Norma and Norman Bates’ toxic relationship will continue for the foreseeable future. A&E has renewed Bates Motel for two more seasons, the show’s fourth and fifth. The Psycho prequel stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. More on the Bates Motel renewal after the jump. Read More »
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TV Bits: ‘Mad Men’, ‘Vikings’, ‘Bates Motel’, ‘Girls’, ‘Happy Endings’, ‘Jonathan Strange’, ‘The Bridge’
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether you’re scrambling to catch up on the Mad Men Season 6 premiere or you just want to experience it again, AMC’s got the entire episode online right now. Also after the jump:
- Vikings and Bates Motel get renewed
- Paul Reuben heads to Wonderland
- HBO’s Girls loses one of its boys
- Will USA pick up Happy Endings?
- The Kitten Bowl is coming in 2014
- Jonathan Strange is coming to the BBC
- Peter Berg will direct HBO’s The Leftovers
- See a trailer for Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
- FX reveals four creepy promos for The Bridge
Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Peter Sciretta
A&E has released the first six minutes of their upcoming tv series Bates Motel, which is a prequel of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film Psycho. Watch the footage after the jump while you still can, as we’re not sure how long it will be available online. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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TV Bits: ‘Luck’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Zombieland’, ‘Bates Motel’, Alfonso Cuaron, James Gandolfini, Chris Hardwick, Judd Apatow, and More
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:
- Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
- Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
- HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
- HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
- Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
- Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
- Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
- Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel
TV Bits: ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Community’, ‘Futurama’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop’, ‘Archer’, ‘Bates Motel’, Marc Maron, George R.R. Martin, More
Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
I am going to assume that the Futurama crew, like the rest of the Internet, is cheering in celebration of Community‘s return. After the jump:
- Dean Norris says Breaking Bad‘s final run is “Hank-centric”
- Roy from The Office is Beverly Hills Cop‘s new Judge Reinhold
- George R.R. Martin could develop more shows for HBO
- See the real-life models for the staff of ISIS on Archer
- Marc Maron‘s IFC series, titled Maron, unveils a first teaser
- Syfy has a new trailer for its upcoming series Defiance
- Mother and son are creepy in Bates Motel‘s new teaser and poster
- Comedy Central offers a peek at the next season of Futurama
- Get ready for Community‘s long-awaited return with a new trailer
SXSW Programs ‘Burt Wonderstone’ as Opening Film, Also Schedules ‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Downloaded,’ and ‘Bates Motel’ Pilot
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
The next big festival after Sundance is SXSW, right here in Austin, TX. The fest runs from March 8-16, and has just announced the opening night film, as well as a few other selections. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the opener, and stars Steve Carrell as as “a Las Vegas magician who splits from his longtime stage partner (Steve Buscemi) amid competition from an edgy upstart (Jim Carrey).” Watch the trailer here.
The film, directed by Dan Scardino, opens wide shortly after, on March 15.
More film announcements, including the premiere of Evil Dead, are below. Read More »
Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:
- Sam Mendes and a Skyfall co-writer team for a Showtime project
- Rupert Wyatt gets hired for AMC’s period drama pilot Turn
- Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising desperately needs more viewers
- Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
- Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
- Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
- The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
- Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
- A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
- Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
- Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless
‘Bates Motel’ Premiere Date Announced, Series Inspired by ‘Psycho’ Films But Not Directly Linked to Them
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
The line between prequel/sequel and fan fiction blurs further.
There have been several Psycho movies following Alfred Hitchcock’s standard-setting 1960 original, and we’ve wondered just how the prequel TV series Bates Motel would exist in relation to them. Is this a prequel, a reboot, or something else? The movies don’t have the clearest story path with respect to what is “official” or canon story, and with the series charting the purchase of a motel by Norma Bates with her son Norman in tow, we’ve wondered just what to expect.
At an event debuting elements of the show today for the Television Critics Association press tour, the show’s premiere date was announced (10 p.m. Monday, March 18 on A&E) and producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) explained that, when it comes to the film series, “We don’t really view any of that as canon.” Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)
The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.