8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Twilight Zone
4. Budget Cuts
During season two, a new network executive, James Aubrey, took over CBS. He wanted to keep costs for the show down, so he ordered that six episodes be produced on videotape rather than film, which made shooting and editing next to impossible because each episode had to be camera cut on a studio sound stage using four cameras. Even with these cutbacks, the network only managed to save $6,000 per episode, which was far less than the cost of a single episode, which was around $50,000.
In January 1964, CBS announced that The Twilight Zone was going to be cancelled. According to producer William Froug, it was cancelled because CBS exec Jim Aubrey felt that the show was over budget and the ratings weren’t good enough; however, Rod Serling claimed that it was his decision to cancel the show. ABC reportedly was interested in bringing The Twilight Zone over to their network under the name Witches, Warlocks and Werewolves, but Serling wasn’t interested. He sold his 40% share in the show to CBS, believing that the studio wouldn’t be able to recoup the production costs, which were frequently over budget, but with syndication, the show was quite successful.