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CBS All Access is about to enter another dimension — a dimension of sight, a dimension of sound, a dimension of mind. And yes, one of reboots.
The streaming service has a reboot of The Twilight Zone on tap for 2019 from executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg. Peele will also narrate each episode and appear onscreen to introduce the stories, a la creator Rod Serling in the original 1959-64 CBS series.
The series will premiere with two episodes on Monday, April 1. Subsequent episodes will stream weekly on Thursdays, starting April 11.
In addition to Peele and Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling (Rod Serling’s widow), Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes serve as executive producers. CBS Television Studios is producing.
The Hollywood Reporter is tracking developments on the series and will collect them all in this post. Here is everything there is to know about the series to date.
Like the Serling-created original and two subsequent versions that debuted in 1985 (on CBS and later in first-run syndication) and 2002 (on UPN), this Twilight Zone is an anthology that will tell self-contained stories in every episode. Also like its predecessors, it will lean on science fiction, fantasy and horror to tell tales laced with social commentary.
A number of high-profile actors have signed on to the show. Sanaa Lathan was the first to come aboard. Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cho, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Erica Tremblay (Jacob’s younger sister) also will appear in episodes. Former Walking Dead regular and Burning star Steven Yeun and Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear will also star in an episode together.
DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) and Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens, The Daily Show) will star in an episode as well.
Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby, Ike Barinholtz and Percy Hynes-White will also appear together in an episode.
Ginnifer Goodwin, James Frain and Zabryna Guevara will star together in an epsiode as well. The show’s trailer also revealed glimpses at Tracy Morgan and John Larroquette, the latter in a scene with Cho and Tolman.
Seth Rogen has also signed on to the series. So have Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out), who will appear in an episode together.
Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Epix’s Get Shorty) and Amy Landecker (Transparent) will appear in an episode together.
Plot details are largely being kept under wraps, but here are announced episode titles and cast thus far.
– “Rewind,” featuring Lathan.
– “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” featuring Scott. The title, at least, is similar to one of the original’s most famous episodes, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which starred William Shatner as an airline passenger who sees a gremlin on the plane’s wing but can’t get anyone to believe him. Whether the episode follows the original (based on a story by Richard Matheson) remains to be seen.
– “The Wunderkind,” with Cho, Tolman and the Tremblay siblings.
– Nanjiani’s episode is currently untitled. It’s being written by Key and Peele veteran Alex Rubens.
– “The Traveler,” featuring Yeun and Kinnear.
– An untitled episode featuring Wise, Williams, Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White and Jonathan Whitesell.
– “Point of Origin,” featuring Goodwin, Frain and Guevara.
– Rogen’s untitled episode is also written by Rubens.
– “The Blue Scorpion,” written by X-Files veteran Glen Morgan and starring O’Dowd and Landecker.
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