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Showtime confirms Twin Peaks revival will air in first half of 2017

on August 11, 2016, 6:42pm

Sometime in the next 12 months, we’ll finally get to drink some damn fine coffee, eat a slice of cherry pie, and find out what’s been going on in Twin Peaks, Washington after all these years.

That’s because David Lynch’s long-awaited Twin Peaks revival will debut in the first half of 2017, Showtime Networks’ CEO David Nevins told reporters during the 2016 TV critics press tour Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Since Showtime green-lit the revival in late 2014, Twin Peaks has experienced its fair share of creative roadblocks. Most notably, Lynch temporarily walked away from the series due to a disagreement over the number of total episodes. He ultimately got his way.

According to Nevins, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost only recently finished principal filming after shooting the entire series as if it were one continuous film. Lynch is currently editing all that footage into individual episodes, though “we don’t even know how many episodes there will be,” programming president Gary Levine explained. Until they know that, Showtime won’t be able to nail down an exact premiere date.

Once ready, Nevins expects an “unconventional” release. “I think it is quite possible we’re not going to do a traditional release pattern. I’ve had a couple conversations with David. But I want to embrace the unexpectedness of it, so I could definitely see longer episodes or in terms of this question of how do we release it linearly and how do we release it for people who want to stream it; maybe there’s something different between the two.”

Reporters were shown a “behind-the-scenes reel” from the forthcoming season along with “interviews with some of the sprawling cast.” As previously reported, a mind-numbing total of 217 (!) actors are set to appear in the forthcoming series. Many will be reprising their original characters, including Kyle MacLachlan (FBI Agent Dale Cooper), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), David Patrick Kelly (Jerry Horne), Richard Beymer (Ben Horne), Miguel Ferrer (FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Log Lady (Catherine Coulson), Denise Bryson (David Duchovny), Gordon Cole (David Lynch), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), and Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Larence Jacoby).

A number of others will be visiting Twin Peaks for the first time, and there are some big names on the passenger list. Among them: musicians Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Sky Ferreira, Ruth Radelet, and Sharon Van Etten, as well as A-list actors like Amanda SeyfriedAshley Judd, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Monica Bellucci, and Tim Roth.

In anticipation of the new season’s airing, Death Waltz Records is reissuing the show’s original soundtrack on “damn fine coffee”-colored vinyl.