Happy Birthday: Rod Serling (1924–1975)

rodserling.jpgRod Serling (1924–1975)

Born: December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: June 28, 1975 (age 50) in Rochester, New York, USA

Married to:
Carol Serling (31 July 1948 – 28 June 1975) (his death) (2 children)

[to an interviewer during the third season of The Twilight Zone (1959)] I’m tired of it, as most people are when they do a series for three years. I was tired after the fourth show. It’s been a good series. It’s not been consistently good, but I don’t know any one series that is consistently good when you shoot each episode in three days. We’ve been trying gradually to get away from the necessity of a gimmick, but the show has the stamp of the gimmick and it’s hooked for now. It’s tough to come up with them week after week.

[on expanding The Twilight Zone (1959) to an hour long format] In the half-hour form we depended heavily on the old O. Henry twist. So the only question is: Can we retain The Twilight Zone (1959) flavor in an hour? We may have to come up with something totally different.

 

 

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