The news that David Lynch’s small town mystery series Twin Peaks is finally going to receive a third season on Showtime – with Kyle MacLachlan set to reprise his role as Agent Dale Cooper and showrunner David Lynch returning to direct the new episodes – has been a source of much excitement and speculation for fans. Unfortunately, one of the realities of reviving a show after 25 years is that some of the Twin Peaks actors, including Jack Nance and Don S. Davis, won’t be returning to the quiet logging town.
One Twin Peaks actor who is still going strong, however, is Californication star David Duchovny. Duchovny is best known for playing FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in sci-fi series The X-Files, which also has a long-awaited revival planned – but before he got the role that made him famous, he carried a DEA badge as Agent Denise Bryson in the second season of Twin Peaks.
Duchovny currently has a pretty busy career. His first novel, “Holy Cow”, is set for publication this week and he’s going to be playing the lead role in NBC’s new crime drama Aquarius. Nonetheless, Duchovny has said that he’d be happy to return for an X-Files miniseries – and in an interview with Vulture he responded positively when asked about the possibility of reprising his role as Agent Bryson.
“I think ‘Twin Peaks’ is happening for sure. I hope my character comes back, I think she does… And then ‘X-Files’ – Fox made some kind of shadowy announcement last week. Certainly, something’s happening. Something’s brewing. It’s like the Eagles’ greatest hits tour … by me.”
Agent Bryson was called to Twin Peaks to investigate her old friend Agent Cooper when he was framed for drug dealing. Cooper had originally known Denise when she was called Dennis Bryson, but after taking on the role of a transvestite for an undercover operation Bryson found that she felt much more comfortable in women’s clothing and changed her name to Denise – though she still occasionally went undercover as a man.
While Duchovny’s belief that Agent Bryson will be in third season of Twin Peaks isn’t a guarantee that the character will return, the fact that he “hopes” she’ll be included indicates that he’s ready to say yes if Lynch asks him to play the character again. The only challenge will be finding free time in Duchovny’s schedule, but with luck we’ll soon be able to find out if he still looks good in a wig and lipstick.
Twin Peaks season three will premiere on Showtime in 2016.