The Twilight Zone TV show revival gets a Super Bowl commercial that introduces Jordan Peele as its host, following in Rod Serling's footsteps. Serling, of course, created and hosted The Twilight Zone during its original run from 1959-64. The show was an anthology series that incorporated a wide variety of genres (most notably, sci-fi, horror, suspense, and mystery) and told stories that generally had a clear moral. Peele's revival will stream through CBS All Access starting in April and will combine fresh stories with modern re-imaginings of classic Twilight Zone episodes like "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (now, "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet").
Naturally, The Twilight Zone revival has attracted an eclectic and impressive roster of acting talent, including names like Adam Scott, Steven Yeun, Allison Tolman, John Cho, Jacob Tremblay, Greg Kinnear, and Taissa Farmiga. Peele, as mentioned, will serve as the show's host and will further produce alongside creatives like X-Men's Simon Kinberg and Serling's widow, Carol Serling. CBS has yet to unveil any footage from the series proper, but they have released a first look at Peele as the show's new narrator.
CBS aired a Twilight Zone TV spot during Super Bowl LIII and has since released an extended cut of the promo online. You can check it out in the space below.
The Twilight Zone Super Bowl spot serves to establish the show's tone and hint at the madness to come. It plays out as a fake interruption to the game itself, claiming that CBS has gone off the air, as Peele begins to narrate. The promo is full of homages to the original Twilight Zone, from Peele channeling Serling's eerily calm manner to the show's classic theme and imagery like the winding spiral and door that leads to (seemingly) nowhere. Perhaps more than anything, The Twilight Zone spot offers an assurance that Peele's revival will remain true to the series' mission statement and use genre to comment on the state of the world today. That's encouraging to hear, considering that Serling's original show is, in many ways, as relevant and timely in the present as it was nearly sixty years ago.
For Peele, The Twilight Zone is one of a handful of exciting projects he's currently involved with. The actor-turned filmmaker will release his horror movie followup to the Oscar-winning Get Out, Us, next month, a couple weeks before Twilight Zone premieres. Us also got a TV spot during the Super Bowl and the film continues to look like a promising work of social commentary - one that's not about racism, unlike Get Out. Between Us and The Twilight Zone, it's good to see Peele is challenging himself to tackle different topics in fascinating ways for both film and television.
The Twilight Zone begins streaming Monday, April 1 on CBS All Access.
Source: CBS All Access