CBS Sets Spring Release Date for ‘The Twilight Zone’

A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity is coming exclusive to CBS All Access this spring. During today’s TCA panel in Pasadena, California, CBS revealed that The Twilight Zone will premiere on Monday, April 1. The anthology series will debut with two episodes, and the following episodes will subsequently launch weekly on Thursdays beginning April 11.

As previously announced, Jordan Peele is hosting and narrating The Twlilight Zone, and while the details of the episodes remain shrouded in mystery, the cast includes Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

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Peele will also produce via his Monkeypaw Productions along with Simon Kinberg‘s Genre Films and CBS Television Studios. Peele and Kinberg will serve as executive producers alongside Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Rick Berg, Greg Yaitanes and Carol Serling, the widow of original Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, who hosted and narrated the original series.

“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele when the project was announced. And he’s is definitely a fan of the classic series, the filmmaker recently revealed that his upcoming doppelgänger horror movie Us was inspired by the iconic Twilight Zone episode ‘Mirror Image’. ““It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling,” Peele says, “and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination,” Peele told Rolling Stone of the episode.

In fact, Peele admitted he was hesitant to take on the gig of reinventing The Twlight Zone, but eventually came around.“The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission,” he told Variety. “If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow ‘Twilight Zone’ fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.”