Chris O’Dowd joins growing cast of The Twilight Zone


Chris O’Dowd and Amy Landecker are the latest additions to the star-studded cast of The Twilight Zone.

Yes, we’re back again for one more trickle of information coming out of The Twilight Zone. This time, Chris O’Dowd has been announced as the next actor to star in an episode of the upcoming revitalization of the 1960’s classic.

According to Deadline, O’Dowd will star across from Transparent star Amy Landecker. The episode will be called “The Blue Scorpion.” Aside from the title, episode and character details haven’t been released.

O’Dowd, a Tony Award nominee who is probably best known for his roles in The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids, and Get Shorty, joins an ever-growing list of stars who are set to appear in CBS All Access and Jordan Peele’s new attempt at The Twilight Zone.

The previously announced appearances include Seth Rogen, Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, Steven Yeun and Ginnifer Goodwin.

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As more cast members trickle out, it confirms that the trailer that was released about a month ago gave very little in terms of the scope of what Peele has imagined. Even with all of these stars who have been announced (plus any more announcements between now and April 1), I suspect Peele will have plenty of surprises waiting for everyone in The Twilight Zone.

The show will premiere on CBS All Access (CBS’s streaming service) on April 1 with the first two episodes of the series. Starting April 11, The Twilight Zone will have a new episode available weekly on Thursdays.

Rod Serling’s original version of The Twilight Zone premiered 60 years ago. Jordan Peele will step into his shoes as the on-screen host. This marks the most recent in a line of attempts to bring the series back to the public after its original run ended in 1964, including 1985 and 2002 tv series and a 1983 movie. None quite matched the prowess of the original which the Writers Guild of America ranked as the third best-written series of all time.

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The Twilight Zone is produced by Peele’s company, Monkeypaw Productions, and CBS TV Studios along with Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Executive producers for the show are Peele, Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Andrey Chon, Glen Morgan, Carol Serling (Rod Serling’s daughter), Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Who else do you hope to see star in an episode of The Twilight Zone? Let us know in the comments.