Twin Peaks returns to TV: Agent Cooper to have first cup of “damn good” coffee in 25 years

Dale Cooper Twin Peaks

Showtime announced today that the Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning TV series Twin Peaks will return as a new limited series on Showtime in 2016.  Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the new third season, and Lynch will direct.  Set in the present day, Showtime said the new Twin Peaks will continue the lore of the original, promising “long-awaited answers” and “a satisfying conclusion” for the series’ fan base.  “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 said in a joint statement.

Check out the brief YouTube teaser below, after the break.

For the few who missed the original on TV or in reruns or binge DVD marathons, Twin Peaks followed FBI agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, as he investigated the bizarre background behind the death of high school girl Laura Palmer.  It’s the “bizarre” that became the signature for the series, and its first season was as good as TV gets.  However, the slow resolution of multiple twists lost many viewers and ABC cancelled the series after two seasons.  Like The X-Files and Firefly, a loyal fan base pulled Hollywood into making a follow-up big screen feature, but it was even more indecipherable than the end of the TV series.

Dale Cooper and Audrey on Twin Peaks

Yet many fans couldn’t get enough.  That first season pulled in lifetime fans.  Remember college watching parties with Cooper’s trademark donuts and coffee?  And some of us made our own pilgrimage to Snoqualmie Falls, and the nearby Salish Lodge and town of Fall City, Washington, featured in the opening credits of the series (even making the treacherous hike down to the bottom of the falls)… and we had to buy the creepy tie-in book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer… and the soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti… and were serenaded to sleep for years by Julee Cruise’s Floating Into The Night CD.  To top it off, 25 years later we’re still hooked on Snoqualmie Falls Lodge pancake mix that we first picked up at the lodge (yep, damn good pancakes).

So what actors are coming back?

Showtime said it will re-run the first and second seasons in advance of the new third season.  MacLachlan hinted pretty clearly an announcement would be forthcoming confirming his return to the character of Agent Cooper.  It seems impossible for the series to work without him.  Other actors returning are anyone’s guess, but it seems likely we’ll see at least the actors that quickly re-assembled for the USA Network’s Psych reunion/tribute episode to Twin Peaks called “Dual Spires” last December.  Cast members who eagerly returned for that reunion included Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Brooks), Catherine Coulson (the log lady), Robin Lively (Lana) and Lenny von Dohlen (Harold Smith).

Kyle MacLachlan Twitter Twin Peaks return

Showtime released a thin “special Twin Peaks announcement” teaser on YouTube along with its press release.  The airing of new Twin Peaks episodes will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the series.  Here’s the YouTube announcement:

Look for Twin Peaks, season three, in 2016 on Showtime.  Get caught up on the series in Blu-ray here or DVD here, from

C.J. Bunce


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