Showtime's "Twin Peaks" reboot has been officially pushed back to 2017, even though Showtime President David Nevins had been hopeful for a 2016 release. Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of Showtime parent CBS Corp., confirmed the news in a conference call.
A clear reason for the delay wasn't given, but Variety reported Tuesday that the 25-years-in-waiting Season 3 has experienced a number of setbacks, including creator David Lynch bumping heads with Showtime about the number of episodes. Lynch and the premium cable network also were involved in a contract dispute.
However, Lynch and Showtime were able to work things out and "Twin Peaks" was bumped up from its original nine-episode order. According to TV Line, the series will have more than 12 episodes and most likely the delay to 2017 is to allow more time to produce the extra work.
As previously reported, production for "Twin Peaks" started in September in Washington state. Last month, Kyle MacLachlan (who plays FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper) was spotted filming scenes with Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer). In a leaked video posted on TMZ, MacLachlan and Lee were seen shooting on the steps of Laura's home, leaving fans to wonder if the character will be alive in the remake. (It was the discovery of Laura's body that kicked off the original ABC series in 1990.)
MacLachlan and Lee join rumored cast members Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Balthazar Getty and Robert Knepper. It also was reported that Robert Forster will replace Michael Ontkean, who decided not to reprise his role as Sheriff Harry S. Truman because he is "retired" from acting.
Deadline also reported Wednesday that Miguel Ferrer is set to come back as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield.