There wasn’t anything wrong with your television set during the Super Bowl. There was no reason to be alarmed. Jordan Peele, the host, and producer for The Twilight Zone reboot was just giving viewers a taste of what they may see in April.
The promo for the reboot is just a hair over a minute long and begins like any other piece of Super Bowl coverage might. Then the screen pixelates and glitches out, going to blackness and a message that read, “CBS is off the air,” recalling The Outer Limits more than The Twilight Zone.
There is then a video of a full football stadium emptying instantaneously and going dim. We then see someone walking from behind and hear a very Rod Serling-esque soliloquy: “Witness an empty space, filled with thousands of screaming people. A man, both nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Answers are new questions. The unthinkable is the expected. When truth is not the truth, what dimension are you even in?”
At this, we see Jordan Peele head-on, apparently ready to fill Serling’s shoes as host of The Twilight Zone. He then opens a door in the middle of the field, steps through–and disappears completely.
You may watch the trailer below:
For those of you not in the know, The Twilight Zone originally ran in the late fifties and early sixties, offering up uncomfortable truths to viewers in the guise of fantasy and sci-fi. It has a cult following today, and this is actually the third time a reboot of the original series has been attempted. If you’re interested in getting an idea of what the series is all about–and what Jordan Peele will be updating for the twenty-first century–you can check out our recommendations for some great episodes here and here.
As for this reboot, it will be out on April 1. It will only be available to stream on CBS All-Access, CBS’s paid streaming service.