Golden Globes flashback: Will ‘Twin Peaks’ dominate in 2017 like it did in 1991?

Twin Peaks” ran for only two seasons from 1990-1991 on ABC. It centered on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and his investigation into the murder of a young woman in the strange town for which the show is named. However, after the mystery was solved halfway through the second season the ratings declined and the show was cancelled, but not before it swept the Golden Globes.

For its first year “Twin Peaks” scored four nominations: Best TV Drama Series, Best TV Drama Actor for MacLachlan, and Best TV Supporting Actress for both Piper Laurie and Sherilyn Fenn. Many hot shows win multiple Golden Globes, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association usually likes to spread the wealth, so most shows take home no more than two prizes. But “Twin Peaks” joined an elite group of shows to win three — every single category it was up for: Best Drama and acting trophies for MacLachlan and Laurie. But the Golden Globes can be fickle, so it was snubbed entirely for its second season — perhaps not surprising given its cancellation.

The show was the brainchild of Mark Frost and four-time Oscar nominee David Lynch (“Blue Velvet,” “Mulholland Drive“). But more than a quarter-century after the show died and went to television heaven, it found a new life and network (Showtime) and a new mystery to be solved. But will the revival have the same success at the Golden Globes?

This time “Twin Peaks” will compete as a limited series, and as of this writing it sits in third place with odds of 11/2 for Best Movie/Limited Series, trailing the recent Emmy winner “Big Little Lies” (8/5 odds) and “Feud: Bette and Joan” in second place (4/1 odds). In the race for Best Movie/Limited Series Actor MacLachlan is in second place with odds of 7/2, behind Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”) with odds of 5/2.

Both Laura Dern and Naomi Watts are eligible for Best TV Supporting Actress for their work in the series, but both have a lot of ground to cover to garner a nomination as they are both 100/1 underdogs. But Dern needn’t worry too much; she’s actually the frontrunner to win the award, but for “Big Little Lies” instead.

The prospects for “Twin Peaks” and its actors depend on how nostalgic the HFPA is feeling when they’re selecting their nominees — another revival, “Will & Grace,” faces the same dilemma. It’s a possibility that they may prefer a new series instead of a revival of a past drama series — the Globes don’t often look back once they’ve moved on. Perhaps they’ll feel they already honored “Twin Peaks” enough the first time around. But maybe they’ll be as eager to return as audiences were 26 years later.

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