I think that The Twilight Zone is one of the greatest and most original TV series of all time. The show was created by Rod Serling and he wrote a good chunk of the episodes. The show ran from 1959 to 1964 and below are six links to articles about this groundbreaking and timeless television series. And then there’s the MBIP Coming Attractions for what’s happening on the blog next week!
The 10 greatest "Twilight Zone" episodes - I agree with all of their choices and my personal favorites are 3, 5, 7 and 9.
The Mike Wallace Interview Featuring Rod Serling (1959) - Rod Serling started out writing TV dramas for the Kraft Television Theater and Playhouse 90. One show he wrote, which was called, “Patterns” was a huge hit, but he soon became known as an “angry young man” because of his battles with the censors and sponsors. This interview with Mike Wallace is interesting because he keeps stressing that the Twilight Zone is just science fiction and nothing else. What he actually did was take topics that were taboo back then, like prejudice and social injustice and turned them into Twilight Zone episodes. It was a genius idea and the show ran for five years with no battles with censors or sponsors.
Why The Twilight Zone puts today's TV sci-fi to shame - An article about how nothing since The Twilight Zone has been its equal.
25 'Twilight Zone' Quotes that Will Make You Question Your Life Decisions - Great statements, most of them written by Rod Serling. Number eight is my favorite.
Twilight Zone -- The Movie -- Review by Roger Ebert - I remember when I heard that they were making this movie that it was a huge mistake and after I saw it I knew I was right. I’m glad Roger Ebert thought the same thing! And I’m not even going to think about the Twilight Zone reboot that’s supposed to happen soon. Ugh.
Rod Serling's Final Interview - Rod Serling’s last interview happened on March 4, 1975, just months before he died at the age of 50-years-old. This is my favorite line from the interview: “I remember the first sale I made was a hundred and fifty dollars for a radio script, and, as poor as I was, I didn't cash the check for three months.” I think in every writer’s life the biggest high and thrill is the first time when someone pays you for something you’ve written. It’s a magical feeling that makes the sometimes tortuous writing process all worth it and then for better or for worse, you’re hooked for life and there’s no turning back. Rod Serling has always been a hero and an inspiration to me.
We’ve got a big week coming up here at MBIP! Tomorrow we get back to our Saturday Night roots as we bring back Saturday Night Cheeseburger. I started the Saturday Night Cheeseburger series way back with my 365 bars blog and continued it all the way to this blog until I ran out of places around here to get a cheeseburger. So I just changed it to Saturday Night and I go and get a meal somewhere. Well, I recently saw an ad for a cheeseburger at the Hy-Vee Market Grille and it looked so amazing I had to go and try it out. You can check that out tomorrow. Tuesday will be our 13th week in the MBIP Seven Months of Steak tour and myself and Scott Turley are taking a road trip to Tremont today and you can see where we went for a steak there on Tuesday. Wednesday will be my last supper at Cyd’s Gourmet Kitchen and Cafe in Junction City. If you haven’t heard, they’re moving to Donovan Park and the last day they’re open is this coming Saturday, so I went and paid my final respects there. Thursday will be yet another random Peorian for the weekly People Of Peoria series and Friday we’re going to visit Peoria’s newest bar and grill, The Olympia Sports Bar & Grill in Pioneer Park! Okay, I have to prepare for today’s road trip to Tremont, we’ll see you all tomorrow!