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Televisionary Uses ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Insipid’ To Describe Midseason HAPPY TOWN, ABC’s Latest Attempt To Clone TWIN PEAKS!!

I am – Hercules!!

ABC inexplicably keeps shoveling new series orders (and millions of dollars) at the team of Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg, the guys behind the supershitty “October Road” and the supershitty U.S. version of “Life On Mars.” Their latest collaboration, “Happy Town,” described as coming “from the network that brought you ‘Twin Peaks,’” is another misfire if we’re to believe the Televisionary website, which just posted a review. Excerpt:
It's a shame as Happy Town boasts a fantastic cast of well-known (and, in some cases, much beloved) actors but they are hampered by a ridiculous plot, insipid dialogue, and an overabundance of exposition that's about as subtle as an anvil. At its best, Happy Town comes off as a cheap knock off of Twin Peaks without that series' effortless wit, intelligence, or flair. At its worst, it's laughably bad and cartoonish.
Those among the cast include the dreamy Lauren German ("Hostel II") and Amy Acker ("Dollhouse"), as well as Dean Winters ("Oz"), Abraham Benrubi ("ER") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park"). I’d love to see The CW (I think corporate co-parent CBS owns the rights now) bring back “Twin Peaks” the way it’s bringing back “90210” and “Melrose Place.” Bring back David Lynch and Mark Frost to run it. Imagine retired FBI regional bureau chief Gordon Cole returning to Washington State after 20 years to investigate the sudden and mysterious emergence from the Black Lodge of the good Special Agent Dale Cooper, now clothed in bloody, urine-soaked rags and speaking backward gibberish. Imagine senior FBI agent Chet Desmond spurred by the news to investigate what the evil, imposter Dale Cooper has been building in Twin Peaks for the last two decades (think Kid Miracleman or William Bell)! Imagine a heavily armed survivalist Big Ed living on a remote patch of Indian reservation in a reconstituted Bookhouse. Hire Summer Glau as Deputy Josie Truman. Hire Lauren German as Ben Horne’s Japan-educated granddaughter Cricket. Hire David Bowie to turn up three times a season as timelost FBI man Phillip Jeffries. Find all of Televisionary’s review of “Happy Town” here.
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  • May 22, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks?

    by DennisMM

    Won't happen.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Do you know how tempting it was

    by DennisMM

    not to type, "first"? Thank heaven I'm a strong man, of good moral character.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    GRRR! EDIT! GIVE ME EDIT!

    by DennisMM

    TO type "first," not "NOT to type first." I'm getting back to work and hoping I'll forget this error.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    a twin peaks revival would be...

    by nalapou

    amazing

  • May 22, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Cartoon-ish

    by bernard

    The word cartoon is becoming a derogatory term, and frankly it makes me angry. <p> In many reviews, when television or movies are bad, the go-to sentence seems to be "it was too cartoonish...or too cartoony." "Campy" has been replaced wtih "Cartoony". <p> And not only that, but people call these cgi animated crapfests that plague big screens all year "cartoons". <p> The word cartoon is in danger of becoming the word SHIT! <p> When I think of cartoons. I think of Jonny Quest...or Popeye or Ren and Stimpy or Dumbo or Akira. Those are CARTOONS. And they are all badass. I just wish people would stop using the word cartoon as a negative way of describing things they don't like. REAL cartoons are great! Ask Gilliam...or Steadman...or Bruce Timm!

  • May 22, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Re: Chet Desmond

    by BillEmic

    I thought Chet Desmond disappeared into thin air at the Deer Meadows trailer park when he reached down to pick up that ring? So technically he's M.I.A. I liked Chris Isaak in that role (jealous of that hair!), though, and would like to know just where Chet has been...

  • May 22, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Dude, LIFE ON MARS wasn't supershitty.

    by Jardinier

    It wasn't as good as the original, but it was pretty to look at, decently acted, and much improved once the producers decided not to remake the UK version 1:1.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Chet Desmond

    by Hercules

    It doesn't have to be Chet, but how about if we learn Chet reappeared in Chile a year later with no memory of his lost time or how he got there?

  • May 22, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I also wish for things that won't happen...

    by The Dum Guy

    Like the gift of flight.<br><br>I only wish that Lynch would go back to Twin Peaks.

  • May 22, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    ABC's Life on Mars

    by Hercules

    was fucking unwatchable. Which is why everybody stopped watching it.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    If you stopped watching it, you really can't

    by Jardinier

  • May 22, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    ...

    by Jardinier

    comment on whether it improved or not, I was about to say. Which it did, in my opinion; it *became* watchable, much like other shows that are now rather inexplicably much-loved on this talkback, like JOURNEYMAN: another series that took a while to find its footing (even if JOURNEYMAN started on a higher level of quality to begin with).

  • May 22, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Herc, I will tell you three things.

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    If I tell them to you and they come true, then will you believe me? The first thing I will tell you is there is no way in hell that any network has the brains or balls to bring back one of the greatest shows ever. The second thing is the networks are run by ridiculously cowardly, untalented, unintelligent slimeballs. The third thing is without chemicals they go to rehab.<p>Twin Peaks, one of the best shows of all muthafuckin' time!<p>Network television executives, addle-brained disciples of Bob!

  • May 22, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Oh and "ridiculous" and

    by The Bicycle Sharer

  • May 22, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    "insipid"...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Could just as easily be applied to ever cock-smoking, coke-snorting tool working as executives in tv today.<p>Cases in point: Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Life, Reaper, and Journeyman.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I like Herc's idea better than what ABC is doing

    by NeoMyers

    I, literally, dream about new Twin Peaks. Get it going now and pair it with Lost's last season.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    NeoMyers

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    What a great idea! Which is why, of course, it'll never happen. I'll see you in the trees, my friend, with a cup of good, hot black coffee and my green butt skunk lure.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    A Twin Peaks series would be a dream come true.

    by rbatty024

    Even a miniseries would be great. There is a built in audience and Lost has shown there are plenty of people looking for a complex television show.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    the twin peaks return is fucking awesome

    by drturing

    but without frost and lynch, no fuckin way

  • May 22, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    love the twin peaks fantasy

    by mithrandir16

    i just loaned my sister the box set of both seasons. people are still discovering the awesomeness of TP almost 20 years later.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    i mean your twin peaks idea herc

    by drturing

  • May 22, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    True enough...

    by NeoMyers

    I bought the gold box Twin Peaks set and have only watched it through once because I keep thinking about how it isn't finished. I have said before that I think Twin Peaks as a miniseries on HBO would be absolutely incredible. David Lynch could just open our brains up and pour his pure insanity in. All of which unedited... Audrey STILL looks hot.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Well, not so much Frost

    by ROBRAM89

    ...but I wouldn't want to see it without Lynch. And he's so not doing it. His daughter, on the other hand...

