You know that TV show you love? It only exists because of ‘Twin Peaks’. From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Mad Men’, from ‘Breaking Bad’ to ‘The Wire’, the current boom in creative, talent-driven TV is all down to the fact that, back in 1989, US network ABC took a punt on filmmaker David Lynch’s vision of a new kind of show, where trashy soap opera meets European art-movie, where cop thriller meets supernatural shocker. The show ended in disaster back in 1991, with plummeting audience figures and nonsensical plot lines, a shadow of its former self. But in the years since its reputation has continued to grow, with DVD box sets and festivals all across the globe stoking the flames of fandom.
And now, it’s coming back. After years of conflicting rumours and double-talk, it was announced today that the Showtime network would run a nine-episode series of ‘Twin Peaks’ episodes in 2016. Original star Kyle MacLachlan will be back as Agent Cooper, and although there’s been no word on other returning cast members it’s hard to imagine most of them won’t be champing at the bit. Oh, and it gets better – every episode will be co-written by original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and Lynch – who hasn’t made a film since 2006’s ‘Inland Empire’ – will direct every single one of them. For the ‘Twin Peaks’ fan community – and there are a good few of us in the Time Out office – this is like the second coming, Christmas and the moon landing all rolled into one.
As Cooper says so wisely in the original show – ‘I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.’ We’ll report all the Twin Peaks news as it comes in…
By Tom Huddleston