Jordan Peele‘s ‘The Twilight Zone’ is now available to subscribers of CBS All Access, but what if you aren’t already a subscriber? Luckily, you can at least get a taste of what to expect. The first episode, ‘The Comedian’ is available to watch for free!
Owen Harris who helmed the award-winning ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘San Junipero’ directed this first experience, which stars ‘Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani as a struggling stand-up comic who makes a deal with Tracy Morgan’s devil (?) to gain success and “extraordinary power.” The episode also stars Amara Karan, and Diarra Kilpatrick. Alex Rubens, who previously worked with Peele on ‘Key and Peele’ and the film ‘Keanu’ penned the script.
While almost everything about ‘The Twilight Zone’ has been kept under wraps, now that the episode has been released, Nanjiani discussed how he became involved with the series.
“I was terrified when they first asked me. I loved the show so much, but it’s an iconic thing to take on. I saw Jordan, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m the right person, it’s so dark, I’ve never done anything like this.’ Jordan was like, ‘You’re perfect. You have to do it.’ He gave me the confidence to go ahead.”
Episodes of the new ‘Twilight Zone’ will range between 30 minutes and one hour. ‘The Comedian’ is nearly the full 60 minutes. There is a synopsis for the episode, but it’s pretty SPOILER-y so I’ll post it below. If you’d like to watch the episode first, it’s right here:
After receiving advice from a legendary comedian, a stand-up comic incorporates details about the lives of people he knows into his routine, unaware that every joke he makes results in someone being erased from existence.
If you liked what you saw, the second episode, ‘Nightmare at 30,000 Feet’ is also available to CBS All Access subscribers. New episodes will be released each Thursday.
Source: Entertainment Weekly