When television viewers tuned in to CBS
in October 1959 to watch a new series called The Twilight Zone
, they heard Rod Serling
describe the show’s namesake territory as a dimension as “vast as space and as timeless as infinity.” That sounds like good news for the high-profile CBS All Access revival of the brand (since it suggests boundless story terrain). But it’s also a reminder that Serling’s original franchise casts a colossal shadow that can easily swallow up anything that ventures too close.
Those opportunities and that challenge were undercurrent topics of The Twilight Zone
panel on Sunday at Deadline’s Contenders Emmys at the Paramount Theater on the studio’s lot. The panel brought together executive producer Simon Kinberg
and two Season 1 guest stars Adam Scott
and Sanaa Latham, as well as Deadline’s Dominic Patten
, who handled the moderator duties.
“We approach everything from a story first standpoint…