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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day enters a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I swear Light & Shadow, my continuing series of episode by episode reviews of original Twilight Zone seasons, will return. It’s been a while, but starting about a month before Comic-Con I’ve been traveling the globe and have put those on the back burner as multiple set visits, film festivals and conventions dominated my immediate attention. In fact, I just received the first season on Blu, so now I have zero excuse to plow through the rest of season 1! In the mean time here’s a fantastic candid shot of Rod Serling in his office that fascinates me. His body language, his lack of shoes, the furrowed brow, the cigar, the Emmys… everything about this shot makes me smile. The dude was a man ahead of his time and changed the way we look at genre stories forever. Here’s the pic! Click for the bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic can’t trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No

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  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Carolinamaestro

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    They don't make 'em like Rod Serling anymore

    by Carolinamaestro

    That's why we get lame shows like Person's Unknown.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    It looks like a painting...

    by Unlabled

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    shitty whiteout technique


    what a way to ruin a great photo- the whiteout treatment on the shadow of the shelves in the background as well as under neath him, today deforming his ass and posture in the process. wonder who fucked up that old photo print?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Picture a man

    by deelzbub

    sitting on the floor<P> smoking a cigar<P> with no shoes on his feet

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    One of a kind

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    What a class act he was. His mind was a god damned story telling assembly line!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "The Scary Door"

    by Billyeveryteen

    "Saw it coming..."

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    That's a relief

    by alan_poon

    I thought it was going to be a headless shot of Vic Morrow.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    aw shit...


    i mean 'underneath' and 'totally deforming'. man, am i on crack?! LOVE twilight zone though. buying the complete series was the best purchase i ever made.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Are we sure the photo was doctored?

    by Royston Lodge

    Maybe Rod Serling really WAS a Morlock!!!<p> ;-)

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Was there ever a single moment

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    in his entire life where Rod Serling WASN'T smoking?...Guy probably smoked in his sleep!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Terrible picture

    by Mungo_Baobab

    That is hands down one of the worst photo shop jobs I've seen in a long time. You can see the back of other guys head, behind Rod's. Not to mention that the head is horribly out of proportion to his body. Do Over!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    obviously not an untouched photo

    by awepittance

    looks totally painted over

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Pogue__Mahone

    That IS a pretty cool pic. I'm loving this little series.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Rod was THE MAN!

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by HorrorFan81

    Definitely one of the better pics.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    All firster must die

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    This photo is doctored.

    by Brundlefly

    Quite clearly. The cut out lines are visible around his left knee/thigh and the previous poster is right: you can see the back of whoever's head they've pasted Rod's face over.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by cool_britannia79


  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    Dude, you are SO full of shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' Wampa 1

    by Skyway Moaters

    Why do you bother? Do you seriously believe that shit is funny?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by TRON

    Maybe it's artwork based on a photo.....

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by jabbayoda

    I think I have the worst eye in the world for spotting Photoshopped pics. But even I can tell that this picture isn't right. Which is a bummer, because I'd love to see some (real) TTZ/Serling stuff pop up here.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Looks awfully fake

    by choonie

    How about this one??

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Twlight on Blu

    by puto tenax

    Quint, I waited. Been saving my pennies. Please tell me it was worth it. Plus, I wonder what Rod would have thought of Lost?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Fake pic or not....

    by lochkray

    Its always amazed me that they never managed to get any modern iterations of Twilight Zone to work. The movie had one good segment, (and it was pretty much a shot-for-shot from the episode it was based on) and the series from the 80s had a couple of good episodes, and then that's it. You'd think somebody else would have been able to get the mix right for a functional comeback. Maybe on HBO or something. The one with Forest Whittaker (sp?-sorry man, love ya') wasn't good at all.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I wish he hadn't smoked, though.

    by Mahaloth

    Imagine what he could have brought us later in life. Him and George Orwell are two that died too young.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    We should all say that occasionally. <p> The guy really was an incredible writer.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    He looks DAPPER...and photoshopped!

    by MyScroteHasGout

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    So....he wasnt even in this photo, then lol

    by MyScroteHasGout

    Man, these behind the scenes pics are kind of embarassing...hes obviously not even in that camera shot. someone just stuck him in there very poorly.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    looks fake

    by disfigurehead

    kind of like an old Sears catalogue.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Why Serling turned out so cool..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    He went to Antioch...that school will make anyone interesting. After a couple late nights out in Glen Helen, I was seeing some pretty whacked out shit too..

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I dont know if thats Rod serling

    by redkamel

    its looks like his head is pasted on...look at the top left part of his head on the pic and his neck. It would also explain why the shadow had to be pasted...cause it didnt fit his hairline.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Another angle of the same picture


    Here's another angle of the same setting and everything. Can't tell if this one is touched up too or not:

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by guitar_dudester91

    I've been a fan of this column since day one, waiting every day and checking to see if you've posted the daily pic yet. But, I don't mean to be a horse's ass, while this is a cool pic, what is it behind the scenes of?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST



    There are much cooler and real pictures if you type in serling2.jpg and serling3.jpg on that same site.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by The E

    Damn, to this day that episode gives me chills. Will forever have a phobia of Mannequins...those guys sure knew how to create suspense and scares!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Binghamton, NY

    by th3480

    We had a really cool 50th anniversary celebration for the show here back in October with a whole weekend dedicated to the Twilight Zone. Serling is about the only good thing to come out of this area!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The Lighter Side of...

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    Looks like a Dave Berg contribution from MAD Magazine.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The yamika gives it away...

    by vettebro

    The photo is fake. Terrible photo shop job. You would think the geeks on this site would know that before they post bunk. Come on...

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    What a cool motherfucker

    by Kammich

    Fake or not, Rod Serling is the definition of a cool motherfucker. I became familiar with the original TZ series once Sci-Fi started their (now annual) 4th of July marathons, and its a 4th tradition that I keep to this day. there are some seriously, startlingly brilliant works of science fiction from that show. it boggles my mind to think that some of that groundbreaking material found its way to the airwaves way back then, and its probably thanks to Serling. my favorite episode is probably "The Howling Man," but there are literally dozens that I could choose. I'm sad to admit that I've yet to become acquainted with The Outer Limits... thats something I'll have to commit myself to invest my time and money into one day, cause I fucking love the Twilight Zone.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Outer Limits

    by Kammich

    I actually just read that all 49 of the original "Outer Limits" episodes are available for free on Hulu. see, these are the times when I really want to kick my own ass for having a part time job and starting college. lack of free time is bullshit.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    This is awful.

    by ChezKing

    Please be careful with the pix you pick for the behind the scenes pic of the day! Almost everything you have posted so far has been awesome...but's just awful. Yikes!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    real pic

    by chudzzo

    it's a real pic, it was just edited back in the pre photoshop days. Shadows too dark? Lighten them up with whiteout. Not enough contrast in the image, paint in some black to darken certain areas up. see here: pulation#History

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST




  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint!

    by bmcapers

    For posting. I find it inspirational. I'm going to print it out.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Fucking Awesome.

    by AzzyAzzy


  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    He looks hammered

    by RPLocke

    Probably thinks he's in an episode.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    more leone

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    tHe pHoToShOp ZoNe: the prequel.

    by alice133

    an ordinary man in an ordinary place...<p>on an ordinary day.<p>on an ordinary floor.<p> smoking an extra ordinary cigar...

  • "Can't trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders"...has got to be a pic of Henry Fonda as Frank.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    what would be the point of facking this photo?

    by vin_diggler

    it's not like they photoshopped his head on a womans body or anything. He's sitting on the floor smoking. Oh that must be a fake, Rod would never have done something as shocking as taking his shoes off. Besides, an earlier talkbacker already gave us a link to the same photo from a different angle. Obviously its not fake. Geez!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Great Fucking Show

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    These shows got so much from so little because the writing was so good. It didn't need cgi monsters or quick moving vampires to scare or thrill the audience. Most of us are now unimaginative, ADD-riddled blobs of protoplasm who don't want to think unless it is dreaming of our favorite actress dressed up as some super heroine giving us head as we drink a latte' while watching Buffy reruns on SyFy. The Obsolete Man is my favorite of the old Zone episodes with the great Burgess Meredith as the condemned librarian and Fritz Weaver as the agent of The State labeling Meredith as obsolete. Great dialogue in that one and the simple sets gave it a nightmarish quality.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Definitely an odd one

    by Majereuk

    I must admit, my first reaction was that it was in some way a 'shopped fake photo. But looking at the other angle pic, I'm thinking it's legit, just 'enhanced' in the days before digital tech. It looks to me like that's actually a little fold in the skin of the neck, not the back of someone else's head. If nothing else, an interesting study for photo-geeks and the series was a legend.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Wow, he looks so casual!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    The face is painted on!

    by Madmarek

    So false lol!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I'm Sure Serling Would Have Hated Lost

    by Aquatarkusman

    That wasn't storytelling, that was a series of hackneyed confrontations featuring mainly C-grade actors (with the exception of Terry O'Quinn, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and the dude who played Desmond).

