Against the odds, or at least against the odds of our own cynicism (who woulda thunk?), Agent Dale Cooper is coming back to the Pacific Northwest. Yep, Kyle MacLachlan made an announcement during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) conference that he will return as the lead in David Lynch’s wonderfully weird “Twin Peaks” TV show that’s being resurrected on Showtime for 2016. “I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of ‘Twin Peaks’,” MacLachlan said. “May the forest be with you.”
Deadline reports that “Twin Peaks” will be a nine-episode series that will shoot this year for a 2016 release that coincides with the show’s 25th anniversary. MacLachlan’s beloved character, perhaps his most iconic role, is an eccentric FBI agent who arrives in Twin Peaks in 1989 to investigate the brutal murder of the popular high school student, Laura Palmer. He falls in love with the community, a town full of strange, unexplained quirks.
Lynch will direct every episode of the series, and the filmmaker and original co-creator Mark Frost are writing and producing all nine. Perhaps somewhat logically (what else could they do?), the new “Twin Peaks” will be set in the present day, two decades after the events that left off with season two when the show that was canceled in 1991. It’s unknown what other actors from the original series will return, but Deadline says the Frost and Lynch-penned show is “committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series.” Though given what Lynch and Frost’s idiosyncratic writing is like, who knows what that means. Regardless, huzzah!