Anyone who reads this site knows how excited I am for the return of Twin Peaks in just over a week’s time. Growing up it was one of the shows that changed my outlook on the world, and was the first TV series that I became gripped and obsessed with. Yes, my excitement is tempered by a little caution (I really hope it’s good), but the latest trailer -released yesterday – certainly stokes the fires. Have a look after the jumperoo.
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.
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.
I’ve been following the re-emergence of Twin Peaks with great interest, mainly because it was one of the TV series when I was growing up that really affected me and stayed with me. We all know by now that David Lynch is bringing it back for a new run next year, and even though the new series has had its contractual ups and downs, the good news is that it’s not only a definite goer, but filming has wrapped. But there’s also more, slightly stunning news, too…
Next year might seem like a long way away, but in TV land things have already been put in place, and new shows are being cast and filmed as we speak. One of the shows we’re keeping a close eye on is the Twin Peaks revival, which is set to be one of 2017’s star attractions. With filming well under way (or so we hear), new information is beginning to be released seemingly on a weekly basis. Today we have more…