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Twin Peaks Revival: Showtime Boss Teases 'Big Surprises' and 'Familiar Faces,' Confirms Fall Start Date

Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival will start shooting in September and fans can expect “familiar faces” as well as some “big surprises,” the cabler’s president, David Nevins, told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. The exec, however, declined to say which vets would be joining confirmed returning cast member Kyle MacLachlan. “You should be optimistic that the people that you want [back] will be there, and then there will be some surprises in addition.”

And what about a premiere date? “I want it as badly and as soon as the biggest fans in the world want it,” he said. “I’m hoping we make 2016. It’s not clear. It’s ultimately going to be in [series co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost’s] control. They’re going to shoot the whole thing and then they’ll start posting. Bottom line is I’ll take it when they’re ready with it… but I’m hoping sooner rather than later.”

Regarding the the contract squabble between Showtime and Lynch that threatened to derail the whole project, Nevins said, “I never had any doubts we were going to get him back. This was a huge priority project to me. It became clear that it was going to take more than nine episodes, which was the originally planned-for and budgeted-for length of the series. I really wanted to get David to direct the whole thing, and he wanted to direct the whole thing. We had to work out the details. We eventually got through it.”

Nevins concluded that Lynch and Frost are approaching the project as “one long movie,” and, having read all of the scripts, offered this critique: “It’s very satisfying. There’s certain basic questions that I had at the end of the original [show] — given where Agent Cooper is — and I think those questions get answered.. .. Twenty-five years have passed. But it resolves the questions left from the original series.”