Don't expect another season of Twin Peaks anytime soon

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Aug 8, 2017

With only five more episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return left, fans are getting a little edgy, hoping for another season. What are the chances of that happening? At the Showtime TCA party, network president David Nevins told Deadline there has been “zero contemplation, zero discussion” about bringing the cult classic back for more episodes. “It was always intended to be one season.” Programming president Gary Levine did say that the “door is always open to David Lynch.”

This seems an almost ironic statement, considering the drama in getting the series up and running again 27 years after it initially aired. Showtime announced at the end of 2014 that they were going to do a nine-episode limited series run with original series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost writing the entire series, with Lynch directing in its entirety. Things started to go awry in spring the next year, with Lynch announcing he would not direct the show due to “budget constraints.” I like to think that fan outrage helped bring the two parties back to the table, and a month later, Showtime and Lynch had come to an agreement. It was soon revealed that the return of the series would include twice as many episodes as originally announced.

I have always assumed that once The Return was over, that was it; there would be no more Twin Peaks. Not because of the tremendous task of luring back former cast members, or directing 18 hours of programing – that all seems par for the course with Lynch. Lynch just never seemed like the kind of guy who would force more episodes of a series just because he was offered a lot of money or wooed into it. I assume that the revival series came about because one day Lynch woke up, had a great idea for how he could continue the story, and set about getting it made. No one came to Lynch, begging for more episodes of a show that is almost 30 years old.

Levine, who was an ABC executive when the original Twin Peaks aired on ABC in 1990, complimented Lynch on the revival season. “This was a Herculean effort. I’m not sure if any director has ever done 18 hours in a row of a series … It’s remarkable what he achieved,  fans are liking, it and for me that’s what’s satisfying.”