When Rod Serling, a chain-smoker, died during open-heart surgery in 1975, television lost one of its best writers and one of its most memorable on-screen narrators.
His nervously terse delivery, sought after for commercials, documentaries, and “The Night Gallery”, was still being imitated decades after his death.
Still, the last project Serling planned sounds dubious at best: a comedy-variety series named “Keep On Truckin’.”
One can imagine his introductions, delivered in his trademark monotone:
“You’re traveling through a land whose boundaries are of the imagination. Ladies and gentlemen, submitted for your approval: the Fifth Dimension!”