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.
Aug. 31, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST
Rod Serling was not only a genius, he was James Bond cool... :)
Aug. 31, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST
Well, I guess, second now.
Aug. 31, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
by Kentucky Colonel
Rod was the MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD!
Aug. 31, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
not even james bond convinces me to take it up!
Sept. 1, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST
“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
I want to SPEAK like this man, for fuck's sake.
Sept. 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST
It'd be like dividing by zero.
Sept. 1, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST
One of the coolest things I've seen here.
Sept. 1, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST
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
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
That was because when people thought smoking was good for you.
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST
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
Best Name Ever.
Sept. 1, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST
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
hahaha i do to my firend i do to.
Sept. 1, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST
Your right, this is what cool news is all about. Give us more aicn!
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST
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
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