Frakes Talks 'The Twilight Zone'

By Lisa
May 22, 2002 - 3:55 AM

Jonathan Frakes today spoke about how proud he was to be involved with the new UPN show The Twilight Zone.

"It starts off with a one-hour pilot that I directed," Frakes told the Sci FI Wire. "I'm so proud of it. It's an adult television show."

He went on to talk about the star of the episode, 'Black Hawk Down' actor Jeremy Piven. "The episode has that great Twilight Zone cautionary-tale tone," Frakes explained. "[Piven's character] is hit by lightning and he dies twice, essentially. Piven really went for it. He's never had a part like this.

"Then we've got Forest Whitaker as the host. The objective there was to get someone who does not remind you at all of Rod Serling and yet brings what Forest does, which is this promise of mystery and intelligence. So I have really high hopes for the show.

"I'm really proud of the way it was shot and acted. And we've got the best time slot on UPN. There is no better spot than behind Enterprise."

Frakes was so pleased with the pilot episode that he hopes to become further involved in the series. "I'm going to be directing other episodes of the show and right now I'm working on [becoming director-executive producer]," he said. "I'd love to keep working with [producer] Pen Densham. He's a wonderful writer and a collaborative guy to work with."

The original article can be found here at the Sci Fi Wire.

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