PSA: We can still have nice things. Showtime didn’t release any new clips of Season 3 of Twin Peaks at their TCA panel yesterday, BUT, the man himself, David Lynch, dropped by for a surprise visit. Of course, the famously tight-lipped director revealed very little about what would be in store for the long-awaited thrid season of his enigmatic drama, but at least we know when it’ll arrive and how long it’ll stay!
The sleepy, supernatural town of Twin Peaks will welcome visitors once more on May 21st, for 18 glorious episodes. Normally, an episode count would be released before production even began, but Lynch filmed Season 3 as though it were one long movie and then cut it up into standalone episodes once shooting wrapped. Apparently even he didn’t know how many episodes there would be until post-production finished. More power to him–the more creative leeway Lynch is allowed, the better. He’s also reprising his role as notoriously hard-of-hearing FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole:
Season 3 will have a two-hour premiere on the 21st, followed by the immediate release of episodes 3 and 4 on Showtime’s over-the-top streaming service (available as a Hulu add-on for $10.99 a month). The other 14 episodes will air on Showtime on a traditional week-to-week basis from that point on.
As to the season’s subject matter, next to nothing is known aside from the time-frame and what characters will be returning. The only information Lynch has let pass through is that the series will focus on Kyle MacLachlan’s experiences as he returns to the town of Twin Peaks, 25 years after the events surrounding and immediately following the death of one Laura Palmer.
But Agent Dale Cooper won’t be the only familiar face you’ll see come May–the past few months have been rife with good news about former cast members signing on to appear in Season 3. Sherilyn Fenn, Grace Zabriskie, David Duchovny, Wendy Robie, Mädchen Amick and James Marshall, to name a few. Oh, and as promised…
Notable new additions include Ernie Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Michael Cera and Lynch film alums, Naomi Watts (Mulholland Dr.) and Laura Dern (Blue Velvet, Inland Empire).
If you’re new to Twin Peaks or haven’t seen it in ages, now’s the time to get to work on a rewatch. Showtime’s president David Nevins made it very clear that this project was “David Lynch on heroin” and would reward “close-watching”–stands to reason you’ll need all the context you can get. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available to stream on Hulu–as for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the prequel detailing the last seven days of Laura Palmer’s life, you’ll have rent or buy it on Amazon or… get creative. Make sure you find a way, though–Lynch himself said the film is “very important” to the follow-up.
As for whether or not there would be further seasons, Nevins left the door open, but made sure to point out that Season 3 is “is designed to be close-ended, one-time event.”
Season 3 of Twin Peaks premieres May 21st on Showtime.
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