If you’re still a fan of the super weird murder mystery ‘Twin Peaks,’ then you’re in for an early Halloween treat. It was officially announced on Monday that the cult television show would be returning to TVf or a limited series run.
Co-creators David Lynchand Mark Frostteased the surprised announcement on Twitter last week, and now we know that they will write and produce new episodes, with Lynch directing, for Showtime, set to air 2016. The network will also air the first two seasons in advance of the new new season. Set in present day Twin Peaks, new episodes will hopefully answer fan questions and give a satisfying conclusion to story lines set up for a third season that never happened.
“Twenty-five years later, we have a chance to revisit it, and we’re hoping it’s an equally cool, pardon the expression, peak experience for everyone,” Frost says.
When it originally aired on ABC in the early 90s, the show wasn’t a ratings hit, but the big whodunit of “Who Killed Laura Palmer” coupled with strange and scary characters intrigued viewers as much as it left them confused. With new episodes being put together, you have to wonder how many of the original characters we’re going see. Kyle MacLachlanaka FBI Agent Dale Cooper is game, of course.
I think the influence of the show can be felt, at least indirectly, in stylized and moody series like ‘True Detective‘and ‘American Horror Story.’With a whole new audience to gain, and the popularity of such shows, ‘Twin Peaks‘ could finally become the hit it was meant to be. We have two years to wait, so we should probably stock up on pie now.
I’m not an expert on the works of David Lynch, but I’ve seen (read: endured, tortured myself, fell asleep during, was riveted by, had nightmares about, fell in love with certain characters, almost vomited during, and now have an un-natural fear of owls because of) many of his films, as well as the beloved TV show, Twin Peaks. (Oh, Audrey Horne, you minx.)
David Lynch, the visionary director of Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Wild at Heart, Mulholland Drive and my favorite film by Mr. Lynch, The Elephant Man is celebrating his 66th birthday today. (If you haven’t seen this beautiful film, you must. You MUST.)
Thank goodness for the YouTube. I found a wonderful piece that masterfully encompasses all that IS David Lynch and his work and vision.
What is your favorite David Lynch piece of work? It was your least favorite? If nothing else, Mr. Lynch will get inside your psyche in a very visceral manner…whether it’s with disgust or sheer beauty–or both.
Let’s discuss, shall we?
p.s. I can do a spot-on imitation of the “baby” from Eraserhead. Ask Patrick. It totally freaks him right out…which means I’ll do it just to torture him. Heh.
Raise your hand if you watched Twin Peaks back in the day. Now go hide under the covers if it scared the living crap out of you. (That would be me, but I have to write this, so I’ll hide and cry later.)
I’m still scared of creepy brown owls, because they turn into that gee-dee BOB. I don’t like seeing abandoned old train cars and I really hate stoplights swinging in the wind at night if I’m driving alone. Freaks me RIGHT out. I still won’t watch anything that stars actor Ray Wise. I won’t even watch FOX anchor Shepard Smith because he looks like Ray Wise, who looks like Laura Palmer’s dad, Leland. (Not that I watch StupidFOX, anyway.) See??? I’m still totally damaged by this series.
ANYwrappedinplastic. I ran across the Official Press Release for Psych paying homage to Twin Peaks, and I thought I’d share it with y’all.
USA NETWORK’S “PSYCH” MARKS “TWIN PEAKS” 20TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH A ‘DAMN FINE’ TRIBUTE EPISODE
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
Series Originals Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Robyn Lively,
Lenny Von Dohlen and Catherine Coulson to guest star.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 15, 2010 – When PSYCH returns for its fall run in November, viewers will be treated to a “Twin Peaks”-inspired episode scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, December 1 at 10/9c. Entitled “Dual Spires,” the episode celebrates the 20th anniversary of the cult favorite with guest star casting that includes Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Robyn Lively, Lenny Von Dohlen and Catherine Coulson. Series Star James Roday serves as co-writer along with Bill Callahan.
The episode kicks off with Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) receiving a mysterious e-mail inviting them to the annual Cinnamon Festival in Dual Spires, a quirky Northern California town nearly invisible on the map. When they arrive the pair quickly find themselves embroiled in the mysterious death of local high school student Paula Merral. As Shawn and Gus unravel the many secrets of the town, they meet several local residents including town doctor/lawyer/veterinarian Donna Gooden (Sheryl Lee), Sheriff Andrew Jackson (Lenny Von Dohlen), proprietors of the local diner Robert and Michelle Barker (Dana Ashbrook and Robyn Lively), the mysterious Woman with Wood (Catherine Coulson) and enigmatic bookish beauty Maudette Hornsby (Sherilyn Fenn). The pool of suspects proves to be deeper than suspected as Shawn and Gus must work to figure out who killed Paula Merral. Ray Wise reprises his role from last season as Father Westley. [Editor’s Note: I’m freaking over how clever the character names are–Paula Merral = Laura Palmer?? I’m IN.]
Additionally, songstress Julee Cruise, who performed music during the original run of “Twin Peaks,” has signed on to perform the PSYCH Theme Song for the episode. The landmark series, that fashioned a widespread cult following, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
PSYCH is executive produced by Steve Franks (“Big Daddy”), Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze, with Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline Pictures. Mel Damski (“Picket Fences”) serves as the executive producer and as a director. Saladin K. Patterson (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Bill Callahan (“Scrubs”) and Andy Berman (“Freddie”) are co-executive producer/writers.
I’m going to make you watch these clips from this original scary-ass Twin Peaks. Honestly. If you don’t know what it’s all about, good for you. But if you want to know…put the whole series on your queue on the Netflix.