“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man…” With those immortal words spoken by creator Rod Serling, the original The Twilight Zone science-fiction television series launched nearly sixty years ago on CBS. To this day it remains one of the most memorable anthology franchises in modern pop culture history, having inspired a feature film in 1983, several revivals on network TV, and of course Disney’s iconic The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror theme park attraction.
Now The Twilight Zone is being relaunched once again, and this time it will be hosted by its executive producer and incredibly talented Get Out / Us filmmaker Jordan Peele (formerly of the Key and Peele sketch comedy show on Comedy Central) and will air exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming platform. Today CBS dropped the first full trailer for this highly anticipated reboot, and it certainly sent shivers down my spine with anticipation…
Watch The Twilight Zone Official Trailer:
Aside from eerie on-screen intros and outro narration by Peele (channeling his best Serling monotone) in every episode, the new series will feature a cavalcade of guest stars like Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), and Jacob Tremblay (Room).
The above trailer includes instantly recognizable iconography from some of the most famous episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, including the fortune-telling machine from “Nick of Time” and the gremlin from “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”– both starring Star Trek’s William Shatner, oddly enough. Another shorter, but still spooky teaser promo for the new show (only featuring Peele in his Narrator role) aired during the Super Bowl several weeks ago.
Watch The Twilight Zone Super Bowl Promo – Extended Cut:
The Twilight Zone premieres Monday, April 1st on CBS All Access. That is indeed April Fool’s Day, but I’m still pretty sure the show really exists… or does it? Cue that famous theme music, plunk down six bucks a month for a subscription, and tune in to find out.
Mike serves as Laughing Place’s lead Southern California reporter, Editorial Director for Star Wars content, and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars podcast. He’s been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general since a very young age and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.