Get ready for, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie.
News comes today from Deadline that classic cult series, Twin Peaks, will be returning to television.
It was almost 25 years ago, when Twin Peaks had television audiences, and Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) asking one question, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”
Her killer was revealed half way through the second season, but many more questions were left unanswered when ABC cancelled the series after 30 episodes.
The show, which will air on Showtime in 2016, will feature nine episodes, all written and produced by original show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, with Lynch directing the entire series. Lynch and Frost “The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.” When new episodes do finally air, it will have been 25 years since the series finale in 1991, where Laura Palmer famously said to Cooper. “I’ll see you again in 25 years”. Looks like she was right. The series return was not something Lynch thought would happen, in a 2001 Empire interview he said: “No. Uh-uh. It’s as dead as a doornail.”
While no official casting news has been announced, MacLachlan (Dune, Sex in the City) tweeted:
Better fire up that percolator and find my black suit :-) #Twinpeaks
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) October 6, 2014
Lynch and Frost in an interview with Deadline talked about which characters from the original series might return. “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.”
Besides MacLachlan, the show starred Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry S. Truman), Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna Hayward), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne). It also featured many actors who would go one to become major stars, including David Duchovny (X-Files, Californication), and Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Boogie Nights)
Before new episodes air, Showtime will re-air the 30 episodes from the first two seasons of the series. No word if that would also include Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, the prequel film that Lynch made in 1992 that failed to answer any questions left after the original series ended.
“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.’”
Added Lynch and Frost, “The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.”