Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Dimension of Sound:

A Look at The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

          The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas were developed by actor, producer, director, and syndicated radio host Carl Amari. Growing up in Chicago in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Amari became enamored with old-time radio and began amassing a collection of radio programs in any format he could find. Over the next thirty years, Amari licensed thousands of old-time radio programs in order to create a radio series which explored radio's golden past. His first venture in this direction was a local Chicago program titled, “When Radio Was.” Dick Brescia, a former CBS Radio executive, heard Amari’s program by chance on an airplane flight and took “When Radio Was” nationwide under the production banner of Dick Brescia, Associates. Amari and Brescia formed a professional partnership which carried into The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas.

          Amari’s interest in old-time radio culminated in the formation of Radio Spirits, the world’s largest marketer and distributor of old-time radio programs. Though Amari sold the company in 1998 to Audio Book Club, Radio Spirits products can still be found in libraries and bookstores nationwide. Amari hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, “Hollywood 360,” and has worked as a writer and producer on such properties as Fangoria Presents: Dreadtime Stories.  

In 2001, Amari formed Falcon Picture Group, a production company designed to produce family-friendly video and audio recordings. The company's most impressive achievement is The Word of Promise Audio Bible, a project three years in the making which features more than 600 actors, many of whom are notable Hollywood celebrities. Amari moved into licensing television programs through Falcon Picture Group by acquiring the rights to such programs as Suspense (based on the classic radio program), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, and Man With a Camera, a series produced by Buck Houghton and starring Charles Bronson, both of whom would later work on The Twilight Zone.

Dean Jagger in "Static"
An initial property that Amari pursued for production was The Twilight Zone. Amari envisioned adapting the episodes from the classic television series into engaging radio dramas. Working in association with CBS Enterprises and the Rod Serling Estate, Amari set about making this vision a reality. Though The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas are very faithful to the television series, including the excellent use of original music from the series, the program does not feel dated in the least. There was no attempt to either emulate the feel of old-time radio drama or the time period of the 1960's. Amari and Cerny Creative in Chicago present engagingly acted, directed, and written audio dramas with the highest production values.

One of the key components in the development of the series was finding a writer to adapt the scripts from the original television series into engaging radio dramas. Amari hired World Fantasy Award-winning writer Dennis Etchison for the task of adapting what is generally considered one of the most well-written television series in the history of the medium. Etchison had been a young, aspiring writer living in Stockton, California when the original television series was on the air, and he had the fortune of taking a night class at UCLA taught by prolific Zone writer Charles Beaumont. One of the interesting aspects of that class was that Beaumont often brought in friends to help teach the class with workshops and demonstrations. Etchison remembers William Shatner appearing to perform a dramatic reading of a student's writing, as well as professional writers such as Ray Bradbury and William F. Nolan dropping by to give encouragement and advice to the young writers in the class. Etchison published one of his early stories, "The Fires of the Night" in the William F. Nolan-edited volume, The Pseudo-People (Sherbourne, 1965), and another, "Wet Season," in the short-lived, Group edited fiction digest, Gamma (Star Press, 1965). He went on to a highly accomplished career as a writer of speculative fiction, winning awards for his unique brand of psychological horror story.

Instead of using Rod Serling's original opening and closing narrations from the television series, Amari hired actor Stacy Keach to host the series and record new opening and closing narrations. Keach is an accomplished actor with a long career on both stage and screen, as well as frequent provider of voice-over narration. Keach is likely best known for his portrayal of Mickey Spillane's tough-guy private eye Mike Hammer in the 1984 television series Mikey Spillane's Mike Hammer, as well as portraying Hammer in a number of television films. In 2008, Amari and Keach teamed again to produce new Mike Hammer radio dramas written by Spillane protégé and award-winning writer Max Allan Collins.

With all the pieces in place, episodes of The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas began rolling out to the public in 2002, and would eventually adapt 155 of the 156 original series episodes as well as “The Time Element” into the audio drama format (the fifth season episode, “Come Wander With Me” would not be adapted). The series eventually topped out at 18 volumes (unit distribution) and 176 episodes. A listener familiar with the original television series will immediately notice several things upon listening to the radio dramas. The first is that the time allotted to the radio dramas was roughly forty minutes, sixteen minutes or so longer than the half-hour episodes and about eight or so minutes shorter than the hour-long fourth season episodes. Etchison was required to add material to the half-hour episodes and to slightly compress the hour-long episodes. Etchison was able to consult the original scripts rather than just the original episodes. The added material is highly interesting, as it often contains character moments left unproduced from the original series episode (such as in "The Midnight Sun") or works to further illustrate a setting or situation. Rod Serling's opening and closing narrations were often changed, usually making the narrations longer to cover the difference in run time or reflecting changes to the original script.  

