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Pat Clark: Cherry pie with that Showtime revamp?

Alton Brown, Host of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” is bringing his persona to the Gallo Center on March 18.
Alton Brown, Host of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” is bringing his persona to the Gallo Center on March 18. Food Network

Are you ready to return to the Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks?

The drama “Twin Peaks” was a television phenomenon – a cult favorite, although never much of a ratings beast – in the early 1990s, and I was in love with it. The first season.

Like everyone else who became entranced by the series, I wanted the “Who killed Laura Palmer?” question answered, but then kind of wished it hadn’t been once the show went south after that resolution in Season 2.

Still, I stuck with it because it was so amazingly off-kilter, pretty much addicted to the show. Heck, I even went to the film that was made after the series’ TV run ended. It was off-kilter, too, but not in that same good way.

Season 1 of “Twin Peaks” was like catching lightning in the proverbial bottle, it seems, and a cautionary tale for making a serial television series.

Now, it appears Showtime is trying to catch lightning again, or at least a spark of the “Twin Peaks” history. According to The Associated Press, the premium network is returning to that weird world in a new series a quarter-century after the original aired.

Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will be back to write and produce the new limited series, according to the AP, and Showtime announced it will go into production next year for airing in 2016. Lynch will direct all nine episodes.

The original show was set in the quirky Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, where the slain Laura Palmer had lived among a community filled with odd people with lots of odd secrets.

While no cast members have been announced, the revived “Twin Peaks” will be set in the present day and will provide “long-awaited answers for the series’ fan base,” the AP story said.

Well, we already know who killed Laura Palmer. It will take a reviewing of the original series to reveal what questions are left. And a subscription to Showtime to get them answered.

Questions, for instance, like whether the cafe there still serves a damn fine cup of coffee.


Beware the Internet if you don’t want to know anything about season five of “Downton Abbey,” another one of those television addictions.

That’s because the series is now running on its mother station in Britain, and spoilers will be all over the place. We won’t get the show on this side of the pond until January.

That seems like a long time to wait, but if getting older has taught me anything, it will be here before we know it. Still, four months is a chunk of time to edit your social media feeds.

PBS airs the wildly popular soapy show in the United States, but never at the same time as it’s seen in Britain, which annually allows for those obnoxious spoilers. Still, we all knew going into Season 3 that Matthew was going to die, but it didn’t keep fans from tuning in when it finally aired here.

So beware, because “Downton” no doubt will be trending the next few weeks. Twitter at your own risk.


You may have read last week in The Bee that the Gallo Center for the Arts has added several shows to its current season. I was pretty impressed upon hearing Art Garfunkel would be coming to Modesto, but I actually squealed when Alton Brown’s name was announced.

Seriously, I am a hopeless geek.

As is Alton Brown, who – for those of you who do not follow all things foodie on television – is the man on the Food Network.

No, he’s not a dreamy looker like Bobby Flay, so that’s not the attraction. He’s just so doggone smart about food and, well, everything else. He’s got a quick and a biting wit to boot.

He’ll bring his Edible Inevitable Tour to town on March18. He’s known on the Food Network for explaining the various cooking processes and techniques by sharing the science behind them. He’s also hosted or co-hosted some of the network’s most popular shows, including “Iron Chef America,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Food Network Star” and “Good Eats.”

Brown is the latest in a list of foodie stars to come to the Gallo Center, most of whom have been big draws. Truly, he’ll have to be extremely good to rival the show by Anthony Bourdain a few years back, but if anyone can do it, Brown’s the guy.

Reach Scene editor Pat Clark at pclark@modbee.com.

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