The Twilight Zone Is Getting Another Revival, Courtesy of CBS
Nearly 60 years after it originally premiered, and more than a decade after its last attempted reboot, CBS has announced its plans to bring a brand-new version of Rod Serling’s landmark sci-fi series The Twilight Zone to All Access, the broadcaster’s online streaming network.
The announcement came on Thursday afternoon, during a conference call with investors, according to Variety. “All Access will be the home of a new version of one of the most iconic television shows of all time: The Twilight Zone,” CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said, though he didn’t offer much in the way of details regarding when it might premiere or who would be involved.
It was exactly two years ago that CBS announced it was reviving yet another legendary sci-fi series via All Access: Star Trek. That ultimately led to the creation of Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman’s Star Trek: Discovery, which premiered on All Access in late September and was just renewed for a second season. Which means that it could be another couple of years before we are finally able to see a new version of The Twilight Zone—yet it’s not the first time the network has attempted a reboot.
While the original series ran on CBS for five seasons between 1959 and 1964, new iterations of the beloved anthology series popped up again in 1985 (when it ran for three seasons on CBS) and in 2002, when Forest Whitaker took over Serling’s role for a single-season run on UPN.
In addition to serving as a source of inspiration for pretty much every sci-fi series that followed it, The Twilight Zone was also a launching pad for some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including William Shatner, George Takei, Cloris Leachman, and Robert Redford.