  • May 22, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    ABC...

    by The Fear

    The network that canceled Twin Peaks is what they should have said.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Also true

    by ROBRAM89

    Evoking a show you canceled is the height of douchebaggery.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I'll watch any shows about towns with dark secrets

    by Raymar

    I even liked "Push,Nevada"

  • May 22, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Holy fucking shit that is awful

    by drturing

    Did you see that trailer and read that review? This show wants to rip off twin peaks so bad its like McG hanging out at San Diego comic con claiming all those years he was directing smash mouth videos he was really assembling resin kits of powerloaders.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Raymar I know just the show for you

    by drturing

    its called Scooby Doo

  • May 22, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Where are recent photos of Sherilyn Fenn?

    by drturing

    Dear yaweh that issue of Playboy with her was my most prized possession aged 12.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember that movie where Sherilyn humps a beastman

    by drturing

    It was so infuriating, beautiful naked Sherilyn Fenn, but you'd have to see her dry humping Chewbacca. Come to think of it, like almost all porn.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Madchen Amick > Sherilyn

    by ROBRAM89

    Hell, she's practically aging in reverse. She looked younger a few years ago than she did in TP.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Keep in mind

    by Mooly

    While Peaks is much loved now, you have to remember that due to studio interference (which still happens every day), the show sucked for more than half of its very short run. It is way too easy to now look at the legend of the show and confuse it for the tragic reality. I question if bringing back Peaks would really make that much difference since studios still think they know better than the actual people creating the show. And am I the only person who liked the US Life on Mars. It was FAR from the original version, but it was interesting and decent I thought. I was entertained by it, anyway. Only problem was they had a sci-fi show that they tried to make like a Cop procedural. The original was set in a police station, but still had that sci-fi feel to it.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Original Twin Peaks Season 3 plans

    by reflecto

    They were going to leap ten years into the future, with Cooper having become the local pharmacist. Annie Blackburn's message to Laura in FIRE WALK WITH ME ("the good Dale is in the Lodge") would've given them the clue to saving him from his fate in the finale. Meanwhile, Truman would've quit the force and become a recluse, while Sheryl Lee was going to play a redhead who, once again, was murdered, and Joan Chen was to have returned as Josie's twin sister "Judy," connected to the Black Lodge and mentioned by David Bowie's character in FWWM.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I watched Twin Peaks during its original run

    by drturing

    and season two was abominable, all the atmosphere and mystery was replaced with stock exterior shots, its quirkiness had gone up its own ass. Except for the finale, of course. But still Mooly, Life on Mars sucked fucking balls.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks was the closest thing I had to porn

    by estacado1

    I was too young to understand what the heck was going but all the hot chicks doing nasty things was closest thing to porn back then.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I liked TP all the way through

    by ROBRAM89

    It had a few really, really bad parts (the cheerleader tryouts and that bizarre fashion show bullshit), but the rest of it was always at least decent and the main story arc got really damn good toward the end. Fire Walk With Me was probably the high point of the show.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks

    by MapMan

    As I recall Twin Peaks was sort of a flash in the pan show and people grew tired of it. They finally had to quit stalling and reveal who killed Laura Palmer. After that, why was Cooper still there? So they they came up with the idea of Windom Earl. By the end I think it was canceled due to poor ratings as most of the audience had left. I stuck with it till the end and enjoyed it. I think it was just a little too weird to build anything more than a small hardcore cult following. I also liked TP - FWWM. I'd love it if Lynch did another movie or mini series. It would be a hard sell though...

  • May 22, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Twin Peaks never sucked

    by reflecto

    Its worst episodes are still more brilliant and full of crazy ideas than anything on TV today. It shits on mass-media easily-digestible pablum imitators like "Lost" from a great height.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    the thing with the squirrel

    by drturing

    was when i realized that david lynch was busy making movies and that these other people directing each episode weren't as good as he was. though how fucking insane am I - I rememeber a few good episdodes were directed by the guy who directed River's Edge, that movie with Crispin Glover, and didn't even Dianne Wiest or someone direct an episode or two?

  • May 22, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm the only person who saw Sherilyn hump the beastman

    by drturing

    such tragic, tragic... shit, i even saw Boxing Helena in theaters.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Life on Mars

    by donkey_lasher

    As a Brit, I fucking loved that series. Ashes to Ashes does seem like a period copy of that, but I don't buy that the ending will be as awesome as the actors say. I think they are milking that cow since Simm left. <p> I'm interested to know how the US version fared though..did it have cultural references that hit home to some of the viewers that lived through those times? Did it really suck?

  • May 22, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Diane Keaton, not Weist

    by Zath_ras

    Just watched the set last year and it did really start limping to a finish. You could feel the life going out of it.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    For once, I am in total agreement

    by StarWarsRedux

    Can Twin Peaks really survive a full-on new series? Probably not. But I bet that Lynch & Co could probably wrangle enough people together to do a decent wrap-up miniseries. It'd even be in keeping with the story of the show. <p>"I'll see you again in 25 years. Meanwhile..."

  • May 22, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks was a great mini-series turned into a terrible series

    by Flim Springfield

  • May 22, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I WOULD WATCH THAT TWIN PEAKS PITCH

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Listen up ABC and whomever.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Damn fine coffee....

    by banditmania

    and hot!!

  • May 22, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I'm in for that too

    by johnnylawless2

    It is twenty five years later, and that gum we like is back in style. God, that would be sweet. Maclachlan, Isaak, Sutherland, Lynch and Ferrer. Imagine the DVD cover of them all standing there, Christ....

  • May 22, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    All started with FWWM

    by johnnylawless2

    which I caught late night when I was about thirteen. Weird place to jump into the Peaks universe but I was hooked, and it terrified me. Still one of the most horrific films i've ever seen, and I love it. I spent ages looking for the show, I spent over £150 getting the tapes shipped over from Canada in the mid 90s, they were legit but my god the quality was poor. Second half of the show dipped pretty badly but there was a load of potential there, esp with the Major Briggs/Signals from space storylines. I may be biased, but the show would work perfectly if it were picked up (not that it would ever happen), it just feels right. Cooper stumbling out of Glastonbury Grove...

