ROD SERLING. Born Edward Rodman Serling in Syracuse, New York, U.S.A., 25 December 1924. Educated at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, B.A. 1950. Married: Carolyn Kramer, 1948; two daughters. Served as paratrooper in U.S. Army during World War II. Worked as writer for WLW-Radio, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1946-48, WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, 1948-53; freelance writer, from 1953; producer, television series The Twilight Zone, 1959-64, and Night Gallery, from 1969; taught at Antioch College, 1950s and Ithaca College, 1970s. Honorary degrees: D.H.L., Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971, and Alfred University, New York, 1972; Litt. D. from Ithaca College, 1972. President, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1965-66; member of the council, Writers Guild of America West, 1965-67. Recipient: six Emmy Awards; Sylvania Awards, 1955 and 1956; Christopher Awards, 1956 and 1971; Peabody Award, 1957; Hugo Awards, 1960, 1961, and 1962. Died 28 June 1975.
Rod Serling was perhaps the most prolific writer in American television. It is estimated that during his twenty-five year career, from the late 1940s to 1975, over 200 of his teleplays were produced. This staggering body of work for television has ensured Serling’s place in the history of the medium. His emphasis on character (psychology and motivation), the expedient handling of incisive, direct and forceful and painfully penetrating dialogue, alongside his moralizing subtext, placed him in a unique position to question mankind’s prejudices and intolerance as he saw it.
TELEVISION PLAYS (selection, writer)
1953 “Nightmare at Ground Zero” Suspense1953 “Old MacDonald Had a Curve” Kraft Television Theater1954 “One for the Angels” Danger 1955 “Patterns” Kraft Television Theater 1955 “The Rack” U.S. Steel Hour1956 “Requiem for a Heavyweight” Playhouse 90 1956 “Forbidden Area” Playhouse 90 (from Pat Frank’s novel)1957 “The Comedian” Playhouse 901959 “The Lonely” Twilight Zone1959 “Time Enough at Last” Twilight Zone1965-66 The Loner, 14 Episodes1966 The Doomsday Flight 1970 “A Storm in Summer” Hallmark Hall of Fame1971 “Make Me Laugh” Night Gallery
TELEVISION SERIES (producer)
1959-64 The Twilight Zone 1970-73 Night Gallery
Patterns, 1956; Saddle the Wind (with Thomas Thompson), 1958; Requiem for a Heavyweight, 1962; The Yellow Canary, 1963; Seven Days in May, 1964; Assault on a Queen, 1966; Planet of the Apes (with Michael Wilson), 1968; A Time for Predators, 1971.
The Killing Season, 1968.
Stories from the Twilight Zone. New York: Bantam, 1960.
More Stories from the Twilight Zone. New York: Bantam, 1961.
New Stories from the Twilight Zone. New York: Bantam, 1962.
Requiem for a Heavyweight (novel). New York: Bantam, and London: Corgi, 1962.
From the Twilight Zone (short stories). New York: Doubleday, 1962.
Night Gallery (short stories). New York: Bantam, 1971.
Night Gallery 2 (short stories). New York: Bantam, 1972.
Rod Serling’s Night Gallery Reader. Greenberg, Martin H., Carol Serling, and Charles G. Waugh, editors. New York: Dembner Books, 1987.
Esta é uma justa homenagem a um autor e a uma série que me influenciou profundamente durante a minha infância/juventude. Depois de me ter espicaçado a imaginação, voltei a vê-la e percebi que cada episódio continha também uma mesagem muito importante. Esta série de culto irá sempre acompanhar-me e influênciar-me. Obrigado Rod Serling.