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Twin Peaks': a first look before filming begins
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Twin Peaks': a first look before filming begins

13.08.2015 From our online archive
One of David Lynch's rare contributions to the world of television, "Twin Peaks" will make a return in 2017, maybe as early as 2016, with a third season set to air on Showtime.

(AFP) One of David Lynch's rare contributions to the world of television, "Twin Peaks" will make a return in 2017, maybe as early as 2016, with a third season set to air on Showtime.

To announce the start of filming, scheduled for September, the premium cable channel is giving eager fans a first look at the project.

A cup of black coffee with the Twin Peaks woods seen inside. Elementary and yet effective this one image brought joy to fans of the David Lynch series who had lost hope of one day seeing new episodes of this unique show.

The third season, 25 years after the last, will unveil its first images next month, shot by David Lynch himself. The director will film the new show in one go and will cut it into different episodes during the editing process. At present, the exact number of episodes is yet to be determined. The only certainty is that there will be more than nine.

The original cast will return for this unexpected reunion. Viewers will thus get another dose of Kyle MacLachlan as FBI agent Dale Cooper, the role that propelled him to fame. Since then, the actor has appeared in numerous shows, including "Sex and the City," "Desperate Housewives," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Good Wife" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Cult status in just two seasons

Created in 1990 by David Lynch and Mark Frost, "Twin Peaks" billed itself as an upgrade to American soap operas. In tune with the director's films, such as "Blue Velvet," the show was a mix of police suspense and onirism, reality and fantasy.

Filled with references to television ("The Fugitive," "Dallas," "Charlie's Angels"...) and film (Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Otto Preminger...), "Twin Peaks" stands alone as the most creative show of the '90s.

It aired on ABC, but despite drawing in 20 million viewers for the pilot and multiple petitions for a continuation, the network pulled the show after two seasons because of declining numbers.

Fans were somewhat consoled in 1992 with the release of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," a film by David Lynch that focused on the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer, the young student found dead in the first season.