The re-imagined anthology won't make the move to Paramount+.
February 24, 2021
It looks like The Twilight Zone will not be coming back for a third season. The sad news comes as Paramount+ today announced which series from CBS All Access would be continuing on the new streaming platform.
A modern re-imagining of the original 1959 series created by Rod Serling, the anthology series was a solid performer during its two-season run. Its first episode in 2019 garnered the highest number of Day 1 viewers for an original series on CBS All Access, plus reviews were mostly positive, with fans and critics appreciating its ability to stay true to the essence of the original.
03/30/21 at 10:50pm
It seems that every generation has to put its own twist on the original Rod Serling series. Unfortunately this one only had a couple good episodes and never delivered. Can't say I'm sad to see this incarnation go. Maybe in another 20 years the next incarnation will be better.
03/06/21 at 12:13pm
I never heard of Arch Oboler - or else I forgot, which is possible as his is an interesting story. I also just now read up to half of a lengthy (23 page) article on the legacy of Twilight Zone. I wouldn’t exactly say it dragged because I spent far more time than intended. Nevertheless - a very good read.
In it is a paragraph (below) about half-hour versus hour episodes which is interesting because of the dragging disagreement I just had, and it lends support to the view I disagreed with.
“In general, the quality of the show dropped in its last two years. During the fourth season, the episodes were doubled in length to a full hour—but the stories did not always merit that much time, and the pacing sometimes seemed lethargic, so the half-hour format returned for the fifth season. The writing declined in other ways, too: the characters were less sharply drawn, and various conceits were recycled.”
03/05/21 at 02:30pm
Also, heres a little know fact, alot of those original TZ episodes are not original ideas. 20 or 25 year before Rod Serling, there was a guy named Arch Oboler who had a radio show called "Lights out" which was the "Twilight Zone" of its time. Ive listened to ALL of those episodes of Lights out and there are SOOOO many episodes that Rod Serling pulled from, its not even funny.
03/05/21 at 02:24pm
Hey "Ed G" Get your own screen name! LOL. This Ed G is not me. Im the one who told the Q dude to PROVE it down below. Although there IS some truth in what the imposter said, he is not me
03/02/21 at 09:37pm
A bunch of posts were made with stolen user handles and even combined with stolen post content. Not cool. The large majority of people are very decent but there’s no escaping the odd ones in any venue.
It is very hard to make a tv 1/2 hour standalone show with any depth so having a tv hour to tell a story is nearly a necessary thing. Episodes that drag generally mean a bad story or the execution didn’t come off as planned, or sometimes what drags for one person doesn’t drag for another.
You can thank Jordan Peele and the like for the insertion of foolish politics wherever they go. It’s nice to know who are the twisted manipulators so their stuff can be avoided. It used to be that more or most producers tried to make the best possible story without working to embed an agenda. It’s a pretty sorry state of affairs in more than just tv and movies. Too much politics in sports, news, “big tech”, and entertainment in general. There’s even too much politics in politics. Twilight Zone we’re living it.
03/02/21 at 06:17pm
Honestly. Not surprising at all. Good Riddance in Fact
03/02/21 at 03:49pm
The originals were tightly written and edited half-hour programs. The reboot will only be as good as the originals when they stop being so long. The length is unnecessary -- it's mostly extraneous. Be better, Jordan Peele.
03/02/21 at 02:44pm
Great news, was a fan of the original but not a fan of the updated version.
03/02/21 at 12:43pm
Some episode were okay and others were just a waste of an hour. Honestly I have seen worse get renewed. As for this political BS that gets allowed..
03/02/21 at 11:49am
Meh. It's not horrible but it does draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag. And the racial undertones could be removed. (That "Replay" episode could not have been more black-based racist.) I get it Peele.. you're black. And YES there is still a culture where "white privilege" exists. But I'd wager that MOST of the white people who will watch your productions are not racists, and the black people that watch them know how racism is still a thing in America. So, much like Spike Lee, or EVERY single black-centric show produced in the last 10 years...... you are either preaching to the choir or the converted and NOT making any headway. I wish there was a note to all black producers that you don't HAVE to try and "educate the audience" with your productions -- when you do, the shows come off as "after school" productions and condescending. If you want to try and curb racist white people make GOOD shows with black actors portraying characters that are likable and not condescending. That's all you need do.
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