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TWIN PEAKS: Limited Series by David Lynch Coming to Showtime

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Twin Peaks Series Coming to Showtime. Twin Peaks is getting a limited series run on the premium cable Showtime to be directed and co-written by David Lynch. The series will be co-rewritten by Mark Frost and will premiere sometime in 2016. There is no word yet on whether or not any of the original cast will reprise their roles, but one of the show’s stars, Sherilyn Fenn, was in Showtime’s Ray Donovan for most of this season.

The official press release for new the Twin Peaks series:

LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2014 – Dig into some cherry pie and rejoice! Today, SHOWTIME announced that the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning series TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost are on board to write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series. Four-time Oscar® nominee David Lynch will direct every episode. TWIN PEAKS will go into production in 2015 to air on the network in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of when the program last aired. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers for the series’ passionate fan base.  The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc.

“What more can I say – TWIN PEAKS with David Lynch and Mark Frost on SHOWTIME in 2016!” said Nevins. “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: “The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.”

For viewers hoping to reminisce or for those discovering the series for the first time, SHOWTIME will re-air the first two seasons of TWIN PEAKS, in advance of the new episodes going on air in 2016. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, TWIN PEAKS followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura’s killer, the town’s secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues… Here’s an early tease from series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost: http://s.sho.com/TwinPeaks.

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On the original Twin Peaks TV series:

Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990, on ABC. Seven more episodes were produced, and the series was renewed for a second season that aired until June 10, 1991. The show’s title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set. Exteriors were primarily filmed in the Washington towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend, though additional exteriors were shot in southern California. Most of the interior scenes were shot on standing sets in a San Fernando Valley warehouse.

Twin Peaks became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC’s insistence that the identity of Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as both a prequel and an epilogue to the television series.

The pilot episode was ranked No. 25 on TV Guide‘s 1997 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. The series was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide‘s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002, and it was included in its 2013 list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon.” Twin Peaks was listed as one of Time‘s “Best TV Shows of All-TIME” in 2007, and it placed No. 49 on Entertainment Weekly‘s “New TV Classics” list and No. 12 in their list of the “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years.”

As with much of Lynch’s other work, notably Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks explores the gulf between the veneer of small-town respectability and the seedier layers of life lurking beneath it. As the series progresses, the inner darkness of characters who initially appeared innocent is revealed, and they are seen to lead double lives. Twin Peaks is consistent with Lynch’s work as a whole in that it is not easily placed within an established genre. Its unsettling tone and supernatural features are consistent with horror films, but its campy, melodramatic portrayal of quirky characters engaged in morally dubious activities reflects a bizarrely comical parody of American soap operas. Like the rest of Lynch’s work, the show represents an earnest moral inquiry distinguished by both offbeat humor and a deep vein of surrealism.

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