“Twin Peaks,” one of American popular culture’s most influential television shows, is returning for a new season on Showtime, according to Variety.
David Lynch (“Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet”) and Mark Frost (“Hill Street Blues,” “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), who created and produced the original ABC series, are currently co-writing a new nine-episode season, which is expected to debut in 2016. Lynch will direct each episode.
The story will be set 25 years after the closing events of the show — running two seasons from April 1990 to June 1991 — and keeps plot points that are “baked in to the last episode,” Frost said.
“For those followers of the show who felt bereft when the show ended where it did all those years ago are going to like where it goes from here,” Frost said. “And we hope that a lot of people who haven’t been to Twin Peaks yet are going to be equally interested in where the story goes from where we left off.”
Although the show’s return is marked as a limited-run season, if it enjoys success additional seasons are expected.
“Twin Peaks” premiered with a simple murder plot device — “Who killed Laura Palmer?” — that morphed into a unique blend of supernatural horror, comedy, music, classic movie influences and hypnotic madness. It earned 12 Emmy nominations and Golden Globe awards for best dramatic series, best dramatic actor (Kyle MacLachlan) and best supporting actress (Piper Laurie).
The series was followed in 1992 by the film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” which served as both a prologue and epilogue.
Lynch and Frost have maintained ownership of the “Twin Peaks” brand through the years, with CBS locked into the distribution rights.
Showtime, which is owned by CBS, was a frontrunner for a “Twin Peaks” revival partially because of Gary Levine, the cable channel’s executive vice president of original programming. Levine was an ABC executive who championed the show during its original run.
“This show is a kind of thanks to all of the incredibly passionate fans we’ve had over the years that have kept the show alive and passed it down to the next generation,” Frost explained. “We’ve been lucky enough to have one of the coolest, most intelligent, most inquisitive group of people attracted to our show. We’re happy for them that the show is coming back.”