Mysterious, mind-boggling “Twin Peaks” finished its television return Sunday night on Showtime. Over the course of the 18 summer installments, our forums posters reacted as if it was either one of the best or worst programs they have ever seen, but there were very few that were apathetic. Since its summer run meant it could not qualify for the 2017 Emmy Awards, the first chance to judge the show will be at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards, and other guild ceremonies in December, January and February. Showtime will enter “Twin Peaks” as a limited series at these upcoming events rather than as a drama, as was the case for its initial ABC version that ran from 1990 to 1991.
The program created by film director David Lynch and Mark Frost had quite an unusual life cycle. The first season built in viewers and intrigue from week to week as FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) investigated who killed Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in the small Washington town of Twin Peaks. Fans were disappointed by a first season finale that did not answer that question, and many were gone by the end of the second and final season.
MacLachlan and many others from the original series returned 25 years later. The focus for upcoming awards shows would most likely be MacLachlan as the only lead, with Lynch veterans and Peaks newcomers Laura Dern, Robert Forster, and Naomi Watts as possible supporting picks (but not at SAG which doesn’t offer TV supporting categories). Lynch directed every installment this time, so he might be a good bet with the Directors Guild, as would co-writers Lynch and Frost with the Writers and Producers Guilds.
For the original on ABC, the first year of “Twin Peaks” brought 14 nominations at the Emmy Awards with two wins (Costume Design, Single Camera Editing). Among the others that year: Best Drama Series, Best Actor (MacLachlan), Best Actress (Piper Laurie), Best Supporting Actress (Sherilyn Fenn), Best Directing, and two for Best Writing. The following year created a huge dip to just four bids, for MacLachlan, Laurie (supporting this time), Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
At the Golden Globes, the show won for Best TV Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (MacLachlan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie), and had a nomination for Fenn. Lesli Linka Glatter competed at the DGA Awards, and composer Angelo Badalamenti picked up a bid at the Grammy Awards. The SAG Awards did not yet exist until 1995.
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