Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone premiered on October 2, 1959, and over the course of its five-year run would churn out 156 episodes and cement itself as a classic of science fiction television. Its influence would be felt in any number of shows and movies that would follow -- from The Walking Dead to Stranger Things -- and beyond, becoming one of the enduring pop culture staples of its era. This Day in Twilight Zone History presents key commemorative facts about the greatest science fiction/fantasy television series of all time, presented by author Steven Jay Rubin, whose latest book is The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia (arriving this October). Whether it’s a key performer’s birth or death, the date an episode debuted, or any other related fact, This Day in Twilight Zone History presents a unique aspect of the rich history of this television series and the extraordinary team that created it.
Today, September 25th, This Day in Twilight Zone History turns to the post production department and wishes happy birthday to editor Bill Mosher, who turns 89 today.
Mr. Mosher edited no less than 43 episodes of The Twilight Zone, beginning with "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," and including such celebrated episodes as “Time Enough at Last,” “Third From the Sun,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “Long Live Walter Jameson,” and “The Howling Man.”
Mosher cut his teeth on shows like Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Leave it to Beaver, and M Squad. He was nominated three times for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing, for such post-TZ shows as Judd for the Defense and Bracken’s World. If producer Buck Houghton and creator Rod Serling liked your work, you usually had a long history with the show – and this certainly applies to Mosher, who cut episodes for three seasons.
Let’s toast the unsung post-prod. heroes of The Twilight Zone who cut their way to fifth dimension glory.