After reading a comment on SH from “LisaTheDragonLady” saying that she was watching “The Twilight Zone” marathon on the SyFy Channel, I decided to take a break from these moronic Housewives and their NON-reality shows and also watch the “Twilight Zone” marathon. The marathon was a much-needed step back in time to when TV shows were well-written, well-acted and kept your attention… WITHOUT any of the players screaming or threatening each other. Each “Twilight Zone” episode was a mini play; each was captivating in its consequence; each was delightfully whole… all done in a 22-minute time span.
The SyFy Channel did a great service to the viewing public by airing every episode of the of “The Twilight Zone” series… to present what television was and really should be today. There were no actors on any of the episodes who were forced to demean another… in fact, the people who were cast in the roles on each episode were SAG-card-carrying actors! REAL actors/actresses!
A huge difference in that “reality” show “actors” now get their SAG cards AFTER they’ve been on their perspective “reality” shows. Therefore, “reality” cast members are cutting their teeth and getting their acting chops on the viewers dime; unlike the very talented spectrum of actors and actresses who appeared on “The Twilight Zone,” who honed their acting talent by many hours of instruction and accepting bit parts to better themselves as actors/actresses.
The majority of the TZ episodes were written by the prolific genius mind of Rod Serling… who, in the early episodes presented each show with a cigarette dangling from his fingers (that was before the cigarette-police “explained” to him how bad tobacco was!). However, besides Rod Serling, there were additional writers of many of “The Twilight Zone” episodes who went on to establish themselves as premiere authors of novels… and their own television series.
Little trivia facts about TZ writers is that “The Waltons” creator/writer, Earl Hamner wrote many early scripts for the TZ. Another little trivia fact is that Ray Bradbury only wrote one script for the TZ, “I Sing The Body Electric”… would have thought that Mr. Bradbury was responsible for more than ONE episode!
There were also many directors who started out directing TZ teleplays. Richard Donner stands out among them. Richard Donner directed a very young William Shatner in ”Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” in which Shatner saw a gremlin on the wing of his airplane. Richard Donner went on to direct The Omen, Superman, and Lethal Weapon.
The list of now well-known actors and actresses seen on the TZ marathon were an unexpected surprise! Every time a familiar face turned up, it was like another little Christmas present!
When a young Dennis Hopper showed up, he was literally unrecognizable…. Cliff Robertson, Fritz Weaver, Burgess Meredith, Jack Klugman, Elizabeth Montgomery, Janice Rule, Claude Akins, Charles Bronson, Jack Weston, James Whitmore, Suzy Parker, Jonathan Winters, Ivan Dixon (Hogan’s Heroes), Jack Albertson, Richard Deacon are just some of actors/actresses who took roles for the TZ. Certainly there are many more!
The TZ marathon was a refreshing relief from the absolutely NON-reality of the very obviously producer-induced scenarios which viewers are forced to believe are these moronic grown women’s actual lives.
A 1970 interview with Rod Serling…
NOTE: Still have about twenty more TZ episodes on DVR, which are saved for anytime a quick diversion is necessary from being weighed down by the crapfest being shoved down our throats by the Housewives shows. The twenty TZ episodes will be used up quickly, as every Housewife episode is a total crapfest!!!
Almost forgot… while watching the episode “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” it was a reminder of how all these DoomsdayPreppers are gonna turn on each other! AND… speakin’ of DoomsdayPreppers, years back was actually into prepping; however, decided that the world left after whichever monstrous calamity was to hit, would not be worth living in; therefore, prepping is pointless. Here’s another thought: why are the people featured on these “reality” dumbass “pickers” shows NOT called what they really are: HOARDERS! What delineation is made to determine that these people who are “picked” are ‘collectors’ and not what they really are: HOARDERS!