The recently announced third season of Twin Peaks has had its fair share of drama. A contract dispute between Showtime and David Lynch held up production for a bit, and then Lynch said he wouldn’t be returning to direct the third season at all. The internet—and the cast—promptly freaked out. And then Lynch was like, “that gum you like is coming back in style” and announced he was coming back to his baby. (In this metaphor, Lynch is the gum.)
Then the third season got expanded from nine to 18 episodes, which is likely part of the reason behind the latest in Twin Peaks complications news: Co-creator Mark Frost has confirmed that season three will air on Showtime sometime in 2017, not 2016 as previously anticipated.
During a recent visit to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, Frost had a few words to say about Twin Peaks’ legacy:
We had 32 hours back in 1991-92, and with my partner David Lynch, we kind of blew open that genre of the nighttime soap and took it in a whole other direction…A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season three of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.
So all those people who changed their Facebook cover photos to recreations of the show’s title card that say “2016” instead of “Twin Peaks” should probably head to Photoshop. It’s going to be a bit of a wait until we can share a damn fine cup of coffee with Special Agent Dale Cooper again.