Showtime to Air Twin Peaks Prequel, Plays 'Important Part' in Revival

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the tepidly received 1992 movie prequel to the cult classic ABC series, is set to air on Showtime Wednesday, March 1, at 8/7c — perhaps offering a tiny hint of what’s at stake when the 18-episode Twin Peaks revival hits the premium cabler later this spring.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter press tour last month, perhaps the most that series auteur David Lynch “revealed” about the super-secret follow-up is that Fire Walk With Me may be required reading of sorts. Detailing as it does “the story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days,” the entertainingly cryptic Lynch acknowledged that the prequel movie is “very much important for this.”

Coupled with the first two seasons of Twin Peaks, which are already available on Showtime’s assorted platforms, Fire Walk With Me affords subscribers the change to binge the entirety of the original series ahead of the new episodes’ arrival on Sunday, May 21.

As previously reported, the Twin Peaks revival kicks off that Sunday at 9 pm with the first two hours; immediately afterwards, Showtime subscribers will have access to the third and fourth parts. The following Sunday, May 28, Showtime will air Episodes 3 and 4 back-to-back.

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  1. Eric says:

    So, I’m confused. Does it air March 1st or May 1st? You’ve listed March, but said that the new episodes premiere “later that month” when the series airs in May.

  2. Jared says:

    I’ve always wanted to see this movie but could never find it anywhere. Happy to see Showtime airing it before the revival starts.

  3. ScottJ says:

    Presumably it will be the 2 hour standard version. I can’t see Showtime running the extended 3 and half hour one.

    • Ken says:

      There is no 3 and half hour version. There is only the theatrical cut which David Lynch says is his directors cut. All of the extra deleted scenes from the bluray set were never added back in to make any other version.

      • ScottJ says:

        Really? I have a copy where they’ve been merged, although I don’t know where I got it from It wasn’t a US release as far as I can remember.