Well, it is happening again, but apparently not for a while. Fans of the cult classic TV drama “Twin Peaks” were elated when oddball director David Lynch returned to helm the Showtime reboot – after briefly announcing he had walked out on the project. But while the series is still set to return, a recent interview with co-creator Mark Frost revealed that the highly anticipated revival would not premiere until 2017.
When Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” reboot was announced in October, the target date for the show’s return to the small screen was 2016. But in an interview posted on the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s blog, Frost pushed back against those hopes.
“We’re coming back with Season 3 of 'Twin Peaks' after a 25-year absence,” Frost said. “We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.”
The left-field (no pun intended) interview surfaced after Frost paid a visit to the storied sports museum in Cooperstown, New York, in June. He also discussed the legacy of the original series.
“We had 32 hours back in 1991-92, and with my partner David Lynch we kind of blew open that genre of the nighttime soap and took it in a whole other direction,” Frost said. “A lot of people always look back at 'Twin Peaks' and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.”
Fans have had to be patient since the reboot was first announced. Not long after viewers got the news that Kyle MacLachlan (FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper) and much of the original cast had signed on to return, Lynch announced he was parting ways with Showtime because, he said, “not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.” Luckily, Lynch and Showtime resolved their differences, even increasing the reboot’s episode order beyond the original nine.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) May 16, 2015
Fans have been waiting 25 years to see “Twin Peaks” return to television. What harm could one more year do? The “Twin Peaks” reboot will premiere on Showtime in 2017.