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New Old Interview Footage of TWILIGHT ZONE Mastermind Rod Serling Unearthed!!

Published at: Aug. 31, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! From SF Signal:
In 1970 University of Kansas professor James Gunn interviewed a series of science fiction authors for his Centron film series "Science Fiction in Literature". This footage from an unreleased film in that series featuring an interview with Rod Serling, which wasn't finished due to problems with obtaining rights to show footage from Serling's work in television.
Again, this was 1970. Serling, whose genius creation “Twilight Zone” aired 1959 to 1965, passed away in 1975, at age 50. Find all of SF Signal’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    COOLEST NERD EVER! :)

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Rod Serling was not only a genius, he was James Bond cool... :)

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Oh, and... FIRST!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Well, I guess, second now.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Dammit... God probably WAS telling him to stop smoking

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Maybe then he'd still be alive and pumping out awesome stuff into his 80s, like Aaron Spelling. It's really a shame he went so soon.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Uh, Aaron Spelling WASN'T doing awesome stuff at 80...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    He hit his peak long before that. Rod Serling may have died young, but he died a LEGEND.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    TheGhostWhoLurks

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I realize that Aaron Spelling wasn't doing awesome stuff at an advanced age... but, who knows... maybe Serling could have! :) <p> But, I can't disagree with you... he did die a LEGEND.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    A 31 or 32 share for Twilight Zone????

    by prunkhaft

    Holy shit. And that was a mild success. How do networks even function now? Thanks for the link, really enjoyed the interview.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Also!

    by prunkhaft

    What he says 6 minutes in about blacks and asians in media is the truth. All he's missing is the "magical negro". Positive... I guess, but racist nonetheless. Good for Rod to point that out when it wasn't too popular to do so.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    And Quint's series?

    by The StarWolf

    Those of us who are TWILIGHT ZONE fans are waiting for Quint to resume his reviews of the original series. It's been a month or two...?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Unlike that guy in the commercial...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Rod was the MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Quint, please continue.

    by The_Reasoner

    I started reading your series of reviews a couple months ago, and it inspired me to watch the entire series. I watched all 156 episodes in about 3 weeks. Please continue your reviews. Rod Serling deserves recognition alongside H.G. Wells & Jules Verne as one of the greatest minds in science fiction.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I Enjoyed This.

    by proper

    Thank You For Posting It.My Personal Favourite Episode Of The Twilight Zone [Out Of Many] Was A Game Of Pool,Life Lesson For Me Right There.Rod Serling's Work Is Required Viewing For Those Who May Feel Worthy Of Running Their Mouths Round These Parts :>

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    What a visionary

    by jazzylg

    Rod Serling, if he would have lived into the 80's or 90's, would have put together some incredible shows. The guy was so intelligent, and had a keen sense of what good production values were.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I miss the TZ column too

    by dukeroberts

    Please bring it back. We should also see if we can influence The Powers That Be to release Rod's lost western series, The Loner, on DVD. I would love to see it.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Serling Is The Greatest Writer Of All Time

    by Media Messiah

    He didn't think so, but I know so. He was/is...brilliant!!! The best of all time!!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    LOVE SERLING - thanks for posting

    by la_sith

    He was the greatest. True TV visionary. And I am resisting the upgrade of Twilight Zone on Blu-ray. WAYYYYYY too expensive. Taking advantage of the drooling nerds. I can wait.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    damn that ever present cig

    by brabon300

    and im a smoker...but when i go, i wont have missed giving another 30 years of brilliance to the world

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    I want to take up smoking cause of this guy

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    not even james bond convinces me to take it up!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Rod Serling quote

    by MediaGold

    “It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every 12 minutes one is interrupted by dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.” I love Rod Serling.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Rod Serling IS a fucking legend

    by Dharma4

    I want to SPEAK like this man, for fuck's sake.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Could you imagine is Rod Serling good do a show today?

    by Dharma4

    It'd be like dividing by zero.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Hands down

    by Adam13

    One of the coolest things I've seen here.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Thanks!!

    by JamieCOTC95

    As a big fan of TZ, I want to say thanks! Great find! Loved his frank honesty about television. I wonder what he would think of TV today. In some respects, I'm not sure I want to know. I remember him narrating the Jacques Cousteau specials. His voice made them even more impressive.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Great find!

    by Pdorwick

    This is what AICN can do when it's not bitching about Star Trek cannon or Lost trivia. Good job.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Smoking killed him

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    That was because when people thought smoking was good for you.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Much rather deal in 1998

    by neckstab

    Best thing since the Mike Wallace interview. It's funny he mentions 1998... The year of Armageddon, ha ha ha. Thanks for this. Really awesome.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Jehovahs_Witness

    by Dharma4

    Best Name Ever.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    One of my real heroes

    by 2LeggedFreak

    When people throw the word genius at some of the tat that's on TV nowadays they'd be well served to go and look at some of the Rod Serling Twilight Zones to see what real genius is.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    "I want to SPEAK like this man, for fuck's sake. "

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    hahaha i do to my firend i do to.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Pdorwick

    by jazzylg

    Your right, this is what cool news is all about. Give us more aicn!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Serling was my neighbor in the 70s

    by OutsideChance

    Didn't really know him. I was a kid at the time. But I'll never forget the surreal moment of seeing the creepy guy from "Twilight Zone" debating brands of frozen corn with his wife.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    damn lucky outsiderchance.

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Most Awesome guy evah

    by orcus