  • May 22, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    fuck abc

    by bacci40

    they went out of their way to kill twin peaks by forcing lynch into answering questions that didnt need to be answered<P> who kille laura palmer was never the point...the point was the fun in getting there<p> and lynch like another great auteur (fuller) knows what sells...and what sells is a show with a totally absurd premise, that houses the most beautiful women in the world and great characters<P> happy town has neither....but it has "the magic man"...which seems like king lite to me more than lynch lite

  • May 22, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Mooly....did you see the final epi?

    by bacci40

    seems to me that the us makers didnt get the point of the show, as the final epi was indeed written as is before the cancellation came down<P> "i dont know why you wanted to have a cop scenario"...neither did the producers<P> what american tv doesnt get, that brit tv does, is that not every show needs to have 26 epis...that writing, production and acting would be far better if less epis and more series were made<P> one of the greatest sit comedies ever created was faulty towers...and it has a total of 12 epis...<P> its time for us network tv to face facts...the way people watch tv now if much different than 20 years ago....change with the times or die<P> happy town will die after epi 6

  • May 22, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    only one person has noted why season 2 sucked

    by bacci40

    abc stuck their stupid noses in where it didnt belong...as a result, lynch had much less to do with season 2 than he did season 1<p> however, that one season had more impact on the medium than any other show of its time<p> of course, lynch screwed up to by making that prequel movie, that had no purpose at all<p> and yes, a mini or a movie of twin peaks 20 years later could be brilliant....someone get lynch on the phone...or even his daughter

  • May 22, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Twin Peaks season 2 was dross

    by BillEmic

    I got the Gold Box for Christmas of '07, and watched it rather rapidly but had a hell of a time getting through Season 2. In Season 2, the show more or less BECAME the kind of soap opera that it had been subverting in season 1 (remember Invitation to Love on all the TV sets?). The show really lost its way and I honestly can't blame ABC for canning the show. David Lynch was off filming Wild at Heart and what have you, while the rest of the cast and crew were fumbling in the dark with where to take the show. Season 2 had some of the most asinine plots - Sherilyn Fenn hooking up with Billy Zane, Sherilyn's dad suddenly having an epiphany and becoming a stand-up guy, Windom Earl, James shacking up with that psycho Cougar and her brother, etc. It was just lame, hair-brained stuff that totally took away from the mystery and intrigue of the first season. I will admit, Lynch knocked it out of the park with the season finale and Fire Walk With me is a brilliantly perverse and startling film. But Twin Peaks is best left preserved as an iconic part of the early 90's, IMO.

  • May 22, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    If you think they f'd up this, Ausiello says Melrose Place 2.0

    by PennsyDeux

    is made of a huge-ass spoiler about Sydney. That makes it look itself like warmed over Twin Peaks.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    BillEmic

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    What happened with Season 2 was ... the writer's strike. The whole core group left the show - wouldn't write - and did not disclose ANYTHING of the plot threads. I think I figured out TWIN PEAKS - if you're curious, email me at spymunk@gmail.com. They had no choie with Season 2 but to spin their wheels waiting for the strike to resolve, which is why right when it does resolve shortly afterward you START to get the mystical elements back into the show - right the last couple of episodes and the Series Finale (*sniff*).

  • May 22, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    It was Meridian (humping Beastman)

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Full Moon classic. Also had B-Movie Underrated Superstar Charlie Spradling as the girlfriend who humped everything else in the castle.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    35 minutes until this becomes the Party Down talkback....

    by PennsyDeux

    This is one of the 5 best comedies on TV right now.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    You got my attention, Herc.

    by gotilk

    Sounds like a dream series. Make it so!

  • May 22, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    What if they gave a talkback

    by NapPark

    and nobody discussed the show the article was supposed to be about?

  • May 22, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    American Life On Mars was absolutely brilliant

    by NapPark

    American Life On Mars was absolutely brilliant. Intriguing plots, great cast, self contained episodes that advanced the overall series arc, an out of left field emergency full stop. And the best use ever of accurate cool music in a period TV drama - even better than Cold Case, which does that pretty well, and much better at portraying what people were actually listening to in the '70s than that '80s Show or Swingtown ever were.<p>The worst I can think to say about Life On Mars USA is that a few episodes were largely crime procedurals with the sci-fi elements playing only a very minor role in the proceedings.<p>And with all due respect to our beloved host, I think you take the word of someone who watched every episode over that of someone who bailed on the show (and canceled the talkbacks) after the first two or three.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    PennsyDeux

    by wyvern

    Tonights is tied at the moment with the J.K. Smimmons one as my fav.Nice cliffhanger to with your girl Kristen.Trying not to spoil anything but great episode.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Simmons ...damnt

    by wyvern

  • May 22, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    what an unfortunate typo

    by NapPark

    I meant to say that Life On Mars portrayed musical tastes more accurate than That '70s show, not that '80s show.<p>Though, actually the problem with a lot of period pieces is that people in a certain year only seem to listen to music that came out that year, which is pretty sloppy research. People with taste allways listen to the best of older music as well as the new stuff. And Life On Mars got that right, being set in 1973 but peppering it's soundtrack with a mix of both early seventies and mid-to-lae '60s music.<p>Because, face it, in the pre-punk and pre-disco early '70s the airwaves will cluttered with acoustic singer/songwriters, Glam and Prog, so all the cool kids were still listening to '60s British Invasion and Psychedelic "underground" bands.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Some misinformation leaking into talkback ...

    by Hercules

    Have a gander, if you will, at my 2007 review of the Twin Peaks complete-series set, which discusses the history of the show at length. <p>tinyurl.com/pw32fb

  • May 22, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    NapPark...did you see the brit series?

    by bacci40

    if you didnt, then watch it...and ponder again how the american version was brilliant...as it just took the scripts, rewrote them, and just wasnt anywhere as good<P> so it had a nice soundtrack....big deal, i can listen to all that music online

  • May 22, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc

    by drturing

    went and read that old writeup on the gold box and I guess I'm actually going to have to buy it now. no point in waiting for a bluray anyway.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    so herc, the second season failure was due to

    by bacci40

    the "perfect storm"? <P> would lynch really have wanted to bolt back to the big screen had abc not stuck their noses into the production?<p> and i did like the second season, just not as much as the first<P> at the time, peaks was the most original thing on tv...a mini movie every week

  • May 22, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    If ABC showed reruns of Twin Peaks...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    I would watch it 500% more than I do now.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    NapPark Makes a good point though.

    by gotilk

    The radio was littered with that singer songwriter stuff. But the glam and stuff? Only regionally. And it varied so much regionally. I moved around a lot when I was very young and listened to radio everywhere I went. Oregon had the best radio. Nothing beats the album rock radio of the 70s. Barely awake DJs in the middle of the night, either stoned or faking it really well, playing entire sides of albums. Nothing like it since, probably will never again be anything like it. College radio achieves the free-form spirit sometimes, but the tastes are all over the place. No that it's a bad thing, it's just a different thing. I watched radio die over the years as it was taken over by coke-and-crapmusic peddling payola machines in suits and corporations buying out most of the popular spectrum in shifty and sometimes flat-out illegal ways. Now it's all a mess. Try to get a low power FM license nowdays. It's easier to make your first million. Then you'll need that first million to pay off all the right people. Unless you're a church. I think both Life on Mars series captured the essence of the era's music better than most shows.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Man, Kristen's flying outta the gate here....

    by PennsyDeux

  • May 22, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Go back to the toilets, toilet boy!

    by PennsyDeux

    LMAO.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Well. Fucking. Done. Party. Down.

    by PennsyDeux

    Well fucking done indeed.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    What IS Part Down?

    by gotilk

    Worth watching? I avoid most comedies on TV. I never miss Big Bang Theory, but that's about it.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    PartY Down.

    by gotilk

    It is at these times that I briefly agree with the people who want an edit feature. But then I remember most people here would abuse it to make marginally insane people seem completely delusional and a danger to themselves/others.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Did anyone buy that gold box set of TP?

    by The Dum Guy

    I was wondering if it had the pilot episode version that was for overseas markets (they wrap up the whole storyline in two hours)?<br><br>That was my initial viewing of the show, followed by FWWM (which is a really weird way to start from).

