“Revisiting all this territory, there’s a freshness to it. There’s a lightness to it,” says actor Kyle MacLachlan about the cult TV classic “Twin Peaks,” which aired on ABC for two seasons from 1990 to 1991 and is about to make its comeback on Showtime in 2017. He joined the rest of the cast to tease “Twin Peaks” in a new featurette released by Showtime on October 18 (watch above).
MacLachlan adds, “We knew it was going to be special. We just didn’t know in what form or how. There’s nothing I can say to describe it — it’s been absolutely wonderful.” MacLachlan plays Special Agent Dale Cooper, an FBI investigator who first visited the title town to solve the murder of a young woman named Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).
But the mystery was never as straightforward as that; co-created by David Lynch, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind such head-trip movies as “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” the series incorporated dark and surreal elements and left viewers hanging on an eerie cliffhanger with Agent Cooper laughing maniacally in a bathroom mirror when ABC cancelled the series after its second season.
But even though “Twin Peaks” had a short run, its reputation has grown in the years since it went off the air. It made TV Guide’s list of the 50 best TV shows of all time in 2002. Then it made Time’s 2007 list of the 100 best shows. And in 2015 the Hollywood Reporter polled industry insiders who named it the 20th best show ever.
So will the “Twin Peaks” Showtime revival live up to more than a quarter century of anticipation? Insists co-star Miguel Ferrer, “It’s a big cast, a big story, big things happen.”