Kyle MacLachlan's 'Agent Dale Cooper' Returning to 'Twin Peaks'

Twin Peaks revival to air on Showtime in 2016

Last year, fans were stunned when series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced that after two decades, they would be returning to Twin Peaks. Rumors have circled about a possible resurrection of the series for years, but for one reason or another, it seemed that fans' time with the mountain town's residents was well and truly over. Right up until the moment that Showtime went all-in on airing a brand new, 9-episode season.

If that wasn't enough, the deal came with confirmation that Lynch and Frost will personally write and produce every episode, and that Lynch will step behind the camera as director for the entire season. Today, another crucial piece of the Twin Peaks puzzle was filled in, as series star Kyle McLachlan revealed that he would return as Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Premiering in the spring of 1990, Twin Peaks created a cultural phenomenon in a way that few network TV dramas have done before or since, captivating audiences with the twists, turns, and curve balls thrown at Agent Cooper during his investigation of Laura Palmer's brutal murder. Outside of the central mystery itself, viewers found themselves entranced by the general undercurrent of Lynchian weirdness running through Twin Peaks' veins, never knowing what oddball detour the show would venture off into next.

While the initial 9-episode season was indeed a smash success, Twin Peaks would sadly not be able to maintain those highs for too much longer. With a full 22-episode second season came network and studio pressure to reveal the identity of Laura Palmer's killer. Lynch and Frost resisted, but eventually were badgered into wrapping up the mystery.

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