Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
That gum you like IS coming back in style. Following that above not very cryptic at all really tweet by Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, today he and series co-creator Mark Frost both tweeted at 11:30
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 6, 2014
11:30 is the time of day that Agent Dale Cooper entered Twin Peaks, and using a time stamp and two line that prophesied the return of the show nearly 25 years ago to announce it’s return…well, already I like this style.
As confirmed by Deadline Twin Peaks will return as a 9 episode mini-series on Showtime, with Lynch and Frost writing all 9 and Lynch directing them all. The show will run in 2016. Nelli Andreeva supplied some scuttlebutt:
I hear the new Twin Peaks will be set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons. It is expected to continue the lore and story of the original series, with Lynch and Frost committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series. It is unclear which actors from the original series will be featured in the followup. Rumor is that star Kyle MacLachlan would be back, likely reprising his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper who was at the center of the show. The ABC series also featured some of Lynch’s favorite character actors, and it is likely that at least some of them will return.
Although in the past director Lynch disavowed any interest in finishing the show, I guess the current spate of 90 nostalgia changed his mind, fueled by the rapturous reception of the Bu-Ray release of the complete remastered show.
Twin Peaks first aired in 1990 and ran for 30 episodes—the central storyline involved the arrival of FBI agent Dale cooper into a small Northwestern town to investigate the murder of a high school prom queen named Laura Palmer who was anything but the “normal” girl she seemed to be. It was weird, amazing, baffling and sexy. It was the first truly auteur fueled show to become water cooler talk in America. It was also grossly misunderstood by the network, which insisted that Lynch and Frost solve the main mystery that fueled the show. The result was a terrifyingly swift decline in quality AND rating and cancellation after a handful of episodes.
You see, the message of Twin Peaks was that “normalcy” was a construct and the world was a weird and random place where we attempt to impose our own patterns. ABC, like other networks, was pledged to elevating the normal and typical in search of the LCD ratings smash.
Since then, mostly thanks to HBO, networks no longer call the shots, the internet gives us proof every day that every one is a nutter with secret fetishes, and the showrunner is the most important person in the equation. Vince Gilligan and Dan HArmon are the household names, not Fred Silverman and Brandon Tartikoff.
In the 25 years since Twin Peaks (and its obscure follow up On The Air) aired, Mark Frost has written a couple of Fantastic Four movies and some books. Lynch has pretty much continued to turn out material in peak form, and, to be fair, a lot of oddities. As impossible to return home again it may be, I’m not too fussed about the dangers of returning to the past this time out. Despite all protestations, Lynch and Frost seem to have been preparing for this for a while.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.