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 »
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It says a great deal about Kyle MacLachlan‘s work in Pixar’s Inside Out that I didn’t even recognize him at first as the voice of Riley’s father. I just accepted the character as exactly who the film presents him to be, without thinking of the actor behind the role. Some of that comes from the fact that MacLachlan isn’t part of the group of actors who regularly do voice roles, so I don’t expect him in animation. But he’s no stranger to animation (he was Superman!), and the strange rhythms of voice work clearly agree with him.
“Strange rhythms” could be a description for the actor’s career overall. After the David Lynch films Dune and Blue Velvet, MacLachlan created the unforgettable Special Agent Dale Cooper for Twin Peaks, and has gone on to build other memorable roles, from The Hidden to Portlandia, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, and even Showgirls. “Predictable” is not a word anyone could apply to MacLachlan’s choices.
In person, MacLachlan is exactly the thoughtful and attentive, quirky guy one might hope he’d be. Our conversation, prompted by his work in Inside Out, revolved around his personal quirks and rhythms, and touches upon a diverse set of career milestones, from his Pixar work to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, of course, Twin Peaks. 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 »
All week I’ve been thinking about Twin Peaks. As many TV networks and companies revealed their upcoming projects during upfront presentations in New York, I wondered if Twin Peaks was going to quietly disappear. Since Showtime doesn’t take part in upfronts, it seemed like news wasn’t likely to hit soon, but now we know that Twin Peaks isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it is getting bigger.
Twin Peaks was revived with a bang by Showtime, which planned a nine-episode limited series to be co-written and directed by David Lynch. But six weeks ago Lynch quit the show via Twitter, surprising everyone involved. Now he has announced that he’s back. Even more surprising: the show is now longer than nine episodes, and Lynch will direct it all. Read More »
The Twin Peaks revival has already turned really weird, and the show isn’t even shot — but this may not be the kind of weird fans were hoping for. David Lynch bowed out of directing the series a few days ago, citing Showtime’s unwillingness to commit the proper money “to do the script the way [Lynch] felt it needed to be done.” That came as a surprise to his creative partner, Mark Frost, and also to Showtime. The cable network is still trying to keep Lynch on board, and the cast is clamoring for his return, but whether the Twin Peaks negotiations will pan out is still open to question. Read More »
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Showtime’s new Twin Peaks series was just hit with a fate worse than finding a fish in the coffee or being possessed by a murderous spirit — David Lynch has publicly quit the show via Twitter. The director said that more than a year of negotiations had ended with Showtime unwilling to commit enough money “to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.” Showtime, however, says it is still trying to make the deal happen. So is Lynch really done, or is this a big “negotiating in public” ploy? Read More »
Two more original residents of Twin Peaks are going back to the town (or at least the show) for its return in 2016. Sheryl Lee, who played both Laura Palmer and Maddy Ferguson, was given the all-clear by writer/director David Lynch to announce that she and Dana Ashbook, who played Bobby Briggs, are both part of the cast for Twin Peaks season 3. Below, watch the pair announce that to an audience of Twin Peaks fans, in a Q&A that also suggests Sherilyn Fenn is set to return as Audrey as well. Read More »
He’s back! Special Agent Cooper returns in 2016 as Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his Twin Peaks role when the show returns to television for a third season on Showtime. MacLachlan’s return had been assumed when the third season was announced, but not confirmed until now. It was, after all, his character’s dream, pictured above, that helped lead to the very idea of the series’ return. In addition, the Showtime TCA panel provided confirmation (which we didn’t really need, but it’s nice to have) that David Lynch will direct all nine new episodes of the show. Read More »
Just in time to really get cord-cutters excited after this week’s news of HBO’s plan to offer internet-only subscriptions, CBS is launching its own all-access digital service. In fact, the project is called CBS All Access, and it launches today at CBS.com and via iOS and Android apps. Pricing info and more details are below.
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