Showtime Returns to TWIN PEAKS

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Nowadays, when you hear the words “Twin Peaks”, you might think of a certain chain of restaurants that offer “scenic views”. This is not about that Twin Peaks.

Showtime has announced that they will be working with David Lynch and Mark Frost on a new Twin Peaks revival that will air in 2016. Production on the nine-episode limited series will begin in 2015, and the premiere will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the show’s end on ABC. Leading up to the new series, Showtime will air the first two seasons of the original Twin Peaks, which featured Kyle MacLachlan (now on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as FBI agent Dale Cooper, in town to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer.

That same Laura Palmer who said to Agent Cooper, “I will see you in twenty-five years.”

“What more can I say – Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. “To quote Agent Cooper, ‘I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.’”

The announcement follows the release of the entire series on Blu-Ray from Showtime’s sister company, CBS Home Entertainment.

Premiering in April 1990, the show lasted for 30 episodes, gaining cult status over the years. The two-hour pilot drew in 34.6 million viewers. In 1992, Lynch delivered the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me that left many questions still unanswered, and as recently as 2001 Lynch had said the door was closed on any more Twin Peaks. So what changed?

In a Q&A session with Deadline, Mark Frost says the ruminating over a return to Twin Peaks began perhaps in 2007 after the DVD set was released. Frost and Lynch had maintained their friendship over the years, and over lunch one day began tossing about ideas. And he says, “I think there will be a lot of things that people have wanted to know over the years that if they pay close attention, they are going to be satisfied.” No casting news yet, but Frost has stated, “I think the fans would like to see and we would like to see as many of the old familiar faces as possible and a lot of new faces as well. We are going to keep that in mind as we start to work and hopefully everybody’s story will get some attention.”

The show ended up at Showtime due to a combination of circumstances, starting with the fact that EVP of Original Programming Gary Levine was the ABC executive running the show back in the day. After a meeting with network president David Nevins, Lynch and Frost felt it would be a good fit.

So, are you ready to return to Twin Peaks?

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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