Revisit the 1990 Set of 'Twin Peaks' Before the Showtime Revival
By Denny Directo
Twin Peaks fans are still reeling over the announcement that the cult classic is returning to television. Although we'll have to wait until 2016 for the Showtime revival, we're brewing a pot of damn good coffee and flashing back to 1990 when ET was on the set in Snoqualmie, Wash., with the relatively unknown cast.
The original series ran for two season on ABC and was created by David Lynch, who was best known for smaller, dark films like Eraserhead and Blue Velvet.
Kyle MacLachlan was a frequent collaborator of Lynch—he’d starred in Blue Velvet—and became the show's breakout star. His character, Special Agent Dale Cooper, was the oddball officer tasked with solving the mysterious murder of teenage Laura Palmer.
"I knew David was working in conjunction with Mark Frost writing something that was unusual for television," Kyle told ET in 1990. "I don't like to pester David -- if he feels like it’s something he'd like me to be involved in he'll contact me. In this case he did."
The series also made stars out of a trio of young actresses -- Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee and Lara Flynn Boyle, who was just 20 years old when she took on the role of Donna Hayward.
"It has a lot of different things going on," Boyle said at the time. "It's not all one attitude. This show has a lot of different sides."
Though short lived, Twin Peaks is arguably one of the most influential shows in television history-- proving there was room in primetime for the truly weird and paving the way for shows like The X-Files, and Lost.
Even back then, MacLachlan had a good idea just how groundbreaking the show would be.
"Blue Velvet isn't something you could show in its entirety on television," he added. "This is. But only because of the world, not because he took out things he thought wouldn't fit."
When asked about how dark the series was rumored to be – before it even aired – Fenn shrugged off any concerns. “Life is dark,” she said. “There’s a lot of strange people out there. In life, there’s a lot more oddity than there is in film – unless you’re seeing a David Lynch film.”
The revival will be a continuation of the original series. Lynch along with co-creator Mark Frost will be back to write and produce all nine episodes of the limited-edition series for Showtime. Lynch will direct each one.