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Old December 17 2012, 07:03 PM   #1951
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Old December 19 2012, 08:01 PM   #1952
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Zen koan for the day: how do you "reboot" an anthology series? Redo all the stories but change the endings? (Turns out it wasn't a cookbook after all!)

EXCLUSIVE: The Twilight Zone is eying a return to primetime. X-Men director Bryan Singer has closed a deal to develop, executive produce and possibly direct a reboot of Rod Serlings classic. The drama series project, now in early stages, is set up at CBS TV Studios, which has the rights to the original series. Search is underway for a writer to pen the new Twilight Zone. The project has not been pitched to networks yet, but CBS is an obvious destination since CBS TV Studios only supplies CBS and the CW on the broadcast side and CBS carried the original series as well as the first revival.
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Old December 19 2012, 08:02 PM   #1953
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So is this the third or fourth Twilight Zone?
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Old December 19 2012, 10:01 PM   #1954
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So is this the third or fourth Twilight Zone?
Fifth, counting the movie!
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Old December 19 2012, 10:10 PM   #1955
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Actually I tend to think of the syndicated third season of the '80s series (whose writing staff was anchored by J. Michael Straczynski, a pretty good Serling mimic) as virtually a different show from the first two seasons on CBS. So maybe five and a half versions.

Oh, and I gather Leonardo DiCaprio is developing a TZ-branded movie, although it would be based on just one TZ episode rather than being an anthology like the previous movie. Plus Real Steel was based on a short story previously adapted as a TZ episode.
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Old December 19 2012, 11:34 PM   #1956
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Well, this is interesting, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I'd love to see another well-done Twilight Zone series. The 80s revival (both the network and syndicated pieces) was very good, but the more recent one sucked (and the movie was mediocre). Seeing Bryan Singer's name gives reason for cautious optimism.

Secondly, if CBS studios is developing a new Twilight Zone series, that makes it seem more likely that they will want to develop a new Star Trek series-- perhaps even as a companion to Twilight Zone as a night of classic revivals. Fingers crossed....
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Old December 20 2012, 12:28 AM   #1957
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I didn't care for the CBS version of the '80s TZ. It had some good installments here and there, but overall it didn't really feel like TZ to me. The syndicated season that followed came the closest to the original, I felt. I believe it even adapted one or two unfilmed scripts from the original show. (Although Spielberg's Amazing Stories did one too, a Richard Matheson piece called "The Doll.")
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Old December 20 2012, 01:11 AM   #1958
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Plus Real Steel was based on a short story previously adapted as a TZ episode.
Ditto for The Box. Based on the episode (and story) "Button, Button."


All by Matheson, of course.
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Old December 20 2012, 01:58 AM   #1959
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"Button, Button" was an episode of the '80s revival, though, not the original show.
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Old December 20 2012, 02:13 AM   #1960
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"Button, Button" was an episode of the '80s revival, though, not the original show.
True. But it does count as another movie based on a TZ episode, if not based one of the classic originals.

(And I published tie-in editions for both!)
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Old December 20 2012, 02:45 AM   #1961
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All anthology series are erratic. That is I think one reason why real series with continuing characters generally win steadier audiences: You know what you're getting.

The original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits had plenty of bad episodes, and the contintuations had plenty of good ones. (Well, perhaps not the Ira Steven Behr iteration.) So a new Twilight Zone would likely have a lot to offer, even if a modern version would almost certainly totally eschew SF and humor in favor of horror in fantasy mode.
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Old December 20 2012, 07:34 PM   #1962
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Comedy pilots from Amazon Prime include a couple genre shows.

Dark Minions
Written by Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, Dark Minions is an animated workplace series about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship

Supanatural
Supanatural is an animated comedy series about two outspoken divas who are humanitys last line of defense against the supernatural, when theyre not working at the mall.
Neither sounds like anything I'll be signing up for Amazom Prime for...
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What the hell is Amazon Prime?
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Old December 21 2012, 01:38 AM   #1964
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What the hell is Amazon Prime?
It's a subscription service that gets you free two day shipping on all items and access to Amazon's streaming service.

Dark Minions sounds somewhat interesting, but I'd need to see a pilot before dedicating any real time to it.
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I don't want to see dark minions. Only these kind:

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