Sky Atlantic is fast becoming one of the most popular channels on Sky TV with ownership of many of the USA’s hottest dramas. It is, of course, the home to places like Game Of Thrones, The Affair and The Knick. However, Sky Atlantic may very well see a surge after acquiring a hotly anticipated new TV show for its roster in 2017.
The network has secured a deal for the revival of David Lynch’s cult mystery series Twin Peaks. The show first aired in 1990 and became a cultural sensation with the entire world asking the question “who killed Laura Palmer?”. As its tone became more surrealist in nature – there were omniscient owls, a giant and the only witness to the crime was a log who could communicate with its owner – it only become more beguiling and elusive.
The show was cancelled after two seasons after David Lynch and his writing partner Mark Frost encountered conflicts with the network who forced shorter narrative arcs and constantly moved the schedule to the confusion of its viewers. The quality declined and the show was called to an end, followed by a prequel movie in the form of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. However, Showtime in the US resurrected the drama for a third season that will take place many years in the future.
Sky Atlantic has secure Twin Peaks by purchasing the rights to Showtime’s entire catalogue. This also includes shows such as House Of Lies, Dexter and Californication. It is unknown to us at this point what will happen to the network’s biggest show, Homeland, which is currently being aired by Channel 4 in the UK. The figure of the deal is also known, although it is likely to be in the same region as the one for HBO’s content which was £55m until 2020.
The stars of Twin Peaks are expected to return for the third season including Kyle McLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Beymer. There will also be some new additions to the cast including Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Amanda Seyfried.