The off again, on again production of the highly anticipated return to Twin Peaks is still currently in the on position ... although a statement by Mark Frost, co-creator of the seminal 25-year-old series, puts the air date of the new series in 2017, not 2016 as previously reported.
During a family trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, of all places, 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."
Sensing a potential transcription error, fan site Welcome To Twin Peaks reached out to the author of the piece who told the site, "I did go back and check my interview, which I taped, and he did indeed say what I transcribed. Whether he misspoke I cannot say."
The delay could owe to the recent expansion of episodes, doubling from the original nine to 18. Or it could be related to any delays incurred when David Lynch briefly left the production. Or maybe it will remain a mystery, an unknowable truth, something to be picked at by fans for decades to come.