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Bates Motel to Conclude Season Two with Live After Hours


A&E announced today that their hit drama series, “Bates Motel” will end the season with a special finale edition of “Bates Motel: After Hours.” It will be hosted by Dave Holmes.

Season two of “Bates Motel” further explores Norman’s unraveling psyche and digs deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. New family members and seedy residents of the White Pine Bay including notable guest stars checked in throughout the season. In the season two finale, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is haunted by a tragic event in his past and Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to save him from making a horrible mistake. Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) find a way to bring closure to the drug war and Emma (Olivia Cooke) makes a decision about her future at Bates Motel.

Fans will then get a first-hand look into the explosive season finale during “Bates Motel: After Hours”, a live half-hour special event on May 5th at 11pm ET/PT. Stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett), Nestor Carbonell (Alex Romero), Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody) and executive producer Carlton Cuse will answer fan questions, share behind-the-scenes analysis and give insight into season two and what may be to come in season three. “Bates Motel: After Hours” will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience in New York.

“Bates Motel” Renewed for a Third Season at A&E

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“Bates Motel” has officially been renewed by A&E for a third season. The series stars (the impeccable) Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the iconic Bates family.

The series, is a “contemporary prequel” to Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name). It depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock’s film, albeit in a different fictional town (“White Pine Bay, Oregon,” as opposed to the film’s “Fairvale, California”) and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma’s husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life. As you can imagine, things do not go as planned as Norma becomes increasingly dependent on her son and Norman loses control over himself. 

Network executive vp and general manager David McKillop said,

“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television. The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”

Produced by Universal Television for A&E Network, with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions, respectively, Bates Motel will return in 2015. The current season is scheduled to run through May 5.

A&E Delivers Hitchcock Prequel ‘Bates Motel’ Teaser Art

A&E has gone Hitchcock creepy, but not without a sense of style. The network is going to deliver to the masses, a new series called Bates Motel. The material is considered a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious 1960 film, Psycho. Today we unveil the horrific new poster art for the series.

The sign says there are vacancies, but the nighttime imagery says you’d do well to spend the night someplace else. You can cue the iconic stabbing music and be sure not to shower until you leave the Bates Motel.

The prequel story is so fascinating that A&E decided to skip the usual pilot stage for a show in development and picked up the order for episodes right out of the gate, so to speak. If that doesn’t get your attention, maybe actress Vera Famriga will. The big screen actress will claim a small screen gig to act as Norma Bates, who is, of course, Norman’s mother.

The Oscar nominee’s part is being called

complicated, passionate and compelling woman who is smart, multidimensional and…surprising.

In fact, the show will focus upon Norman’s relationship with his mother, revealing to viewers how the serial killer came to be.

You know Farmiga from The Departed, Up in the Air, and Source Code.

Driving the proverbial bus are Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin. Look out American Horror Story, you’ve got competition.

Cuse said,

We are incredibly excited to start production on Bates Motel. We think our take on the Bates family will both be surprising and subvert expectations. We can’t wait for people to check in.

In the original Psycho, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh was his co-star.

Alfred Hitchcock is a hot topic in Hollywood right now. I’m very pleased because the director was one of a kind. I still watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix.

Aside from the Bates Motel A&E series, fans of the portly fellow will want to look out for The Girl, Hitchcock, and Rebecca. The Girl is an HBO movie depicting the not so easy-going relationship between the director Tippi Hedren, who starred in The Birds. In that one, Toby Jones will act as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller is Hedren. Imelda Staunton will play Hitchock’s patient and almost oddly understanding wife, Alma.

As for Hitchcock, that’s the title of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming film. It also deals with Psycho, in that it shows how that film was made. In this one, Anthony Hopkins is Hitchcock and Alma is played by Helen Mirren. Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh. That’s some seductive casting. If you need more seduction, Jessica Biel will be Vera Miles.

Lastly, Hitchcock material is finding its way onto Broadway. His creepy, 1940 picture, an Oscar winner, by the way, is going to be a Broadway musical. This makes me want to watch the original very soon. Rebecca unfolds as the title woman marries a rich widower. Once she moves into his mansion; however, things are far from being a fairytale. Her husband’s deceased first wife has a very palpable presence in that place.