The much longed for and highly anticipated Twin Peaks revival has certainly hit its fair share of bumps in the road; not least in April 2015 when showrunner David Lynch quit the promised third season amid his claims that Showtime would not give enough money to the project. Though that issue was resolved; resulting in more episodes than originally planned, it added a delay to proceedings.
Twin Peaks' third season was originally planned to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the end of the show, which is this year, 2016. However, Showtime altered the expected release date to 'sometime in 2017.' Filming started back in September, with all plot details being kept as a closely guarded secret. However, certain returning cast members (Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn among others) and new cast members names, have been revealed, including Amanda Seyfried and Laura Dern. Showtime also released a teaser for the return of the show, which was just as cryptic as one might expect.
Speaking at the TCA presentation, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins offered a further update on Twin Peaks' filming, as well as confirming when the show will arrive on our screens.
“I’m excited to tell you that David Lynch is now more than halfway through his shooting schedule, and the limited series will premiere in the first half of 2017.”
Nevins also went on to add that he had watched around 24 minutes of assembled footage, though it was not part of any specific episode since no episode is fully put together yet. He described the material as "stupendous" and "tremendously exciting," adding that it "felt like you were in the hands of a master."
Fans of Lynch's work will certainly attest to his ability to produce incredible work. Upon its original release, Twin Peaks was regarded by many to be a groundbreaking visual feast, with a quirky, sometimes disturbing and oftentimes comedic genre all of its own. A critical and commercial success, it quickly became a cult classic.
Though the delayed arrival date is a slight disappointment, it is at least a relief to fans to have Twin Peaks confirmed as arriving in the first half of next year. Of course, we can always hope that it might be the early part of this year too, but most people would agree that having waited 25 years already, another few months isn't going to be too hard. It's certainly better than not having a third season at all.
At the TCAs in 2015, Nevins announced the only confirmed returning cast member, MacLachlan, but this year he told press to expect no further announcements either at the TCAs or in the near future. Lynch, and co-writer Mark Frost are notorious for wanting to keep things under wraps and in the end, it makes the arrival of Twin Peaks season three even more longed for and exciting to watch.
Twin Peaks will return on Showtime in the first half of 2017. We'll let you know when an official date has been announced.