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PASADENA, California – While Showtime has kept many details of its upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival series close to the vest, it did discuss some new details at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday.
More than 25 years ago in 1990, “Twin Peaks,” a mysterious story set in a quaint Northwestern town rocked by a shocking murder, premiered. Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the series only ran for two seasons but went on to become a cult hit.
As if fans weren’t already excited about what to expect from the show, Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins described the upcoming David Lynch series in glowing terms.
“I think the ‘Twin Peaks’ you’re going to see is the pure heroin of David Lynch and I’m very excited to be putting that out,” Nevins said after announcing that Showtime had finally set a May 21 premiere date for the series.
In a surprise twist on Monday, Lynch, who wasn’t previously announced as part of the show’s panel, made an appearance at the press tour and got a chance to respond to Nevins’ earlier statement on the series.
“I hear heroin is a very popular drug these days,” Lynch joked.
If you’re dying to know more about Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival, here’s what the producers and cast discussed on Monday:
David Lynch is directing all 18 episodes.
It has been more than two decades since David Lynch has directed episodic television. When asked what fans should expect from his directing style for the “Twin Peaks” revival, he was fairly vague.
“First, it was just the same as all the others,” Lynch said. “I see it as a film, and film in parts is what people would experience. And it was a joyful, fantastic trip with this great crew and great cast. This word ‘expect’ is a magical word, and people expect things, and their expectations are met, hopefully, when they see the thing.”
Despite long days during the shooting of the series, star Kyle MacLachlan expressed his awe of Lynch’s work ethic.
“It didn’t matter how long [the shoot day was], he was there. He was always up, cheerful, and smiling and so were we,” MacLachlan said.
The production returned to shoot in Washington, the fictional setting and actual shooting location of the original “Twin Peaks.”
“[It was] both the same and different,” Lynch said of returning to Washington. “If you go back 25 years in any town and revisit it again, it’s that way. It’s many things remain the same. But also, you feel a change.”
There are dozens of new characters appearing in the revival.
In April, Showtime released a list of more than 200 cast members for its “Twin Peaks” revival. Among them are dozens of new characters that will be introduced. They’ll be played by both stars – such as Michael Cera, Jim Belushi, Laura Dern, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried, Balthazar Getty, Eddie Vedder, among many others – and newcomers.
“You try to get the right person for the part. That’s the rule,” Lynch said of the casting. “And so you meet people, you see pictures of people, you see videos of people, and you get a sense by looking at them and hearing them that they are right or wrong for this particular part, and that’s always the way it is.”
Only one season of the revival is planned.
When asked about further seasons of “Twin Peaks,” Lynch answered, “Before I said I wasn’t going to revisit it, and I did. You never say no. But right now there’s no plans for anything more.”
The 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” won’t be ignored by the Showtime revival.
“I could say it’s the story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days,” Lynch said of “Fire Walk with Me,” “and very much important for [the revival].”