Despite getting a rather crappy reaction from viewers, ‘The Twilight Zone’ revival from Jordan Peele has received a second season order from CBS All Access. The first two episodes premiered on April 1, so the renewal comes after only five out of ten episodes have been released.
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Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access announced:
“Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s reimagining of The Twilight Zone is off to an amazing start on CBS All Access, driving the most viewers on its premiere day for an original series to date. Jordan, Simon [Kinberg], the creative team and cast have done a phenomenal job translating the series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling for modern-day audiences. They are master storytellers, and we look forward to bringing fans further into The Twilight Zone with a second season.”
‘The Twilight Zone’ is, of course, a revival of the classic series which was created and hosted by Rod Serling and ran from 1959 until 1964. In 1983, a theatrical movie was released, and in 2002, UPN aired an updated series which only lasted for one season.
The first episode of the new series, “The Comedian,” was directed by Owen Harris, and starred Kumail Nanjiani and Tracy Morgan. Greg Yaitanes directed the second, “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” which was loosely based on the original series episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” and featured Adam Scott. Subsequent episodes were directed by Gerard McMurray, Ana Lily Amirpour, and Richard Shepard, and starred the likes of Sanaa Lathan, Steven Yeun, Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, and John Larroquette. The next episode is entitled “Six Degrees of Freedom” and stars DeWanda Wise.
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Peele, acclaimed for his genre-bending, zeitgeist-saturated films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’, serves as executive producer and appears as the host/narrator. Reaction has been mixed, with some praising it, but many others panning it. But CBS All Access operates on a much smaller scale than Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, so it appears that they are willing to nurture this series in hopes that viewers will warm up to it.
What do you think? Have you enjoyed the new ‘Twilight Zone’?
Source: TV Line