Behr Previews 'Twilight Zone'

By Lisa
September 5, 2002 - 10:58 PM

Deep Space Nine executive producer Ira Steven Behr recently explained the way he approached new UPN genre series The Twilight Zone.

"We're starting with a very simple mandate," Behr told the Sci Fi Wire. "We want to take what was created by [1959 series creator] Rod Serling and try and continue in the style and quality that he initiated, but for this day and age and sensibility.

"None of us thinks we're Rod. We think that we collectively may be able to have learned what he started, and see it as a kind of background, if you will," he continued. "We're approaching it very, very respectfully and saying,'OK, can we challenge ourselves to create stories that people will treasure in 30 or 40 years' time in the same way?'"

Behr's fellow executive producer Pen Densham talked about some of the stories the show will deal with. "I'm doing a story, for instance, about a man [...] who dreams up a dream girl and makes love to her, and then wakes up in the morning, and she walks out of the bathroom," he said.

"[In another story,] the character of Death decides he no longer wants to take life, and it depresses him. He actually tries to end his own life, and ends up in the E.R. with a doctor who's trying to figure out if he's really Death, or if he's just this crazy guy, and all the consequences of that." The character of 'Death' will be played by Jason Alexander, host of 1999's 'Ultimate Trek' special and Kurros in Voyager's 'Think Tank.'

The Twilight Zone will begin on September 18th at 9:00 p.m, following the second season premiere of Enterprise. More on the series from Pen Densham and Behr can be found by following this link to the Sci Fi Wire.

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