An interesting aspect of The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas is that many of the finest episodes of the original television series do not translate all that well to the radio medium, whereas several of the less successful episodes play out wonderfully in the audio format. The original television series was often reliant upon a visual motif or a big, visual reveal at the end of an episode. This type of reveal is extremely difficult to pull off in the audio medium and thus episodes such as "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" and "The Dummy" suffer greatly in translation. Consider also the number of original series episodes which were highly experimental in nature, episodes with little to no dialogue or with only one or two characters. Imagine the difficulty of adapting "The Invaders" or "Two" to the audio format. It is a testament to the talent of both the original series writers and Dennis Etchison that these experimental episodes translate as well as they do. What comes through most forcefully in the audio adaptations are the intimate character moments in episodes such as "The Obsolete Man" or "Five Characters in Search of an Exit." The format also forces the listener to notice details they may not have noticed as a viewer of the television episode. One particularly interesting episode is "The Hitch-Hiker," starring Kate Jackson, which is adapted from a teleplay by Rod Serling, which was itself adapted from a radio play by Lucille Fletcher.

Another fascinating component is that the radio series explored unproduced material from the original television series, beginning with volume 11 and Charles Beaumont's unproduced teleplay adaptation of his short story, "Gentlemen, Be Seated." The series would produce three additional episodes from Charles Beaumont & Jerry Sohl which never saw the light of day on the original series. By volume 16, the series was showcasing original episodes written expressly for the audio drama medium. To help in this regard, Amari brought in a writing partner he’d worked with before on Fangoria Presents: Dreadtime Stories, M.J. Elliott. Elliott also provided adaptations of the original series episodes in the later volumes, tackling some of the show's most celebrated offerings, such as an exceptional adaptation of George Clayton Johnson's "Nothing in the Dark." 

A word about format. The longevity of The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas meant that the series went through a number of format changes in terms of distribution. The early volumes were offered on both cassette and compact disc, with the series moving to only offering compact disc, to offering both compact disc and digital download, to finally only offering the later volumes as digital downloads. The series has had a long life on both Sirius and XM Radio (now Sirius XM Radio) and can currently be heard be heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra (use the BBC iPlayer app to listen here in the States).

In all, the radio dramas are uniformly excellent in production and always engaging. Carl Amari and JoBe Cerny do an incredible job with the sound design and production, and Dennis Etchison admirably completes the monumental task of adapting the entire series to a different medium, managing to present a new way of looking at the episodes without changing the narrative magic of the original series.

-Grateful acknowledgement is made to Dennis Etchison for his introduction to Charles Beaumont's story "Free Dirt" in Charles Beaumont: Selected Stories, edited by Roger Anker (Dark Harvest, 1988).


-JP

The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas (18 volumes)

Produced in association with CBS Enterprises & the Rod Serling Estate
Produced by: Falcon Picture Group (in association with Dick Bresica Associates and Westwood One)
Distributor: Blackstone Audio
Host: Stacy Keach
Producer/Director: Carl Amari (with JoBe Cerny)
Sound Mixing and Foley Effects: Cerny American Creative
Credit Narration: Doug James

Note: It took several actors to bring each episode to life and Falcon Picture Group and Cerny Creative used a regular staff of talented voice actors. The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas typically list only one or two actors/actresses per show, these typically being the guest actors, and these listings are replicated below from the official website of the series.

