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…]

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…]

From Harvard to Hollywood and Everywhere in Between: 10 Questions with RINGER Star Nestor Carbonell

Over the course of its six seasons on the air, much has been made about the magical properties surrounding the mysterious island that was central to LOST’s mythology. And while the ambiguous nature of the show’s finale may-or-may-not have provided the desired closure depending on your point of view, one thing we believe fans will be hard-pressed to argue with is that the island did posses one undeniable power: That of career-booster. Just ask Nestor Carbonell, the hard-working and talented actor who can currently be seen opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the hit CW show RINGER. We did, and here’s what he had to say about his time in Hawaii, his latest project that sees him portrayer Fugitive-style FBI agent Victor Machado on RINGER and the unique journey that took him from the hallowed halls of Harvard to Hollywood. [Read more…]

We Delve Into the Mysterious World of RINGER with Stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd & More!

When bad-twin Brigit takes on the identity of her good-twin Siobhan, she finds out that the phrase “out of the frying pan and into the fire” takes on a whole new meaning when it not only involves you, but a loved one as well.  She had no idea that her sister, Siobhan had so many secrets, nor that she also was looking for a way to escape her life.  But Siobhan’s escape plan is a lot more deadly than Brigit would have dreamed up.  Suddenly caught in a web of lies and world of deceit and treachery, Brigit has a lot to learn – fast! – about the twin she thought she knew.  It is a race against time, a race from the past and neither is waiting patiently on the sidelines.  Brigit’s life is on the line and she has literally no one to trust.  She only thought it was a good idea to slip into her sister’s “slippered” shoes.
While attending Comic-Con this summer, the stars and creators of RINGER shared with press what drew them to this complex story of two twins, both on the run from a dark past.  Sarah Michelle Gellar portrays both Brigit and Siobhan; Nestor Carbonell plays the FBI agent Victor Machado hot on her trail; and Kristoffer Polaha and Ioan Gruffudd play the many loves of Siobhan – one, Brigit’s lover and one, Brigit’s husband. Life is indeed a bit complicated for a girl just trying to find a safe place to hide. [Read more…]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with RINGER Star Kristoffer Polaha

Good News:: After the unceremonious cancelation of the critically acclaimed gem that was LIFE UNEXPECTED, Kristoffer Polaha will be back in your living rooms starting tomorrow night at 9PM on the CW’s RINGER (Fridays at 10PM on GlobalTV in Canada). Bad News: Polaha’s latest character of Henry, one that the actor himself characterizes as a “cheating louse” couldn’t be more of a polar opposite from the loveable Nate “Baze” Bazile fans fell in love with on LUX. But hey, don’t take our word for it, see for yourself what Polaha had to say about his exciting new role on RINGER after the jump. [Read more…]