Twin Peaks novel

In the years after Twin Peaks, the show’s co-creator Mark Frost became a novelist. His first novel, The List of Seven, was published in 1993 and he has written several in the two decades since. Now, with a Twin Peaks revival on the way — a nine-episode third season will air on Showtime in 2016 — Frost is combining his interests in writing and television. A novel called The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks will explore the lives of characters from the show in the 25 years between when it went off the air and the planned revival, and perhaps also tell some deeper secrets.  Read More »

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Twin Peaks returns

“It is happening again.” The giant said those words on Twin Peaks over 20 years ago, and now creators Mark Frost and David Lynch are following through on that idea. Now Twin Peaks returns in 2016 with a nine-episode limited series on Showtime. Frost and Lynch will produce and write all nine episodes, and Lynch will direct the entire series. The show will not be a reboot; this series plans to continue the story left unfinished decades ago. Read More »

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On the Air, the second show from Twin Peaks creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, barely registered in the public consciousness when it premiered on ABC in 1992. The show’s seven episodes are now available on YouTube, and did the rounds at the very end of last year.

There’s a reason the show had little post-broadcast life and is all but forgotten: it isn’t very good. An attempt to create a zany behind-the-scenes look at live TV comedy in the late ’50s, On the Air is a bit like David Lynch doing 30 Rock. While the show did have the input of Twin Peaks creators Frost and Lynch, it stalled quickly, sliding into repetition and stale gags. Seven episodes were shot, but only three aired.

But wait! I didn’t write this piece just to say “here’s a thing, it’ kinda sucks.” In fact the pilot, written by Frost and Lynch and directed by Lynch, is actually pretty terrific. (In 1997 it was ranked squarely in the middle of a list of the 100 best TV episodes ever made.)

Now, Twin Peaks is in the ether again. David Lynch is evidently shooting something Peaks-related next week, which is probably a web-bound promo for the complete box set we know to be coming later this year. So it’s a good time to revisit On the Air. Because whatever intentions Frost and Lynch may have had, that first episode is like one long dream sequence that reconfigures and laughs at the whole experience of creating Twin Peaks. Read More »

Every once in a while a strong rumor surfaces about the possible return of Twin Peaks, which was a TV smash in 1990 and then fizzled out in a truncated, unresolved second season the following year. Despite the fact that David Lynch seems more interested in music than anything else of late, recent comments from his Peaks co-producer Mark Frost vaguely suggested a possible return for the show.

Then, on New Year’s Eve, an anonymous comment on 4chan (yeah, seriously) led to a widespread rumor that Lynch and Frost had met with NBC about reviving the show. (Despite the fact that ABC originally aired the series.)

Now Frost has spoken up to push the rumor way back from reality — the reality being that Peaks is still dead and likely to stay that way. Read More »

Disney has obtained the movie rights to Agatha Christie‘s amateur sleuth character Miss Marple, who has appeared in twelve of Christie’s novels. Traditionally, Miss Marple has been an elderly English woman who enjoys knitting and weeding, and whose harmless-looking exterior hides a sharp, logical mind. In fact, a large part of the fun of the character is the discrepancy between the assumptions you’d make from her outward appearance and her true nature as a shrewd detective.

Naturally, then, the obvious casting choice for the role of Miss Marple would be Alias star Jennifer Garner. Wait, what?

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