‘Twin Peaks’ revival due to premiere this spring

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When “Twin Peaks” ended in June, 1991 there was hope in the air that another season would pick up. After 26 years off the air, the show is returning with a limited series that is scheduled to premiere on May, 21 on the Showtime network. Directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the show did well in the 1990s but after the ratings started declining during the second season, it was taken off the air. Despite this the show gained a cult following. “Twin Peaks,” set in the fictional sleepy Washington state town of the same name, follows the lives of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper portrayed by Kyle McLachlan as he is called in to solve the murder of small-town sweetheart and homecoming queen Laura Palmer. As Cooper embarks on his journey through “Twin Peaks” with coffee as black as midnight on a moonless night in hand he meets a series of quirky people from the town Sheriff Harry S. Truman to the enigmatic Log Lady whose log tells Cooper things important to the investigation. When the quirky characters are combined with a sleepy little logging town on the Washington-Canada border, one should expect the unexpected and the facade of the sleepiness to disappear. On top of that, the show combines elements of a crime drama, the supernatural and to some degree campiness and melodrama. While it might not seem like something that could work, Lynch and Frost brought all these elements together beautifully. Lynch’s other works such as “Eraserhead” (1977) and “Blue Velvet” (1986), both of which have cult followings like that of “Twin Peaks.” The original series won a handful of accolades, including three Golden Globes for Best Television Series- Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, and Best Performance by an Actress in a supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The show also won a couple of Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Editing for a Series- Single Camera Production and was nominated for countless other awards, including a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture for Television. With a fantastic cast of characters, unique location, an intense plotline and the genius of the combination of Frost and Lynch, “Twin Peaks” attracted a diverse audience leading it to be ranked as one of the top television dramas ever made on numerous lists in magazines and online. The cancellation of the show back in 1991 was a disappointment to those who had followed the show whether it was back then or by discovery on Netflix seeing as it ended with a cliffhanger. Frost himself told “The New York Times” “I said to David, ‘The way the show was left was unsatisfying for everybody — particularly us — and we have an opportunity to finish what we started.’ That was the thread that brought us to where we are now.” When it was announced in 2014 that Showtime was reviving the show as a limited series, fans of all ages rejoiced. In an interview with “Indiewire,” Showtime president David Nevins said “This version of “Twin Peaks” is the ‘pure heroin’ version of David Lynch, and I’m very excited to be putting that out.” With that reassurance in tow, the directing genius of Lynch, his and Frost’s writing talent and many from the original cast returning for the new season there is a lot of look forward to. For “Twin Peaks” fans the revival is something to look forward to as many hope to see the continuation of what the show left off at when it ended all those years ago. As for those who have yet to watch “Twin Peaks,” it is all on Netflix and absolutely worth binge watching before the new limited series premieres in less than a month. So mark your calendars for May, 21 and get ready for more of the beautiful peculiarity of “Twin Peaks.”

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