The Twilight Zone (2002 TV series)
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The Twilight Zone is the second of three revivals of Rod Serling's original 1959–64 television series. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role as narrator and on-screen host. It premiered on September 18, 2002, and aired its final episode on May 21, 2003.
|The Twilight Zone|
|Based on||The Twilight Zone|
by Rod Serling
|Presented by||Forest Whitaker|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Executive producer(s)||John Watson|
Ira Steven Behr
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Spirit Dance Entertainment|
Trilogy Entertainment Group
Joshmax Productions Services
New Line Television
|Audio format||5.1 Surround Sound|
|Original release||September 18, 2002 –|
May 21, 2003
|Preceded by||The Twilight Zone (1985–89)|
|Followed by||The Twilight Zone (2019)|
Broadcast in an hour format with two half-hour stories, it was canceled after one season. Reruns continue to air in syndication and have aired on MyNetworkTV since summer 2008. The opening theme music was provided by Jonathan Davis (singer of the band Korn).
The series tended to address contemporary issues head-on; i.e. terrorism, racism, gender roles, sexuality, and stalking. Noteworthy episodes featured Jason Alexander as Death wanting to retire from harvesting souls, Lou Diamond Phillips as a swimming pool cleaner being shot repeatedly in his dreams, Susanna Thompson as a woman whose stated wish results in an "upgrading" of her family, Usher as a police officer being bothered by telephone calls from beyond the grave, Brian Austin Green as a businessman who encounters items from his past that somehow reappear, Jeffrey Combs as a hypochondriac whose diseases become reality, and Katherine Heigl playing a woman who went back in time on a suicide mission to kill the infant Adolf Hitler.
The series also includes remakes and updates of stories presented in the original Twilight Zone television series, including the famous "Eye of the Beholder" starring Molly Sims. One of the updates, "The Monsters Are on Maple Street", is a modernized version of the classic episode similarly called "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". The original show was about the paranoia surrounding a neighborhood-wide blackout. In the course of the episode, somebody suggests an alien invasion being the cause of the blackouts, and that one of the neighbors may be an alien. The anti-alien hysteria is an allegory for the anti-communist paranoia of the time, and the 2003 remake, starring Andrew McCarthy and Titus Welliver, replaces aliens with terrorists.
The show also contains "It's Still a Good Life", a sequel to the events of "It's a Good Life", an episode of the original series produced 41 years earlier. Bill Mumy returned to play the adult version of Anthony, the demonic child he had played in the original story, with Mumy's daughter, Liliana, appearing as Anthony's daughter, a more benevolent but even more powerful child. Cloris Leachman also returned as Anthony's mother. Mumy went on to serve as a screenwriter for other episodes in the revival.
Other guest stars include: Penn Badgley, Scott Bairstow, Jason Bateman, Gil Bellows, Elizabeth Berkley, Xander Berkeley, Linda Cardellini, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Rory Culkin, Reed Diamond, Shannon Elizabeth, Ethan Embry, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lukas Haas, Wood Harris, Hill Harper, Jonathan Jackson, Moira Kelly, Erik King, Wayne Knight, Wallace Langham, Method Man, Samantha Mathis, Christopher McDonald, Tangi Miller, Pat O'Brien, Adrian Pasdar, Emily Perkins, Jeremy Piven, Jaime Pressly, James Remar, Portia de Rossi, Eriq La Salle, Michael Shanks, Jeremy Sisto, Jessica Simpson, Ione Skye, Amber Tamblyn, Christopher Titus, Robin Tunney, Vincent Ventresca, Dylan Walsh, Frank Whaley, Alicia Witt, and Gordon Michael Woolvett. McDonald, Langham, Xander Berkeley, and Haas had all previously guest starred in the 1980s revival.
