For a while there, the return of Twin Peaks with a revival series on Showtime was the most anticipasted TV event of 2016 ... until we found out we wouldn't see it in 2016. Then it became one of the most exciting genre projects of 2017, but we still didn't have that elusive release date. Now, we finally know when Agent Cooper and company will be returning to our lives.
During Showtime's presentation at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour on Monday, network president David Nevins revealed that Twin Peaks will return with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21, with the third and fourth hours of the new series arriving immediately after the premiere on Showtime's streaming platform. Nevins also made the length of the series official: 18 hours, all directed by co-creator David Lynch.
"David Lynch is one of the great film masters of my lifetime," Nevins said. "I think this is the pure heroin version of David Lynch and I'm excited to put it out."
As expected, Nevins was tight-lipped about the plot of the series, and stressed that trailers likely wouldn't tell us much either, he did note that "the core of it is Agent Cooper's odyssey back to Twin Peaks."
"I don't know whether we’re going to have a traditional trailer," Nevins said. "You might start seeing some filmed pieces coming out but there definitely won't be trailers that give away all the big plot points as is traditional in the movie business."
So, now that we know when the show will finally be back, the question remains: Is there room for more Twin Peaks beyond these 18 hours? While Nevins didn't specifically rule it out, he did sound like the network isn't counting on it.
"It’s designed to be a close-ended one-time event," he said.
Twin Peaks returns, with plenty of old friends and a lot of new ones, in a little over four months.