Showtime has released a glimpse of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy Award-nominated role played by Kyle MacLachlan) in the new Twin Peaks, which will debut with a two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on air, on demand and over the internet. Immediately following the premiere, Showtime subscribers will have access to the third and fourth parts, exclusively across the Showtime streaming service, Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand. In its second week, Twin Peaks will air the third and fourth parts back-to-back on Showtime, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by one-part episodes in subsequent weeks.
Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new Showtime 18-part limited event series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. Twin Peaks is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland. Kyle MacLachlan was the first cast member confirmed for this new Twin Peaks season, with the rest of the cast shrouded in mystery until a massive cast list was revealed, and now that a premiere date has been set, perhaps Showtime will start rolling out more of these brief teaser videos showcasing new and returning cast members.
Original Twin Peaks stars Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Sheryl Lee, Peggy Lipton, Harry Dean Stanton, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise and Alicia Witt, among many others, were confirmed after production wrapped. Most of the whopping 217 cast members are newcomers to the series, such as Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Monica Belluci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, David Dastmalchian, Laura Dern, Sky Ferreira, Balthazar Getty, Ernie Hudson, Ashley Judd, Robert Knepper, David Koechner, Matthew Lillard, Josh McDermitt, Sara Paxton, Trent Reznor, Tom Sizemore, Ethan Suplee, Jessica Szhor, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts. The last teaser also confirmed that writer-director David Lynch is also returning in front of the camera as well, reprising his role as the donut-loving Agent Cole.
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 was 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...
The show was originally set to debut sometime this year, 25 years after the show went off the air, which would have tied into a line from the show's series finale back in 1991, where Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), "I'll see you again in 25 years." The show was initially slated to span nine episodes, and rumors began to spread that the show was given an expanded 18-episode order. At the time, Showtime shot down those reports, confirming that David Lynch and Mark Frost wrote one massive script with plans to shoot it like one enormous movie, with the producers then cutting all of the footage into individual episodes after production wrapped. Showtime recently confirmed that the new Twin Peaks season will in fact be 18 episodes. Take a look at this new trailer for the highly-anticipated season of Twin Peaks below.