Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival Premieres May 21st

Fire up the percolator—Agent Cooper is back on the case.

Long after rumors sparked of its return, the Twin Peaks revival on Showtime has an official premiere date: May 21st. The series will debut with a two-hour special, with 16 additional episodes slated for 2017.

The Twin Peaks revival is a continuation of the original series, which abruptly ended after two seasons back in 1991. Eagle-eyed viewers will take note that, in the original series’ finale, Agent Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) was told he’d be seen again in 25 years: whether this resurrection was planned at the time or just a coincidence is anyone’s guess.

Much of the original case will be returning for Showtime’s Twin Peaks, including McLachlin, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn, and Dana Ashbrook. Series creator David Lynch will direct all 18 episodes of the revival, and reprises his role as FBI Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. Michael Cera, Monica Bellucci, and Laura Dern are all rumored to make appearances as well. Notably absent from the cast, at least according to IMDB, are Lara Flynn Boyle & Michael Ontkean, the latter of which played Sheriff Harry S. Truman.

Twin Peaks is the latest revival series to debut in the 2010’s, with the popularity of returning shows such as The X-Files and Netflix’s Fuller House enticing networks to give former televised hits a second-look. Unlike those aforementioned shows, however, Twin Peaks wasn’t on the air very long—and aside from the first season, didn’t receive great ratings. However, a rabid fan-base, fueled by streaming on Netflix, has driven anticipation for the Twin Peaks revival like no other.

As noted, Showtime is airing the first two hours of Twin Peaks back-to-back on May 21st; however, in atypical fashion, the third and fourth episodes will be available immediately following the series premiere for streaming subscribers on Showtime Anytime. The following week, Showtime will air episodes three & four, with all subsequent episodes airing one per week.