In celebration of Mark Frost’s 63rd birthday, here’s his 10-minute appearance on Charlie Rose in October 1993. The interview covers The List Of Seven, Storyville, life after death and, of course, Twin Peaks.
What was it about Twin Peaks that so galvanized the American attention?
I think we, first of all, had a good mystery story going, which was the initial hook to bring people in. […] We also, I think, kind of broke a bit of a barrier in that it was a show you actually had to pay attention to. This was not a show you could turn on as background music and sort of drift away and wait for the commercials. It was a show that if you were going to be rewarded by the show, you had to pay attention. And you had to watch it every week. And that was sort of something that television hadn’t tried for a while.