Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival series is moving full steam ahead and the proof is in its exhaustive cast list, which was released by the pay cable network and the team behind the beloved series on April 25, 2016. The list of 217 actors and actresses slated to appear in the 2017 revival series contains a mixture of old, familiar faces from the original ’90s series, which aired from 1990-91 on ABC, and new additions to the cast, which are already generating much buzz for the Twin Peaks continuation series.
The new season of the limited revival series, which mixes original and new cast members, is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost. Moreover, the upcoming Twin Peaks is directed entirely by Lynch, who has already been involved in retooling behind-the-scenes. When the continuation series was first announced 18 months ago, it was supposed to premiere in 2016 and consist of nine episodes. Now, the new season, which has already completed filming, will premiere on Showtime in early 2017 and the pay cable network has reportedly added more episodes to the initial order for Lynch to tell his story.
The off-kilter drama, which is considered one of the most groundbreaking TV series ever produced, explored the peculiar events in the fictional, titular small town of Twin Peaks, Washington after the murder of teenage homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, who was played by Sheryl Lee (Winter’s Bone). Lee, who is slated to return for the revival series, also played Laura Palmer’s doppelganger cousin, Madeleine “Maddy” Ferguson, in the original series. Twin Peaks captivated viewers and became a critical darling during its initial run. The eclectic series became a cult phenomenon during its first season, but quickly went off the rails midway through its second season, thanks to pressure from ABC and the fans to finally answer the show’s central question: “Who killed Laura Palmer?” This messy revelation, along with the absence of Lynch who was working on another project, led the network to cancel the cult hit after its second season concluded. The termination of the original series was promptly followed by a movie, 1992’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
The exhaustive cast list, which was released on Monday, April 25, confirmed the return of many of the original cast members from the ABC TV series’ initial run, along with a ton of new faces to populate the Twin Peaks 2017 revival series on Showtime. In addition to the previously mentioned Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer, some of the other returning original cast members include series lead Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, David Duchovny (The X-Files) as DEA Agent Denise/Dennis (Cooper’s transgender colleague), Ray Wise (Reaper) as Leland Palmer, Mädchen Amick (Witches of East End) as Shelly Johnson, and Sherilyn Fenn (Shameless) as Audrey Horne, just to name a few. Meanwhile, new additions to the cast for the 2017 revival series include Amanda Seyfried (Big Love), Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy), Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Laura Dern (Enlightened), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Richard Chamberlain (The Thorn Birds), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Tom Sizemore (The Red Road), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters), and Bailey Chase (Saving Grace). A full list of the 217 cast members is located at the bottom of the article.
As evidenced by the exhaustive cast list and impressive caliber of talent assembled for the 2017 revival series, the continuation of Twin Peaks on Showtime will be appointment TV. The draw of so many A-listers to Lynch’s resurrection project speaks volumes to its content, the actors’ desire to work with the famed director-scribe, and their motivation to be part of the cult phenomenon that is Twin Peaks. Many of the new cast additions have collaborated with Lynch on other TV and/or film projects. Given that Twin Peaks and Lynch helped to launch and/or propel several actors’ careers, it makes sense that thespians are literally lined up around the block to participate in the 2017 revival series.
The Showtime reboot of the cult classic TV series, Twin Peaks, has already concluded filming its new season and is slated to air on the pay cable network in early 2017. The impressive and exhaustive cast list for the 2017 revival series has fans and critics alike buzzing with anticipation. For fans who want to re-watch the show’s original run or need to catch-up before the continuation series debuts, Twin Peaks is available for streaming on both Netflix and Hulu. However, if someone wants to see the 1992 follow-up movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which was produced after the original series concluded, it is currently only available via Netflix’s DVD service. As promised, a complete listing of the 2017 revival series cast is available at the bottom of this article.
Opinion Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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Hollywood Reporter–‘Twin Peaks’ Reveals Its Official Cast … of 217
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Here is the full list of the returning (marked with an asterisk *) and new Twin Peaks cast members: