of one superior episode, 'Replay', it's hard to conceive that an artist as prodigiously talented and thoughtful as Peele is creatively involved at all."
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