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…]

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…]

Year in Review: Shows That Didn’t Quite Crack Our Top TV Shows of 2013

Prior to tomorrow’s posting of’s annual Top 10 TV Shows of the year, we wanted to share a handful of more shows that were thisclose to making the cut! See for yourself, after the jump. [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…]

We Check Into (and Survive) a night partying in the BATES MOTEL at San Diego Comic-Con!

One must never turn down an invitation to stay at the Bates Motel, and especially when invited to be special guests of Norma and Norman Bates.  Making its first party debut at San Diego Comic-Con, BATES MOTEL spared no expense in recreating some of its iconic imagery using authentic set pieces to decorate for its party.  Coming off an incredibly successful and riveting first season, the series is celebrating not only its second season renewal, but also the Emmy nomination secured for its star Vera Farmiga.  So the entire cast brought their dancing shoes and were ready to party with fans, friends and press in an exclusive 3-tiered party in the Gaslamp District of San Diego.  With a room featuring its own mock “weed” farm with an abundance of home-made brownies on hand and a wall showcasing the loving Bates family and a few of Norman’s taxidermy projects on display and well-chosen beverages to accentuate the night, the party started off on a high note and only continued to ramp up as the night went on. [Read more…]

Comic Con Quickie: Nestor Carbonell Talks BATES MOTEL, Murky Motivations and Motherly Love!

Couldn’t make it to sunny San Diego for the annual pop culture confab that is Comic Con? Never fear… is here. Here that is with some fantastic video interviews courtesy of our West Coast Correspondents Tiffany Vogt, Jennifer Schadel, Genevieve Collins, and Sarah Stephens. All of whom risked life and limb to get you up close and personal with your favorite [or soon-to-be favorite] television talent. Case in point, this just shot interview with BATES MOTEL star Nestor Carbonell, who had this to say about having just scratched the surface with regards to his character’s murky motivations, on reuniting with LOST showrunner Carlton Cuse and his character’s very interesting relationship with the Bates family, particularly motel matriarch Norma! See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

We Check into the Paley Center to Celebrate with the Cast and Creative Team of BATES MOTEL [Video]

Couldn’t make it to sunny Los Angeles for the recent Paley Center for Media honoring A&E’s BATES MOTEL? Never fear… is here. Here that is with some fantastic video interviews courtesy of our Senior West Coast Correspondent Tiffany Vogt who was on hand to get you up close and personal with your favorite television talent. Case in point, these recently shot interviews the cast and creative team of BATES MOTEL including stars Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga and Nestor Carbonell. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]