If you read our Quite Large Crime Drama Preview For 2017 (here if you haven’t), one of the things that included was the return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s era-defining crime show that crossed dimensions and introduced us to myriad much-remembered characters. So we all know it’s back this year, but until this moment didn’t know when. Autumn? Summer? Yes, probably summer. Now Showtime, the show’s new US home, has revealed the start date.
One of the big things coming next year is the new series of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s inter-dimensional crime story with damn fine coffee and pie. We’ve charted its rocky path to production – it’s quite story in itself. Now the filming is just about wrapped up, we’re starting to get the first pieces of teaser material. Today Showtime (the show’s home US network) released a teaser film with the cast espousing how good it’s going to be and how wonderful it all is. One line hit home: be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone. Have a look at the full video after the jump…
According to showrunner Hans Rosenfeldt a fourth instalment of The Bridge is a done deal, and has been quite vocal about that fact for the past few months. He’s even gone so far to say that the first scenes will be the most harrowing yet in the show’s history. And that’s saying something. Despite Rosenfeldt’s proclamations, there hasn’t been any official word from SVT, The Bridge’s home broadcaster, in terms of a proper confirmation. Until now.
Regular readers of this site will probably know by now that I’m excited by the return of Twin Peaks next year. It has had a rocky road to completion but with everything in place the only thing we’re waiting for now is information on when it’ll be played out, and in how many series it will be split up into. Over the weekend the Comic-Con in San Diego took place, where the great and the good of the movie, gaming and TV industry got together to show off their wares, and while David Lynch and other Twin Peaks acolytes weren’t in attendance, one of the stars was, and he let slip some crucial information.
It’s always fun to speculate how a new series or movie will take shape, and in the case of Twin Peaks – that cultiest of cult shows – the rumour machine is just starting to crank into gear. At the end of it all I think someone should write something about the whole process of bringing back Twin Peaks to the small screen, because it has been a rollercoaster ride. But it is definitely happening and now we have our first idea of what the story might be. Or not, as the case may be.
A few weeks ago we detailed the enormous, 200-plus cast list for the new series of Twin Peaks, which is due to hit our screen on Sky Atlantic in the UK some time next year. We can’t wait, not only to see how the story progresses but also how David Lynch is going to fit all of those characters in. One cast member from the original canon that won’t, for obvious reasons, be making it this time around is David Bowie, who played FBI agent Phillip Jeffries. But, according to one cast member, Bowie was lined up to return before his untimely death earlier this year.
The story of how the Twin Peaks revival came to be will make one heck of a DVD extra documentary one day. We’ve had contract wrangles and rumour after rumour, especially about the cast. Would Kyle MacLachlan be returning? Would Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee be returning? What about new members of the cast? Naomi Watts? Laura Dern? The rumours have been spat out with fierce frequency, and yet there had been, up until this point, no confirmation. Until today. It’s best to take a sit down and prepare yourself – there are 217 cast members in total and an intriguing array of new additions, including some famous musicians.