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‘Twin Peaks’ Original Series in 1990: Oddball, but ‘Brilliant Television’

20 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On Sunday, Showtime debuts “Twin Peaks,” a continuation of the 1990 series that is unique in TV history — the show has maintained a fan base after a quarter century, even though there were only 30 episodes, most of them low-rated.

Like the new incarnation, the original “Twin Peaks” was kept in secrecy, but media (and audience) anticipation was high. ABC premiered the two-hour pilot on April 8, 1990, and it was an immediate hit. However, the show quickly faded from view.

Even before it started, Variety predicted it would be a challenge. In a story on Feb. 28, 1990, a few weeks before the debut, Elizabeth Guider wrote that it was much hyped, but “the series represents a ratings risk: It has no big names, no car chases, no glitz, no overt sex or violence. What it does have is an offbeat intelligence at work on a very American kind of story — murder in a small town.”

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- Tim Gray

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Steven McDonald, Beloved New York City Cop Paralyzed 30 Years Ago, Dies at 59

11 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steven McDonald, the New York City police detective who was paralyzed from the neck down after being shot in 1986, died Tuesday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, his close friend, John Bates, tells People. He was 59.

McDonald suffered an apparent heart attack last Friday, the NYPD chief of detectives, Robert K. Boyce, wrote on Twitter

My thoughts & prayers for Det. Steven McDonald who was hospitalized earlier today after suffering a heart attack. #hero

— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) January 6, 2017


McDonald, who was Catholic, lived a deeply spiritual life after the shooting incident. This »

- Erin Hill

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