  • May 22, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    If that was Bell's final TV series appearance for a while...

    by PennsyDeux

    since her movie career is approaching warp speed, what a way to go out. Give her the Emmy for Guest Comedy Actress and be fucking done with it. No 30 Rock guest lady came even close to what Kristen displayed tonight. Made. Of. Win. And there better be double-digit nominations for Party Down itself, including every member of its cast. Gotlik, you NEED to see this show. Anybody, it's worth your while to seek it out. It's on Netflix, Starz On Demand, etc. Excellent.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Lynch left in S2 to do Wild At Heart

    by reflecto

    When he came back he was unhappy with what Frost, Peyton, Engels etc had set up that was more linear in terms of the mytharcs with the Lodges, Windom Earle, Glastonbury Grove, etc. He threw out most of the finale script which was much more verbose and talky with Earle and the Lodge spirits, but the general ideas remained. I think the finale is brilliant and I agree Season 2 has problems, but overall I think it is as much of a mad spurt of genius as Season 1, and even for its failings, is better than most of TV today - unlike lame showrunners on Heroes, Prison Break and yes, Lost, the TP gurus knew how to create a solid mytharc that seemed organic and consistent to the show. Also, the Annie Blackburn character only came about because Kyle McLachlan refused to play a major planned romance between Cooper and Audrey Horne. As such, much of the latter half of Season 2 had to be retooled, whereas the first half (Audrey lost at One Eyed Jack's) had been leading to their romance.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Wyvern, this was the series' best episode.

    by PennsyDeux

    All of 'em are obvious believers in saving the best for last.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    PennsyDeux

    by gotilk

    Just watched it. That was FUNNY! You were right.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    So wouldn't that make them the ones who canceled

    by CherryValance

    Twin Peaks? dum dums.

  • May 22, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    "I'll see you again in twenty-five years."

    by SpyGuy

    Remember that scene? I always thought it would be brilliant if Kyle MacLachlan reprised the role of Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dale Cooper in 2017, tnwety-five years after TWIN PEAKS ended. Unfortunately, half the cast is now dead or will be by the time 2017 arrives, but it would be great to see a 25 years-older Cooper in the Black Lodge one final time. <p>Oh, and the US LIFE ON MARS was NOT "supershitty." It just wasn't as good as the UK version, but still better than most of the supershitty stuff on American TV (I'm looking at you, DOLLHOUSE!).

  • May 23, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I watched ABC's Life on Mars

    by Royston Lodge

    I quite enjoyed it, in fact.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I want Agent Mulder to investigate Agent Cooper.

    by Royston Lodge

    Never gonna happen, but a boy can dream.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Wasn't Mulder(Duchovny) on the show

    by paulrichard

    as a crossdressing FBI agent?

  • May 23, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    According to Ray Wise...

    by brisco1138

    I interviewed Ray a couple of years ago, and while we were talking about Twin Peaks, he said that he wouldn't be surprised if Lynch revisited the story at some point. Ray was of the opinion that Lynch hasn't given up on the show, and a cable network like HBO or Showtime might be interested in doing a limited-run sequel.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    hmmmm....

    by The Dum Guy

    ...within 24 hours we get two TBs that involve Lynch.<br><br>I wonder when he'll bother to do another film?<br><br><br>

  • May 23, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    PennyDeux

    by wyvern

    I think this will be the best episode after a second watch.So much stuff happened.I CAN NOT wait till the next season. <p> Oh and On the starz on demand mention... like venture brothers people can watch the new episode before the episode airs.Just something to keep in mind for next season.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    (winston) FIST!

    by DreamSeasonBobby

    Alright: First, Twin Peaks' pilot and first season style was larging a by-product of the industry just coming out of the late 80/early 90s WGA strike and therefore ABC needing to greenlight projects and get them on the air ASAP; Frost has said multiple times that the suits virtually left him, Lynch, & co alone during those early months and it shows. Although huge among introverted Gen X college alumns of the time, not to mention all film & TV critics, TP did not play well in potatoe land (sic) and suffered in the ratings. Instead of growing a spine and talking up the novelty, ABC bounced the show's schedule around like a ping pong, eventually dumping it on Saturday night to burn off the series (hmmm...Pushing Daisies, Harper's Island, Kings...pattern buffer much?). Anyway, not to be redundant, but it IS completely ridiculous for a completely different group of network execs to even act like they were the ones who lit, fed, and watered this blackest of orchids. However, regardless of what happens with Happy Town, Twin Peaks lives on vicariously by continuing one "school of thought in genre TV" (Prisoner, Kolchak, Peyton Place, etc) thru other shows, allowing Fox to take a risk with X-Files, which led to various knockoffs, allowing WB to take a risk with a certain Whedon project, followed by Lost, Fringe, et al. A couple of final thoughts, my gut reaction upon learning of this new show was: WHAT IF 'HAPPY TOWN' IS "BLUE HARVEST"?? You know, what if it IS Twin Peaks and the whole thing's a scam so they can gain shock value in the fall? It would explain why some already working actors are involved. But, nah, it would take too much of a "new disruptor" mindset for ABC to do that and, well, this isn't 1979.

  • May 23, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I wish David Bowie would

    by Lyghthouse

    star on a recurring TV show(not to mention lend his voice to the Venture Brothers).

