Watch 'Twin Peaks' on Showtime this December
The 1991 finale of Twin Peaks promised we'd see the fictional Pacific Northwest town again — in 25 years. David Lynch and Mark Frost, the mad men behind the surreal serial drama, couldn't exactly deliver — the upcoming revival of the series will be released on Showtime sometime in 2017, 26 years after the original series finale — but until they do, the cable network has decided to make the first two original seasons available for streaming. Not only that, but they're also putting up Lynch's Oscar-nominated 1986 neo-noir Blue Velvet.
The first 30 episodes of Twin Peaks, which aired on ABC from 1990 to 1991, will be available to watch on Dec. 26 for subscribers through Showtime On Demand or its streaming service, Showtime Anytime. For those that don't want to wait until then, the first two seasons of Twin Peaks are already available to stream on Netflix.
ABC suspended Twin Peaks in the middle of its second season, ultimately canceling the series after moving it to a different night. Ratings had dropped, and the show's major plot point — the central mystery surrounding Laura Palmer's death — became increasingly convoluted. But given its initial popularity and its ascent into cult classic-hood, Showtime decided to breathe new life into series.
Unfortunately, a few issues interrupted the excitement over the revival. About five months after Showtime announced it would reboot Twin Peaks as a limited series, Lynch announced he was not content with Showtime's offer and was exiting the project.
Lynch eventually got what he wanted, because a little over a month later he said he was back on board.
The now 100% confirmed revival, which doesn't have an official release date but is expected in summer of 2017, will be written by both Lynch and Frost. There will reportedly be 18 episodes, all directed by Lynch. Impressively, most of the members from the original cast will return for this new production, including leads Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee. Showtime, Lynch and Frost have also recruited several impressive new faces for their revival: Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern and Michael Cera, just to name a few. Their specific roles in the series have still not been disclosed.
Showtime is also streaming Lynch's Blue Velvet. The film, which stars MacLachlan, Dern and Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini, earned Lynch an Oscar nomination for best director.
You can watch a trailer that tells you absolutely nothing about the new season of Twin Peaks below.