As can be expected, there was a lot of talk about Twin Peaks during Showtime’s TCA executive session. Also as expected, there was little information provided as execs continued to stick closely to the strict cone of silence imposed by David Lynch, who co-wrote and directed all episodes and also is editing and scoring the series.
This is what we learned: Twin Peaks still is looking at a launch in the “first-half to midyear, the early side of mid-year 2017.” The number of episodes is still TBD as Lynch worked off a very thick binder of what he had written with Mark Frost and now is making the decision how to cut the material into episodes whose length and release pattern likely will vary.
“Everything about Twin Peaks is going to be unconventional — unconventional in the handling of it and how we put it out in the world and how we market,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said. “I want to embrace the unusualness of it, and I think it is quite possible we’re not going to do a traditional release pattern. I don’t know exactly what that means yet. I’ve had a couple of conversations with [Lynch]. I can definitely see longer episodes or the question of how we release it linearly and for those who want to stream it.”
Nevins and programming president Gary Levine have not seen cut footage yet but were high on dailies they’ve seen. “We were both instantly transported,” Levine said.
There was a Twin Peaks video shown, but — like everything else about the series — it did not reveal any footage from the actual show, instead featuring people talking about their experience working on it.
Nevins was asked to assess the performance of the new Cameron Crowe-J.J. Abrams hourlong comedy Roadies, which has struggled to attract a wide audience. “It’s going according to vision,” Nevins said. “I like the show; it’s a very different tone for us and for pay cable in general. I think it gets better, but it hasn’t caught on big. We’re evaluating what its future is one way or the other.” A renewal decision is “probably coming at the end of its [freshman] run.”
Also up in the air is the future of comedy Dice, which aired a six-episode first season in the spring. “We are talking about it,” Nevins said.