Update, 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6: TV writer Rob Owen’s full story on the “Twin Peaks” revival is now at this link.
Original post, 9:35 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6: Fans of “Twin Peaks” may be baking a celebratory cherry pie this morning: A new version of the offbeat mystery series is in the making, with a planned nine episodes to air on Showtime in 2016.
The original “Twin Peaks,” which was partially filmed in North Bend and Snoqualmie, lasted only two seasons on ABC in the early ’90s. But it set the stage for some of the more experimental, auteur-driven series of the current era.
TV writer Rob Owen, who contributes to The Seattle Times, asked a Showtime representative Monday morning whether the new series will be made in Washington. “Too early to say where it will be filmed,” was the response. “Stay tuned.” (Want to make some location suggestions to Showtime? Add them to the comments thread on this post.)
Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are behind the new venture. Lynch will direct all nine installments. The new episodes will be set in the present day, Lynch and Frost say, acknowledging the passage of time since the setting of the original show. That short-lived series starred Kyle MacLachlan (who now plays the mayor of “Portlandia”) as cherry-pie-loving FBI agent Dale Cooper, who sought to answer the puzzling question, “Who killed Laura Palmer”?
Here’s a video reminder of the strangeness that was the 1990-91 series. For a look at the trailer for the new show, see Moira Macdonald’s story.