Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Twin Peaks Back - What Characters Return?

Twin Peaks was a quirky, brilliantly shot and well acted sci-fi mystery that delved into soap opera territory. Mastermind David Lynch will be back in full force as a producer, director and actor when the series is revived in 2016 by Showtime.

The series finale left much open to interpretation regarding what happened to several main and supporting characters. So many were left on the fringe of death. Some characters may have died but gone to the infamous black lodge, some may just be dead, some may be just be getting a damn fine cup of coffee.

25 years have passed since the 30 episode series ran from 1990-1991. Some actors may be retired due to long layoffs and there have been a couple deaths. So far, IMDB is listing Agent Cooper, Sheriff Harry Truman, Deputy Hawk, Donna Heyward, Bobby Briggs, Shelly Johnson, Audrey Horne, Leland, Sarah and Laura Palmer(Sheryl Lee), and the Log Lady as returning. Given that Lynch plays Gordon Cole, I'd expect him back as well. Co-creator Mark Frost hasn't been active lately but is also back. I'm assuming Josie Packard is dead and done, but you never know.

Returning? Beware many 1991 Series Finale Spoilers Below

Annie Blackburn: the love interest of Cooper won Ms. Twin Peaks only to be brought to the Black Lodge by Windom Earle. Did she escape and make it to a hospital? Perhaps, but Heather Graham is a busy actress not yet connected to the reboot. She's racked up over 75 acting credits since the show wrapped.

Ben Horne: the celery chomping wealthy tycoon who owns the Great Northern, Horne's Department Store and One Eyed Jacks was played by Richard Beymer. Now 76 years old, he has no acting credits since 2008. Horne was likely killed in the finale after he struck his head on the fireplace following a fight with Doc Hayward. Some sites are reporting him back, but there has been no official word.

Norma Jones: the owner of the Double R diner and the secret love interest of Big Ed, is wife of criminal Hank Jennings. Peggy Lipton, now in her late 60's, has remained active acting, most notably in The Postman, but is not yet connected to the reboot.

James Hurley: the bad boy biker and former boyfriend of nearly all the female characters on the show was played by James Marshall. Marshall has played many bit parts since his starring role in the boxing movie Gladiator in 1992.

Big Ed Hurley: the mechanic and Bookhouse Boy who is in love with Norma but still married to Nadine, was played by Everett McGill who has no acting credits since 1999.  David Lynch put out a tweet asking to get in touch with Everett, so there is a good chance he is returning.

Nadine Hurley: Big Ed's wife who has one of the most bizarre amnesia stints on TV was played by Wendy Robie, who has no acting credits since 2008.

Windom Earle: last seen being killed and having his soul taken in the Black Lodge the former FBI agent could take Bob's place as the pure evil mastermind. Kenneth Welsh, who played Earle, is a busy actor racking up over 200 acting credits in his career.

Leo Johnson: the trucker and 2 bit criminal was facing certain death in the finale holding Windom Earle's trap in his teeth. Eric DaRae, who played Leo, does not have an acting credit since 2002.

The Man From Another Place: the diminutive inhabitant of the Black Lodge and guide for Agent Cooper is all sorts of odd. Michael Anderson, who played the character, has not been very active since his starring role in the show Carnivale which ran from 2003-2005.

Andy Brennan: the dimwitted deputy was played by Harry Goez and has 7 total acting credits to his name. He last appeared in 2010's Earthling.

Lucy Johnson: the ditzy pregnant blonde worked the phones at the police station while in a bizarre love triangle with Andy and Dick. Played by Kimmy Robertson, she has had steady work since Twin Peaks but is not rumored for the reboot yet.

Dr. Jacoby: the oddball Hawaii loving therapist had a couple odd turns on the show. Played by Russ Tamblyn, he will always be known as Riff from West Side Story, but has remained acting in mainly supporting roles ever since. He just turned 80 years old.

Jerry Horne: the playboy brother of Ben Horne, attorney and client schmoozer could be in charge of the Horne empire following Ben's demise. Played by David Patrick Kelly, he has been fairly active acting since the show. Despite only 9 episodes he was a favorite character of mine.

Hank Jennings: who should be out of jail is, is played by Chris Mulkey who has been very busy acting in shows like Boardwalk Empire.

Mike Nelson: Bobby Briggs' best buddy and drug dealing pal, was played by Gary Hershberger who is fairly active.

Albert Rosenfield: the hard nosed FBI  agent had little time for the small time PD of Twin Peaks. He was played by Miguel Ferrer who is currently starring in NCIS: LA.

Dick Tremayne, the debonair fashionista of Horne's Department Store was played by Ian Buchanan who has been a regular in several soap operas since Twin Peaks.

Eileen Hayward, the wheelchair bound mother of Donna Hayward was played by Mary Jo Deschanel, mother of Zooey Deschanel.


Doc Hayward: the doctor was key in several investigations in Twin Peaks and was last seen possibly killing Ben Horne in a fight. Warren Frost, who plays Doc, was last seen playing Mr. Ross in Seinfeld with no acting credits since 1998. He is 90 years old now.

Catherine Martell: the clever and swindling owner of Packard Saw Mill had just sent brother Andrew Packard and Pete Martell to certain doom. Played by Piper Laurie, she is currently 83 years old and has just one acting credit since 2010.


Major Garland Briggs: his missions took him to the lodges, sometimes for long periods of time. The multi-layered character won't be returning as Don Davis died in 2008.

Pete Martell: the lovable and innocent fisherman who was probably blown up at the bank was played by Jack Nance, who died in 1996 from head injuries sustained in a fight.

Andrew Packard: the brother of Catherine Martell and owner of Packard Saw Mill was played by  Dan O’Herlihy who died in 2005.

Great Northern Bellhop: the old and odd bellhop was played by Hank Worden, who died in 1992.

BOB: or killer Bob, seemed to possess Agent Cooper in the finale. Unfortunately, Frank Silva who played Bob died of a heart attack in 1995. I'd assume Windom Earle morph into the role or it could get even darker.

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