A reboot of Rod Serling's Night Gallery is in development
We can only hope the new writers follow "Pickman's Model."
Deadline has announced that SyFy is moving forward with plans to reboot Night Gallery, the supernatural anthology series that carried on Rod Serling's legacy after The Twilight Zone concluded.
While Night Gallery is often overlooked, it's a key piece of TV history, serving as Steven Spielberg's TV directorial debut (and Leonard Nimoy, too!) and a winner of a special Edgar Allan Poe award for the Serling-penned pilot in 1970. So far all we know about that reboot is that it's been picked up for development, Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf) and David Janollari (Midnight, Texas) will helm it, and the plan is to update the anthology to bring it into modern times. Other than that, we're all in the dark on what to expect... for now.
In episodes of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling would often wander into the scene, adding a surreal aspect to the show with his mere presence, as if he could travel anywhere in The Twilight Zone that he pleased. It was an added pleasure for fans to see Serling himself walk the scenes, many of which came straight from his head, as he wrote dozens of those stories himself, from the first episode ever "Where Is Everybody?" to the penultimate series episode "The Fear." If you thought The Twilight Zone was eerie, the bulk of that was Rod Serling himself.
But for the second most memorable series that Serling hosted, Night Gallery, the TV icon contributed far less writing and by agreement, had a lot less to do with how the tone of the show was shaped. When these episodes started, Serling would emerge from the dark (or the night, if you will) and show us an ominous piece of art to introduce these chilling fantasies, some of which came from the mind of the horror master H.P. Lovecraft (fans' minds will fly to the memorable segment "Pickman's Model").
As fans prepare for the reboot of The Twilight Zone due out next year, it's likely more nerves will be steeled to see how the new version of Serling's masterpiece comes out, but for those who also maintain a dark place in their heart for Night Gallery, the idea of updating the series could also come with its own horrors. Good thing you can always watch the originals on MeTV!
Two of the three stories in the original pilot movie ("The Escape Clause" and "Eyes") were adapted from Serling's book "The Season to Be Wary."