My birthday present has arrived about two weeks early! In an eArTh-ShAkInG development(at least, for us cult-like fans it was), a new “Twin Peaks” limited series will be financed and broadcast by Showtime. I nearly jumped out of my shoes. It is, so far, expected to be a nine-episode run, with the possibility of a continuation beyond that. The masterful David Lynch, absent from the big screen for nearly a decade(2006’s “Inland Empire” stands as his most recent feature film)is set to direct and pen ALL of the series. And Mark Frost, his original “Twin Peaks” partner for the 1990-91 30-episode run, is on board to co-write and produce. When it finally airs, it will be a continuation set during present day. The final episode of the original “Twin Peaks” saga aired in June of 1991, and the new series will pick up 25 years later.
So many questions, so many hopes! And already it appears that original series star, Kyle Machlaclan, will return as Special Agent Dale Cooper. It’s difficult to imagine this being green-lit without him. But who else will we see? Will Michael Ontkean shine up his badge as Sheriff Harry S. Truman? Certainly room will be found for the still ravishing Madchen Amick as Shelley Johnson. But how about Lara Flynn Boyle reprising her Donna Hayward character? Or the iconic Audrey Horne as embodied by Sherilyn Fenn? It seems a given that Laura Palmer will be fitted it in some way…has Sheryl Lee been approached? Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs? James Marshall as brooding James Hurley? Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings? Please tell me that Catherine E. Coulson will still be carrying her logs! The possibilities. And one wonders if characters from the 1992 film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” will be incorporated too.
A tip of the hat to the cherished lost cast members. Jack Nance met his unfortunate end, violently, in 1996. So fare thee well, Pete Martell. And Don S. Davis passed away in 2008, so that cancels out a return of Major Garland Briggs. Also, quite a few former cast members will be well into their 80’s(and even 90’s!) by 2016, so it will be interesting to see if they are asked to return in some capacity. This list includes Warren Frost, Piper Laurie, and Russ Tamblyn. A lot of speculation, a load of excitement, and a sea of anticipation, will fill the gap between now and 2016. Plus, will it all work? It is definitely worth the attempt. With just three films left to cover in my monthly Lynch Ledger, I wondered what the future held for David L. Now I know! Thank you Showtime! “Twin Peaks” is returning in 2016. David Lynch is Back!