  • May 23, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    ABC has enough cast members from

    by Dingbatty

    Firefly/Serenity on various shows. Just buy the TV rights from FOX and fire it up.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    WHERE ARE THE FIRE WALK WITH ME DELETED SCENES?!

    by la_sith

    CHRIST ALMIGHTY.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I liked Life On Mars and hate it got cancelled.

    by F-18

    I DON'T GIVE A FUCK about the original. <p> So, to the people who incessantly insist on comparing them ad nauseam every time LOM is mentioned: Go fuck yourselves.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    I MISS IT TOO HERC. I MISS IT TOO..

    by seniorspeilbergio

    I think we've all played that third season in our heads. I also see it with the 25 years later reference as the active ingredient. But i see the town completely transformed by Coopers Doppleganger. The real Cooper is still in the lodge and the town is quiet and dark like Bad Day at Black Rock. NO ONE wants to talk about what happened 25 years ago and don't even think about uttering the words Laura Palmer. All the cast members that have passed in real life have of course passed in the show, except for BOB. He must be recast unfortunately. A new FBI agent comes to the town (a rookie perhaps) who's a student of Gordon Cole. He wants to solve the sudden dissapearence of Agent Cooper, who he believes dissapeared 10 years after he emerged from the Black Lodge. This agent must track down a reclusive Sheriff Truman to help him solve the case. This would lead to a climactic reappearance of Chester Desmond at the towns Passion Play which is kind of a half religious ceremony/bizarre local custom and was going to be an important story element in season 3. At some point, the real Cooper emerges and makes them track down the one armed man which he says is the only entity that can defeat BOB. That's what I want to see. BOB and the one armed man having that final showdown. And yeah, i've thought about Mulder showing up and working the case. I remember a rumor in the x-files early seasons that they were wanting to do a twin peaks cross over since Carter was such a huge fan of the show and has even noted Peaks as one of the original inspirations for X-Files but it never panned out. Anyway, Herc what say you to my ideas? Ball's back in your court.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    FWWM

    by seniorspeilbergio

    Yeah, I heard about those deleted scenes. Lynch supposedly has a five hour cut of the movie somewhere and i think he ALMOST released it.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    I'd settle for...

    by SH5000

    ...a decent comic book sequel, if Lynch would oversee it. It would take the aging/dying actor thing out of the equation. Seems like a Dark Horse title to me.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    with you, Spork

    by NapPark

    though you expressed rather more frankly than I did. I saw Life On Mars USA, ever episode, and liked it a lot. I never saw Life On Mars UK and don't care if it was better. Though I did read that the American version improved after it stopped cookie cluttering the Brit version. Also, the American version had major film stars Harvey Keitel and Gretchen Mol in the casts. The Brit version had the great Colm Meany, who's a huge star in Ireland but a former Star Trek cast member to American audiences.<p>Bottom line, I liked the show that was on American TV, especially since there was something on ABC worth watching after Lost. The Foreignlandia version may have been better, but I'm not going there just to watch a TV show, so just give me the DVDs or shut up.<p>Also, I read the wiki article about the Brit Life ON Mars and the ending they used and it was both downbeat and made no sense. the american ending was out of left field and some thoughtis was a cheat, but I saw it as an old EC Weird Science fiction trick surprise ending, and I loved it. Total non-sequitor, but considering they were given a couple weeks to come up with a series closer, I think they pulled it off just fine.<p>British version spoiler: I mean, he was never in the past, he was in a coma, so he commits suicide so he can return to the past? WTF?

  • May 23, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Do you think anyone here would

    by NapPark

    actually discuss Happytown if Herc's supershitty article actually said anything about it?

  • May 23, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    LOM US was one of the best network series

    by ev1ldead

    Brilliant score, good writing, top notch supporting cast ...but what would a Dollhouse apologist like herc know about that. Don't blame her. Otherwise I'm on board with her idea of a Twin Peaks sequel. HBO - make it so!

  • May 23, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    FUNNIEST DOLLHOUSE REVIEW EVER

    by Lemming

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/may/23/joss-whedon-dollhouse-brooker<p> I've never seen Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Not a single episode. Buffy fans are appalled by my negligence. "You MUST watch it!" they scream. "It takes about two seasons to get going, but then ... my God, it's the best show ever made". Two seasons to get going? That's a commitment of 34 episodes before even its fans think it becomes worthwhile. And there's a further five seasons after that. Given the fans' sparkly-eyed evangelism, I don't doubt for a moment that there's something of worth there. But I'm not a young man any more. I'm greying. My bones ache. It's too late for me to embark on a quest of that magnitude. Consequently, Buffy's been consigned to the growing list of things I'll never try, like bungee jumping and crystal meth.<p> Yet I have found time to sit through the first two episodes of Buffy creator Joss Whedon's latest creation, Dollhouse (Tue, 9pm, Sci-Fi). And it's bloody awful. Perhaps it'll turn into a work of genius in its third season. I won't know, because I'll have either given up or died by then.<p> The premise is interesting: it's about a young person who has their mind wiped each week and imprinted with the personalities, memories and expertise of a bunch of other people, before being sent on a mission. In other words, it's like Joe 90, except you're supposed to want to screw the lead character, because the lead character is the improbably gorgeous Eliza Dushku, not a nine-year-old schoolboy marionette.<p> In week one, Echo (that's her name) was transformed into an expert in Latin American kidnap negotiations, which meant she donned glasses and wore her hair up in a bun. In week two, she's an outdoor-sports-enthusiast-and-fuck-buddy, which means she gets to dress a bit like Lara Croft and have sex in a tent. Typing this out, I've realised it isn't Joe 90 at all. It's Mr Benn, except you're supposed to want to screw the lead character, because the lead character is the improbably gorgeous Eliza Dushku, not a two-dimensional paper cutout of a middle-aged businessman.<p> It's not just Quantum Leap week after week, mind. No. There's a whole bunch of other characters walking around overseeing the "Dollhouse" which Echo gets returned to each week. For instance, there's a black ex-cop who has to oversee her missions by hiding round the corner in a van and tediously getting his cover blown. There's also an irritating nerd who performs the mind-wipe-and-brain-filling ceremonies - one of those implausible, punchable little tits who only exists in TV or movies. Apparently he's a scientific genius, although he looks about 12 years old and everything he says has to pass through about 500 pop culture irony filters before it leaves his smackable wise-cracking mouth. The minute he first popped up on screen, I instinctively knew me and Dollhouse would never be friends, in the same way that finding a Scouting For Girls album on someone's iPod would stop you wanting to have sex with them.<p> The improbably gorgeous Olivia Williams plays an icy boss-type woman who speaks in cool aloof "mission operative" military codespeak the whole fucking time, and Tahmoh Penikett from Battlestar Galactica shows up as Agent Jawbone Hunk, an improbably gorgeous FBI bloke determined to uncover the truth about this "Dollhouse" thing he's heard about which his colleagues insist is just a wild rumour but he's got this hunch there's more to it than that and blah blah BLAH BLAH OH WHO CARES?<p> It's just nonsense. And nonsense is fine when it consists of a small kernel of nonsense surrounded by something either plausible or interesting. Dollhouse has neither and, crucially, there's too much emphasis on empty prettiness, from the set design to the faces of all involved. Everyone's so improbably gorgeous you won't give a shit whether they live or die. Unless, perhaps, you've had your mind wiped and replaced with the brain of an orange - probably the premise for next week's episode, which I won't tune in for. Someone let me know if this bullshit gets going somewhere round season three, yeah?<p> Charlie Brooker is a fucking hero. Suck it Herc! :)

  • May 23, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST

    @nap park

    by ev1ldead

    Meany only played Hunt in the rejected US Pilot and got replaced by Keitel. The UK Gene Hunt is Philip Glenister and he was absolutely brilliant. I love Keitel as the next guy, but in this role he couldn't hold a candle to Glenister. Glenister made Hunt to one of the all time great TV characters. His chemistry with the UK Sam was one of the main reasons that the UK version was miles ahead of the remake. Which was pretty good too as I said.

