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As Good As New: Updates on “TWIN PEAKS”, “THE X-FILES” Reboots

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There’s two very specific mindsets this writer commonly hears when debating the surge in reboots as of late. The first considers the world, and by extension the horror genre, to be obsessed with nostalgia, hence giving companies the chance to redevelop old, established properties for new generations. The second is a bit more optimistic, believing that if there are still stories to be told within the world that has already been created, then the content creators should revive those properties and tell them. In any case, the fascination with reboots and remakes is somewhat permanent in its position in pop culture, and adding to the fire, news of updates for the revival of TWIN PEAKS and THE X-FILES broke over the weekend.

The first of which came from a TWIN PEAKS convention in the UK last week, where both former castmembers Sheryl Lee and Dana Ashbrook were given the go-ahead to announce that they will be returning for the 2016 Showtime reboot for the series. Considering both Lee and Ashbrook have celebrated their roles on the show, it’s no surprise that either will be returning, although Lee’s involvement will be curious considering the demise of both of her characters. Furthermore, Lee and Ashbrook gave credence to the rumor that Sherilyn Fenn will return, stating that she is “in talks” with David Lynch to reprise the role of Audrey Horne.

While Fenn and other cast members, including Michael Ontkean and Ray Wise, have all been rumored to return, it’s safe to say that Lynch will likely be repopulating TWIN PEAKS fairly faithfully, although this writer is more interested in the new cast members joining the series. Truthfully, this writer thinks we’ll all be better off once they announce the return of Harry Goaz as Andy, who is clearly the best character on the show.

The latter update came from the Television Critics Association event last weekend, as FOX mentioned that there have been serious talks with Chris Carter to bring back THE X-FILES, potentially as a limited-event series. With this announcement, FOX also let it be known that the return would assure the return of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, although this writer would assume in a restricted capacity considering the television obligations of Anderson on HANNIBAL and Duchovny on AQUARIUS. In any case, the recent cancellation of Carter’s THE AFTER from Amazon leaves the showrunner open to return to the world of THE X-FILES, yet FOX also made it clear that no deals have been made yet.

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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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