Monday, October 6, 2014

Showtime Revives 'Twin Peaks' as Limited Series in 2016

Twin Peaks is officially coming back. After days of rumors swirling, Showtime announced today that it is reviving the cult favorite drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost as a 9-episode limited series for a 2016 premiere - marking the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its two-season run on ABC.

Series creators Lynch and Frost will return to write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode as well. Showtime will also air the previous two seasons in the lead-up to the new episodes' debut.

In a joint statement, Lynch and Frost said, "The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We're very excited. May the forest be with you."

"What more can I say - Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!" said Showtime 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.'"

The new episodes will be set in the present day, two decades after the events of the series finale, as a continuation of the series and not as a reboot or remake. It is currently unclear which actors from the original series will return for the continuation.

Groundbreaking television at its time, Twin Peaks premiered in April 1990 with a two-hour opener brining in an astonishing 34.6 million viewers. The series followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town's sheriff welcomed the help of FBI Agent Cooper, whose investigation into the town gradually exposed the town's secrets. The series was canceled after two seasons (and 30 episodes total) but has lived on throughout the years as a cult favorite.