  • May 23, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Mr Spork

    by donkey_lasher

    I hope you spend the rest of your life watching shitty remakes of classic shows.

  • May 23, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Fenn humps a beastman???

    by kafka07

    What the hell movie was that?

  • May 23, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    "Daddy you're my daddy!"

    by magic_ninja

    Sorry but most of Twin Peaks season 2 was horseshit. Especially all the Ben Horne/Civil War/Donna's Father bullshit. Yeah, Warren Frost's stupid scream at the end after he cracks Ben's head on the fireplace...whatever. Oh and Amy Acker's involved in this new show? Miss "I Can't Keep a Texas Accent For Two Episodes of Angel"? No thanks.

  • May 23, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    I too really enjoyed Life on Mars

    by jim

    Haven't had a chance to see the original so I didn't watch it with biased eyes. Still, no matter how superior the original might be, there's no way it would make me think the US version is on par with October Road. Michael Imperioli's mustache alone was worth tuning in for.

  • May 23, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to this show.

    by saintsaucey

    Yay Amy Acker but boo if it means they won't have her on Doll House anymore. I don't see the show lasting but It will be a fun ride. and I never ever saw Twin Peaks

  • May 23, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is NADINE if Ed is bunkered?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    One of the best characters on the show was obviously NADINE. The eye patch and super strength alone made her interesting. Then came the coma and return to high school. <p> Have to really love that shit. <p>Nadine: I think I've gone _blind_ in my left eye!

  • May 23, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    The fact more people are excited about TP says it all

    by 2for2true

    This is a show that screams "come back to me." But not to ABC. Take it to Showtime or HBO and let's get weird again.

  • May 23, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Lynch: Never Again

    by amrcanpoet

    Lynch has said, multiple times, that he will never go back to Twin Peaks. I remember it came out specifically in 1999, when X-Files had peaked, and everyone started asking about TP coming back. TV Guide even posted a rumor that a new show by Lynch called, "Tree Loggers" was going to pick-up 10 years after TP. That's when Lynch came out and finally put to rest any hope of a TP revival. My worry is that it opens the door for someone with a Ron Moore ego complex to come in and redo it. Sure, you can redo BSG, because the original was camp fun, and the reboot was serious. But, TP was ALWAYS serious, even when it was campy. It was perfect the first time, and should only be revived to continue the story, not to reboot it -- which, unfortunately, is what most networks want these days.

  • May 23, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Herc, nobody watched FREAKS AND GEEKS.

    by Lenny Nero

    Does that mean it's unwatchable? More people watched LIFE ON MARS (US) than F&G. Does that mean it's better?

  • May 23, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Fire Walk With Me Deleted Scenes

    by DancingDwarf

    Hopefully one day, Lynch will release the Deleted Scenes to FWWM. Check out all the crap that was cut here: http://dugpa.com/fwwm_deleted_scenes.php

  • May 23, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Herc, how is TP anything like BSG, Kubrick, or Alias???

    by Sloopjohnb

    BSG and Alias aren't even in the same league as TP. Kubrick's films (all masterpieces) have nothing in common with TP either. So, where are the similarities between BSG, Kubrick, and Alias? (I don't expect them to be obvious, but even thinking deeper, I can't see any)

  • May 23, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Kubrick & Lynch

    by BillEmic

    It's said that Kubrick screened "Eraserhead" for his crew before shooting "The Shining," saying that it represented the atmosphere/feeling he wanted to go for. And Lynch is a huge admirer of all of Kubrick's work. So, I mean, the two of them do have something of a connection.

  • May 23, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    A long as it starts out

    by jonsnow

    With a bar scene with Adam Lambert singing.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    J'ai une ame solitaire...

    by DanielKurland

    TWIN PEAKS IS SO FUCKING WONDERFUL. Cooper's monologue at the beginning of the second season premiere, as he lies on the ground, is just phenomenal acting and writing on all accounts.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Yes, any fault of Twin Peaks, is not Lynch's...

    by DanielKurland

    Obviously I'm being a little facetious, but they FORCED him to reveal the mystery. Which is WHY a lot of people were watching. Sure, some of the post Laura stuff struggles at first, but the concept of Windom Earle is great, and that two hour series finale is one of my favorite things I've ever seen.

  • May 23, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    IF Twin Peaks came back, it would be 25 years later...

    by DanielKurland

    As shown in the pilot. I mean, Cooper has been in the Black Lodge for that long.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    BillEmic

    by Sloopjohnb

    Its no secret that Kubrick and Lynch both admired eachothers work; but I don't see Kubrick anywhere in TP; Kubrick was way too cynical to create a character like Dale Cooper.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    When did the "25 years later" thing happen?

    by BillEmic

    When did they say that Dale was trapped in the Black Lodge that long? I just remember the ending of season 2 with Dale trapped, then a brief reference in Fire Walk With Me ("The good Dale is trapped in the Lodge"), but never any mention that he was stuck there for 25 years.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    25 years...

    by DanielKurland

    In the alternate "movie" version of the pilot, when Cooper's "dream" in the Black Lodge occurs. It explicitly says "25 YEARS LATER" on the screen. In the actual show, when the dream does occur, it doesn't say this, but when Cooper is telling the dream to Lucy and Harry, he makes reference to the fact that he's been there for 25 years. I suppose there is no official statement that when Cooper is stuck in the Lodge at the end of the series, he'll be there for 25 years, I was just connecting the dots that the show sets up for you.

  • May 23, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Haha, I forgot about that James season 2 plotline...

    by DanielKurland

    Where he's with that woman trying to get him to kill her husband or something? Okay, I'll admit that that was dumb, if only for the fact that he LEFT Twin Peaks. There was no need to be seeing this!

  • May 23, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    25 Years Later (or 20?)

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Also, if I'm not mistaken, something was made of a planetary conjunction (Jupiter and Saturn) that occurs that creates an opening to the Black Lodge. Or to the waiting room. Like most things in Twin Peaks, it's never made quite clear, but Major Briggs rambles about it and Coop finds the astrological symbols for Jupiter and Saturn on the map from Owl Cave.<p>Anyway, this conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurs about every twenty years. With the demise of the show, many were lead to speculate that Coop would be trapped in the Black Lodge (or Waiting Room) for 25 (or 20) years.

