Despite the decades-long cult success Twin Peaks has found since the '90s, its director and creator David Lynch has been famously been less than happy with the way his series has been handled by TV networks—especially after ABC made him reveal the answer to the show's central question: Who killed Laura Palmer. And even Lynch and his co-creator Mark Frost's critically-adored revival of Twin Peaks currently on Showtime was fraught—there were some kerfuffles like Lynch's plans for the show ballooning to extravagant lengths, temporarily dropping out when he wasn't offered enough money, and casting no less than 217 actors, including everyone from Sky Ferreira to Michael Cera.
Still, difficulties aside, the show premiered this May to the tune of on-theme cherry pie, donut, and coffee-filled watching parties around the world, as star Kyle MacLachlan's Twitter account will readily attest. And now, 13 episodes deep, and with at least five more hours of the show on its way, it looks like there may be even more Twin Peaks coming after that—though we'll have to wait for Lynch to get back from the now months-long vacation he's reportedly taken in France since premiering the series at the Cannes Film Festival back in May—and since, you know, directing all of its episodes and generally devoting himself to their madness over the course of the last four years.
At least, that's how Showtime president and CEO David Nevins explained his and the director's lack of continued conversation about the show's future this week at a Television Critics Association press conference; indeed, he told reporters he'd "promised" Lynch they wouldn't discuss until the full Showtime season had wrapped, with a two-hour finale airing over Labor Day weekend.
Still, as IndieWire reports, Nevins admitted "he's not racing to approach the auteur"—not exactly a surprise, given the reboot's tortured, years-long process, which seems to have drained Nevins along with Lynch. ("Yeah, probably," was his response when asked if he'd wait till Lynch calls him to proceed with the series.)
There's also the fact that, since it premiered, the series, which Nevins admitted was "such an unusual show for us," hasn't garnered as much of a fanatic response in terms of viewership as one would expect; it took until the eighth episode, in which Lynch exploded everything, for the director to really get back into gear and cause an internet uproar. Live viewers are somewhat scarce, though Nevins did say the series has had a more robust streaming audience than any other of its shows, and "has had a very palpable effect on our subscriber (levels) for multiple months now."
Rather than another season, there's also of course an option of a "recut" of the Showtime episodes, though Nevins is equally unclear how Lynch feels about that: "If he wants to, I’ll support him, I’ll pay for it, I would love it, but I can’t imagine he would do that," he added.
Perhaps Nevins should simply check in with Naomi Watts: Since the actress, who also starred in Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, reunited with the director—and her bestie Laura Dern—the pair seems to have once again gotten quite close. Lynch may not be answering Nevins's phone calls, but even while meditating, he definitely seems to be answering Watts's texts.
Related: Read all of W's Twin Peaks recaps here.