David Lynch: Cable TV Is “The New Arthouse”

Try as they might, even the most ardent of cinephiles can’t ignore the impact of television anymore. As production values have increased, episode counts have shrunk and risks are taken, top talent from the film world is flocking to the small screen and in the process proving that the only real differentiator anymore is presentation format.

David Lynch, who hasn’t made a film since 2006’s “Inland Empire,” is the latest to talk up television as the medium today where the best storytelling and true filmmaker creativity is going on. He tells Timeout: “The feature film and the form of the feature film is not so pleasing to people these days. A continuing story seems to be what is interesting for people nowadays. Cable television is the new art-house.”

The comments come in the wake of Lynch’s work on a revival of his classic series “Twin Peaks” for Showtime, along with his 2001 effort “Mulholland Drive” topping a BBC list of the best films of the 21st century so far assembled from numerous critics lists. Lynch helmed all eighteen episodes of the new “Twin Peaks” which are expected to air early next year, but sadly he’s “not allowed to talk about” it.