“Twin Peaks” was created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. Frost recently said that the return of the series will not be on Showtime until 2017, according to IndieWire’s The Playlist blog. The last time Showtime addressed this issue, it said the show would be on-air in 2016.
The blog quotes Frost from recent remarks he made at National Baseball Hall of Fame, of all places:
““We had 32 hours back in 1991-92, and with my partner David Lynch we kind of blew open that genre of the nighttime soap and took it in a whole other direction. 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.”
The Playlist checked with the Hall of Fame to make sure Frost didn’t actually say 2016, and was told nope, the interview was recorded and Frost definitely said 2017.
Speculates The Playlist, “No reason is given for the change of plans which had the show dropping in 2016, but it might have to do with the new season expanding from nine to eighteen episodes. And given how painful it was locking Lynch into the contract in the first place, perhaps Showtime realizes there’s no sense in pushing him at this point.”
The Playlist had previously written about the 18-episode order at the end of May: “During the ‘Twin Peaks’ panel at Crypticon in Seattle, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee revealed two big pieces of news: there will be eighteen new episodes of “Twin Peaks,” all directed by David Lynch, and his longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti would be composing all new music.” On ABC ‘Twin Peaks” ran over two seasons. Season one had 8 episodes, season two had 22 episodes.
Entertainment Weekly, picking up the latest news several hours later, asked Showtime if it was true that the series would not debut until 2017: “When reached by EW, Showtime had no comment at the time of publication.”