It's official! Jordan Peele is our new host of The Twilight Zone. CBS has been planning a reboot of the classic sci-fi series since last year and they have already committed to a series order. Peele, who is coming off of an Oscar win earlier this year for his work on Get Out was already on board as a producer, but now it's been confirmed, thanks to a new teaser for the rebooted version of the show, that he will be taking over the role once held by the legendary Rod Serling.
The teaser offers us a look at the show's opening credits montage. The footage uses the same classic opening dialogue as The Twilight Zone did during its original run, but Rod Serling and Jordan Peele's voices are blended together until we're left with only Peele at the end. Serling is irreplaceable, but Peele sounds great and this could help really make the new take on the classic Twilight Zone something special. Peele had this to say in a statement.
"Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours. I'm honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone."
In a previous interview, Jordan Peele expressed trepidation in regards to taking on hosting duties for the series. And it's easy to understand why. But from the network's perspective, this makes every bit of sense and the audience will almost certainly be better served for it. Prior to his new career as a horror/thriller director, Peele spent years writing and producing his comedy sketch show Key and Peele on Comedy Central. This feels like the perfect use of all his talents.
The series will enter production this fall and it's set to debut sometime in 2019. A specific premiere date hasn't yet been set. Unfortunately, The Twilight Zone will air exclusively on CBS All Access. That means those who are excited to see what Jordan Peele brings to the table will have to shell out for yet another streaming subscription service when the time comes. For those who may be curious, the service currently costs $5.99 a month, or $9.99 for the commercial free option.
The Twilight Zone originally ran for 156 episodes on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The series has returned twice in the past, but with relatively limited success. The first try came in the 80s and lasted for three seasons, which wasn't a total flop but it didn't quite come up to the standard set by the original. The second reboot attempt was far less successful and ran for just a single season, from 2002 to 2003. Here's hoping this new take works out a bit better. Be sure to check out the new teaser from the CBS All Access YouTube channel for yourself below.