The Twilight Zone is cancelled and won’t make the transition from CBS All Access to Paramount+
The Twilight Zone is an iconic brand for US television. Originally created by Rod Sterling it ran from 1959-1964. A revived series ran from 1985-89, another from 2002-3 and the latest has fared similarly, running 2019-20. The idea should work across generations: it’s an anthology series with the ability to tell intriguing stories that stay with the viewer. Sadly modern tastes run to action, long arcs, character and don’t fit the mould of The Twilight Zone.
The latest reboot was by Jordan Peele and managed two seasons of the episodes each. Ratings are indifferent, with critics seeming to prefer it to audiences. Rotten Tomatoes ratings for season 2 are (at the time of writing) 65% for critics but a mere 54% for audience score. As we’ve said elsewhere, it’s all about the audience.
When asked why the show didn’t appear in the Paramount+ listings, Julie McNamara, executive VP and head of programming for Paramount+, praised the series:
“Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and the entire production team truly reimagined The Twilight Zone for the modern age. They upheld the classic series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling and pushed today’s viewers to explore all new dimensions of thought-provoking and topical themes that we hope will resonate with audiences for years to come.”
Cultbox wishes everyone involved well for their future projects. You can read more about the Twilight Zone cancelled courtesy of Deadline.