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Kyle MacLachlan to return as Agent Cooper in David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' revival

Nine new episodes of the cult drama will air on US cable network Showtime next year (2016)

Kyle MacLachlan will be reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper in David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival.

The actor confirmed his return at a US press event yesterday (January 12), Entertainment Weekly reports. "I'm very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks," MacLachlan told reporters. "May the forest be with you."

Twin Peaks has been revived by US cable network Showtime and will return in 2016. All new nine episodes will be directed by the show's co-creator David Lynch, Showtime's present David Nevins confirmed at the same press event.

Nevins told reporters that Lynch and his Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost have been "very specific in promising closure" in the new season. "From what I've seen, I think this going to live up to expectations - and then some," he teased.

Created by Lynch and Frost, Twin Peaks premiered on US network ABC in 1990 and followed an investigation into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer, headed by MacLachlan's Special FBI Agent Dale Cooper. A second season followed in 1991, but after Palmer's murder was resolved midway through the season, ratings declined sharply and ABC chose not to order a third season.

The show - named after the fictional small town in which is set - has retained a large cult fanbase since then and Showtime announced last October that it is bringing back Twin Peaks for a nine-episode third season.

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