‘The Secret History Of Twin Peaks’ Reveals More To The Past Story And The Upcoming Showtime Reboot

Information about the new Twin Peaks reboot is almost as mysterious as the plot of the original short-lived show. The new limited series will air on Showtime in 2017. However, we do have some clues on what to expect, even if we don’t know when to expect it.

Mark Frost, who co-created Twin Peaks with David Lynch, wrote The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which Stuff magazine describes as “a novel in dossier style, collating documents, reports, clippings and individual recollections, of the town, events that occurred there and its past and present residents.”

“I wanted and welcomed the opportunity to go back into that world that we created and expand and deepen the mythological context of the town to try to expand it and show it in a larger framework than the series had been able to convey at the time,” Frost said.

Of course, this isn’t the first literary piece to be written about the show. Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer, penned The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, Frost’s brother Scott wrote The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, and Kyle MacLachlan, who played Cooper, recorded Diane: The Secret Tapes of Agent Dale Cooper for an audiobook. It was a collection of Cooper’s spoken notes to his unseen assistant.

Here’s a clip from the original show.

Twin Peaks was both a huge success and short-lived failure. When the initial two-hour pilot aired on April 8, 1990, the show was viewed by 33 percent of the total TV audience. The first season (only eight episodes) gave ABC the network’s highest ratings in four years, and with Laura’s killer still at large, viewers were willing to come back for Season 2. However, by the time the killer was caught halfway through the second season, ratings for the show began to drop. Some say that the audience lost interest in the show since the killer was caught, but some of the show’s other storylines began to change drastically or were dropped altogether. By the second season’s 15th episode, Twin Peaks had dropped down to the 85th position out of 89 TV shows.

In his interview with Stuff, Frost admits that the show he created with David Lynch suffered a great deal after Laura’s killer was revealed in the series and that the show was “its strongest up to the through the resolution of that story.”

When asked why he thought the show was still endured 25 years later, he said, “The only logical answer that I can come up with is that we actively invited people to wonder what might be the answers. We didn’t spoon feed things.”

Original “Twin Peaks” welcome sign. [Image by Showtime]

For the new Twin Peaks show, many of the original characters (and the actors portraying them) will be back, including Kyle MacLachlan, Miguel Ferrer, Kimmy Robertson, Harry Goaz, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, Sheryl Lee, Madchen Amick, Phoebe Augustine, Richard Beymer, David Duchovny, and Catherine Coulson. New to the town include Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Ashley Judd, Michael Cera, Jim Belushi, and Amanda Seyfriend. However, another mystery about the new series is the exclusion of both Lara Flynn Boyle (who had played Laura Palmer’s best friend Donna Hayward) and Michael J. Anderson (The Man from Another Place). No word if Diane, Agent Cooper’s unseen assistant, will actually be seen in the new series.

For a sneak peek of the new show, watch the clip below.

Although the new Twin Peaks is a limited series, there is a total of 18 episodes that have been filmed and are ready to air whenever Showtime is ready to do so. Meanwhile, fans of the series are invited to purchase various Twin Peaks-themed merchandise offered on the cable channel’s website. Over 25 items are available, including mugs, T-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and more featuring original artwork from the David Lynch.


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Like the original series, the reboot of Twin Peaks was filmed in the towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington. Twedes Cafe (better known as the Double R Diner) still offers “Twin Peak’s cherry pie” and the Salish Lodge and Spa (Ben Horne’s The Great Northern Hotel) is still as grand as ever.

[Featured Image by Showtime]

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