It is happening again. After years of waiting, audiences finally returned to the weird world of “Twin Peaks” Friday night at the world premiere of Showtime’s limited series revival. Gold Derby was on the red carpet in Hollywood, and we snagged interviews with returning stars Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Horse, Sheryl Lee, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Kimmy Robertson, and Wendy Robie, newcomers Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, and Robert Forster, and co-creator Mark Frost.
“Who killed Laura Palmer” was the question on everyone’s mind when “Twin Peaks” originally premiered on ABC in the spring of 1990. Paired with “Hill Street Blues” vet Frost, Lynch brought the surreal sensibilities of his films “Eraserhead” and “Blue Velvet” to the TV masses with the story of an FBI agent (MacLachlan) investigating the murder of a homecoming queen (Lee) in a small Pacific Northwestern town. The show was an instant success, snagging 14 Emmy nominations in its first season, including Best Drama Actor (MacLachlan), Best Drama Actress (Piper Laurie), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Sherilyn Fenn), Best Drama Directing (Lynch), Best Drama Writing (Lynch and Frost), and Best Drama Series, losing to “L.A. Law.” The pilot won trophies for its costumes and film editing.
Audiences were so mesmerized by its bizarre images and eccentric cast of characters that the show was granted a second season. Viewership began to wane, however, after the identity of Laura’s killer was revealed, and “Twin Peaks” ended with a finale that left many unanswered questions.
Those questions may be answered with Showtime’s revival, which picks up 25 years after the original left off. The run, which begins on Sunday, May 21, will consist of 18 episodes, all directed by Lynch and written by Lynch and Frost. Several of the original cast members have returned, and there are many newcomers, including Forster, Dern, and Chamberlain. While Gold Derby did view the top secret two-hour premiere, we cannot reveal any details (nor would we want to).
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