‘Twilight Zone’: Chris O’Dowd Latest to Join Jordan Peele-Led Reboot

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Less than two weeks before its debut on CBS All Access, “The Twilight Zone” is still bringing more people into the fifth dimension.

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode titled “The Blue Scorpion,” which also features Amy Landecker. That episode is written by Glen Morgan, who serves as showrunner on the Jordan Peele-led reboot.

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes on April 1, with new installments to be released available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 1. Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series creator and narrator Rod Serling made famous.

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You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here and watch the trailer here.

The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Zazie Beetz, Betty Gabriel, Seth Rogen, Ginnifer Goodwin, Tracy Morgan, Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

“The Twilight Zone” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS starting in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker as narrator, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

O’Dowd currently stars on Epix’s “Get Shorty” and SundaceTV’s upcoming “State of the Union.”

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‘State of the Union’ Probes If Two People Like Each Other Enough To Stay Married, 10 Minutes At A Time – TCA

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In Sundance TV’s State of the Union, Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) play Louise and Tom, who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session; each episode pieces together how their lives were, what …

‘State of the Union’ Star Chris O’Dowd Has Become Nick Hornby’s ‘Muse’ (Video)

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Chris O’Dowd’s latest film, “State of the Union,” is his second project that was based on a novel by British author Nick Hornby, a match that has the actor joking, “I like to think of myself as his muse.”

O’Dowd was at the Sundance Film Festival last year to promote his film “Juliet, Naked,” which was based on Hornby’s novel of the same name. TheWrap caught up with the actor at Sundance yet again, this time to talk about “State of the Union,” another Hornby project about love and marriage that has O’Dowd paired with Rosamund Pike.

The characters don’t really look alike, but has O’Dowd become the on-screen manifestation of the acclaimed author?

“I like to think of myself as his muse,” O’Dowd told TheWrap’s Steve Pond. “I’m wondering what sexy situations he’s going to write me into later in life.”

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“State of the Union” is an unusual project for O’Dowd, as well. The story is a 10-part TV series broken into 10-minute intervals and, in each, he and Pike play a married couple having a drink together in a pub before they head into marriage counseling. Over the course of the series, more is revealed about the history of their relationship and what has caused them to drift apart. For instance, in one episode you learn that the two differed in how they voted on Brexit, which causes a rift between them.

“It’s really inside the sausage factory of a marriage kind of a show,” O’Dowd said. “It’s interesting in that I haven’t seen this kind of format where it’s 10-minute shorts, and it was very alluring to try and make that work, because I feel like that will be a big part of the future of television.”

O’Dowd says he came to the project after working with director Stephen Frears and jumped at the chance to work with Pike. The pair would shoot an episode a day and then would learn the lines of the next episode that evening over a bottle of wine. He says they developed a strong rapport that translates to a portrait of a marriage that, hopefully, anyone can relate to.

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“I think for the audience, even if you don’t have the same kind of marriage as this couple, there are parts of the dynamic that everyone will feel familiar with,” O’Dowd said. “Feelings of inadequacy and resentment and all those things that can swing in and out of a marriage any given day. Feeling that you’re not the best version of yourself and being very open about that, it’s very fun to play.”

Watch the clip of O’Dowd above.

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Chris O’Dowd & Anne-Marie Duff To Front Fremantle Scripted Podcast ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

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‘State Of The Union’: First-Look Photo Of Rosamund Pike & Chris O’Dowd In SundanceTV Comedy Series

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Rosamund Pike, Chris O’Dowd Have a Marital Crisis in Nick Hornby’s SundanceTV Project

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Rosamund Pike & Chris O’Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV

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‘Juliet, Naked’ Trailer: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke Rock Second Chances

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‘Juliet, Naked’ Review: Nick Hornby Adaptation Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Charmer

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“Juliet, Naked” didn’t cause a sensation or blow the fuses out the Eccles Theater at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night — but if it’s possible to charm the roof off the place, director Jesse Peretz’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel might just have turned the trick.

The film is a lovely low-key comedy with a rock ‘n’ roll heart, with Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke giving us a trio of deftly and subtly drawn performances from Hornby’s deep trough of memorable characters.

The writer was clearly part of the reason that buyers packed the Eccles and expectations were high for “Juliet, Naked.” Hornby’s books have been adapted into the commercial and critical successes “High Fidelity,” “Fever Pitch” and “About a Boy.” (He also works as a screenwriter, though he always adapts other people’s books: “An Education,” “Wild,” “Brooklyn.”)

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“Juliet, Naked” is the story of Annie, a British woman in her late 30s whose longtime boyfriend, Duncan, is one of the leaders of a somewhat motley online community of music lovers and nutcases that has grown up around the slim but influential output of one Tucker Crowe, a singer-songwriter who made a masterpiece about a love affair gone wrong, “Juliet,” and then abruptly abandoned his career.

Duncan receives an advance copy of the soon to be released acoustic demos of the “Juliet” album (hence “Juliet, Naked”) — and undoubtedly driven to exaggeration by the fact that he’s the first to get the album, writes an over-the-top rave that declares the “Naked” version to be far superior to the original. Annie, who likes “Juliet,” disagrees and writes a pan of the album for the same website, prompting an out-of-the-blue email from Tucker himself, who agrees with her assessment. A handful of moments that could feel like rom-com cliches follow, but Peretz, the cast and writers Jim Taylor and Tamara Jenkins have a light and lively touch with the material.

And with the help of new songs from Robyn Hitchcock, Conor Oberst and Nathan Larson, the filmmakers have also managed to turn Hawke into a convincing rock star — or, at least, the shell of a rock star who abandoned the music and now sighs, “One of the big problems of screwing up the first half of your life is you can’t push reset.”

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Like “High Fidelity,” “Juliet, Naked” lives in one of Hornby’s sweet spots. Few writers are as adept at conveying the ways music works in the lives of real people — casual listeners, devoted fans and crazed devotees obsessed with minutiae, Top 5 lists and frighteningly deep analysis.

(And if you want a terrific book about how music works in Hornby’s life, check out “Songbook,” one of the best books ever at capturing the various passions that can be aroused by the right sequence of notes.)

The book, one of Hornby’s best, is at its best in capturing the feel of fandom turned to obsession, but also in creating the world of the fading seaside town where Annie lives, and where the highlight of the summer is going to be a museum exhibit devoted to the summer of 1964, when things were actually happening in the town. (The things in question are a Rolling Stones concert and a dead shark washing up on the beach.)

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The focus shifts from Annie to Duncan to Tucker, but inevitably the three wind up together, with one clear highlight being the first meeting between Tucker and Duncan (who thinks he’s being punked), and another coming in a dinner table argument where Duncan sings the praises of the original “Juliet” album, Tucker snaps, “It’s not worth the effort!” and Duncan answers with a soft, wounded, “It is to me.”

In that moment, O’Dowd shrugs off any notion of Duncan being an object of derision, because he’s right: If popular art moves a listener or a viewer, it has achieved something significant, regardless of how the artist might feel about it.

This connection between art and fan has been one of Hornby’s primary subjects for his entire career, and “Juliet, Naked” nails it — and it was clear from the ovation at the end of the Eccles screening that it achieves it, too.

There will be bolder films screening at the festival, but the pleasures of “Juliet” are real, and they are substantial.

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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed For Season 2 By Epix

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Get Shorty is coming back. Epix has ordered a 10-episode second season of the original series for premiere in 2018. The dark comedy from MGM Television is the third of Epix’s initial original series to be renewed for a sophomore run, joining Berlin Station and Graves, and is the first from Epix’s new sole owner, MGM.
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