Showtime’s highly anticipated Twin Peaks revival will open with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m., the network announced today.
The 18-hour limited series will follow a slightly weird pattern, which, frankly, seems appropriate: Immediately following the two-hour premiere, the third and fourth hours (for some reason Showtime is referring to the instalments as “hours” rather than “episodes”) will be available for Showtime subscribers to stream on the channel’s on-demand platforms.
At San Diego’s Comic-Con in the summer of 2016, it was revealed that David Lynch, the brilliantly strange mind behind the original Twin Peaks, will direct all 18 episodes himself.
The revival picks up 25 years after the events of the original series, which aired from 1990-1991, and will see the return of old cast members — like Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Kyle MacLachlan (Agent Dale Cooper), and Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson) — as well as a whole whack of newcomers, including Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Ernie Hudson, Ashley Judd, and Trent Reznor. And fear not: The revival will also see the return of Lynch himself in the role of the donut-munching Gordon Cole. Both seasons of the original Twin Peaks are streaming on Netflix; now would be a good time to catch up.