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TALES OF THE EXPECTED
April 1, 2019  | By David Bianculli  | 3 comments

Hulu, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: Today on CBS All Access, that streaming subscription service presents the first episodes of The Twilight Zone, the new version of the classic Rod Serling anthology series from 60 years ago. The new Zone is hosted by Jordan Peele, who is one of its executive producers – and for my review of the new Twilight Zone on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website and for the review on TVWW, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower. Meanwhile, it’s not at all surprising, on the same calendar day that this new Zone launches, that I can write about a rival series premiering the same day on a rival streaming service. As a comic counterpart to the new Twilight Zone, Hulu presents its own anthology series, Tales of the Expected. Some of the stories summarized in press materials for the opening season include people getting ready to go to work, doing the bills, and being visited by relatives. But today’s opener has a Twilight Zone feel, and twist, even while the blind auditions are over. Which marching towards an “expected ending” in “Send in the Clones,” a New York art curator mounts a show about the history of television, acquires a loan of Rod Serling’s typewriter, and puts it on display to the delight of museum attendees. But after hours, an unsuccessful screenwriter friend of the curator’s takes advantage of after-hours access to swab DNA samples from the typewriter and, from a scientist friend, clones a replica of Rod Serling, who begins cranking out brilliant new scripts almost immediately. That’s the Twilight Zone part. The Tales of the Expected part is that, when the screenwriter takes these new Serling scripts to the networks, passing them off as his own, the networks uniformly reject them.

 
 
 
 
 
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Ridgley Morman
I have been unable to find the show David Bianculli recommended Tales of the Expected. It’s not on Hulu nor any other network that I’ve been able to find. In fact, I can’t find anything about the show whatsoever other than your article! Can you please send me the correct info! I am really interested as I usually watch all your picks so please help me!
Apr 3, 2019   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Dear Ridgley - I work very hard to make my April Fool's Day Best Bet entries sound like actual shows. Sorry you spent time and emotion looking for one of them this year, but you made me happy. And please note: Another of my imagined shows, "Rerun Theatre," actually WILL be on TV next week: as an ABC special called "Live in Front of a Studio Audience," with new stars performing old episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Who could have imagined? Me, that's who. -DB
May 15, 2019
 
 
 
Ridgley Morman
I have been unable to find the show David Bianculli recommended Tales of the Expected. It’s not on Hulu nor any other network that I’ve been able to find. In fact, I can’t find anything about the show whatsoever other than your article! Can you please send me the correct info! I am really interested as I usually watch all your picks so please help me!
Apr 3, 2019   |  Reply
 
 
Ridgley Morman
I have been unable to find the show David Bianculli recommended Tales of the Expected. It’s not on Hulu nor any other network that I’ve been able to find. In fact, I can’t find anything about the show whatsoever other than your article! Can you please send me the correct info! I am really interested as I usually watch all your picks so please help me!
Apr 3, 2019   |  Reply
 
Linda Donovan
Take a close look at the date these Best Bets were written, Ridgley, and you'll see why you couldn't find the program. The part about the gallery show, however, is based on true events: http://www.tvworthwatching.com/post/My-TriBeCa-Apexart-Gallery-Exhibition.aspx
May 14, 2019
 
 
 
 
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