This week on the small screen, Amazon renews Transparent, ABC gives Darth Vader a prime-time cameo, Showtime picks up Twin Peaks, and we give Certified-Fresh ratings to Homeland and The Flash!
The Flash and Homeland are Certified Fresh.
As Rotten Tomatoes continues to track critic reviews for the new and returning TV shows this fall, two series have earned a Certified Fresh rating this week: Homeland and The Flash. In season four of Homeland, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) finds herself stationed in Kabul, with her first mission sending her to Islamabad. New episodes of Homeland air Sundays on Showtime at 9 p.m. Season four is currently Certified Fresh at 83 percent (stream the first two episodes of season four on Rotten Tomatoes for free now). In The Flash, Grant Gustin plays a forensics assistant who develops super-speed after a mishap at S.T.A.R. labs and becomes (of course) the DC superhero. Season one of The Flash is currently Certified Fresh at 96 percent and airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
Twin Peaks returns to TV after 25 years.
It might be one of the longest TV hiatuses ever, but after 25 years, Twin Peaks is coming back to TV. The bizarre small-town mystery from David Lynch and Mark Frost will have a season three on Showtime in 2016. Lynch and Frost confirmed their involvement in a statement on Monday, saying “The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.” Season three will not be a remake, although no casting details have been revealed yet. For many critics, Twin Peaks was a trailblazer for non-traditional series — though after two seasons, low ratings caused ABC to cancel the show. Twenty-five years later, Twin Peaks has established a cult following. To catch up for the new season, consult our Weekly Binge guide for where to see seasons one and two.
Amazon renews Transparent for a second season.
Amazon Studios’ dramedy Transparent has only been available for streaming for two weeks, but Amazon is committing to a second season as of Thursday on account of positive user ratings and overwhelmingly positive critcs’ reviews. Certified Fresh at 98 percent, Jill Soloway’s Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Mort Pfefferman, who decides to come out to his adult children as Moira Pfefferman. According to Deadline.com, Amazon said that the comedy has “smashed Prime Instant Video records,” raking as the top-ranking series since its premiere on Sept. 26. All 10 episodes of season one are available to stream now exclusively on Amazon Prime.
ABC’s Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will feature a special cameo.
ABC set a date for its primetime airing of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, the animated film featuring back-stories of some of the rebel characters from the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Rebels has already aired across several Disney platforms including Disney Channel and Disney XD, but the upcoming primetime special will have a bonus scene, featuring a cameo by none other than Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones), which will provide context to the show’s villain, the Inquisitor. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion airs on ABC on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The weekly series, which begins its run on Disney XD Oct. 13, has been picked up for a second season.