Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: NO, NOT PBS!!!!
From: (James Gordon Mihaychuk)
Date: 1991-05-15, 08:41

Back in the days when there still appeared to be some hope for the
continuation of TP, a lot of people seemed eager to have the series
picked up by FOX (a great idea).
I have another idea, which is a bit weird, but makes a lot of sense: PBS.
Not that PBS would pick up and continue TP, but I'm certain that
if enough supporters (of the Monty Python or Doctor Who breed) emerge
from the current throng of TP fans, we'll be seeing TP on PBS at
pledge drive time.
TP was perfect as a series on network TV, because of the anticipation
generated from week to week. However, the attention span required
for one to follow the show, and the absolute need for viewers not
to miss even one episode seems to suggest that the epsiodes be shown
nightly for the benefit of the hard-core Peaks fans.
I had similar thoughts about Dune. (Disclaimer for Frank Herbert fans:
The only novel in that series which I have read is Dune itself.)
I found that the movie lost much of the content of the novel by compressing
a fairly involved novel into such a short time. Might it not have been feasible
to make Dune as long as a 5-episode miniseries on PBS? I'd say that in
a perfect world, such a scheme would have been ideal. Twin Peaks,
however, is a different animal--network TV is more consistent with
all aspects of the style of the series.
I don't believe for a minute that TP could survive as a current series
on PBS, but a posthumous existence seems possible.
-James Mihaychuk    Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada-