Television anthologies are magic. They’re like many shows rolled up in one. Mark Cain of Anthologic Podcast joins me to run down a bunch of them. We discuss our mutual fascination with the form and some of our favorite specimens. Plus a super-sneaky secret Christmas bonus inside. No fair peeking.
Rod Serling is as grand a subject as The Twilight Zone for which he is known. But did you know that he had established himself as the preeminent writer for television before he ever breached The Fifth Dimension? We trace his early career with author Nick Parisi, whose book, Rod Serling: His Life, Work and Imagination has just been released.
As we close out Season 3 of TV TERROR PODCAST, we speak with Jason V. Brock, author, artist, and director of the definitive documentary about Charles Beaumont. Beaumont is a towering but tragic figure, who aided Rod Serling in pioneering a new and ascendant medium called television.
The earth has slipped out of its elliptical orbit and is drifting closer to the sun in a Twilight Zone nightmare penned by Rod Serling. We pause to reflect on a New Year, another trip around the sun, and what better way to ready ourselves for another journey than with a classic Twilight Zone episode that muses upon our relationship with our neighbor star? Besides, it’s TZ marathon time, so here’s one to get us started.
We visit with Mark Dawidziak to discuss his best-selling book, EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE. It’s an absorbing look at life principles from the Fifth Dimension, stirring reminders found in Rod Serling’s timeless fantasy series.
It’s a film Rod Serling regretted writing: the criminally unknown TV Movie from 1966, The Doomsday Flight, starring Jack Lord and Edmond O’Brien.