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“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.

Two New Teasers for the Second Season of Bates Motel Released

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The highly anticipated season 2 of A&E’s “Bates Motel” has released two brand new trailers to tease the upcoming season. In the trailers we see both Norman and Norma Bates wand a little bit of what we can expect in the future. Season 2 begins early next year with Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga (whom I utterly love to death) reprising their roles as Norman and Norma Bates respectively. Kathleen Robertson, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Vartan are going to be newcomers to the series.

The series is described as a “contemporary prequel” to the 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.

No debut date has been set for the second season except for a 2014 tag. You can watch both of the extended teaser trailer for “Bates Motel” below:

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.