The Twilight Zone reboot will premiere in 2019, but what can we expect from the new TV series? Get Out director Jordan Peele is both the host of the show and a co-executive producer, and his creative resume suggests that he’ll present something unique, yet loyal to the original series.
Created by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone aired for five seasons from 1959 to 1964. The science fiction anthology series entertained audiences with mind-bending narratives and clever twists - as well as some pretty scary stories. The iconic theme was composed by Bernard Herrman, who bookended his feature film career with Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. In American pop culture, The Twilight Zone is synonymous with high concept television.
Peele, the director of similarly concept-driven works like Get Out and his upcoming horror film Us, seems well suited to successfully rebooting an iconic American TV show. Here’s everything you need to know about The Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone Premieres In April On CBS All Access
On April 1, The Twilight Zone will be available exclusively through CBS All Access. This means you’ll need to pay $5.99 per month (there's a commercial-free option for $9.99), or you can use the seven-day free trial to see if Peele's reboot is worth the investment. Two episodes will air on April 1, and the series will resume on April 11, with one episode airing every Thursday. CBS All Access also features other exclusive shows, like Star Trek: Discovery, as well as an archive of CBS content.
Who's In The Twilight Zone's Cast?
Peele will serve as The Twilight Zone's host, a role that Serling also held. This allows him to speak directly to the audience about the series' stories, all the while commenting on modern culture as a whole.
What We Know About The Twilight Zone's First Episodes
Per Deadline, The Twilight Zone’s first episode is called “Rewind” - the same title of an episode from UPN’s 2003 revival. CBS’ story is helmed by The First Purge director Gerard McMurray and stars Sanaa Lathan, an accomplished actress and the daughter of famous TV producer Stan Lathan. Jocelyn Patton is credited as “Lottery Announcer,” suggesting that The Twilight Zone’s pilot will share a theme with the 2003 UPN episode: the house always wins, especially in the Twilight Zone. The second episode features the aforementioned Williams, Wise, and Nanjiani.
The Twilight Zone’s third episode is titled “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” and appears to be a remake of the classic 1963 episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” In the original version - based on a short story by I Am Legend scribe Richard Matheson - William Shatner’s character sees a gremlin on an airplane wing during a flight, and tries to prove that he’s not crazy. Adam Scott will play the protagonist in the reboot's take on the story.
Allison Tolman, Jon Cho, and Jacob Tremblay will appear in an episode titled, "The Wunderkind," while Greg Kinnear and Steven Yeun will star in "The Traveler." Ginnifer Goodwin, James Frain and Zabryna Guevara will all feature in an episode called "Point of Origin."