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'Twin Peaks': Showtime Revives Cult Classic for Short Series in 2016

By    |   Monday, 06 October 2014 07:28 PM

Laura Palmer has been dead for more than 20 years, but "Twin Peaks" is being resurrected on Showtime.

The cult classic, which ran for two seasons in 1990-91, is returning to cable TV with nine new episodes, scheduled to air on Showtime in 2016, the network announced Monday.

Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are writing the scripts, and Lynch is planning to direct.

Frost and Lynch tweeted a stylistic announcement Monday morning to announce the news. A trailer shows schoolgirl Palmer, played by Sheryl Lee, in front of a red background hauntingly staring into the camera. She snaps her fingers and the words "25 Years Later" then "2016" appear on the screen.

Fittingly, Palmer uttered the words "I will see you again in 25 years" in one of the final scenes of the original drama.

The new series is set in the present day and will explore storylines carved out during the first two seasons, when Palmer's murder was solved by coffee-drinking Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). Lynch and Frost have committed to giving long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion to the show.

Frost told Variety it remains to be seen whether the "Twin Peaks" revival will one-and-done or continue beyond the nine episodes.

"The proof will be in the pudding," he said. "If we have a great time doing it and everybody loves it and they decide there's room for more, I could see it going that way."

There was no word on which actors from the original series will return, though MacLachlan may be one, given his tweet Monday.

The early '90s program blazed trails in terms of how it portrayed the unraveling events of a murder mystery. It was a fast success, with a marketing campaign that asked the question, "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" Though it struggled to maintain strong ratings, it has attained cult status among faithful viewers.

A streaming deal with Netflix also helped attract a new audience. In July, the American Film Institute hosted a tribute ahead of the Blu-ray/DVD release of "Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery."

Other contemporaries tweeted their approval, with horror author Stephen King writing, "Holy s—, America! TWIN PEAKS is coming back next year, to Showtime! Agent Dale Cooper will drink more coffee!"

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