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When it comes to revivals of hugely popular genre shows, few people are in fan demand quite as much as former Californication star David Duchovny. The actor has been in all kinds of headlines concerning his possible return to the X-Files universe, but some of us are a little more interested in hearing about whether or not his transgender DEA agent would be coming back for Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival. The verdict? He damn sure wants to.
Speaking with the L.A. Times about his upcoming debut novel Holy Cow, Duchovny was asked about the returns of the two hit series.
I think Twin Peaks is happening for sure. I hope my character comes back, I think she does.
Granted, I seriously doubt that Duchovny would go on record saying he wasn’t going to have anything to do with Twin Peaks, or that fan favorite Agent Denise Bryson wasn’t coming back. But it’s always encouraging to know that he wants back in. Considering barely anyone beyond David Lynch and Mark Frost knows what’s happening with the new Twin Peaks series, it’s not an impossibility, or even an improbability, for Bryson to return. If Disney taught us that it’s a small world, Lynch and Frost taught us that it’s a weird one, where people talk backward in otherworlds. They can bring back whatever characters they want, and hopefully Duchovny’s interest helps that along.
Bryson came into Dale Cooper’s world when Cooper was under fire from the FBI under false pretenses, and her return to Showtime’s limited series would find company in a growing list of transgender characters across television. Not a very widely investigated topic on TV in the early 1990s, but that’s all changed now, thanks to excellent series like Transparent and Orange is the New Black, among others. Oddly enough, people holding logs still hasn’t been tapped as a source for creative storytelling
Duchovny, who jokingly called his possible TV takeover “the Eagles’ greatest hits tour…by me,” will be starring in NBC’s Aquarius, which takes place during Charles Manson’s reign of terror prior to his incarceration. An X-Files limited series would take another sizeable chunk out of his schedule. But Twin Peaks isn’t happening until next year, and Bryson’s return probably wouldn’t be a very involved one, so let’s do our best to get Duchovny back on every network, everyone.
At this point, we know that Kyle MacLachlan will be returning to play Agent Cooper, along with Sheryl Lee as Laura and/or Maddy, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby, and Catherine E. Coulson as the Log Lady Margaret. An upcoming book will clue audiences in on what’s been going on with these characters in the 25 years since we’ll have last seen them. It’s going to be a “1,500 cups of coffee” kind of wait.