The series did not enjoy the same level of critical or ratings success as the original series or the 1980s revival, and only lasted one season.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Evergreen"||Allan Kroeker||Jill Blotevogel||September 18, 2002||106|
A rebellious teenage girl (Amber Tamblyn) and her exasperated family move to a gated community with a stringent emphasis on conforming to certain norms and a unique way of dealing with troubled youths.
|2||"One Night at Mercy"||Peter O'Fallon||Christopher Mack||September 18, 2002||103|
|3||"Shades of Guilt"||Perry Lang||Ira Steven Behr||September 25, 2002||107|
|4||"Dream Lover"||Peter O'Fallon||Frederick Rappaport||September 25, 2002||105|
|5||"Cradle of Darkness"||Jean de Segonzac||Kamran Pasha||October 2, 2002||104|
|6||"Night Route"||Jean de Segonzac||Jill Blotevogel||October 2, 2002||102|
An English professor (Ione Skye) juggles preparing for her wedding and convincing her friends and family she is being followed by a mysterious bus that started haunting her after she narrowly avoided being hit by a car.
|7||"Time Lapse"||John T. Kretchmer||James Crocker||October 9, 2002||109|
An orderly (Ethan Embry) suffering from blackouts discovers his condition is the result of a police officer using his body to prevent an assassination attempt on the President of the United States and the First Daughter.
|8||"Dead Man's Eyes"||Jerry Levine||Frederick Rappaport||October 9, 2002||108|
An emotionally distraught widow (Portia di Rossi) obsessed with bringing her dead husband's murderer to justice discover she can see his life and the events surrounding his death through his eyeglasses.
|9||"The Pool Guy"||Paul Shapiro||Hans Beimler||October 16, 2002||111|
|10||"Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine"||Brad Turner||Brent V. Friedman||October 16, 2002||112|
|11||"The Lineman"||Jonathan Frakes||Pen Densham||October 23, 2002||101|
A lineman (Jeremy Piven) gradually discovers everything comes with a price after being struck by lightning, gaining the ability to hear other people's thoughts, and using his newfound powers for personal and financial gain.
|12||"Harsh Mistress"||Brad Turner||Bradley Thompson & David Weddle||October 30, 2002||110|
A talentless wannabe rock musician (Lukas Haas) gains talent, wealth, and international stardom at a surprising price tag after purchasing a classic guitar with dark powers and an equally dark past.
|13||"Upgrade"||Joe Chappelle||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||October 30, 2002||113|
A housewife (Susanna Thompson) juggles moving into a new house with her dysfuctional family, fantasizing about the life she wants to live, and preventing her seemingly idyllic fantasies from becoming reality.
|14||"To Protect and Serve"||Joe Chappelle||Kamran Pasha||November 6, 2002||115|
An idealistic young police officer (Usher) dedicates himself to doing whatever it takes to protect a prostitute and family friend from the vindictive ghost of the pimp he was forced to shoot and kill in the line of duty.
|15||"Chosen"||Winrich Kolbe||Ira Steven Behr||November 6, 2002||114|
A destitute man (Jake Busey) sets out to unearth what he believes to be a conspiracy after the arrival of two persistent evangelists coincides with several disappearances and a potential nuclear Armageddon.
|16||"Sensuous Cindy"||John T. Kretchmer||James Crocker||November 13, 2002||116|
|17||"Hunted"||Patrick Norris||Christopher Mack||November 13, 2002||117|
An elite special forces team living in a futuristic utopia that is free of violence and criminal activity sets out to track down and execute a vicious creature responsible for the deaths of several civilians.
|18||"Mr. Motivation"||Deran Sarafian||Story by : Steven Aspis |
Teleplay by : Brent V. Friedman
|November 20, 2002||118|
|19||"Sanctuary"||Patrick Norris||James Crocker||November 20, 2002||119|
|20||"Future Trade"||Bob Balaban||Clyde Hayes||November 27, 2002||121|
|21||"Found and Lost"||Vern Gillum||Story by : Bill Mumy |
Teleplay by : Frederick Rappaport
|November 27, 2002||120|
|22||"Gabe's Story"||Allan Kroeker||Dusty Kay||December 11, 2002||123|
A deliveryman (Christopher Titus) suffering from consistent bad luck sets out to challenge fate after getting into a car accident, hitting his head, and gaining the uncanny ability to see the events surrounding his bad breaks.
