News broke today confirming what many suspected after months, weeks and most recently, days full of hints that somehow, some way, Twin Peaks was returning to life. We got some clues to today’s announcement on Twitter this weekend, as the show’s co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, as the pair were tweeting out Twin Peaks quotes at the same suspicious time.
Now that we have the actual news? It’s even better than expected.
Twin Peaks is indeed coming to a pay channel, Showtime, as many hoped. Some thought that Netflix might snatch it up, which would allow for greater viewing and accessibility, but after HBO, Showtime is still the #2 go-to pay channel for great original content.
And, in true David Lynch form, the show will be set in the present day, with things taking place 25 years after the original show ended, picking up with what we have to assume is many of the same cast members.
There’s already a movement that the return of Twin Peaks is a bad thing, and the cult classic TV show should be left in its grave sleeping peacefully. But given the format of this, I can’t see how it’s anything other than good news. The show has both co-creators on board, Lynch included, and judging by his recent meetings with various Peaks cast members, we have to assume many of the same actors will be returning to reprise their roles 25 years later.
The show will air on Showtime, meaning they will have more license to do whatever the hell they want, more than even the original show had. It’s going to be a limited-run series, so we don’t have to worry about it overstaying its welcome or trailing off into something less than good. It has a tight start and end date, meaning Lynch will get to tell exactly the story he wants to tell.
The original show left viewers hanging with a number of lingering mysteries, and Twin Peaks has always been one of those shows have been hoping comes back to life at some point. Most wrote it off as never happening, but now in this age of reboots and resurrection, it’s actually possible to summon it back from the grave. Usually it’s Netflix doing that, but now it seems other channels are hoping on board with that idea.
Given how well this seems to be structured, and that presumably most of the original cast and crew will be back, I can’t see how this will be anything other than fantastic. I suppose you could argue that even dream projects like Arrested Development season four can go awry when the cast has to reassemble years later, and may have conflicting schedules, but with only nine episodes I think they’ll be able to make some thing work and tell a coherent, not disjointed story. Well, as disjointed as Lynch wants it to be I suppose.
This is also pretty great timing given that Twin Peaks is available to stream on Netflix right now so the uninitiated can catch up if they missed it the first time. It’s only two seasons, and you have apparently until 2016 to catch up, so that works out rather well.
What are you excited about regarding the Twin Peaks resurrection? What are you worried about?
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