According to the teaser clip released on CBS’ All Access YouTube channel, the program is set to air sometime in 2019. But while Serling is one of Peele’s idols, he was hesitant to take the job because he feared not being able to fill his shoes.
“I was terrified,” Peele told Variety. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it.”
“The [important] realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission,” Peele continued. “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.”
In addition to hosting the show, Peele is also one of the show’s producers. Are you excited for the reboot of The Twilight Zone?