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  Twin Peaks Pulled

AP Entertainment Writer, February 15, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) – "Twin Peaks" will be pulled from the ABC schedule following this Saturday's broadcast in what could be the first move toward cancellation of the bizarre television serial.

ABC said in a statement released Friday afternoon that the "Twin Peaks" ratings were a disappointment but that the show would return to the air in a different time period later this season.

Last week, "Twin Peaks" finished in 85th place out of 89 television shows ranked by the A.C. Nielsen Co.

A spokesman for the producers of the show said, "We have no idea when we will be on next." Traditionally, when a show is placed on indefinite hiatus its future is doomed.

Michael Saltzman, the spokesman for "Twin Peaks" producers David Lynch and Mark Frost, said ABC has ordered 22 episodes of the one-hour drama for the 1990-91 television season. The 16th episode is set for broadcast this Saturday at 10 p.m.

Lynch, whose feature film credits include 1986's "Blue Velvet" and 1990's "Wild at Heart," was optimistic.
"We've all known the true `Twin Peaks' fan is a party animal and not home on Saturday night, and they have sorely missed the opportunity to have a party on a weeknight," Lynch said in a statement. "We are looking forward to seeing which weekday night ABC will call `party night' in the future," Lynch said.

Saltzman said "Twin Peaks" might perform better in a new time period. The remaining six episodes are in varying stages of completion, Saltzman said.
"All of us feel that Saturday night was not the night for `Twin Peaks,"' Saltzman said. "We don't see this as a negative. We see this as a positive."

The show focuses on sex, murder and junk food in a Pacific Northwest lumber town. It stars Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Piper Laurie, Joan Chen and Madchen Amick in supporting roles.

"Twin Peaks" was among the most promising television debuts in recent years when it premiered in April 1990, but its popularity with critics and audiences alike steadily has ebbed.

ABC also said it would place the spy drama "Under Cover" on hiatus. "Under Cover" was seen Saturday nights at 9 p.m. "First quarter ratings results for Saturdays, 9 to 11 p.m. have been a disappointment," said Robert Iger, president of ABC Entertainment. "`Under Cover' has never received the audience sampling it deserves in the time period and Saturday has not served `Twin Peaks' as well as we had hoped."
ABC said it would show movies in place of the two shows.

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