  • May 23, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Okay, look, I love Lynch as much (or more)...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Than the next guy. As evidenced by a previous posting, I hate network execs as much (or more)than the next guy...<p>But the idea of keeping the identity of Laura's killer a secret throughout the show's entire run is ludicrous.<p>And it's not just network execs who said it. It's not just me who said it. It's Mark Frost, the show's co-creator, who said it. In fact, though he has a lot of respect for Lynch and how he works and what he accomplishes, Frost has often been openly derisive of Lynch as a storyteller. And with good reason.<p>David Lynch, whom I adore (own all his flicks AND his straight to vid productions from his website), is a master at DIRECTION and establishing MOOD - he absolutely sucks at telling a coherent story.<p>Now maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see how in the fuck Lynch could make a tv show like Mulholland or Lost Highway or Inland Empire that holds a Lynchian atmosphere and aesthetic for 16- 24 episodes a year AND attracts and retains viewers WITHOUT good storytelling.<p>And, I reiterate, Lynch sucks at storytelling and would sooner bounce around from one eclectic group of characters to the next, hearing snatches of mysterious conversations, catching glimpses of strange (possibly perverse) goings on in the background, without any logical rhyme or reason only a thematic one.<p>In an era when American Idol is the number one television show, the chances of Lynch being able to do it are slimmer than Jacques Renault winning a hard body bikini contest.

  • May 24, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    What was wrong with the US version of Life On Mars?

    by Series 7

    I guess you never watched it.

  • May 24, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Does CBS own the TP rights anyway?

    by Himbo

    Per their hosting of the streaming vids? http://www.cbs.com/classics/twin_peaks/video/video.php?cid=715022535&pid=zzcwIFNRDuSPIvqs__UQPg_4JGDGjTN_&play=true&cc=1

  • May 24, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Ashes To Ashes would have been a better remake candidate.

    by dailysportspages

    It would have been easier to cast that way, you wouldnt have had to get way too old Harvey Keitel to play against the "too hunky" Jason O'Mara. <br><br> Besides the male cop/female cop dynamic plays better here in the states now, the male buddy cop shows dont seem to work here anymore.<br> And a cop show set in the 80's would be a lot easier to reproduce successfully, specially if set in Los Angeles/Hollywood with its rich 80's era iconography. <br> <br> Gene: Grant Show or Val Kilmer if they want to use a big name as the star.<br> Alex: Maggie Siff<br> Ray: Michael Cudlitz<br> Chris: Eric Balfour<br> Shaz: Lacey Chabert<br> Viv: Clarke Peters <br>

  • May 24, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see a third season...

    by henrydalton

    If only to give TP the send off it really deserved. But Lynch would have to be 100% on board from the start, and totally present and involved throughout the whole series. The second series went off the rails so badly after its first six or so episodes, it really wasn't even fun to watch anymore. The Lynch S2 finale went some way to getting back to the good stuff, but even that wasn't anywhere near Season 1 good.

  • May 24, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    AUDREY HORNE LIVES!!!

    by DOGSOUP

  • May 24, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I'm not saying they should have NEVER revealed it...

    by DanielKurland

    But they should have just let Lynch go at his own pace. I don't see what the big deal with finally revealing it was, as for the past bunch of episodes, it was obvious who it was, just due to all of the superimposing of Bob over him. It never stated that he was the killer at this point, but it was clear. Goddamn if that Leland/Maddy "dance" scene isn't one of the scariest things to air on TV.

  • May 24, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Why was NapPark banned?!? Herc?

    by D.Vader

    Herc are you responsible for that? Why was he banned? Because of something he said here about the tv show, or bc he implied you had never seen it? A little help, please?

  • May 24, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Hey herc, this mean we lose A.A on dollhouse?

    by nrn

    Okay if Amy Acker leaves Dollhouse for this piece of shit that won't make it past its 4th episode if it even goes to series, I will be pissed.

  • May 24, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks

    by blhotz

    was canceled early too because of shitty ratings. So wouldn't TP be considered a shitty-series too, Herc, like Life on Mars? ...too many damn quality shows are being canceled, grr...

  • May 24, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks the Game

    by readyoufool

    They need to make a game from Twin Peaks. Similar to Fable or Warcraft where there are quests (missions, investigations) all centering around a primary goal having to do with the black lodge. and with xbox live or whatever equivalent the ps3 has you could cough up a gigantic some of money to get lynch/frost to write storylines for downloadable content. I almost want this more than new episodes. New things could be revealed. the storyline could continue as lynch intended.

  • May 24, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    TWIN PEAKS like The Prisoner is a masterpiece

    by Gorgomel

  • May 24, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    As long as The Arm says...

    by blue1622

    "Let's shake some dust!" <p> I want more Twin Peaks and more Carnivale.

  • May 24, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Seriously Herc

    by Series 7

    Why is there no dedicated talkback for Breaking Bad? It is the best form of entertainment in any medium right now and you just ignore it? Are you really not watching it? Can't a show be liked on this site and not be lame ass sci fi or a cop drama?

  • May 24, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I mean it fucking had Q ON IT TONIGHT!

    by Series 7

    Q! Better then any other fucking cameo on Dollhouse last season.

  • May 25, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Twin Peaks was going to have a Nintendo RPG

    by reflecto

    As a kid I searched far and wide for info on it. But it was cancelled. Motherfuckers.

  • May 25, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    fuck breaking bad

    by wyvern

    So sick of those commercials and pop ups(that take up one third of the screen on my tv) while I'm trying to watch a damn movie.Dipshits.Way to make me not want to watch a show on your network. <P> Plus when the fuck did star trek nemesis and catwoman become american movie classics?!?!?!?!?

  • May 25, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    I'm just pissed Kings is cancelled

    by David Cloverfield

    I know it has nothing to do with anything, but I just watched the first four eps, and they're awesome.

  • May 25, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I agree with Jardinier and the others...

    by SunTzu77

    Life On Mars (US version) wasn't bad.

