[TV] “The Twilight Zone” Returning To Television!

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Forget the completely unnecessary movie Warners was working on, CBS is getting behind a new “The Twilight Zone” television series! Hopefully it will be nothing like the 80′s incarnation, which has each episode ending on a happy note (in short, each and every episode sucked).

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer, who is also behind the procedural “House” on FOX, has closed a deal to develop, executive produce and possibly direct a reboot of Rod Serling’s classic, says Deadline.

The drama series project, now in early stages, is set up at CBS TV Studios, which has the rights to the original series. Search is underway for a writer to pen the new “Twilight Zone.” The project has not been pitched to networks yet, but CBS is an obvious destination since CBS TV Studios only supplies CBS and the CW on the broadcast side and CBS carried the original series as well as the first revival.

The original “Twilight Zone” series ran on CBS from 1959-1964. CBS also aired a remake, which ran from 1985-1989. The most recent series reboot, hosted by Forest Whitaker, premiered on UPN in 2002 and lasted one season.

 
  • TwistedCritic

    The first thing I thought of was that Forest Whitaker one. I didn’t realize that was a whole 10 years ago. I guess they’ll try a new one every decade.

  • VersaVulture

    Apparently you didn’t see the episode “Gramma”… That episode surely didn’t end on a happy note. I caught it on Chiller a few months ago.

    • Trixxxster

      “Nightcrawlers” didn’t end on a happy note either. Too bad “Nackles” never came to fruition :-(

      • Evil_Flip

        Nor did Shadow Man or the one about those faces that appeared in the patterns. I really liked the 80s one, way better then the last.

  • ThunderDragoon

    This is great news. I remember watching the reboot in 2002. The only episode I remember out of that season was the Hitler baby lol. Hopefully this turns out to be really good.

  • FrankiePitt

    “The Shadow Man” didn’t have a happy ending. In fact, that was some scary shit.

    “A Little Peace and Quiet” was also pretty bleak, along with the aforementioned “Nightcrawlers.” Those are the ones I remember without looking things up, there are probably many others.

    Thumbs up to the ’80s TZ, in general. While it’s true the original show often ended on a serious/less-optimistic note, that not the actual premise. It wasn’t called ‘The Twilight Doom.” The stories were sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes fanciful, whimsical, sometimes (but not, by a long shot, always) horrific…it was a real mixed bag, and the ’80 reboot was consistent in presenting those themes. So your opinion, while valid – it’s an opinion – is a bit off the mark.

  • BenTramer

    I have to say, I think it’s best to leave well enough alone. I mean the movie had its moments, as did the 80′s show, but the 00 show was lame and you just can’t top the original. The black and white cinematography and the Cold War era are what made the show what it is.

    Having said all of that, I’ll still watch it anyways lol. I just wish there was a channel that did a marathon 365 days a year.

    I actually made a list of the most obscure episodes of the original series if anyone is interested:

    http://www.smellslikeinfinitesadness.com/7-forgotten-twilight-zone-episodes/