You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? The Golden Age of Television? While the original era can be traced back to the 1950s, many believe that such high-ranking, lucrative series in the vein of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and HBO’s fantasy flagship Game of Thrones have helped define a new generation of top-tier television where the amount of original scripted drama is so rich and diverse that, at times, it’s almost difficult to keep up.
But before men were mad – before thrones played games; before bad was broken; before the dead walked – there was another cult TV series that went on to amass a huge following, and its name is Twin Peaks.
For two seasons, Mark Frost and David Lynch’s eerie procedural captured the imagination of sci-fi fans, but dwindling ratings meant the show was abruptly pulled off the airwaves in 1991. In those intervening years, both Frost and Lynch consistently flirted with the possibility of getting back on the saddle to engineer some form of revival, and now, the time is almost upon us.
May 21st is the date for your diaries, and after two suitably nostalgic teasers drew attention to both the locations and characters of Twin Peaks – namely Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse), and, of course, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) – Showtime has today unveiled a new stinger to remind viewers that before the recent Golden Age, there was Twin Peaks.
It is happening again. Almost two decades after David Lynch’s surreal procedural, Twin Peaks is now teetering on the verge of a comeback – and not a moment too soon. Showtime’s long-anticipated revival begins with a two-part premiere on Sunday, May 21st at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Will you be tuning in? Do let us know.