When Showtime first announced its plans for a third season of Twin Peaks, back in October 2014, it surely could not have foreseen the endless snags in the road for the cult show’s return. As has now been well-documented, co-creator and director David Lynch quit the project back in April, after a year and four months of negotiations, citing Showtime’s unwillingness to commit enough money for the scripts to be done the way Lynch had envisioned.
Showtime boss, David Nevins, was not to be deterred, however, and pushed forward with negotiations. The final result: Lynch was brought back on board (presumably with a whole load more money) and the original series order was doubled from 9 episodes to 18, with Lynch directing every one.
Twin Peaks season three was slated to air in 2016 (twenty-five years after the show's second season aired), and indeed an intended book from co-creator Mark Frost was also set to be released, spanning the events that have taken place in the eponymous town since the murder of Laura Palmer. However, recent comments from Frost have revealed that fans’ wait might be a little longer than anticipated, since the third season now won’t appear on our screens until 2017.
Speaking on a visit to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Frost discussed the return of the show in an interview posted on the hall’s website.
“A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season three of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.”
There was no explanation offered for the delay, but one can assume that due to hold ups in negotiations, everything else has also been pushed back. Despite having secured most of the original cast to return, shooting for Twin Peaks’ third season won’t begin until September, and with the huge episode order, that would not give the Twin Peaks team long to get the episodes to air.
Frost makes a valid point about the show needing to raise the bar, and though this delay is no doubt frustrating, it might well be better to take the time to ensure Lynch gives us 18 well-rounded and well thought out episodes. When Twin Peaks first aired in 1990, there was absolutely nothing like it at all. It really was ground-breaking and divisive television; certainly not to everyone's tastes. Since then, shows such as The X-Files have infiltrated the mainstream subconscious, and there is a wide range of shows available across all networks and streaming services (such as Wayward Pines, The Walking Dead and Supernatural), which all mean that viewers expect and demand more from their supernatural TV thrillers.
There is no specific date in 2017 given for Twin Peaks season three, so it is a possibility that the series could return at the very start of 2017 - but even so, it’s still another blow to the very dedicated fanbase who are eager to see this show return. Many questions surround Twin Peaks (as has always been the case), and it will be interesting to see what (if any) clues we can gather when filming starts.
Twin Peaks season three will air on Showtime in 2017.
Source: Mark Frost