The Twilight Zone

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Very few television programs stand the test of time, and Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is a notable exception. Proven to be an important part of American culture since its debut on CBS in October 1959, many Hollywood producers, screenwriters and directors have been inspired and influenced by this series. Comic books, magazines, numerous television revivals, a major motion picture and even modern audio productions demonstrate the continuing popularity of this television ...

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Overview

Very few television programs stand the test of time, and Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE is a notable exception. Proven to be an important part of American culture since its debut on CBS in October 1959, many Hollywood producers, screenwriters and directors have been inspired and influenced by this series. Comic books, magazines, numerous television revivals, a major motion picture and even modern audio productions demonstrate the continuing popularity of this television classic.

The definitive history presents a portrait of the beloved Rod Serling and his television program, recounting the major changes the show underwent in format and story selection, including censorship battles, production details and exclusive memories from cast and crew. The complete episode guide documents all 156 episodes of the series in a level of detail never before accomplished in any publication. Complete cast lists, music cues and scores, story origins, breakdown of production costs, studio lots, stages and location filming revealed, in-jokes, bloopers and more.

This book will make you want to look back at the episodes once again, whether you are a casual fan or serious enthusiast of the series.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780970331090
  • Publisher: OTR Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    a history and an encyclopedic guide to the popular TV series

    Twilight Zone's aficionados--the legions of them--will want to go through the content from front to back to run across material they never would have thought about or expected anyone could have ever gotten. One such item is a schedule of Rod Sterling's business trips from 1961 to 1963. Grams introduces this with, "As an indication of how busy Rod Sterling's schedule was,...." The TV show's dedicated viewers will thank the author for this and numerous other bits of fetching trivia in the text and frequent insets. Such material is found mostly in the first section "History of 'The Twilight Zone'."<BR/><BR/>The kinds of specifics one expects and would typically be looking for in a work on a staple of popular culture can be found handily enough with the reference book-like organization and tools such as chronological chapters and two indexes. Each of the show's 156 episodes beginning in 1953 on CBS are treated individually in the following section "The Episode Guide" with a chapter for each of the five seasons. The format for each show is roughly the same. Each show is identified by production number and title followed by date of initial telecast, copyright holder, dates of filming, and date of shooting script. Then comes the cast, stock music cues with title, performer, and length in seconds. After this is producer, director, and stage crew; then plot and finally trivia. Before and after the plot are the introductory and closing quotes for each show which were one of the show's most popular and memorable features. "In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. His name is James B. W. Bevins and his tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music...," goes one; with the reader hearing it in the slightly incredulous, essentially matter-of-fact tone of the narrator of the voiceover.<BR/><BR/>Grams, steeped in television history and lore and author of over 12 other books, has included in the book everything which would inform and entertain Twilight Zone and TV buffs. This is a definitive guide to the series and welcome companion to reruns of it or of single shows.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    For the Serious Fan

    With this 2008 book, author Martin Grams revealed himself as a leading resource for all things Twilight Zone. Never heard of the author until I got this book, but this information-packed volume represents an impressive work devoted exclusively to The Twilight Zone. Historically important, correcting the errors from previous Twilight Zone books and obvious years of research makes this a superb reference guide for watching the episodes. Background trivia and behind the scenes material is a wealth promises you get your money's worth.

    The main body of this book is the episode guide. Each episode documented with dates of filming, rehearsal dates, cost breakdown, location shots, props, etc. If you think the serial numbers for the automobiles used is not peaking your interest, try the stories about how each episode was filmed. Who broke their leg on the set? Which episodes were refilmed when the rough cut proved disasterous and deleted scenes described? Which episodes have the microphone on the screen? What movie posters are inside jokes making reference to production staff? This is a splended job. Buy this today and you'll know all you want to about The Twilight Zone.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Intelligence in Disguise

    Truly a definitive treatment. Production dates, location shots, cast lists (including names not listed on the closing credits), bloopers, behind-the-scenes stories.<BR/><BR/>What I learned after reading this book:<BR/>1. Rod Serling had a heart of gold. Not a bad story riding against him. He did a number of favors for people that was never publicly known and revealed for the first time in this book shows just how kind a man he was.<BR/>2. Serling went through "heck" to have this show on the air. Fighting against censorship and the networks are exampled and recognized.<BR/>3. How TV shows were and still are produced is fascinating. Minor needed a social worker on the set and limited to number of hours on the set. Insert shots were filmed by different directors who received no credit on the screen.<BR/><BR/>Best part of the book is the behind-the-scenes stories. "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" was a re-write of a 1951 radio script titled "The Button Pushers". The reason why "Eye of the Beholder" has two different titles was because of a threatened lawsuit. "The Obsolete Man" generated a number of anti-Communist letters against Serling. More trivia throughout.<BR/><BR/>798 pages and as big as a telephone book. Give away all the Twilight Zone books you have and replace it with this one. A diamond in the rough that will certainly become the standard reference for Serling and Twilight Zone scholars for the next few decades!

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Explore the Galaxies!

    If pop culture television is archaeology, then it follows that there must be television archeologists. Surely one of the finest treatments given to The Twilight Zone with detail level that is unsurpassed. This book is the documentary equivalent of the skeletal goodies uncovered by Dr. Leakey at Olduvai Gorge. We all have seen The Twilight Zone... at least, we think we have. This marvelous book is stuffed with revelations such as the sixth season that was never produced. Serling apparently wanted to do a few two-parters, film on location at a deserted island and include more extra-terrestrials in the scripts.

    The first 160 of the 800 pages is a smooth flowing history describing how Serling created the program from four separate attempts, three different scripts and three production companies. His struggles with the network, the fan mail, the awards, the disagreements with writers and producers and everything else you would want to know about The Twilight Zone. The buffet is the episode guide which details everything from the music cues and production cost to inside jokes, bloopers and deleted scenes. An explanation of the closing scene in "The Man in the Bottle" that was filmed and never used explains Serling's displaced closing commentary. Did you know that Fats had a young girl in cloud nine in "A Game of Pool" and that scene was deleted from the final print? A microphone appears on the camera for a good ten seconds in "On Thursday We Leave For Home."

    Even though this reviewer is extremely familiar with the television series having read every book written and every magazine article in print, this book blows me away. The author writes with care and passion rarely found within books of this genre. It won the 2009 Rondo Award for "best book of the year" which is considered the ultimate award that a book of this genre could win (other than the Hugo Award). This book is indispensable and should set the standard for books to come... except regarding The Twilight Zone since no one could do better than this.

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