The Twilight Zone (2019 TV series)

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The Twilight Zone
Based onThe Twilight Zone
by Rod Serling
Presented byJordan Peele
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Jordan Peele
  • Marco Ramirez
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Win Rosenfeld
  • Audrey Chon
  • Carol Serling
  • Rick Berg
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS All Access
Preceded byThe Twilight Zone (2002–03)
External links
Official website

The Twilight Zone is an upcoming American anthology drama Horror web television series, based on the original 1959 television series created by Rod Serling, that is set to premiere on April 1, 2019 on CBS All Access.



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.[1][2] On March 7, 2013, it was reported that a writer was in negotiations to join the series.[3] 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.[4]

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.[4][5] 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 together on the series' premiere episode. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of CBS Television Studios, Monkeypaw Productions, and Genre Films.[6]

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.[7] On September 20, 2018, it was announced that, in addition to executive producing, Peele would serve as the series' narrator and host.[8] 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.[9] On November 15, 2018, it was reported that Alex Rubens would write an episode of the series.[10]


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"[11] and Scott in an episode entitled "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet", a remake of the original series episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".[12] On November 15, 2018, it was reported that Kumail Nanjiani had been cast in a guest starring role.[10] 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"[13] and Yeun[14] and Kinnear in an episode titled "The Traveler".[15] 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[16] while Farmiga, Seehorn, Kirby, Barinholtz, and Hynes-White would be featured in another.[17] 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".[18]


Principal photography for the series began on October 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[19] Filming is expected to last until March 20, 2019.[20]


On January 30, 2019, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that the series was going to premiere on April 1, 2019.[21]


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.[22] Another trailer was released on February 21.[23]


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  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 22, 2018). "'X-Men's' Bryan Singer Prepping 'Twilight Zone' Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Cornet, Roth (March 7, 2013). "What's Happening with Bryan Singer's Planned Twilight Zone Series Reboot?". IGN. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Steinberg, Brian; Holloway, Daniel (November 2, 2017). "CBS Will Revive 'Twilight Zone' on All Access Streaming Service". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Hayes, Dade; Hipes, Patrick (November 2, 2017). "'Twilight Zone' Series Reboot In Works At CBS All Access". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
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  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Patten, Dominic (August 6, 2018). "CBS All Access Bosses On More 'Star Trek' Series, 'The Twilight Zone' Status, Stephen King & More – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 20, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone': Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (October 2, 2018). "Watch: 'The Twilight Zone' Announces Start of Production, First Director with New Teaser". Collider. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 15, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone': Kumail Nanjiani To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (October 11, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone': Sanaa Lathan To Star In "Rewind" Episode In CBS All Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 26, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone' Adds Adam Scott For 'Nightmare At 30,000 Feet' Episode". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (December 3, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone': John Cho, Allison Tolman & Jacob Tremblay To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (December 12, 2018). "Steven Yeun Joins 'The Twilight Zone'; Miley Cyrus In 'Black Mirror'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (December 13, 2018). "'The Twilight Zone': Greg Kinnear To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Boucher, Geoff (January 14, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams Recruited For Jordan Peele Sci-Fi Show". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (January 28, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby & Ike Barinholtz To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (February 7, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 2, 2018). "Jordan Peele's 'The Twilight Zone' Begins Production, Celebrates 59 Years Of Iconic Sci-Fi Original". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Mirchandani, Amar (November 29, 2018). "27 TV Shows Filming in Vancouver Right Now (December 2018)". 604 Now. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (January 30, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone' Gets April Premiere Date On CBS All Access – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 3, 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': First Spot For Series Revival "Disrupts" Super Bowl Telecast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  23. ^ Baysinger, Tim (February 21, 2019). "'Twilight Zone' Trailer: See Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan and Tracy Morgan Enter The Fifth Dimension". TheWrap. Retrieved February 21, 2019.

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