Kyle MacLachlan Confirmed for 'Twin Peaks' Reboot

The actor made a surprise appearance at Showtime's TCA panel.
Kyle MacLachlan  Courtesy of Everett Collection

Special Agent Dale Cooper is back on the case. After months of teasing his likely involvement in the Twin Peaks reboot, Kyle MacLachlan confirmed the news at Monday's Showtime panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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"You look like you need a damn fine cup of coffee," he said, sauntering (in character) onstage to join Showtime president David Nevins. The exec introduced MacLachlan then, saying, "He'll be leading the show, and there'll be more cast coming on as we roll through."

As soon as news broke in October that David Lynch's and Mark Frost's seminal '90s mystery drama was getting a second life on Showtime, MacLachlan started dropping hints that he was on board to reprise the lead role. (Frost was coy at the time when he discussed how the reboot came to be with The Hollywood Reporter.)

Nevins, who admitted he's "more or less writing checks and leaving them alone," wouldn't talk about any plot elements of the return — but he did talk about Lynch's decision to bring it back. "I think it's something they've been toying with for a long time," he said. "I think in David's mind, 25 years seemed like the magic number."

That was all that was said about Twin Peaks, likely because it won't even premiere until 2016, though before MacLachlan left the stage he got a laugh and some rare applause by telling the crowd, "I'm very excited to return to the strange world of Twin Peaks. May the forest be with you."

With a small group of reporters on stage later in the afternoon, Nevins said that more of the original cast would be joining the reboot as filming approached.

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