Get out the coffee, donuts and cherry pie, Twin Peaks fans. Dale Cooper just confirmed his involvement in the new Twin Peaks series at the 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour!
As Showtime president David Nevins took the TCA stage to talk about Twin Peaks and the rest of his network’s 2015-2016 slate on Monday, critics were treated to a surprise visit from Kyle MacLachlan, the actor who played Special Agent Dale Cooper, and he came bearing more than just a damn fine cup of Joe.
“I’m very excited to be coming back to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks,” MacLachlan told the TCA audience, before adding in a very Cooper-humoured way, “May the forest be with you.”
As Nevins moved into his executive session, he didn’t have much more to share about the future of the new Twin Peaks, but he did offer some details on how it all came to be initially. Apparently he met with David Lynch and the two immediately bonded over the creepy artwork in his office. But in truth, this is “David’s show” and “Mark [Frost’s] show,” with him just being the “grateful recipient of it.”
“I think it’s something they’ve been toying with for a long time,” Nevins explained on Monday. “They have been very explicit in promising closure. From what I’ve seen I think this is going to live up to expectations and then some.”
During a scrum following his session, Cinefilles got to talk to Nevins a bit more about Twin Peaks and it sounds like some groundwork has already been laid in terms of convincing other former Double R Diner visitors to join Cooper for another slice. “I expect he’s not the only original [person],” he said. “I expect there to be lots of the original cast back.”
Lynch and Frost certainly have some time to get the rest of the gang back together, seeing as Nevins shared that they won’t be shooting the new episodes, set to debut in 2016, for quite some time. “I don’t know if it’s going to be April, or June, or August, but in that area,” he told Cinefilles.
Not into Twin Peaks yet? The good news is your soon-to-be favourite show is going to be coming back into style before the 2016 season airs. In a press release accompanying the MacLachlan announcement, Showtime noted that they will air all previous episodes of Twin Peaks leading up to the premiere of the new ones.
Emily is covering the 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour live from the Huntington Langham Hotel from January 9 – 18. Tune in every day for new pieces and follow her tweets at @Cinefilles and @emilygagne