  • May 25, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I've seen this show's pilot... And I like it.

    by Nix_Cadavre

    I was in a test group for the pilot, and I kind of like the show. It's got that creepy Twin Peaks vibe, but with a little Fargo thrown in for good measure. The main characters are all decent (but I'd get rid of the abundance of "family" scenes) and the actors are all good in their roles. <p> I especially like (SPOILER) the boarding house where one of the main character is staying-- It's populated by a group of old ladies who all seem to be controlled by the woman who owns the place, in some creepy, subtle manner. The boarding house scenes are well-played and will hook audiences for sure. <p> Any show in which the main plot is children being taken from a small town, and the perpetrator is a mysterious figure known as the Magic Man... Well, it has potential. And heck, the show starts out with Boyd Banks (known for his roles in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Land of the Dead) getting a spike hammered into his head! <p> This is good stuff. If they implement any of the suggestions I made (and I hope other testers made, too) the show has a lot of possibilities. <p>

  • May 25, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'd settle for more of Agent Cooper's dictations on tape.

    by Royston Lodge

    When Twin Peaks was at its height, I was one of those people who bought the cassette compilation of Agent Cooper's audio messages to his secretary, including messages that were never in the show. It was great to listen to in the car. If Lynch paid McLaughlin to record another set, I'd buy it.

  • May 25, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    wyvern

    by Series 7

    Why the fuck are you watching Movies on AMC???

  • May 25, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Her's insane...

    by Ultimo The Duck

    The US Life On Mars was an excellent program.

  • May 25, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Kubrick, Twin Peaks, and Sherilyn Fenn.

    by Agentcoop007

    Alot of what happened in Twin Peaks was IMO up to the viewer to interpret, Just like with alot of Kubrick's work. Sherilyn Fenn was my teenage obsession, from Meridian, to Boxing Helena she was the best! As for the 25 years later, it was always my hope that a revival would happen within the same timing of the Black Lodge reopening and the "good" Dale getting out. You see, IMO Dale had to be trapped in the Black Lodge so he could help guide Laura into a way into heaven (see FWWM's last moments). Doing this was Dale's great sacrifce, and looped around giving the series a ending hidden in the prequel movie. Twin Peaks will always be talked about due to it being so different then anything on american TV before it, and only if Lynch/Frost make the revival would it be worth the trouble. I do think that it can happen, a new series or mini-series could get greenlighted on the name alone, and the actors still with us I'm sure would love to jump on board. I had not ever heard before about Lynch not wanted to revisit TP, but if he said something 10 years ago, maybe his mind has changed? This fan who has been using the "agentcoop" handle for 15 years sure hopes so :)

  • May 25, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Agent Cooper's dictations

    by Agentcoop007

    There was a great book that came out that was all of Agent Cooper's dictations from when he got his first micro tape recorder as a teenager. It was an awesome read as you got to learn about him growing up, losing his virginity, becoming an FBI agent, and Falling in love with Earle's wife and getting stabbed by him, all the way to him driving into Twin Peaks. Try and find a copy on ebay or something, its worth the read :)

  • May 25, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    The tie-in books are great

    by reflecto

    Including Laura Palmer's diary in which we learned she got it on with Josie Packard.

  • May 26, 2009, 4:30 a.m. CST

    mmmm...Garmonbozia!!

    by smackfu

  • May 26, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Twin Peaks was hands down

    by smackfu

    the greatest thing that was ever on tv, ever.

  • May 26, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Life On Mars

    by hst666

    was a good show. Herc obviously stopped watching after the pilot. The Ending was superior to the trite and boring UK ending as well.

  • May 26, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    On the gold box set

    by CherryValance

    Lynch seemed like he'd felt better about Twin Peaks, so I hope he'd consider going back. It would be great if he went back to the 25 year later thing and used that as a jumping off point. I mean that leaves the world open to him. I'd be more worried that MacLachlan might be the one not to do it because as I recall he was one of the people who didn't want to do FWWM. Right? But hopefully he also would have gotten over it over the years. I'd really really love for them to revisit Twin Peaks.

  • May 26, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Kyle MacLachlan

    by Agentcoop007

    Kyle MacLachlan had a chance at the movies in 1991, but now he would be a fool not to revisit his most famous role (next to Dune of course). BTW I saw him in a promo for DH the other day, and he is actualy starting to look like his "25 years later" self on the TV show :)

  • May 26, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    love that Twin Peaks idea

    by altoandando

    MAKE IT SO... come on, can't you aicn geeks just do things like that if you e-mail the right people?

  • May 26, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    also agree that Life on Mars doesn't deserve that sass talk

    by altoandando

    come on... lots of good elements. the network just didn't throw it's weight behind it and some things were a bit silly. great moments though and ended bold.

  • May 26, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    "Herc obviously stopped watching after the pilot"

    by jim

    Seeing as how Herc found the show to be "unwatchable" I would think he didn't even see that much. After all, if it was to him "unwatchable", how could he have watched it?

  • May 26, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Kyle MacLachlan probably was leary of doing FWWM

    by jim

    for fear of being further typecast. But since then his biggest roles have been on Sex & The City and Desperate Housewives, so I think he'd jump at a chance to revisit Twin Peaks. Oh yeah, he was also in Showgirls.

  • May 26, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Later I shall read the collected works of Timothy Leery

    by jim

    (stupid brain making typos)

  • May 26, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Evil Cooper

    by Oknight

    What we saw of evil Agent Cooper was that he squeezed all the toothpaste out of the middle of a tube while laughing-- I just figured that we'd learn that Cooper's doppelganger was really, really, bad at being evil.

  • May 26, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Oknight

    by CherryValance

    You mean he'd go around putting empty juice containers back in the fridge and ripping those tags off of mattresses?

  • May 27, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST

    I loved the British LIFE ON MARS...

    by SnapT

    ...and was ready to hate the American version, but I watched every episode and it won me over. I even dug the ending.

  • May 27, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Everyone Dreams of S3 Of Twin Peaks

    by holidill

    I think at one time or another all fans have a vision of what they would like to see in a season 3. Mine involves people's spirits being placed in other bodies hence you don't have to bring back the original cast if you can't get them, and have new actors portray the characters as they were in 91. Then jumnp ahead to current time for new eps. I still believe the season finale of season one is one of the best season finales of all time and sets up so much stuff. And I agree with Sherilynn Fenn. Nice...

  • May 28, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    the only thing supershitty about Life on Mars

    by oisin5199

    was the supershitty rushed ending. Had to get one last comment before this talkback disappeared, but I heartily DISAGREE with Herc's assessment. Though some eps fell flat, I thought the show was often poignant, with interesting characters, and some really cool wtf moments. But that ending was lazy, unsupported and just cheesy, negating the impact of the entire series. If they could have come up with a better ending or had continued the series, it would have been great. But I always liked how the episodes ended with the reverse countdown after an emotionally impactful moment. So I actually thought it was quite good.

  • May 29, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    readyoufool

    by henrydalton

    There was a game coming out called 'Rainy Woods' which was ridiculously over-influenced by Twin Peaks - so much so that they had to delay release to make changes in order to avoid a lawsuit! Think it was for PS3 - do a google search and watch the trailer, it's ridiculously Peaks-y. Only... a bit shit.

  • May 29, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    In fact, I'll save you the trouble...

    by henrydalton

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbbhwO7pRHA