Well this is fantastic, if not entirely unexpected, news. It turns out that Kyle MacLachlan will indeed be reprising his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper when a new season of Twin Peaks airs on Showtime in 2016. Director and co-creator David Lynch tweeted out a photo of him in costume just a little while ago, and that tidbit was followed up with an official confirmation from the network. Of course co-creator Mark Frost had previously hinted that we’d be seeing some recurring characters, but this is the first out and out confirmation that our favorite FBI agent will be returning.
Now comes the part I’m really curious about. At the end of the second season of Twin Peaks, McLachlan’s character wasn’t really doing all that well. Did he make a full recovery? Is he still harboring some inner “Bob?” I guess we’ll know next year. Hit the jump for more on Kyle McLachlan rejoining Twin Peaks.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) January 12, 2015
Here’s the full press release:
Golden Globe winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper when the critically-acclaimed, ground breaking television phenomenon TWIN PEAKS returns as a new limited series on SHOWTIME. 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 Showtime Networks President David Nevins and MacLachlan at the Television Critics Association’s annual Winter Press Tour.
As the star of TWIN PEAKS, MacLachlan received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. MacLachlan other television credits include The Good Wife, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sex and The City, Desperate Housewives, Believe, How I Met Your Mother, Portlandia, In Justice and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. MacLachlan made his feature film debut in 1984 in the futuristic drama Dune, directed by David Lynch. This was followed by his second collaboration with Lynch in 1986 in Blue Velvet. His other feature film credits include Mao’s Last Dancer, The Doors, Breathe In, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Hamlet, Timecode, One Night Stand, The Trigger Effect, The Flinstones, The Trial and the cult classic Showgirls. MacLachlan made his directorial debut in 1993 with an episode of the darkly comic hit series Tales from the Crypt.
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…