Interest continues to brew for a revival of “Twin Peaks” — one of American popular culture’s most influential television shows.
Following a recent rumor that NBC was pitched a new season for the show, Jennifer Salke, the network’s president of entertainment, stated that although the meeting never happened, the idea of bringing it back to television carried merit.
“I called everybody when I got the email,” Salke told IGN during the TCA press tour. “None of us had gotten a call about that, not from an agent, not from the writer, not the head of drama … so we’re wondering the same thing you are.
“When it came up we all looked at each other and said, ‘That’s a good idea’. We were all kind of like, ‘Hmm, we like “Twin Peaks”’! So, I’ll send some emails today, and see what I can get to come in.”
In addition to NBC’s denial about a meeting, Frost weighed in on Twitter prior to Salke’s comment, writing: “Dear Internet: You are very good at spreading rumors. Truth is more valuable and much harder to come by.”
But the flood gates are now open. Fans are on the move, hoping to drum up network support, particularly on cable. One Facebook group, Bring Back Twin Peaks to TV, has launched a petition at ipetitions.com to help fuel the fire.
Created and produced by David Lynch (“Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet”) and Mark Frost (“Hill Street Blues,” “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), “Twin Peaks” ran two seasons from April 1990 to June 1991 on ABC.
It twisted a simple murder plot device into a bizarre blend of supernatural horror, comedy, music, classic movies influences and hypnotic madness.
“Twin Peaks” 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. Two later films from Lynch, “Lost Highway” (1997) and “Mulholland Dr.” (2001), are said to take place in the “Twin Peaks” universe.
In 2008, “Twin Peaks” captured a Saturn Award for Best Retro Television Series for its The Definitive Gold Box Edition DVD.