Being the huge Twilight Zone fan I am, this is sad news to hear the most recent reboot courtesy of Jordan Peele has not been renewed for a third season. Strangely, it sounds like the showrunners are the reason it’s not returning, not the network.
While the first episode of the reboot drove up CBS All Access’ level of unique viewers to an all-time high, per the streamer, it will not come back when CBS All Access is rebranded as Paramount Plus on March 4.
That makes a total of 20 episodes over two seasons. The previous reboot effort from 2002-2003, with host Forest Whitaker, ran one season on UPN with 43 total episodes. Prior to that the 1985-1989 reboot — the most successful of reboots — lasted three seasons with 65 total episodes.
The original series ran from 1959-1964 for five seasons with a total of 156 episode, most of which were written by Rod Serling and all hosted and narrated by him. True story that Serling wrote more Twilight Zone episodes himself than any of the other reboot efforts have lasted. A testament to the quality of his writing.
My guess is we’ll see another Twilight Zone TV show reboot, perhaps another 10-20 years from now. This show is too good not to keep trying to recapture the magic. Maybe the next one will go true old school and keep it black and white, shot on film like the original with stories from writes modeling what Serling did in the original, only brought up to date in 2021. Peele and his team tried to do this, even offering a black and white version, but I think the longer than 30 minute episodes hindered the quality. Twilight Zone is perfect for 30 minute or less episodes. Even the fourth season of the classic that tried longer episodes stumbled in ratings. The fifth season they went back to the 30 minute run time.
It’s also possible that somebody will take a shot at another Twilight Zone movie. The last one might seem to be cursed with Vic Morrow and two child actors tragically killed in a stunt gone wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we see another TZ movie.
Hopefully, Paramount+ will offer every Twilight Zone reboot episode on their service. The original is everywhere and Jordan Peele’s version is available, but the other two versions aren’t widely available, except on DVD. Some of these episodes were very well done. Twilight Zone fans deserve to see the entire history of Twilight Zone on Paramount+.
A timely day for CBS All Access to announce when Season 2 of the rebooted Twilight Zone series from Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg is coming.
Thank you, CBS, we have an answer.
The Twilight Zone returns for its second season on CBS All Access on June 25th. CBS announced the premiere date on Monday alongside the debut of the second season’s new trailer to commemorate National Twilight Zone Day. CBS also announced that all 10 episodes of the anthology series will release on the same day. This new iteration of The Twilight Zone comes from executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg.
Episodes as in the first season will target a one hour run time. No information yet as to if the black and white versions will be available at launch. With Season 1 they released everything in color first and later dropped the black and white version, which I preferred.
As a lifelong fan of The Twilight Zone, including other non-media like games and media like the magazine, books and comics, I’ve followed the movie and every TV series to date (including the one Forrest Whitaker hosted).
Even when it comes to the classic 1959- TZ, I’m not as big a fan of the hour long episodes. I think the shorter 22-25 minute episodes were best suited. There have been some good longer episodes, including episodes written by Rod Serling himself, but I wish Jordan Peele and team would have focused on telling two or three different stories versus only one longer episode.
What do you think of Jordan Peele’s reboot of Twilight Zone?
The Twilight Zone (2020) Season 2 – all 10 episodes – will be available for streaming on June 25, 2020.
I’m not one to dismiss wild ideas, but either Jordan Peele is even more genius than so far he appears to be for this, or badly off base. Definitely I don’t want to bet against Peele’s talent, but this rumored idea — and it’s just that, a rumor — seems pretty out there.
Not only would having an A-list star like Smith in the lead create more interest and visibility for the project, but the horror genre would mark unproven ground for the actor. Too often it seems as though Will Smith coasts by on his natural charisma without really sinking his teeth into a character and a collaboration with Jordan Peele would no doubt mark an exciting change of pace.
Am not totally against the concept because sometimes the wildest mismatches work creatively (hello, remember Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ with Adam Sandler in a frenetic thriller?), also I’m reminded that Will Smith was great in Ali ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , so maybe he’ll be really good in a horror movie.
Here’s my piece of advice should this project come to fruition: keep the budget low. Considering Will Smith will command probably double digit millions to star in the film, that might make this more challenging, but producers should remember that star power does not always guarantee a hit movie — cough, Gemini Man⭐️⭐️, cough.
What do you think of Will Smith in a horror movie? Right genre for him? Have to wait and see? Curious?