Volume 1:
1.)  “A Kind of Stopwatch,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips
Based on a story by Michael D. Rosenthal and a teleplay by Rod Serling
2.) “The Lateness of the Hour,” starring Jane Seymour and James Keach
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
3.) “The Thirty-Fathom Grave,” starring Blair Underwood
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
4.) “The Man in the Bottle,” starring Ed Begley, Jr.
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
5.) “The Night of the Meek,” starring Christopher McDonald
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
6.) “The After Hours,” starring Kim Fields
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
7.) “Mr. Dingle, the Strong,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
8.) “A Stop at Willoughby,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
9.) “The Lonely,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
10.) “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville,” starring Christopher McDonald
          Based on “Blind Alley” by Malcolm Jameson and a teleplay by Rod Serling

Volume 2:
11.) “The Obsolete Man,” starring Jason Alexander
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
12.) “The Bard,” starring John Ratzenberger and Stacy Keach
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
13.) “Back There,” starring Jim Caviezel
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
14.) “A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain,” starring Adam West
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
15.) “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room,” starring Adam Baldwin
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
16.) “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” starring Frank John Hughes
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
17.) “Mr. Garrity and the Graves,” starring Christopher McDonald
          Based on a story by Mike Korologos and a teleplay by Rod Serling
18.) “Escape Clause,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
19.) “Four O’Clock,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on a story by Price Day and a teleplay by Rod Serling
20.) “Uncle Simon,” starring Peter Mark Richman and Beverly Garland
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
Note: Beverly Garland appeared in the original episode, “The Four of Us Are Dying”

Volume 3:
21.) “The Fear,” starring Jane Seymour and James Keach
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
22.) “The Parallel,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
23.) “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim,” starring Jim Caviezel
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
24.) “One for the Angels,” starring Ed Begley, Jr.
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
25.) “The Midnight Sun,” starring Kim Fields
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
26.) “The Rip Van Winkle Caper,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
27.) “A Most Unusual Camera,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
28.) “Twenty-Two,” starring Andrea Evans
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
29.) “Walking Distance,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
30.) “The Passersby,” starring Morgan Brittany
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling

Volume 4:
31.) “The Dummy,” starring Bruno Kirby
          Based on a story by Lee Polk and a teleplay by Rod Serling
32.) “No Time Like the Past,” starring Jason Alexander
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
33.) “Still Valley,” starring Adam West
Based on “The Valley Was Still” by Manly Wade Wellman and a teleplay by Rod Serling
34.) “King Nine Will Not Return,” starring Adam Baldwin
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
35.) “I Am the Night-Color Me Black,” starring Tim Ratzenberger
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
36.) “The Incredible World of Horace Ford,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Reginald Rose
          Note: This is the first episode produced not based on a Rod Serling teleplay
37.) “One More Pallbearer,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
38.) “The Little People,” starring Daniel J. Travanti
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
39.) “Cavender Is Coming,” starring Andrea Evans
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
40.) “Hocus-Pocus and Frisby,” starring Shelley Berman
          Based on a story by Fredric L. Fox and a teleplay by Rod Serling
Note: Shelley Berman appeared in the original episode, “The Mind and the Matter”

Volume 5:
41.) “Living Doll,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          Based on a teleplay by Jerry Sohl
42.) “The Big Tall Wish,” starring Blair Underwood
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
43.) “The Fever,” starring Stacy Keach and Kathy Garver
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
44.) “The Last Night of a Jockey,” starring Bruno Kirby
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
45.) “A Thing About Machines,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
46.) “Mirror Image,” starring Morgan Brittany and Frank John Hughes
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
47.) “The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms,” starring Richard Grieco
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
48.) “The Long Morrow,” starring Kathy Garver
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
49.) “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” starring Richard Kind
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
50.) “The Trade-Ins,” starring H.M. Wynant and Peggy Webber
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
          Note: H.M. Wynant appeared in the original episode “The Howling Man”

Volume 6:
51.) “Time Enough at Last,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          Based on the story by Lyn Venable and a teleplay by Rod Serling
52.) “A Passage for Trumpet,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
53.) “I Shot an Arrow Into the Air,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on a story by Madelon Champion and a teleplay by Rod Serling
54.) “The Brain Center at Whipple’s,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
55.) “The Grave,” starring Michael Rooker
          Based on a teleplay by Montgomery Pittman
56.) “The Hitch-Hiker,” starring Kate Jackson
          Based on a radio play by Lucille Fletcher and a teleplay by Rod Serling
57.) “Mr. Denton on Doomsday,” starring Adam Baldwin
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
58.) “Sounds and Silences,” starring Richard Kind
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
59.) “The Odyssey of Flight 33,” starring Daniel J. Travanti
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
60.) “The Changing of the Guard,” starring Orson Bean
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
          Note: Orson Bean appeared in the original episode, “Mr. Bevis”

