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How Showtime Got David Lynch to Reboot ‘Twin Peaks,’ with Sheryl Lee Returning as Laura Palmer

How Showtime Got David Lynch to Reboot 'Twin Peaks,' with Sheryl Lee Returning as Laura Palmer

Showtime Networks president David Nevins teased the hotly anticipated, nine-episode revival of David Lynch’s beloved “Twin Peaks” during the recent TV Critics Association winter press tour. Though we won’t see this third season til 2016, we do know that David Lynch is directing all the episodes, Kyle MacLachlan will return as Dale Cooper, Sheryl Lee will reprise the role of Laura Palmer, Sherilyn Fenn will probably be back as Audrey and that the new season is set in present day, 25 years after the haunting season two finale.

So how did Showtime convince the notoriously elusive Lynch? According to AdWeek, in a twist on the typical pitching process, “”I was kind of begging them and hoping to pass muster with David Lynch,” said Nevins, who added that “Lynch admired the “violent, weird” artwork in Nevins’ office, with one piece that included “a bookshelf falling on a young girl; it’s unclear which direction it’s going. I think he liked it, and we were off in business.”

Nevins said that from this point on, it’s about “more or less, writing checks and leaving them alone. It’s David’s show, it’s Mark [Frost]’s show, I will be the grateful recipient of it.”

He also added, “I will say that they have been very specific in promising closure, and that’s exciting. … From what I’ve seen, this is going to live up to expectations and then some.”

Production is expected to begin this year, though locations are still being finalized. Is it 2016 yet? “Meanwhile,” watch Lee and Dana Ashbrook (a.k.a. Bobby) announce their return to the series below, via Welcome to Twin Peaks.

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