The original Twin Peaks was premiered in April 1990, created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. The series garnered a cult following, despite only airing for two seasons. It is now regarded as one of the best TV series of all time. Weird how things work out, huh?
Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
A return, limited series was announced by Showtime in 2014 and premiered on 21 May 2017, featuring the same writers and many original cast members. The new episodes are not a remake, but rather a continuation of the series. It is set in the present day, with the last 25 years being an important element in the plot.
The series will contain 18 episodes and sees the return of original characters such as Kyle MacLachlan (FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper). New cast members include Jim Belushi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Michael Cera and Naomi Watts.
The plot is said to centre on Agent Cooper’s journey back to Twin Peaks.
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Fancy Some Twin Peaks Trivia?
If you’re a fan of the series, you may enjoy some lesser-known facts about Twin Peaks:
- Twin Peaks was initially set in, and called, North Dakota. However, the creators eventually scrapped this idea, saying “Long before we moved to the Pacific Northwest, we were playing around with this idea of the plains and a place far away from the world. But what we really lacked was that sense of mystery in the forest and the darkness that moving a little further west had.”
- Steven Spielberg was originally onboard to direct the show’s season two opener. He was a huge fan of season 1 and voiced his interest in directing an episode. However, David Lynch was not particularly sold on the idea, especially since Spielberg had mentioned that he wanted to make it “as weird as possible.” Lynch suggested that Spielberg directs an episode later on in the season, but it did not work out in the end.
- Frost and Lynch did not intend to reveal Laura Palmer’s killer (her murder being at the centre of the story). The murder was actually not meant to be solved, to ensure that the mystery of her death would stay alive.