Twin Peaks changed television forever, and paved the way for the innovative, risky dramas that are now a staple of premium cable networks like Showtime. Now, Showtime has come up with the perfect way to repay the favor: by bringing back the very show that started it all.
The network is reviving Twin Peaks, the hit 1990 ABC show about the search for the murderer of homecoming queen Laura Palmer, as a nine-episode “limited series,” airing in 2016. That will mark the 25th anniversary of its series finale, in which Palmer tells Agent Dale Cooper, as both are seated in the extradimensional Red Room: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” Show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch directing all of them.
"In some ways, Twin Peaks was the precursor to all of the high-quality, provocative serialized drama that we all do now,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s executive vice president of original programming, told Quartz. “So to go back to the OG of provocative, serialized drama seemed like a no-brainer. Twin Peaks always did and always will define cool, and that was just too tempting to turn away from.”
Lynch and Frost, who began kicking ideas around for a revival three years ago, met only with Showtime about the project, in large part because Levine was the executive who developed and oversaw Twin Peaks during the show’s run on ABC. The clincher, according to Frost: The famously quirky Lynch loved the artwork on the walls of Showtime Networks President David Nevins. (“I love that David said the art in my office was integral to him coming to Showtime,” Nevins told Quartz with a laugh. “It’s my sister-in-law, she’s the artist!”)