The promo began as if it was about to return to CBS’ Super Bowl coverage, but then the screen distorts and goes black. “CBS is off the air,” the screen reads. Soon, the clip transitions to an empty stadium. A banner falls down and a cup of soda spills… but then those items disappear. The stadium lights slowly turn off. That’s when you finally hear Peele’s voice. “Witness an empty space,” he says in a voiceover during the trailer. “Filled with thousands of screaming people. A man both nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Answers are new questions. The unthinkable is the expected. When truth is not the truth.”
Finally, he appears on screen to ask the audience: “What dimension are you even in?” Then he opens a white door on the football field and walks through it…but we don’t see him on the other side. And that’s when the classic Twilight Zone theme starts to play and the show logo is displayed onscreen. The words “Hosted by Jordan Peele” appeared underneath the logo.
Peele himself tweeted the trailer to the series with a cyclone emoji.
The trailer’s big debut during the Super Bowl only seemed to make fans even more excited for Peele’s new series.
Some viewers really thought something went wrong with the Super Bowl broadcast when the trailer was on.
Some fans made Key & Peele jokes about the new trailer. (Peele previously starred on the hit comedy series with Keegan-Michael Key.)
A few viewers felt The Twilight Zone was the true winner of the Super Bowl. Take that, LA Rams and New England Patriots.
In addition to The Twilight Zone, Peele’s new horror movie Us also premiered a new trailer on Super Bowl Sunday. The movie will be released in theaters on March 22, a few weeks before The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS All Access.
Peele’s new Twilight Zone will feature a rotating cast that includes The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, She’s Gotta Have It star DeWanda Wise, The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams, John Lithgow, The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani, Sanaa Lathan, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, and Adam Scott, among many others. The series may even pay homage to some of the original series’ classic episodes like “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” since a new episode will be called “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.”
If the Super Bowl trailer is any indication, Peele’s new Twilight Zone will be just as spooky and eerie as the original series (or perhaps even spookier?). Just make sure to watch it with the lights on.