8:41am PT by Philiana Ng
'Twin Peaks' Revival Lands at Showtime
Twin Peaks is coming back.
Showtime is reviving the cult favorite from David Lynch and Mark Frost as a nine-episode limited series for a 2016 premiere, the premium network announced Monday. Lynch and Frost will pen all episodes, with Lynch directing. Production is expected to begin in 2015. It is unclear whether any original castmembers would appear.
"What more can I say — Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!" said David Nevins, president of Showtime Networks. "To quote Agent Cooper, 'I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.' "
Lynch and Frost added in a joint statement: "The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We're very excited. May the forest be with you."
Lynch and Frost both teased the show's possible return on Twitter, writing the same cryptic message on Friday, prompting speculation that a revival was coming.
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) October 3, 2014
The original Twin Peaks launched on April 8, 1990, on ABC and followed a police investigation of the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. It was one of the top-rated programs of 1990, earning a renewal before it ended its run on June 10, 1991.
Even through its short TV run, Twin Peaks has continued to resonate in popular culture. Several castmembers even reunited on USA's Psych during a Twin Peaks-inspired episode in 2010. And in July, the series received an updated series DVD set that included 90 minutes of previously unseen footage.
Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Michael Ontkean, Dana Ashbrook, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Beymer, Warren Frost and Peggy Lipton were among the stars in the original series.
The news comes as television creatives continue to look to the past in hopes of guaranteeing future success as the trend of reinventing and modernizing popular titles with avid fanbases becomes standard practice.