What will become of Agent Cooper? Has the Twin Peaks TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Twin Peaks season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?
What’s This TV Show About?
A supernatural serial drama on the Showtime premium cable channel, the Twin Peaks TV show revival is a continuation of the original 1990s ABC TV series. Also known as Twin Peaks: The Return, the horror mystery centers on the return of idiosyncratic FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). The large cast also includes Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Everett McGill, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Amy Shiels, Robert Forster, Phoebe Augustine, Chrysta Bell, Richard Beymer, Catherine E. Coulson, Jan D’Arcy, Laura Dern, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Eddie Vedder, Naomi Watts, and Alicia Witt.
Season Three Ratings
Historical Note: the second season of Twin Peaks aired on the ABC broadcast network between September 30, 1990 and June 10 1991. Today’s television landscape is so different. When low season two ratings prompted ABC to cancel Twin Peaks, the series averaged 11.277 million viewers. Were the revival to attract an audience of that size, today, Showtime would rename itself the Twin Peaks Network and give this show a two season pickup. For that matter, so would ABC. The original series’ lowest rated installment, episode 2.20, drew an audience of 7.4 million. Today, that is a totally respectable number, even on the most-watched network, CBS.
Although Showtime relies on paid subscriptions rather than ad revenue, they still have to run programming that will help them attract and retain paying customers. Showtime is releasing the episodes online so it’s no big surprise that Twin Peaks is doing poorly in the ratings. David Lynch has said he currently has no plans to do another installment, but wouldn’t rule one out. We’ll see what happens if the revival takes off and Showtime backs up the money truck. For now, I think that there won’t be another season. Subscribe for free updates on Twin Peaks cancellation and renewal news.
8/8 update: Twin Peaks is ending with season three. There are no plans for a fourth season. Details here.
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