UPN Has "Twilight" Zoned In For New Series

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  1. Peter Kline

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    From Hollywood Reporter

    UPN signposts: 'Zone,' reality

    Feb. 22, 2002

    UPN is heading into "The Twilight Zone." In its first pilot order this season, the network has picked up a new version of the classic sci-fi anthology series, which originally ran on its corporate sibling CBS from 1959-65. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Pen Densham is writing and executive producing the new project, which his New Line-based Trilogy Entertainment Group is producing.
     
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    Wasn't he responsible for the recent Showtime/Sci-Fi/syndicated "The Outer Limits", too? It seems vaguely wrong for him to do both.
     
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    I'll certainly try this out. I enjoy the Twilight Zone. I even enjoyed the "new" Twilight Zone that was on for a while in the late 80s.

    If it's done well, it will make a nice addition to this scifi/horror genre-friendly network.
     
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    This might have been good news, if not for the involvement of Pen Densham. I don't like his version of "The Outer Limits", with its nihilistic storylines and cheap production values, and I doubt his "Twilight Zone" will be any better.
     
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    I hope they aren't planning to replace Special Unit 2 with this. If they cancel SU2, I'll boycott its replacement! (Unless it involves appropriate nudity. . . [​IMG] )
     
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    Remember the last attempt at reviving this series? It sure was bad, though I enjoyed the dramatization of Harlan Ellison's "Shatterday."

    The original series was a rare case of the right creative minds being at the right network at the right time--it was of its era, and is irrevocably "black-and-white" in mood as well as in fact.

    So, somehow, given today's lowest-common-denoominator attitudes in Hollywood, I don't have much hope for this new project. Rod Serling was a writer's writer among television scribes. He made the original work so well.
     
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    Jack Briggs wrote:
    Yes, no show done now in color could ever hope to replicate the precise "tone" that lent the spooky or "drab" mood to those stories. (Note: the ST:NG episode "Frame of Mind", with its monochromatic blues, tried to do this.)
    Moral: true "classics" aren't replicable. If the producers in Hollywood weren't so governed by and addicted to the tyranny of "marketing" madness---in this case, using old "brands"---a lot of the problems we get today in film/tv production could be avoided. Meeting expectations raised in the viewing public by the "marketing geniouses" is half of the task at hand.
     
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    To this day I remember "Button, Button" well, I think. If it's the one with the simple box with a button - if you press the button, someone you don't know will die, and they'll deliver a million dollars to you. Great episode. I wish I could find it in reruns.

    If they get good writers to cycle through, and anthology series like Twilight Zone could be excellent. I imagine they'll have their pick of Star Trek actors and directors for the rest.
     
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    Actually, I liked the 1980's Twilight Zone. At least its creators liked and understood the original series, which doesn't seem to be the case with Pen Densham's Outer Limits.

    To John Berggren (and anyone else who's interested): the 1980's Twilight Zone is currently being rerun on TNT. Unfortunately, they use it as middle-of-the-night filler, usually running it around 5:30 AM, or even earlier. The show deserves better.
     
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    Anyone know the format of this- half hour (or hour) for one story, or an hour with multiple stories?
     
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    Mark Lungo wrote:
     
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    Does anyone know who owns the rights to the 1980's version? I would love to see this on dvd. I loved the episode with the Kennedy assassination.
     
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    To Rex:

    Maybe the 1980'sTwilight Zone should be on the Sci-Fi Channel. On the other hand, Sci-Fi edits all the older series they run extensively, and I'm sure TZ would be no exception. Me, I think it would be best if the entire run of the new TZ was released on DVD.
     
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    Rex Bachmann: Good post! JB
     
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    Unfortunately, all of the new TZs that have been on TNT have been edited to fit in a half hour block. So a few favorites of mine like Paladin of the Lost Hour, which originally ran about 40 minutes were butchered. I would love these to be released on DVD with their original running times.

    Another favorite of mine, from that series which hasn't yet been mentioned was "To See the Invisible Man"

    -Ric
     
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