In a development that probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, David Lynch and Mark Frost's much-ballyhooed return to Twin Peaks has been delayed until 2017. This is just the latest setback for Showtime's series, which - we learned not long ago - would now run 18 episodes rather than the originally-planned-for nine.
Bizarrely, this new twist comes not from a Showtime press release or David Lynch's unceasingly friendly Twitter feed, but via an interview conducted with Frost as he toured the National Baseball Hall of Fame with his 11-year-old son (?!). Uproxx stumbled across the interview and, well, now here we are. Here's the money quote:
“We had 32 hours back in 1991-92, and with my partner David Lynch we kind of blew open that genre of the nighttime soap and took it in a whole other direction,” Frost said. “A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season three of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.”
For anyone eagerly anticipating Twin Peaks' return, this news will probably register as an annoying setback. But, again, it should not be an unexpected one: the episode order's been doubled since this series was announced, and progress was brought to a standstill earlier this year when Lynch and Showtime went back and forth on whether or not to even make the series. Frankly, it would've been more surprising if Twin Peaks weren't delayed.
Anyway, stay tuned. We've now got a minimum of 18 months' worth of updates to look forward to on this one.