Damn fine news for Double R Diner regulars! That cult ’90s TV drama you like is about to come back in style! Rumour has it David Lynch and Mark Frost are seriously considering returning to the birth and death place of poor Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks.
(We’ll give you a moment to cuddle your beloved log, do your best Red Room dance and put a party hat on Leo. Done? Can we cut the cherry pie now?!)
While nothing has been officially confirmed, several extremely positive recent developments point to the entirely (sur)real possibility that Laura and the rest of Twin Peaks’ quirky inhabitants could be revived and reintroduced to modern audiences. As you may recall, the wonderful and strange two-season wonder followed pie, coffee and Douglas-fir-obsessed FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) as he investigated the murder of a teenage girl (the aforementioned Laura, played by Sheryl Lee), among other odd town goings-on.
First extremely positive development: a rumour that Lynch has met with NBC about bringing the show back for Season 3. A now-dead link circled Twitter recently, featuring a report from an alleged meeting Lynch had with the Peacock peeps.
Since the alleged source remains anonymous, it’s unclear if any of this is real. But if is, Lynch is thinking of bringing the show back right after the events of the series finale, possibly following a (SPOILER ALERT!) BOB-possessed Cooper, as well as a new female reporter assigned to the Peaks beat. He also wants the entire original cast back and to retain the same, overtly odd vibe of the first two seasons.
Although this all seems a little far-fetched, especially considering NBC’s involvement (the show originally ran on ABC, and NBC is all over the straight-forward comedy right now), there are also some rays of hope coming our way from Frost. In a recent interview the co-creator did with Sci-Fi Now magazine, he hinted at a continuation of the show.
“If we ever do decide to move forward, I know we have a rich trove to draw from,” Frost told Sci-Fi Now. “[It's] something [David and I] talk about from time to time.”
Back in the early ’90s, Frost and Lynch had envisioned the series as a five-year project. They apparently had a plan for Season 3 too, having to leave it behind when the show was cancelled.
Frost’s current ideas for Season 3 are slightly different from those heard by the anonymous NBC meeting lurker mentioned above. He apparently wants to see the show fast-forward 25 years, around the time of Cooper’s infamous Red Room-set dream about Laura. We don’t know about you, but we’d bend our arms back to see that!
While everything is speculation for now, remember that Twin Peaks has been continued before, with Lynch directing and writing a prequel feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. That film took fans back to Laura’s pre-wrapped in plastic days, when she began getting terrorized by the elusive BOB.
Furthermore, TV seems really into reviving fan favourite TV series these days. Just look at TNT’s Dallas. And we know for sure that MacLachlan would be on board with the new show. He’s the one who famously suggested Twin Peaks continue as a web series. Plus, a few months back, he told TV Guide Canada that Twin Peaks would have fared well in the modern cable climate.
“I think it would have done well,” MacLachlan said. “If you look at what television was when Twin Peaks was on and what it’s become, it’s really changed. It’s come so far in what’s available and what people are attempting.”
“I’d like to think that Twin Peaks was a little moment in time that ticked the dial forward.”
Let’s hope NBC, or whatever network is in on this secret plan (The real BBC – The Bookhouse Boys Club?), is ready to put that dial back to good, eerie work.