Twin Peaks will return in all of its strange glory on May 21 with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET, Showtime announced today. The announcement was made at the television critics association (TCA) conference.
Those who subscribe to Showtime will be able to watch the third and fourth episodes directly after on OTT platforms, the network confirmed. The series will have 18 episodes in total.
Showtime CEO David Nevins told the group of reporters gathered that they’ve seen the entire series and gave a small clue as to what audiences should expect.
“It’s the pure heroin version of [creator] David Lynch,” Nevins said.
Showtime first announced it was bringing back Twin Peaks on Oct. 6, 2014. The series, which originally ran on ABC between 1990 and 1991, was expected to begin airing new episodes in early 2016, but was delayed until 2017. Arguments between Showtime and Lynch over the number of episodes the series would have and financial disagreements led to the creator’s brief departure. In April 2015, Lynch tweeted about the issues he was having with Showtime over Twin Peaks, and it wasn’t until six weeks later in May that the creator returned.
Under the new agreement, Lynch guaranteed there would be more than nine episodes and he would still direct each one.
There were rumors earlier this month that Twin Peaks would have its premiere at the Sundance film festival, but co-creator Mark Frost shut down those rumors with a tweet on Jan. 3.