Grab a cup of coffee and brace yourselves, folks: we have a tentative premiere date for the new season of Twin Peaks. It was announced today during the Showtime panel at the Television Critics Association that filmmaker David Lynch is currently haflway through shooting the new episodes of Twin Peaks and that the show is slated to debut in the first half of 2017 on Showtime. Granted, that’s a ways off from the series’ initial airdate, but we’re lucky just to have Lynch at the creative helm of the new episodes, so I’ll settle for a delay + Lynch rather than on time without him.
Lynch teamed up with the show’s co-creator Mark Frost last year to put together 18 new episodes of the cult drama, with Frost writing every episode and Lynch directing, but once the scripts started coming in, issues with the budget put Lynch’s involvement in jeopardy. The Blue Velvet filmmaker threatened to walk if Showtime didn’t give the show’s revival the budget it deserved, but luckily everything worked out in the end with an expanded episode order.
But even as filming on Season 3 is halfway complete, Showtime is being incredibly secretive about what fans can expect from the new episodes. Even much of the casting has gone unconfirmed, but we do know that Kyle MacLachlan is reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper and Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sargaard, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Knepper have signed on in undisclosed roles. There’s even rumors that Lynch’s Blue Velvet star Laura Dern has signed on to play the famously unseen character of Diane, but again, that’s unconfirmed.
For now, we can rest easy knowing that assuming the rest of production and post-production goes smoothly, Twin Peaks will return sometime between January and June of 2017.
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