Volume 7:
61.) “Five Characters in Search of an Exit,” starring Jason Alexander
          Based on “The Depository” by Marvin Petal and a teleplay by Rod Serling
62.) “The Arrival,” starring Blair Underwood
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
63.) “Queen of the Nile,” starring Kate Jackson
          Based on the teleplay by Jerry Sohl
64.) “I Dream of Genie,” starring Hal Sparks
          Based on the teleplay by John Furia, Jr.
65.) “It’s a Good Life,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on the story by Jerome Bixby and a teleplay by Rod Serling
66.) “The Masks,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
67.) “Mr. Bevis,” starring Bruno Kirby
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
68.) “Showdown with Rance McGrew,” starring Christopher McDonald
          Based on a story by Fredric L. Fox and a teleplay by Rod Serling
69.) “The Old Man in the Cave,” starring Adam Baldwin
          Based on “The Old Man” by Henry Slesar and a teleplay by Rod Serling
70.) “Ninety Years Without Slumbering,” starring Bill Erwin
Based on a story by George Clayton Johnson and a teleplay by Richard de Roy
Note: Bill Erwin appeared in the original episodes, “Mr. Denton on Doomsday,” “Walking Distance,” “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?,” and “Mute”

Volume 8:
71.) “The Howling Man,” starring Fred Willard
          Based on the story and teleplay by Charles Beaumont
Note: The first episode adapted from the work of the show’s second most prolific writer.
72.) “Caesar and Me,” starring Jason Alexander
          Based on a teleplay by Adele T. Strassfield
73.) “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross,” starring Luke Perry
          Based on a story by Henry Slesar and a teleplay by Jerry McNeely
74.) “The Time Element,” starring Bobby Slayton
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
75.) “The Mind and the Matter,” starring Hal Sparks
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
76.) “People Are Alike All Over,” starring Blair Underwood
Based on “Brothers Beyond the Void” by Paul W. Fairman and teleplay by Rod Serling
77.) “What You Need,” starring Bruno Kirby and Bruce Kirby
Based on the story by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore and a teleplay by Rod Serling
78.) “Dead Man’s Shoes,” starring Bill Smitrovich
Based on a story by OCee Ritch and a teleplay by Ritch and Charles Beaumont
79.) “What’s in the Box,” starring Mike Starr
          Based on a teleplay by Martin M. Goldsmith
80.) “Deaths-Head Revisited,” starring H.M. Wynant
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
          Note: Wynant appeared in the original episode, “The Howling Man”

Volume 9:
81.) “To Serve Man,” starring Blair Underwood
          Based on the story by Damon Knight and a teleplay by Rod Serling
82.) “A World of Difference,” starring Luke Perry
          Based on a teleplay by Richard Matheson
83.) “From Agnes-With Love,” starring Ed Begley, Jr.
          Based on a teleplay by Bernard C. Shoenfield
84.) “Perchance to Dream,” starring Fred Willard
          Based on the story and teleplay by Charles Beaumont
85.) “The Purple Testament,” starring Michael Rooker
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
86.) “Printer’s Devil,” starring Bobby Slayton
Based on the story “The Devil, You Say?” and a teleplay by Charles Beaumont
87.) “Dust,” starring Bill Smitrovich
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
88.) “The Jeopardy Room,” starring Yasen Peyankov
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
89.) “The Fugitive,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on the teleplay by Charles Beaumont
90.) “The Silence,” starring Christopher McDonald
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling

Volume 10:
91.) “Miniature,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips
          Based on the teleplay by Charles Beaumont
92.) “The Jungle,” starring Ed Begley, Jr.
          Based on the story and teleplay by Charles Beaumont
93.) “The Mighty Casey,” starring Paul Dooley
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
94.) “Ring-a-Ding Girl,” starring Sarah Wayne Callies
          Based on the teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
95.) “Mute,” starring Wade Williams
          Based on the story and teleplay by Richard Matheson
96.) “Black Leather Jackets,” starring Marshall Allman
          Based on a teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
97.) “A Quality of Mercy,” starring Robert Knepper
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
98.) “Where is Everybody?” starring John Schneider
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
Note: This was the premier episode of the original series but was not adapted for audio until nearly a hundred episodes in
99.) “A Nice Place to Visit,” starring Hal Sparks
          Based on the teleplay by Charles Beaumont
100.) “In His Image,” starring John Heard
          Based on the story and teleplay by Charles Beaumont

