This week's Entertainment Weekly will be graced by the stars of Showtime's highly-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, with three separate covers that form a triptych image. The first part of the triptych features Wendy Robie, Everett McGill and James Marshall, with Sheryl Lee, David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan and Sherilyn Fenn featured in the second, and Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook and Penny Lipton featured on the final cover. Kyle MacLachlan was the first actor confirmed, coming back to reprise his original role as Special Agent Dale Cooper. With a number of other original stars returning, most assumed they would be playing their original characters, but that isn't exactly the case.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan and many others. While Showtime initially ordered a nine-episode season from David Lynch and series co-creator Mark Frost, it was later rumored that it would be an 18-episode season, which was eventually confirmed. It was also learned much later on that both David Lynch and Mark Frost had written one massive script, which would be filmed as a gigantic movie and then cut up into individual episodes during post-production. Here's what Kyle MacLachlan had to say about the experience of just reading this massive script, which David Lynch himself describes as, "A feature film in 18 parts."
"I think it took me six hours and a few cups of coffee to read. But it was wonderful."
Kyle MacLachlan's Special Agent Dale Cooper was featured in the show's notoriously infuriating series finale cliffhanger, where he ventured into The Black Lodge, which leads into an entirely new otherworldly realm, where he was assaulted by his doppleganger, who took his place in the real world, controlled by the succubus known as BOB, played by the late Frank Silva. When asked if fans will finally get some clarity regarding the events of the series finale, Showtime president David Nevis had this to say.
"Twin Peaks is a cosmology. What I think is satisfying about the new version is that it's a deeper exploration of that stuff. What is the Red Room? How does the Red Room work? Where is Agent Cooper? Can he make it back?"
EW has also released new photos, which offer a first look at David Duchovny, who returns as DEA Agent Denise Bryson, along with more glimpses at the stars featured on the trpitych cover. EW also caught up with Kyle MacLachlan and Sherilyn Fenn, who both revealed their favorite moments from the original series. Here's what Sherilyn Fenn had to say about her favorite moment, from an early Twin Peaks episode, where her character Audrey Horne broke into an impromptu dance.
"The dancing scene, the day of it, David showed up and said, 'Alright, everybody get a cappucino, we're rewriting the scene, and Audrey, you're gonna dance at the end.' And I was like, 'Whaaat?'"
Kyle MacLachlan revealed that his favorite moment was even more bizarre. While he wouldn't specify what episode this happened in, the actor recounted his bizarre confrontation with a llama in an animal hospital. Here's what he had to say below.
"That obviously, we weren't prepared for that. Stuff like that happened all the time. David calls them happy accidents. He really embraces them."
Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, Twin Peaks followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town's sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura's killer, the town's secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues... Take a look at the EW covers and photos as we wait for more on Twin Peaks.