Executive producer & narrator Jordan Peele to write an episode
Morena Baccarin, Jenna Elfman, Tavi Gevinson, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Daniel Sunjata join cast
CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, on Sunday announced the first round of casting for season two of its original anthology series “The Twilight Zone” will include Morena Baccarin, Colman Domingo, Ethan Embry, Jenna Elfman, Tavi Gevinson, Tony Hale, Abbie Hern, Gillian Jacobs, Sophia Macy, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson and Daniel Sunjata. Each will appear in an episode of the upcoming 10-episode second season, slated to premiere exclusively on CBS All Access in 2020.
Additionally, CBS All Access announced executive producer and narrator Jordan Peele has written an episode for the second season titled “Downtime.” Julie McNamara, executive vice president, original content, CBS All Access, made the announcements during the “CBS All Access” executive session at the biannual Television Critics Association presentation in Pasadena, California.
Season two cast and episode titles announced, in no particular order include:
•Episode: “Downtime”: Starring Morena Baccarin (The “Deadpool” franchise, “Homeland”), Colman Domingo (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) and Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Toy Story 4”); written by Jordan Peele
•Episode: “The Who of You”: Starring Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland,” “Rescue Me”), Ethan Embry (“Grace and Frankie,” “Blindspotting”), and Billy Porter (“Pose,” “Like a Boss”); written by Win Rosenfeld
•Episode: “A Human Face”: Starring Jenna Elfman (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “Dharma & Greg”), Chris Meloni (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Law & Order: SVU”), and Tavi Gevinson (“Person to Person,” “Enough Said”); written by Alex Rubens
•Episode: “8”: Starring Joel McHale (“Community,” “Stargirl”); written by Glen Morgan
•Episode: “Among The Untrodden”: Introducing Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy; written by Heather Anne Campbell
•Episode: “Meet in the Middle”: Starring Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld,” “Black Mirror: USS Callister”) and Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Love”); written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini
A press release said, “Peele and Simon Kinberg’s modern re-imagining of the classic brings the original series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling to new audiences, exploring the human condition and holding a lens up to the culture of our times. The series’ second season will use introspection and the exploration of self to usher viewers into a familiar dimension.”
The original “The Twilight Zone” premiered Oct. 2, 1959, on CBS. The series took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. “The Twilight Zone” became a worldwide phenomenon and took fans on a journey into a wondrous land of imagination from 1959-64. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not.
Every episode of season one of “The Twilight Zone,” as well as the original series, is available to stream now on CBS All Access.