Sunday, May 21, marks the return of a legendary television series – Twin Peaks. Showtime’s two-part premiere for the 18-episode limited series starts at 9 pm ET/PT. Immediately following the debut, Showtime subscribers will be able to access parts three and four, which will air on its linear channel on May 28. Individual episodes will then premiere in subsequent weeks.
Twin Peaks became a campy, riveting television phenomenon when it debuted in 1990, red hot in the TV ratings at first but fizzling quickly after two seasons on ABC. In 1992, a prequel movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, likewise failed at the box office, generating only $4 million in the US for a film with a $10 million budget.
Nevertheless, over the next 25 years, the series sustained a cult following, leading to its ultimate revival as a Showtime series. David Lynch is back as director for all episodes, Mark Frost returns as Lynch’s co-showrunner, and several cast members revive their roles including Kyle MacLachlan as one of the most memorable FBI agents in TV or film history.
For those unfamiliar with the original’s plot, Agent Dale Cooper arrives in the fictional Northwestern town of Twin Peaks, Washington, to investigate the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The quirky and mysterious behavior of a lot the townsfolk makes for a lot of suspects — and the creepy and serene nature of the place itself creates mesmerizing atmospherics.
The answer to the question, “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” became a popular water cooler topic, but Lynch’s meandering path to that answer tested some viewers’ patience. Where was Lynch taking us?
Peaks‘ revival is evidence that the journey is far from over. To tease Peaks’ return, Showtime has released a three-part video series about the series, including interviews with Lynch, MacLachlan, and major producers who were inspired by the series such as Lost’s Damon Lindelof, Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter and Ray Donovan’s David Hollander. You can watch those videos below:
(Pictured below: David Lynch)
(Pictured below: Kyle MacLachlan)
(Pictured below: Kyle MacLachlan with fans)
Streaming subscriptions are available through Showtime.com for $10.99/month, as an add-on channel to Hulu and Amazon for $8.99/month, or through other services, mobile and connected devices at varying prices.
Subcribers can also stream the original two seasons of Twin Peaks at twinpeaksonshowtime.com.
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