A little bit of casting, a couple of teasers, and a time-traveling webisode are included in today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Tom Bower and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones join The Farm
  • Vera Farmiga will be Norman Bates’ mom in Bates Motel
  • David Fincher spills on who else will direct House of Cards
  • Tom and Huck will grow up, go steampunk, solve crimes for ABC
  • American Horror Story reveals two teasers and four images
  • Check out the Doctor Who spinoff web series Pond Life

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The previously-announced Psycho-prequel TV show Bates Motel just got a huge, exciting vote of confidence from its network: A&E. While most shows shoot a pilot, which is then tested and possibly picked up for a full season, Bates Motel is skipping that step and going right into full production aimed at a 2013 premiere.

The show, which will be executive produced by Lost EP Carlton Cuse, along with Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin, deconstructs the “formative” years of Norman Bates’ childhood. It takes place well before Marion Crane arrived at the motel for her fateful shower, and is described as as “a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.” Casting and pre-production will begin immediately. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Lena Dunham and company may be having trouble finding lasting romance in HBO’s Girls, but they’ve still got it way easy compared to the tormented lovers of HBO’s Game of Thrones. For one thing, I’m betting love affairs in the former involve way fewer beheadings. After the jump:

  • Mad Men¬†hints a look back to the ’50s
  • Carlton Cuse explores Norman Bates’ formative years
  • Game of Thrones drops a lovey-dovey new promo
  • Girls gets two more trailers and a glowing review
  • Showtime sets return dates for Dexter¬†and Homeland

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Is the big 2012 trend going to be TV series that act as prequels to film classics? We’ve already heard that AMC is the likely home for a Goodfellas TV series, which has been said to be a prequel to Martin Scorsese’s film. There is also Hannibal, a show that explores the early relationship between detective Will Graham and killer Hannibal Lecter.

Now A&E is developing Bates Motel, a series that would serve as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho. Because we need to know all about how Norman Bates got to be crazy, right? Psycho IV: The Beginning didn’t cover that angle well enough. Read More »

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