Showtime is bringing back “Twin Peaks,” the show which many feel was the very beginning of television’s golden age, and ran for two seasons on ABC from 1990-1991. The new series will continue stories from the second season but acknowledge the passing of time, and premiere in 2016.
This “Twin Peaks” revival also includes a modern twist: Taking a page from Steven Soderbergh and other filmmakers working in TV, Lynch will direct all nine episodes.
Variety, in reporting the news, pointed to Gary Levine’s presence at Showtime as executive VP of programming as a potential factor in the show’s rebirth — he was the executive in charge of the show when it was on ABC. For those who missed the series during its original run (because they didn’t have televisions or weren’t alive yet), Showtime will also re-air the original series prior to the new season’s premiere.
It’s not known yet whether any of the original cast will return, but if Kyle MacLachlan can make time for “Agents of SHIELD,” it’s not out of the question to imagine him being involved.
As Indiewire’s Eric Eidelstein argued earlier this year, “Twin Peaks” would have actually fared better in today’s television landscape than the 1990s. The show may be almost old enough to rent a car, but it’s entering the game way ahead of some other players.
As part of the announcement, Lynch and Frost have created a teaser to, well, tease the 2016 release date — check it out below: