There have been rumors, and rumors of rumors for days now, but now it’s been confirmed, Twin Peaks is coming back to TV. The announcement was made official today by series co-creator David Lynch, who will return to run the new series with Mark Frost for a nine-episode continuation of Twin Peaks, which will premiere in 2016 on the cable channel Showcase. Not many details are known yet in terms of storylines or original actors returning, but as the prototypical cult series of the 90s, the return of Twin Peaks and its town full of quirky characters, there will be more than a few people today raising a damn fine cup of coffee and a damn good slice of pie to new episodes of one of the all time greats.
Lynch started getting fans excited last week this tweet:
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
Which was followed up today by this tweet:
Followed up by Deadline, Showcase revealed that the new limited series will premiere in 2016 in time for the 25th anniversary for the original series cancellation on ABC; shooting is expected to begin sometime next summer with all episodes being written by Lynch and Frosh and all episodes being directed by Lynch.
“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.”
But wait a sec, you may be saying, didn’t Lynch once say that he was done with Twin Peaks? What changed his mind? Well, that ground was covered in another Deadline article, a Q&A with Frost.
“It was something I guess we had to leave alone for a while,” said Frost who explained that he and Lynch remained friends and would regularly meet for lunch. “When the gold box DVD set came out in 2007, that’s when I think we both started thinking separately about it. And then about three years ago — we meet for lunch once in awhile, often at Musso and Frank just because we both like old Hollywood stuff — we just found ourselves talking over lunch and some ideas popped up about the show. So many people had enjoyed the gold box set. We found ourselves drifting back to that town, realizing that there were more things we wanted to know about it. And everything flew from that point forward. That was I think three years ago in August.”
Frost said that events in Twin Peaks‘ new limited series will pick up in real time, 25 years after the events of the original series. To reiterate, it’s unknown who among the original cast might be coming back, even series lead Kyle MacLachlan who played FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, but Frost did say about the question of Cooper’s return, “I think you’ll have the answer to that sooner rather than later.”
If you’ve always wanted to watch Twin Peaks, or maybe you want to re-watch now that you know more is on the way, the entire series, plus the prequel movie Fire Walk With Me is available now in one set on Blu-ray. We’ll have more news about new Twin Peaks as it develops.