“Twin Peaks” revolutionized broadcast television when it first aired on ABC in 1989. Combining elements of traditional soap operas with a murder mystery and adding a supernatural twist, Mark Snow and David Lynch’s quirky atmospheric drama was an immediate hit with critics and audiences, and has spanned a cult following that has endured for decades.
The show — which focused on the aftermath of the murder of small town homecoming queen, Laura Palmer — will be returning as a Showtime limited series in 2017. Now, the official “Twin Peaks” YouTube channel has posted the first video from the series’ set, featuring new and returning cast members talking about their involvement with the project.
Series star Kyle Maclachlan, who is reprising his role as the wide-eyed special agent Dale Cooper, recalls how co-producers Lynch and Frost called him in and told him “there’s something happening here.” He goes on to discuss the experience of revisiting the story, adding, “There’s a freshness to it. There’s a lightness to it.”
An enthused Dana Ashbrook, who is returning as a grown-up version of the rebellious teenager, Bobby Briggs, says it feels like no time has passed.
Miguel Ferrer, who is back as Cooper’s cynical colleague, Agent Albert Rosenfield, recalls being asked whether he’d heard the rumours about the reboot and then being told that “they’re all true.” He futher explains that “it’s a big cast” and “a big story” and that “big things happen.”
New cast member Robert Knepper teases, “There are so many surprises in this show,” further fueling speculation that he will be stepping into the role of the demonic Killer Bob, who was originally portrayed by the late Frank Silva.
The clip closes with Maclachlan saying, “There’s no way to describe it… It’s been absolutely wonderful.”
The interviews are set against an ambient score by returning composer Angelo Badalamenti, who has brought back the string drones and reverb soaked guitars that gave the series’ original soundtrack its signature sound. They’re intercut with location footage that includes the unveiling of the iconic Twin Peaks sign from the opening credits, which disturbingly reads “Population 51,201,” exactly as it did when the series premiered 25 years ago. However, it is seen against a chainlink fence, rather than in its original location, and may be an antique in someone’s collection.
The “Twin Peaks” revival continues the story of the original series, and also stars Jim Belushi, Kimmy Robertson, Amy Shiels, James Marshall, Chrysta Bell, and Harry Goaz. The limited series is entirely written and produced by series co-creators Mark Snow and David Lynch, with Lynch directing every episode. It will air in 2017 on Showtime.
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