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Sitting cross-legged on the floor

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Twenty-five or six to four...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Rod Serling was a genious

    by AsimovLives

    no other way to describe him. nearly 60 years on and his TWILIGHT ZONE show still delivers the smarts and wonders. The mroe time passe,s the more sophisticated the show looks. might might just mean that generally speaking, TV shows that are not from HBO or called HOUSE or DEXTER made today are incredibly dumb and stupid and lame (proof: LOST).

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    LOST is TWILIGHT ZONE for fucking morons

    by AsimovLives

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Time to change the AICN cartoon

    by Abominable Snowcone

    scott pilgrim came and went and nobody cares.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by bah

    Whatever you think of the vampires, the writing on Buffy is not for unimaginative, ADD-riddled blobs. You'd have to be an unimaginative, ADD-riddled blob to think so.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by yourebreakingthejacket

    I should have used a more suitable example for my point. How about one of the made for SyFy piece of shit movies they use to fill up their schedule?? I wasnt a huge fan of Buffy, but the millions of people cant be wrong.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Breaking news

    by Abominable Snowcone

    This just in, Leonard Nimoy is shooting another sequel to Three Men and a Baby.<p> The next chapter, Three Men and a Prostitute, stars Tom Selleck, George Clooney, Ted Danson, and Miley Cyrus as the title hooker. His Majesty Bale plays a drug dealer-pimp and Mickey Rourke plays his croney.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    serling pic

    by scrapegoat

    damn weird looking pic,if this is real you need to find the original untouch so we can compare

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Fair enough, jacket

    by bah

    I'd say millions of people can, in fact, be wrong, but even as a Whedon-disliker, I have to acknowledge and defend the awesome writing Buffy had, at least in early seasons.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The strange "retouch" effect...

    by Blue_Demon

    This is a common thing in older print media. The contrast may have not been the best so retouchers would try to bring it up for the printers. I have an ancient encyclopedia that has a lot of the photos touched up just like that.<p>Rod was The Man.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    and Majereuk beats me to the punch!

    by Blue_Demon

    Great minds...heh!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "... stars Tom Selleck, George Clooney, Ted Danson,"

    by jim

    That's funny, Snowcone. Poor Steve Guttenberg. Gets edged out for Clooney in the "Three Men and a" sequel. Hopefully he can still get that cameo in the "Police Academy" reboot/re-imagining.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    This is old-school retouching, you douches

    by BenBraddock

    Quit ranting on about Photoshop, you're just embarassing yourselves. Pre-digital, basically an artist would use a range of grey paints to "beef up" black & white photos for print, it was standard practice in the newspaper industry into the 80s. Old-fashioned (that is less refined than today) printing techniques meant the retouching was (usually) unnoticeable to the untrained eye. All of which makes this photo all the cooler, imo.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by scrapegoat

    this retouch is absolutely noticible

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Sterling was a one of kind genius

    by crazybubba

    which is too bad.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Others brough Jar Jar Abrams way before i did, idiot. Go bug them and leave me alone, you creep!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Ahh,there you are Sir ass-wipe of CHOPPAH!...

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    I TOLD you I would hound your miserable AICN footseps and piss in your pimply little face at every opportunity. How you feelin' big boy? You ready for another round? Or are you too busy being an arrogant taint licker and smoking cocks? I'm not going away lame-brain. better get used to a hateful shadow.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    And Asi too?! Bonus!

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    How goes it nut gargler?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreenna mes

    by AsimovLives

    You talking to me?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Bravo Snowcone!

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    The dickheads on YouTube think that "Chicago" was just some lame 70ies "Leisure" loung lizard act. The rocked HARD Iin 69 & 70. Check out " California Purples" "Free Form Guitar" "Moterboat to Mars" and "Sing a Mean Tune Kid" among dozens of others. Yes Chicago "Went soft" but not until about 1975...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah I'm "talkin to you" Asimov, you digusting piece of

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    Donkey offal. What you gonna do about it you Portuguese pussy?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Call for the banhammer? Puhlease...

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    'Tis to laugh...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Didn't I see this guy begging for change the other day?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I want that poster-sized

    by Turingtestee

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    In the next shot he takes his pants off... in the Twilight zone!

    by Proman1984

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    If it's touched up it's not a behind the scenes pic!

    by Madmarek