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.
Netflix’s Stranger Things has been one of the word-of-mouth mega-hits of the year – with good reason, it was terrific stuff – and things are beginning to gear up for series two, which will (hopefully) come out next year. We’ve already been told that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is returning, which is brilliant news because both the character and the young actress who played her were simply sensational. Now there’s word that two new cast members have signed up for series two, and one of them is just PERFECT.
A little while ago we brought you news that Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore were the latest Hollywood superstars to migrate to television (read that story here), to star in a new, unnamed series penned by David O Russell. The two Oscar winners follow in the footsteps of people like Matthew McConaughey and Winona Ryder in their move to television. For viewers like you and me, this is good news. And now we know where the series is going to be broadcast and, nominally, what it might be about.
Stranger Things was the word-of-mouth hit of the year, Netflix’s 80s mash-up of crime and horror gaining enormous viewing figures (indeed, it was the show that tipped me over the edge and prompted me to finally subscribe). The ending was a flurry of monsters and kinetic energy, and one of the main characters – Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) – seemed to sacrifice her own life to vanquish the monster. However, it seems that Eleven will be back for series two…
I’ve been so busy recently, I almost forgot to post this review altogether. That astonishes me because this series has been one of the year’s better crime dramas, dripping with New York grime, sultry, noirish dialogue and some fantastic acting across the board. After seven episodes of high tension and fascinating but heartbreaking character development, we were finally at the end, where we would find out whether Nasir Khan was guilty of the murder of Andrea Cornish. Or, at least, whether the jury thought that Nasir Khan was guilty of the murder of Andrea Cornish.
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…
This series has been so good in lots of different ways – from the punchy, briney dialogue (I’ve recently finished reading Richard Price’s The Whites, which is highly recommended) to the characterisation, giving each of the main players depth, quirks and believable layers, not to mention the idea that characters and personalities change and adapt to crime and new surroundings.