|23||"Last Lap"||Brad Turner||Rob Hedden||December 11, 2002||122|
|24||"The Path"||Jerry Levine||James Crocker||January 8, 2003||125|
|25||"Fair Warning"||John T. Kretchmer||David Weddle & Bradley Thompson||January 8, 2003||124|
|26||"Another Life"||Risa Bramon Garcia||Amir Mann & Brent V. Friedman||February 5, 2003||126|
A celebrated hip-hop artist (Wood Harris) with a privileged life and a loving family experiences confusing visions that plague him to the point where the thin lines separating fantasy from reality start to blur.
|27||"Rewind"||Kevin Bray||James Crocker||February 5, 2003||127|
|28||"Tagged"||James Head||Story by : Charles Largent |
Teleplay by : Michael Angeli
|February 12, 2003||129|
A gang member and street tagger (Todd Williams) becomes consumed by guilt after killing a man caught painting over his mural and seeing the mural transform into a real-life portrait of the crime.
|29||"Into the Light"||Lou Diamond Phillips||Moira Kirland Dekker||February 12, 2003||128|
A high school English teacher (Samantha Mathis) set on resigning due to lack of interest from her apathetic students develops the ability to look into a person's face and predict if they are going to die.
|30||"It's Still a Good Life"||Allan Kroeker||Based on characters created by : Jerome Bixby |
Teleplay by : Ira Steven Behr
|February 19, 2003||131|
|31||"The Monsters Are on Maple Street"||Debbie Allen||Story by : Rod Serling |
Teleplay by : Erin Maher & Kay Reindl
|February 19, 2003||130|
An unexpected power and water failure prompts the residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood to grow increasingly suspicious of their new neighbors and accuse them of being sleeper cell terrorists.
|32||"Memphis"||Eriq La Salle||Eriq La Salle||February 26, 2003||133|
|33||"How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"||Allison Liddi-Brown||Michael Angeli||February 26, 2003||132|
|34||"The Placebo Effect"||Jerry Levine||Story by : Rebecca Swanson |
Teleplay by : Brent V. Friedman
|April 2, 2003||134|
|35||"Cold Fusion"||Eli Richbourg||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||April 2, 2003||135|
|36||"The Pharaoh's Curse"||Bob Balaban||Stephen Beck||April 23, 2003||139|
|37||"The Collection"||John T. Kretchmer||Erin Maher & Kay Reindl||April 23, 2003||138|
A babysitter (Jessica Simpson) suspects an eerily lifelike doll collection belonging to her latest client's charge (Ashley Edner) is connected to the mysterious disappearances of her previous sitters.
|38||"Eye of the Beholder"||David R. Ellis||Rod Serling||April 30, 2003||140|
A young woman (Molly Sims) living in a futuristic society that has labeled her hideous waits to learn if the 11th and final attempt to surgically make her look like everyone else is successful or not.
|39||"Developing"||Allison Liddi-Brown||Moira Kirland Dekker||April 30, 2003||141|
A photographer (Robin Tunney) becomes convinced her deceased fiancé is attempting to contact her from beyond the grave after finding him in several photographs that could never had been taken.
|40||"The Executions of Grady Finch"||John Peter Kousakis||Story by : Frederick Rappaport |
Teleplay by : Ira Steven Behr and Brent V. Friedman
|May 7, 2003||143|
|41||"Homecoming"||Risa Bramon Garcia||Story by : Bradley Thompson & David Weddle |
Teleplay by : Michael Angeli
|May 7, 2003||142|
|42||"Sunrise"||Tim Matheson||Story by : Katrina Cabrera Ortega |
Teleplay by : Frederick Rappaport
|May 21, 2003||137|
|43||"Burned"||John T. Kretchmer||Seth Weisburst & Daniel Wolowicz||May 21, 2003||136|
An agoraphobic real estate mogul (Jason Bateman) finds himself forced to confront the sins of his past when the vindictive ghosts of two young children killed in an arson fire he orchestrated start haunting him.
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