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BRAVO CREATES NEW PROGRAMMING SHOWCASE 'TV TOO GOOD FOR TV,' DAVID LYNCH'S 'TWIN PEAKS,' CULT TELEVISION SERIES, FIRST PROGRAM ACQUISITION

 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Bravo has licensed all 32 hours (30 episodes) of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks," it was announced today jointly by Joshua Sapan, president, and Kathleen Dore, vice president and general manager, Bravo.
 This acclaimed cult television series will air exclusively on Bravo in a new programming showcase, "TV Too Good For TV," which kicks off in June 1993.
 Additional programming acquisitions are planned for "TV Too Good For TV." New acquisitions will follow the criteria set forth by "Twin Peaks": unique artistic vision and critical acclaim rather than ratings or volume of episodes.
 "There's a place on television for programs that have integrity and quality, a loyal following and most importantly, an artistic vision. Those kind of programs -- like Twin Peaks' -- will soon be found on a very selective basis on Bravo's new programming showcase, TV Too Good For TV,'" commented Sapan.
 " Twin Peaks' offers our viewers an outlet to experience one of the best alternative television productions in the history of the medium. Bravo has historically been the home for independent and alternative filmmakers," noted Dore.
 Created by Academy Award nominee David Lynch ("Eraserhead," "The Elephant Man," "Blue Velvet") and Mark Frost ("Hill Street Blues") "Twin Peaks" presents an unsettling, sometimes darkly comic vision of the ominous unknown lurking beneath the commonplace and the everyday. Lynch brought his incomparable visual artistry, his edgy, off-beat style, to "Twin Peaks" and created a critical stir with his radical departure from conventional network television.
 "Twin Peaks" premiered on ABC in September 1990 with a cinematically brilliant two-hour season opener that sent the country talking about who killed Laura Palmer. "Twin Peaks" was nominated in 1990 for 14 Emmy Awards, and won two Emmys. It aired with much critical acclaim for its irreverent, filmic style through April 1991.
 David Lynch drew on independent film directors to give "Twin Peaks" its speciter of "River's Edge," and Diane Keaton of "Heaven" are among those who directed episodes of the series.
 Set in the wild and beautiful Washington state, Twin Peaks is a surreal small town. Kyle MacLachlan, who won a Golden Globe for this role and played the Lynch hero in "Blue Velvet" brings his quirky style to the lead role of FBI agent Dale Cooper. Michael Ontkean stars as Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Piper Laurie as Catherine Martlee, Joan Chen as Jocelyn Packard, Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Richard Beymer as Benjamin Horne, Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward, Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, Warren Frost as Dr. William Hayward, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, James Marshall as James Hurley, Everett McGill as Ed Hurley, Jack Nance as Pete Martell and Ray Wise as Leland Palmer.
 "Twin Peaks" was produced by Lynch/Frost Productions, Inc. in association with Propaganda Films and Worldvision Enterprises, Inc. Bravo has licensed the episodes of "Twin Peaks" from Worldvision, a unit of Spelling Entertainment Group Inc.
 Bravo offers critically acclaimed American independent and international films as well as specials in the performing arts including dance, classical music and theater. This year, Bravo was honored as the first recipient of the Creator's Award by the National Academy of Cable Programming. This top award honors a network whose vast contributions have enriched the television medium. Bravo is currently seen in 10 million homes.
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 /CONTACT: Caroline Bock of Bravo, 310-458-6700 (until Jan. 19), or 516-364-2222, or Alan Cohen of Serino Coyne PR, 212-626-2700, for Bravo/


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