Showtime has locked in the leading man for its revival of the cult favorite Twin Peaks, and it’s a damn fine choice. Kyle MacLachlan will be back to reprise his role as quirky Special Agent Dale Cooper in the limited Showtime series due next year.
Official confirmation came Monday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, where MacLachlan made a surprise appearance to make the big announcement to the gathering of TV reporters.
Dressed as his cherry pie-loving, coffee-swilling FBI guy, MacLachlan strolled onstage during Showtime’s Executive Session to deliver “a damn fine cup of coffee” to Showtime President David Nevins.
Nevins then confirmed that MacLachlan will be leading the show (which is not a remake but a continuation of the Twin Peaks tale set in present day) and that he expects “lots” of other original cast members to be back as well.
“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks,” MacLachlan said. “We look forward to seeing all of you there. May the forest be with you.”
Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are also on board to write and executive produce all nine new episodes of Twin Peaks, with Lynch directing. Filming is scheduled to begin this spring, with an airdate slated for 2016, to coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary.
“I think it’s something they had been toying with for a long time,” Nevins explained, “and I think in David’s mind, 25 years was the magic number. I think he — you know, there's a reference in the original that ‘I’ll see you in 25 years,’ — so he pays attention to that kind of numerology in a big way.”
While plot points were not discussed, Nevins did say that Lynch and Frost intend to address some of the unanswered questions left as cliffhangers at the end of the original series, which ran from 1990-1991 on ABC.
“They have been very specific about promising closure, and I think that’s exciting,” Nevins told reporters. “From what I’ve seen, I think it’s going to live up to expectations and then some.”
Showtime will re-air the first two seasons of Twin Peaks in advance of the new episodes airing in 2016.