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Last October, news broke that Showtime would be producing nine new episodes of the hit 90s series Twin Peaks, co-written by Mark Frost and David Lynch (the series’ original creators) and directed by Lynch. Predictably, there was much celebration, seeing as the original series, which ran for two seasons and ended back in 1991, ended on a major cliffhanger.
But, even though the announcement was met with excitement, there was still an air of mystery. Would the original characters appear on the revival? Would there be a chance for additional seasons? When would the show air? Well, at the Showtime TCA panel this week, answers to those questions began to take shape.
First, the logistics. According to Showtime president David Nevins, Twin Peaks will begin shooting later this year and will air on Showtime in early 2016, meaning that the series will officially return to the air 25 years after it left. The show will be a close-ended series, meaning that it will only be nine episodes with no additional episodes planned. And, for those worrying about a repeat of the show’s initial ending, Nevins stated that Lynch and Frost have told him the nine episodes will provide closure.
As for which original characters will be returning to the wonderfully strange world of Twin Peaks, the first cast member of the series was also revealed at the TCA panel: Kyle MacLachlan will be reprising his role of Agent Dale Cooper. MacLachlan was the heart and soul of the original series, and many assumed he would return, but this official confirmation is cause for celebration. For those who might have missed the series the first time, there’s still time to catch-up before next year: the entire series is currently available on Netflix.