Is Jordan Peele’s hot streak going to continue on in TV mode? His production of The Twilight Zone premiers tonight, with the first two episodes “The Comedian” and “Terror at 30,000 Feet.”
If you subscribe to the CBS All Access streaming platform, which for yours truly gives me a second reason (the first being Star Trek Discovery) to subscribe. I thought cutting the cable was supposed to make things easier!
Peele has also brought on some very talented directors, including Simon Kinberg (Producer of the Martian, Star Wars Clone Wars, Logan and Deadpool) and Anna Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). And, my guess is that this will be the breeding ground for future feature film directors working with Peele.
Peele narrates the show, harkening back to Alfred Hitchcock, Alastair Cooke, or more to the point… Rod Serling. Expect each episode to feature recognizable Hollywood stars. The acting cast is chock full of a diverse array of hot talent, including Kumail Nanjiani, Steven Yeun, Tracy Morgan, Sanaa Lathan, Taissa Farmiga, Chris O’Dowd, John Cho, Ginnifer Goodwin, Seth Rogen, and Zazie Beetz. CBS is showing a real commitment to high production value, super smart genre television.
I mean, c’mon, does it get to be a nerdier, smarter pair of shows that The Twilight Zone and Star Trek? It will be curious to know how long Peele remains associated, and to what degree with this production. After the success of Us, which just passed the $174 million
Expect a mix of retold Twilight Zone Originals and new material. Also expect that there will be a greater level of edginess that modern society allows for… so more violence and sex content than you could have gotten away with back in the early 60’s. The flexibility of the streaming service also allows for a variation in run times, allowing the directors to let the time serve the story rather than the other way around.
Something else that’s cool is that CBS also has all of the original series available on their
As this is streaming