Twenty-six years after leaving viewers hanging, “Twin Peaks” is finally returning to the airwaves. While the original ran for two seasons on ABC, this 18-hour update is slotted for Showtime beginning with a two-hour premiere on May 21. To whet our appetites, the paycaster is airing the original series and just released a teaser for the new edition (watch above).
Kyle MacLachlan returns as 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.
Even though “Twin Peaks” had a short run, its reputation has grown in the more than quarter-century 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.
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