Showtime has lured filmmaker David Lynch back to television with a revival of Twin Peaks. The auteur director responsible for Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive now seems to believe that movies are no longer the primary place to find interesting visual stories. He says, “Cable television is the new arthouse.”
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Showtime‘s revival of Twin Peaks has been filming under an impenetrable veil of secrecy. Anyone who knows what’s going on with it isn’t talking and for all we know, those who came close to getting chatty were met with a mysterious “accident.” Even all of the casting news that has been steadily arriving over the past year has been met with total silence. Beyond original series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost writing the new season and Lynch directing every episode, almost nothing has been confirmed. Even the first trailer didn’t tell us anything.
And now production on the new batch of episodes has wrapped and Showtime has unleashed the full cast list…and it is a doozy. There are 217 names on this list, a combination of original Twin Peaks cast members and newcomers, movie stars and character actors, people who feel like they’d fit perfectly into Lynch and Frost’s crazy world and people who feel like they won’t work at all (which means they’re probably perfect for it).
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The new season of Twin Peaks is supposedly filming right now, but you wouldn’t know it. There is a dearth of solid information out there about Showtime‘s upcoming resurrection of David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s iconic series and the network has steadfastly refused to comment on the various cast members, old and new, who have reportedly joined the production. Laura Dern, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried, and Jennifer Jason Leigh have all reportedly been added to the cast, alongside original series stars Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Miguel Ferrer and Sherilyn Fenn, but only MacLachlan has been officially and publicly confirmed to be involved.
And now we have a new name to ponder as Lynch and Frost toil away in secret: Naomi Watts, a newcomer to the world of Twin Peaks but a veteran of Lynch’s special blend of weirdness.
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Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We’ve reached the point where things you used to love back in the day getting a big second chance have become commonplace. Oh, a Star Wars movie that seems to evoke the original trilogy? That’s nice. Six new hours of The X-Files? That’s good. Nothing is ever dead anymore – it’s just taking a little nap before it’s roused from its slumber, given a new coat of paint, and asked to win over the fans and attract new admirers. With all of that said: holy crap, Showtime is releasing a new season of Twin Peaks and David Lynch is directing it and everything! How’d that happen?
Anyway, the latest news to emerge from the ultra-secretive Twin Peaks camp is that Miguel Ferrer, who played FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld in the original series, is set to return for the new batch of a episodes.
For more on the Twin Peaks Miguel Ferrer casting, hit the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
It takes time to brew a damn fine cup of coffee, apparently. David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks limited series is now slated to premiere in 2017, rather than 2016 as previously expected. Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation (which owns Showtime), confirmed the Twin Peaks delay this week. More about the Twin Peaks 2017 release after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Twin Peaks just keeps getting more crowded. Jennifer Jason Leigh will appear in Showtime’s David Lynch revival, along with returning stars Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, and new stars Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, and Robert Knepper. In addition, there’s word Lynch wants to bring on Mulholland Drive star Naomi Watts. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The new Twin Peaks trailer is a teaser in just about every sense of the word. Consisting entirely of footage from the original series, it is nothing more than a reminder that yes, Twin Peaks is still coming back and yes, the original series really was that intoxicating and strange. However, we do know that Showtime‘s revival series won’t be a simple retread of past glories. After all, new actors are joining the show at a steady pace, with Peter Sarsgaard being the latest actor to sign up.
Watch the new Twin Peaks trailer and the learn the details of Sarsgaard’s casting after the jump!
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Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Showtime Networks President David Nevins spoke to the Television Critics Association today, and the premium network’s plans for a Twin Peaks revival was a significant part of his announcements. When he started taking questions, I asked him specifically what happened with writer/director David Lynch’s tweets in April, when the creator of the show said the Showtime series was moving on without him.
Lynch did return to the show, however and is now directing the entire series, with the official start of production set for September. The number of episodes is yet to be decided, as is the premiere date. Read More »
Twin Peaks isn’t just back — there’s more of it coming than anyone expected.
The return of Twin Peaks has already become a saga, with Showtime setting up a nine-episode third season to air in 2016, with David Lynch directing all episodes and co-writing with Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. Then Lynch bailed on the series, reportedly over budget and deal issues. But Showtime worked things out with Lynch, and the director returned, just in time for Showtime to announce the third season had expanded from its original nine-episode order.
We didn’t know much more than that. What would be the final Twin Peaks season three episode count? And who else will return to the series now that Lynch is fully on board? During a convention appearance, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn revealed some details. Notably, that the series order has doubled, and there’s a suggestion that Angelo Badalamenti, the musical voice of the show, is also coming back. Read More »