Last year, CBSall access brought back the prolific series of the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling’s take on science fiction and fantasy left a historic impact on the TV and movie industry of the golden age. It first aired in 1959 and 60 years later, CBS felt it necessary to revisit a series that so vividly commented on the social issues of the time in a sci-fi fantasy framework.
Modern writers, producers, directors, and hosts of the show have been haunted by critics and sized up against the brilliance of the Multiple Emmy award winning original.
Jordan Peele has an impeccable resume including key Emmy and Oscar wins for his horror/thriller “Get Out”. Season 1 had plenty of mixed reviews, but the consensus of Twilight Zone fandom was that though it is nostalgic to return to the fifth dimension, perhaps it may have been a bit too critical on social issues for people to enjoy.
A big critique among fandom was that Serling was the narrator and main writer of the show, why can’t Peele write a few episodes? That is being challenged in Season 2. Peele is writing an episode called “Downtime”, and if one is familiar with his work, it is obvious that this is a highly anticipated show for the legacy of Peele and the Twilight Zone.
The first round of casting has been announced with stars including: Morena Baccarin, Colman Domingo, Ethan Embry, Jenna Elfman, Tavi Gevinson, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson. Stay tuned for release debuts of the show.