Adam Scott to Kinda, Sorta, Maybe Play William Shatner on the New Twilight Zone

There’s a man on the fence! Adam Scott, seen here on Parks and Rec, is entering The Twilight Zone.
There’s a man on the fence! Adam Scott, seen here on Parks and Rec, is entering The Twilight Zone.
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Even people who haven’t watched all of The Twilight Zone know a few of its iconic episodes. One of the most famous is “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which starred William Shatner as a man on a plane who thinks he sees a gremlin on the wing. It’s been parodied and referenced to death since airing in 1963, and now it sounds like it’s being reinvented for modern times.

TV Line reports that Adam Scott has been cast in an episode of the upcoming CBS All Access version of The Twilight Zone, produced and hosted by Jordan Peele. The title of Scott’s episode, “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” certainly suggests the story has some kind of connection to that legendary Shatner episode (already remade as part of the 1983 Twilight Zone movie, with John Lithgow starring), and that Scott would be playing a similar role.

Beyond the episode title, however, there are no specific details on what the story entails or who Scott is playing. It’s possible the show retells the story, completely reinvents it, or is just screwing with people and is completely unrelated. No matter which it is, though, it sure is fun to guess what Scott could be screaming about on the wing of the plane, be it references to Step Brothers, Party Down, Parks and Recreation, or The Good Place.


The Twilight Zone will be premiering on streaming service CBS All Access sometime next year.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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I hope it’s a callback in name only, as the original is one of my least favorite famous Twilight Zone eps. I find it pretty goofy; maybe it just didn’t age well? Then again I’m also pretty calm on airplanes.

A modern take on the concept would have him stuck in the middle seat on a 10+ hour flight between people who smell bad and talk incessantly and loudly. And he forgot his headphones, the TV doesn’t work, and his seat doesn’t recline. HORROR.