Volume 11:
101.) “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starring John Schneider
          Based on the story and teleplay by Richard Matheson
102.) “Elegy,” starring Blair Underwood
          Based on the story and teleplay by Charles Beaumont
103.) “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank,” starring Rober Knepper
          Based on the teleplay by Montgomery Pittman
104.) “Spur of the Moment,” starring Sarah Wayne Callies   
          Based on a teleplay by Richard Matheson
105.) “He’s Alive,” starring Marshall Allman
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
106.) “Long Distance Call,” starring Hal Sparks
Based on a story by William Idelson and a teleplay by Idelson and Charles Beaumont
107.) “The Gift,” starring Danny Goldring
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
108.) “Gentlemen, Be Seated,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on the story and unproduced teleplay by Charles Beaumont
109.) “You Drive,” starring John Heard
          Based on the teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
110.) “In Praise of Pip,” starring Fred Willard
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling

Volume 12:
111.) “The Last Flight,” starring Charles Shaughnessy
          Based on a teleplay by Richard Matheson
112.) “Long Live Walter Jameson,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips
          Based on a teleplay by Charles Beaumont
113.) “Person or Persons Unknown,” starring John Schneider
          Based on the teleplay by Charles Beaumont
114.) “The Whole Truth,” starring Henry Rollins         
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
115.) “Stopover in a Quiet Town,” starring Stephanie Weir
          Based on the teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
116.) “Judgment Night,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
117.) “The Chaser,” starring Stephen Tobolowsky
          Based on the story by John Collier and a teleplay by Robert Presnell, Jr.
118.) “Shadow Play,” starring Ernie Hudson
          Based on “Traumerei” and a teleplay by Charles Beaumont
119.) “Nick of Time,” starring Marshall Allman
          Based on the teleplay by Richard Matheson
120.) “Static,” starring Stan Freberg
          Based on a story by OCee Ritch and a teleplay by Charles Beaumont

Volume 13:
121.) “Death Ship,” starring John Schneider
          Based on the story and teleplay by Richard Matheson
122.) “Pattern for Doomsday,” starring Henry Rollins
Based on an idea by Charles Beaumont and an unproduced teleplay by Jerry Sohl
123.) “Nightmare as a Child,” starring Bonnie Somerville
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
124.) “And When the Sky Was Opened,” starring Barry Bostwick
Based on “Disappearing Act” by Richard Matheson and a teleplay by Rod Serling
125.) “Little Girl Lost,” starring Stephen Tobolowsky
          Based on the story and teleplay by Richard Matheson
126.) “Jess-Belle,” starring Stephanie Weir
          Based on the teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
127.) “The Encounter,” starring Stacy Keach and Byron Mann
          Based on the teleplay by Martin M. Goldsmith
128). “A World of His Own,” starring Charles Shaughnessy
          Based on the teleplay by Richard Matheson
129.) “The New Exhibit,” starring JoBe Cerny
          Based on an idea by Charles Beaumont and a teleplay by Jerry Sohl
130.) “Valley of the Shadow,” starring Chelcie Ross
          Based on a teleplay by Charles Beaumont

Volume 14:
131.) “Night Call,” starring Mariette Hartley
          Based on “Long Distance Call” and a teleplay by Richard Matheson
132.) “Kick the Can,” starring Shelley Berman and Stan Freberg
          Based on the teleplay by George Clayton Johnson
          Note: Berman appeared in the original episode, “The Mind and the Matter”
133.) “A Game of Pool,” starring Wade Williams
          Based on a teleplay by George Clayton Johnson
134.) “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” starring David Eigenberg
          Based on a teleplay by George Clayton Johnson
135.) “Free Dirt,” starring Eric Bogosian
          Based on the story by Charles Beaumont
136.) “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You,” starring Bonnie Somerville
Based on “The Beautiful People” by Charles Beaumont and a teleplay by  John Tomerlin
137.) “On Thursday We Leave for Home,” starring Barry Bostwick
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
138.) “Third from the Sun,” starring Fred Willard
          Based on the story by Richard Matheson and a teleplay by Rod Serling
139.) “The Trouble with Templeton,” starring Michael York
          Based on a teleplay by E. Jack Neuman
140.) “The Mirror,” starring Tony Plana
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling

