CBS has just released two new trailers for their upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone. Jordan Peele, who just scored one of the biggest opening weekends ever for a horror movie at the box office with Us, can seemingly do no wrong at this point. Lucky for TV lovers, CBS managed to court him to head up this new take on the classic sci-fi series, not only as an executive producer, but also as host, filling in the very big shoes left behind by creator Rod Serling. Now, we have a new look at a couple of the episodes set to be a part of the shows' first season.
The first trailer is for an episode titled The Comedian, which has Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani at its center. Nanjiani plays a struggling comedian, as the title implies, who one fateful night comes across a mysterious man, played by former SNL star Tracy Morgan, who offers him the success he so dearly craves. This, as anyone who has seen an episode of the classic series can probably guess, comes with a catch or two and results in dire consequences for Nanjiani's character.
Next up is a highly-anticipated episode titled Nightmare at 30,000 feet. This one is a new take on a classic episode from the show's original run that featured William Shatner in the lead role. It was also remade for The Twilight Zone movie. This time around, it's Adam Scott who, to those around him, appears to be a paranoid passenger that actually has something very real to be worried about. Is it a gremlin on the wing? We're not sure just yet, but it does appear to be a very different take on the classic story.
The cast for the show's first season is truly stacked. Beyond those featured in these trailers, it also includes Ike Barinholtz, Seth Rogen, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. Couple all of that with someone as popular as Jordan Peele hosting and this has the potential to be easily the most successful revival of the classic series to date.
The Twilight Zone originally ran for 156 episodes on CBS from 1959 to 1964. In the years since, there have been two different attempts to bring the show back to its former glory, both of which experienced limited success. The first attempt came in the 80s and lasted for three seasons. The second ran for just a single season, from 2002 to 2003. This new version of The Twilight Zone will debut on CBS All Access with two episodes on April 1. Sadly, that does mean one more streaming service many of us are going to need to shell out for. Be sure to check out both new trailers from the CBS All Access YouTube channel below.