To ever get a proper Zone again, it would require Rod Serling.
If any of you can find it local or on YT, there’s an episode of The Dick Cavett Show where Serling talks about past Twilight Zone and into the morass that became Night Gallery. Well worth a listen.
(I’ll see if I can find it. brb)
Here’s one about putting on Twilight Zone to whet appetite.
Don’t think it’s available, or web fu weak today. Here’s a quote from a summary:
Rod Serling then joins the group and comments on his creative conflict with NBC over the series “Night Gallery,” which he dismisses as “a run through a graveyard”; the writer’s lack of creative control in television; his big screen adaptation of the Irving Wallace novel “The Man” (a clip of which, featuring Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, and James Earl Jones, is presented); the absurd extent of political “equal time” practices on television; and television protocols that preclude naming or alluding to political parties in entertainment programming. Includes commercials, promos, and public service announcements.
It shows on decade.tv from time to time. Bonus, Rod’s in the #3 spot, #1 is a fellow named Arthur C. Clarke.