David Lynch and Mark Frost's 'Twin Peaks' to Return to Television in 2016

L to R- Eric Bressler, David Lynch and Robert Hakalski at PhilaMOCA, Phila PA - Photo ©A.D. Amorosi 2014
David Lynch (center) at an appearance in Philadelphia, PA, with Eric Bressler, owner of PhilaMOCA (left), and photographer Robert Hakalski (right)

After dropping hints over summer 2014, David Lynch and Mark Frost – creators of the mysterious Twin Peaks television series – revealed it would again hit the airwaves in 2016 on Showtime, 25 years after the original ABC series ended. Lynch and Frost have mentioned revisiting the spooky show in various interviews of late, noting a scene in Twin Peaks where “Laura Palmer,” the good-girl-gone-bad character whose murder was the series’ starting point, stated "I'll see you again in 25 years." She wasn’t kidding.

On October 6, Frost sent out a Tweet linked to a video of “Palmer” looking into the camera before the words “25 years later” then “2016” are superimposed around the famous “Welcome” sign to the town of Twin Peaks. Further confirmation came via a press statement from Showtime president David Nevins: "What more can I say – Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016! 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.'"

Even before the recent Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, rumors surrounded the future fate of Lynch and Frost’s creation, both the influential ABC series, Twin Peaks (two seasons, 1990-91), and its cinematic prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). The original show ended with "Agent Dale Cooper" (Kyle MacLachlan) stuck in the netherworld of the Black Lodge. I recently spoke with Frost about the Blu-ray box set and the rumors that a third season of Twin Peaks was imminent in accordance with the fate of its hero. “Never say never,” he answered. And, when Lynch himself made appearances at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Art (for the opening of “The Unified Field” a retrospective exhibition of his paintings and installations at his alma mater), he was coy about Twin Peaks’ eventual fate. “You never know,” he said.

There’s little word about Twin Peaks 2016, other than that it will go into production in 2015, that Lynch will direct all nine episodes of the series which he and Frost will write, and that the new season would be set in the present day. As for its cast, MacLachlan has weighed in with his own Twitter hint: “Better fire up the percolator and find my black suit” he wrote, referencing his character’s fondness for "damn good coffee."

Photo ©A.D. Amorosi 2014

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014