The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree

By Marc Scott Zicree

The Twilight region has captivated, teased and haunted the imaginations of numerous thousands of audience from 1959 debut via its 156 next episodes and plenty of rebroadcast. This better half is the total show-by-show consultant to at least one of television's all-time maximum sequence. Zicree's account of the sequence from inception to cancellation, via syndication and next offshoots and remakes, is interesting analyzing for even the main informal fan. insurance of every episode features a plot synopsis, serious remark, behind-the scenes tales and anecdotes from the unique artists who created the sequence, a whole record of solid and credit and over 2 hundred construction images.

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Soon after, Kimberly-Clark, makers of Kleenex products, signed on as secondary sponsor. "It was all very smooth , " Self remembers . "It was not a hard sale . It was a good pilot , as you know. " A contract was drawn up between CBS and Serling . It stipulated that The Twilight Zone would be produced by Serling's company, Cayuga Productions (named after Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, where Serling and family vacationed each summer) and that Serling would write eighty percent of the first season's scripts .

As for Serling , his commitment to the show was total . During the early months, he was working twelve to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week . "He would get up very early, " Carol Serling remembers, "grab a cup of coffee , and be out there at the crack of dawn . In his office in back of the house , he'd dictate his scripts into a tape machine . Often , if the weather was nice , he'd take the machine outside with him and sit by the pool" (prompting writer Mary Wood to observe, "He's the only person I know who can get a tan and make money at the same time").

So we made a compromise : 'We won't use him if you don't use him . ' So it worked out fine . " Together, the three pooled their considerable knowledge o f directors into a list that represented some of the most talented men to ever work in film and television . The majority were primarily television directors but several were men who had distinguished themselves in film . Most notable among these, at least to Houghton , was Mitchell Leisen , who had di­ rected, among many, many other things , the classic fantasy Death Takes a Holiday, starring Fredric March .

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