Volume 15:
141.) “The Prime Mover,” starring David Eigenberg
Based on a story by George Clayton Johnson and a teleplay by Charles Beaumont
142.) “A Piano in the House,” starring Michael York
          Based on a teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
143.) “The Four of Us Are Dying,” starring Eric Bogosian
Based on “All of Us Are Dying” by George Clayton Johnson and a teleplay by Rod Serling
144.) “The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine,” starring Kathy Garver and Charles
          Shaughnessy
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
145.)  “The Shelter,” starring Ernie Hudson
          Based on the teleplay by Rod Serling
146.) “Young Man’s Fancy,” starring Tony Plana
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
147.) “Probe 7, Over and Out,” starring Louis Gossett, Jr.
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
148.) “Two,” starring Don Johnson
          Based on a teleplay by Montgomery Pittman
149.) “Who Am I?” starring Sean Astin
          Based on an unproduced teleplay by Jerry Sohl
150.) “The Bewitchin’ Pool,” starring Karen Black
          Based on a teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
          Note: This was the final broadcast episode of the original series

Volume 16:
151.) “The Hunt,” starring Shelley Berman and Karen Black
          Based on a teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr.
          Note: Berman appeared in the original episode, “The Mind and the Matter”
152.) “Passage on the Lady Anne,” starring Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres
          Based on “Song for a Lady” and a teleplay by Charles Beaumont
153.) “Execution,” starring Don Johnson
          Based on a story by George Clayton Johnson and a teleplay by Rod Serling
154.) “Steel,” starring Louis Gossett, Jr.
          Based on the story and teleplay by Richard Matheson
155.) “The Amazing Dr. Kyle Powers,” starring Sean Astin
          An original radio play
156.) “Nothing in the Dark,” starring Marshall Allman
          Based on a teleplay by George Clayton Johnson
157.) “There Goes the Neighborhood,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          An original radio play
158.) “The Walk-Abouts,” starring Mike Starr
          An original radio play
159.) “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” starring Christian Stolte
          Based on a story by Ambrose Bierce and a screenplay by Robert Enrico
160.) “Now You Hear It, Now You Don’t,” starring Dee Wallace
          An original radio play

Volume 17:
161.) “Once Upon a Time,” starring John Rhys-Davies
          Based on a teleplay by Richard Matheson
162.) “The Invaders,” starring Kathy Garver
          Based on a teleplay by Richard Matheson
163.) “Beewinjapeedee,” starring Sean Astin
          An original radio play
164.) “Eye of the Beholder,” starring Virginia Williams
          Based on a teleplay by Rod Serling
165.) “I Sing the Body Electric,” starring Dee Wallace
          Based on a teleplay by Ray Bradbury
166.) “Mrs. Pierce is Praying for Me,” starring Tim Kazurinsky
          An original radio play
167.) “The Time of Your Life,” starring John Rhys-Davies
          An original radio play
168.) “Ten Days,” starring Ned Bellamy
          An original radio play
169.) “Snow Angel,” starring Sean Astin
          An original radio play
170.) “The Nanobots,” starring David Pasquesi
          An original radio play

Volume 18:
171.) “Twenty-Twelve,” starring Christian Stolte
          An original radio play
172.) “. . .And Cauldron Bubble,” staring Virginia Williams
          An original radio play
173.) “Missing, Presumed Dead,” starring Danny Goldrin
          An original radio play
174.) “Rest Stop,” starring Brandon Eels
          An original radio play
175.) “The 25th Hour,” starring Mike Nussbaum
          An original radio play
176.) “Another Place in Time,” starring Malcolm McDowell
          An original radio play
Note: This final episode featured McDowell, who hosted another Carl Amari production, Fangoria Presents: Dreadtime Stories

2 comments:

  1. I have listed to a handful of these and enjoyed them. I had no idea there were so many!

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    1. I really enjoy these productions, particularly the episode adaptations and the adaptations of the teleplays that didn't see production on the show. I'm not as high on the original material written for the series.

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