BATES MOTEL to Return for Its Fifth and Final Season in February


The Bates Motel will soon be closed. But before that happens, the series will be returning for its fifth and final season on February 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

Actress Vera Farmiga returns for double duty as executive producer while also reprising her role as Mother who is very much alive and well but only in the twisted, complicated mind of Norman Bates, played by Freddie Highmore.

Here’s what we know about season 5: “New faces find their way to the Bates Motel this season to further complicate Norman’s life and threaten to unearth his dark secrets. Viewers will finally meet the iconic Marion Crane played by Rihanna. In addition, a new couple in town, Madeleine Loomis, played by Isabelle McNally and her husband Sam Loomis, played by Austin Nichols, as well as Sheriff Dana Greene, played by Brooke Smith become entangled in Norman’s life causing a chain of events that could blow the lid off Norman’s secret life. Lastly, fans will be greeted by familiar faces when Caleb Calhoun and Chick Hogan return with agendas of their own.”

BATES MOTEL Season 4 Preview: The Only Way It Can End


Norman Bates is missing. When Bates Motel returns for its fourth season, Norma and Dylan are desperately searching for the missing Norman. When we see him, he wakes up in a field and he’s shouting at a vision of his mother that only he can see.

When his family gets wind of his whereabouts, he’s been admitted to a psychiatric hospital. As Norma rushes to her son’s side, Dylan is heading to Portland to await the outcome of Emma’s lung transplant.

When Norma finally gets in to see the hospital’s psychiatric doctor, she admits that Norman has been having blackouts but insists there is nothing wrong with him. The doctor disagrees and tells Norma her behavior has been negligent. Frustrated, Norma is ordered to leave while the hospital takes over Norman’s care. She immediately seeks out Alec (who, believe me, has his own problems), but he can’t really help her. Instead, she tries to secure Norman a place in a beautiful psychiatric home (instead of the horrible county hospital).

In Portland, Emma’s mother Audrey shows up at the hospital. While Dylan seems interested in getting to know her, Emma’s father orders her away. She leaves the hospital, but checks in to the Bates Motel, bringing her in contact with the Bates family.

Here’s the most important thing you need to know about this new season: Norman Bates’ mental “episodes” are increasing. They’re getting worse and they’re getting stranger and we’re getting progressively closer to the Norman from the Hitchcock film.

Don’t miss the season premiere of BATES MOTEL tonight (March 7) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

BATES MOTEL Season 4 Preview: A Transformation

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Norman Bates’ transformation from the boy we met when BATES MOTEL first began into the Norman Bates from the movie PSYCHO is happening at a gradual pace, but it looks like season 4 is going to be a big step in that direction.

A preview for the new season shows us Norman wearing his mother’s robe as he slowly loses more of his tenous grip on reality. A&E also shares that “This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lenths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This fruther complications their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?”

BATES MOTEL returns with a ten episode fourth season on Monday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

SDCC Scoop: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke Talk BATES MOTEL


Are you one of the millions of fans still reeling from that shocker of a BATES MOTEL finale? Well… assuming you can pick your jaw up off from the floor following that unexpected season ending smooch between son Norman a mother Norma, you might enjoy these recently shot San Diego Comic Con videos with stars Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

BATES MOTEL Scoop: Freddie Highmore and EP Carlton Cuse Preview Tonight’s Season 2 Finale


The tale of how a serial killer became one of the most notorious serial killers in cinematic history is not one that television viewers would normally latch onto. But due to the inherent charisma of the actors and the fascinating characters they have brought to life in A&E’s series BATES MOTEL, viewer cannot help but be entranced on the journey of Norman and Norma Bates and how their intense mother-son relationship molded the serial killer that would one day be terrifyingly brought to life in the film PSYCHO.

In a recent press call, star Freddie Highmore and executive producer Carlton Cuse talked about bringing the life of Norman Bates to television and how they have crafted a special story that audiences cannot help but be captivated by. They also preview where Season 2 will leave the tense story of Norman, his mother Norma and his brother Dylan as their lives intersect at a pivot moment for each. [Read more…]

Breaking TV News: A&E Picks Up BATES MOTEL for a Third Season


Press Release: A&E Network has picked up a third season of the critically acclaimed original series “Bates Motel,” it was announced today by David McKillop, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E Network.
“The incredible writing team and talented ‘Bates Motel’ cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said McKillop. “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.”
Season two premiered on March 3rd with 4.6 million total viewers and delivered 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54 (based on Live+7 viewing). “Bates Motel” continues to be A&E’s #1 drama series of all time among adults 18-49.

