UPDATE: This morning, it was announced that Mark Frost and David Lynch are, indeed, bringing back the series for a nine-episode mini-series for Showtime. A YouTube video was released, teasing the return. It will take place 25 years after the events of the series finale in 1991 and all nine episodes will be written by Frost and Lynch. Lynch himself will be directing all nine episodes. Actor Kyle MacLachlan also tweeted out a hint he might be returning as Agent Cooper. That is great news for people like me who have wondered what happened with the characters after the cliffhanger ending of the series finale.
On Friday, David Lynch and Mark Frost, the guys who gave the world “Twin Peaks,” a brilliant show that really messed me up as a kid (if a backward talking dwarf dancing creepily to jazz music; a psychopathic demon-man who possesses people’s bodies and looks like a lost member of the Manson family; and a red curtained, zig zag floored alternate world that represents both heaven and hell is not disturbing to a 10-year-old, that kid has more problems than I care to think about).
Both Frost and Lynch, at exactly 11:30 a.m. (the same time Agent Cooper in the series arrives in Twin Peaks) tweeted: “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee.” A reference to what the Man From Another Place tells Agent Cooper in the Black Lodge.
This can also be seen as a reference to what Agent Cooper says in the show: “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” So that seems to fit in with the way the tweets were delivered.
In an age where cult TV shows are getting new lives via streaming services online (“Arrested Development” and “Community” come to mind) it is not unrealistic. Premium services like HBO or Showtime could also be interested in reviving the series.
The streaming route and premium would probably interest Lynch, who probably had felt restrained by the regular TV format back when the show came out. Having to cut shots and scenes short to accommodate commercials seemed to have rubbed him the wrong way, as did the network pressuring him and Frost to reveal who killed Laura Palmer during the second season.
Lynch never intended for that to be revealed. And in fact, after the show ended that mystery, its rating began to sink and the storylines became cringe worthy (especially that James-and-the-mistress thing). By the time the show began to find its footing again (the really, really good Windom Earle story arc), the show was sent to pasture.
Making things worse, Lynch attempted to save the show by ending it on cliffhanger. At the time, that seemed like a horrible idea. Then he followed up with the film, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” that confused and angered a lot of the fans by making it a semi-prequel (linear timeline in a Lynch project is not an issue to him), so that any real answers about that cliffhanger were kind of answered , but not really. Also, almost none of the show’s cast were in the final product, even though Lynch had filmed scenes with them. These can now be seen on the Blu-ray “Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery ” that contains the two seasons of the show and the movie.
So, could that cliffhanger finally be dealt with (seeing as Lynch never seems interested in resolution, so I won’t say “resolved”) by bringing the show back? Laura Palmer did tell Cooper in the Black Lodge she will see him again in 25 years, which would be very soon.