Is David Lynch Coming Back to TV?

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David Lynch

David Lynch hasn’t created a major TV series since Twin Peaks, more than 20 years ago. His last feature film as director was 2006’s “Inland Empire,” which was barely released. He’s spent the last few years practicing Transcendental Meditation, writing books about it, directing a Duran Duran concert, and delivering an out-of-nowhere, outrageously great supporting performance on last year’s season of Louie.

But now, the 67-year-old auteur may be eyeing a return to television. The Twin Peaks fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks this week cited an interview Lynch gave to the Paris-based, French-language edition of the Metro newspaper. According to the site’s translation- backed up by Google Translate- Lynch said this:

 Jerome Vermelin (for Metro France): You could come back with a new series?

David Lynch: I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about it. Television allows you to tell a story over time, something cinema doesn’t. For me, the two formats will always exist, it’s like painting in a square or rectangular.

These days, with more and more TV networks willing to take chances on esoteric visions from creative types, might be the perfect time for Lynch to get back in the TV game, even if it’s not the Twin Peaks reboot that was rumored and then quickly denied a few months ago.

Lynch’s last attempt at a TV series was Mulholland Drive, a pilot rejected by ABC in the late ’90s that Lynch turned into one of his most acclaimed films in 2001.

 UPDATE: This story originally stated that Lynch has not created a TV series since Twin Peaks; in fact, along with Mark Frost, he co-created American Chronicles and On the Air, both of which aired briefly in the mid-1990s.

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  • AJ

    If a show comes out that Lynch is involved with, I’ll watch it. I’d love to see him do another long-format story, because it’s true, you can tell different kinds of stories that way, that you can’t tell in a two-hour movie.

  • Walter

    “David Lynch hasn’t created a TV series since Twin Peaks, more than 20 years ago.”

    Sure. If you don’t count “On the Air” or “American Chronicles.”

  • Billy

    “David Lynch hasn’t created a TV series since Twin Peaks, more than 20 years ago.” Not true, he co-created the short lived series “On the Air” a year or two after Twin Peaks wrapped.

  • Jeremy Bragg

    David Lynch had another short lived TV show that aired in the summer of 1992 called On the Air. The year is 1957. A new program entitled “The Lester Guy Show” is debuting on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Most of the cast is nuts, the crew is incompetent and everything that could go wrong always does. Of course, this makes the show a hit.

    While mixing the sound for an episode of the second season of Twin Peaks, Lynch was hit with a sudden inspiration. “It just came into my head, the idea of people trying to do something successful and having it all go wrong.”1 Following the initial success of Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost were hot properties in Television. When they approached ABC with the idea for “On the Air,” the network was eager to take them up on the offer. The show itself was a half-hour absurdist comedy featuring many of the cast and crew from Twin Peaks. The pilot tested very well, and six more episodes were ordered. However, by the time it came to scheduling the On the Air, things with Twin Peaks had already fallen apart, and the network was no longer eager to work with Lynch. “During that time everything was going belly up with Twin Peaks, and there wasn’t any support from ABC for this show at all. They really hated it.”2 The series’ broadcast was delayed and finally run during the summer, a time when most networks know people are away from their television sets, thus they dump undesirable shows then. Lynch knew the timeslot meant certain death for the show at the hands of the network. “I’ve heard that summertime is pretty much the worst time you can be on, but we’re going on in summer. I’ve heard that Saturday night is the worst night of the week to be on, and we’re going on Saturday night.”3 As expected, the show received poor ratings, and only three of the seven episodes were aired by ABC before they gave it the axe (all seven episodes were aired overseas however).

  • rob

    “David Lynch hasn’t created a TV series since Twin Peaks, more than 20 years ago.”

    – Actually he created a show with Mark Frost called On The Air after Twin Peaks. I haven’t seen it since then, but as a huge Twin Peaks fan, was completely baffled upon watching it.

  • Ed

    David Lynch also does a voice on The Cleveland Show (of all things).

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