?Season three of “Bates Motel” will begin production this fall on 10 episodes. [Read more…]

BATES MOTEL Scoop: Max Thieriot and Kenny Johnson Talk the Shocking Father-Son Reveal


There was always something a little off and unexplained about the relationship of Norma (Vera Farmiga) and her eldest son, Dylan (Max Thieriot). She seemed so uncomfortable around him and like she could not bear the sight of him most days. So finding out that Dylan was likely the product of Norma’s brother Caleb (Kenny Johnson) forcing himself on her finally shed light on a very painful secret Norma has been hiding and running from for a very long time.

In a recent press conference call, stars Max Thieriot and Kenny Johnson talked about their complicated and damaged characters and the dark path that they seem to be caught up on as they get deeper and deeper into Norma and Norman’s lives. [Read more…]

BATES MOTEL Scoop: Season 2 Returns With Murder, Romance and Threats from All Sides (feat. interviews with Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Michael Vartan, Nestor Carbonell and More!)


When we last visited BATES MOTEL at the end of Season 1, it ended with the brutal murder of Ms. Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy). Season 2 picks up right afterwards as Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) find out about her death, and their subsequent fears about who may ultimately be responsible. Norma has that uneasy feeling that her son may somehow be involved and yet wants to believe him incapable of that kind of violence – again. It was one thing for Norman to have killed his own father in a fugue state, but what could have compelled Norman to kill one of his favorite teachers? It seems unfathomable.

Fortunately, as the mystery surrounding Ms. Watson’s death unfolds, more than one suspect emerges when it is discovered that Ms. Watson had a private life that may have exposed her to greater danger than one would think for a mere high school teacher.

Then in Dylan’s (Max Thieriot) seemingly unconnected world of the underground marijuana industry in White Pine Bay, there is a power shift afoot that makes things a lot more uncertain and risky for him as well. Two new vying power brokers make a play for control of the weed industry and Dylan seems caught-up in the crosshairs.

As if murder, rampant crime and a rising drug industry were not enough to preoccupy the entire Bates family, a few other surprises arrive on their doorstep. There are new love interests for everyone. In fact, love is in the air.

Season 2 maybe about the heightened danger swirling all around, but it also about the need for human connection and the craving to be a part of a family. While people seem to sense that something is not entirely right with Norma and Norman, they cannot help but be drawn into their world; for there is an innate seductiveness about them that draws them in. For example, Emma and Sheriff Romero know all to well that it is wiser to keep the Bates at arms’ length, but the illusion of normalcy and love that Norma and Norman exude brings them closer. Like leaning in to feel the heat of a flame – it feels warm and inviting, until you get to close and get burned. Even Dylan seems in denial about the oddity of his own family.

So caught up in the Bates’ irresistible lure for Season 2 are newcomers: Caleb Calhoun (Norma’s estranged brother, portrayed by Kenny Johnson), George Heldens (Norma’s new love interest, portrayed by Michael Vartan), Cody Brennan (Norman’s new wild-child friend, portrayed by Paloma Kwiatowski), and Jodi Wilson (a business woman with an agenda, portrayed by Kathleen Robertson).

At last week’s premiere event, the cast took a few minutes to preview what Season 2 holds for their characters: [Read more…]

BATES MOTEL Scoop: Vera Farmiga and EP Kerry Ehrin Preview The Painful Journey of Norma in Season 2


The first season of BATES MOTEL introduced viewers to the double-layered world of Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga). On the surface it looked normal, but just below the surface was a layer of uncertainty and insanity. The mother-son duo, to the casual eye, were all normal and just fine. But as we got to know them better, they were not quite as normal as they appeared. Something was off. Their perspective warped by their life experiences and perhaps a few genetic proclivities as well. Fighting the non-normal impulses, Norma was the more self-aware of the two; but with each episode viewers fell under the self-delusional spell of Normal and Norman. Seeing the world through their eyes heightened the prevailing sense of fear, paranoia and irrational belief of love when perhaps none was truly there.

A spasm of reality crept in in the Season 1 finale with the murder of Ms. Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy), leaving both Norman and Norma to wonder if Norman was capable of killing again, albeit in a fugue state so that he could not remember it.

In a recent press conference call, star Vera Farmiga and executive producer Kerry Ehrin talked about Norma’s painful journey of self-discovery and self-realization in Season 2 of BATES MOTEL: [Read more…]

We Check in with BATES MOTEL Star Freddie Highmore

If you’re as obsessed with A&E’s BATES MOTEL as we are, you’ll most certainly not want to miss us checking in with series star Freddie Highmore at this past summer’s San Diego Comic Con 2013. [Read more…]