The impending return of Twin Peaks has been the center of much media attention and scrutiny leading up to the revival's official start of production. Although Lynch briefly left the project amid negotiations regarding the revival's creative direction as determined by its duration, the third season of the former ABC program finally appears to be coming together in a big way.
With series star Kyle MacLachlan returning, along with many featured players from the original cast, and at least two new co-stars -- namely, Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Jason Leigh -- Showtime has been teasing fans of the surreal police-procedural for quiet some time now, though eager viewers may have to wait a little bit longer than most recently projected.
Despite Showtime's desire to premiere the show in 2016, the latest word from Variety has it that season 3 will now air in 2017, according to statements made by CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves during the network's third-quarter earnings conference call. Reportedly, the move is being made in order to make good on Showtime's new standalone broadband offering.
Moving the show back a year from an earlier 2016 release date is not entirely unexpected, however, as series co-creator Frost predicted the show would ultimately air in 2017 back in July 2015. Likewise, Showtime chief, David Nevins, admitted at the Television Critics Association that the return of the show might be later than expected, making this final push-back a turn of events not all that surprising for those who have been following the developments of the series' continuation closely.
Then again, if the show were to premiere in 2016, it would mark twenty-five years since the last episode was broadcast on ABC, a turn of fortuitous happenstance that would make such a date attractive for all parties involved. Given the recent announcement, an unnamed Showtime rep made it known that the show might still premiere ahead of 2017, though for now fans will have to prepare for two more years of more waiting for a resolution to the unsolved murder of Laura Palmer.
The third season of Twin Peaks will premiere on Showtime sometime in 2017.