David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Departure: Why TV Revivals Are Bad Ideas

April 6, 2015 4:43 PM

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David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Departure: Why TV Revivals Are Bad Ideas

There’s nothing that entertainment executives think fans want more than a TV reunion. Bringing back a familiar property, years or decades after the initial run, not only allows fans more time with their favorite characters, but takes up a slot on the development slate that would otherwise need to be filled by an original property. But, as David Lynch’s departure from the planned Twin Peaks revival shows, there’s more to a reunion than gathering familiar cast members and hoping the magic starts once the camera rolls. It’s difficult to recapture the magic not just for lofty hypothetical reasons, but for boring, pragmatic ones, too.

Lynch, the film director whose creative vision made Twin Peaks a TV sensation in the 1990s, announced on Twitter that he was unable to come to terms with Showtime on a budget for the show, which has yet to begin filming. He left it unclear whether or not the show will still go ahead, but it’s a vexe...

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