First Full Trailer for A&E’s BATES MOTEL Starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga

     February 19, 2013


The first full trailer for A&E’s upcoming Psycho prequel series Bates Motel has been released, and it’s sufficiently tantalizing.  The drama comes from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) and centers on the relationship between a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).  This trailer gives us our first look at extended footage from the show, and it appears to be equal parts intense, mysterious, and nuts.  I have high hopes for this one.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series also stars Nestor CarbonellMax ThieriotOlivia Cooke, and Mike Vogel.  Bates Motel premieres on A&E on March 18th.

Here’s the synopsis for Bates Motel:

In “Bates Motel,” following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.


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  • Shmojo

    Here’s a commercial before you watch the commercial.

    • LEM

      It’s your own fault if you still see commercials.

  • Dan

    It looks like it could be good, I just wish it was something original and wasn’t related to Psycho. In Psycho’s timeline, was it confirmed that Norman Bates was a serial killer though? And since the movie is set in 1960, this must be set in the late 40′s or early 50′s, but clearly we see Norman with ear buds in the beginning, and ear buds were made in the late 50′s or early 60′s. So ether in the original Psycho, Bates was in his teens, or he is rich, or invented them, which is highly unlikely.

    • REALLY?

      It’s a reimagining of the story Dan. Clearly this is not meant to be set in the early 50′s as the girls are driving a convertible BMW M3.

  • sense 11

    Looks like a great show

  • Truth

    Wait, a prequel about a character in a 1960s film takes place in the present day? Fuck outta here.

  • elwinransom

    Final season plot twist: Norman discovers time travel and goes back to the 60s to live out the rest of his days, seamlessly lining up this series with the original film

  • LEM

    It’ll be cancelled after one season.

    • Mel

      It’s already renewed for a second season ^_^

  • Starkiller

    Yes, it would’ve been nice to have it set in the 40s/50s but I’m not letting the present day setting ruin the show for me. The premise can make for really great storytelling. I’m really looking forward to this show!

  • Cheese sandwich?

    Like many others, I think this looks interesting. But I just cannot understand if going to the trouble of making a Psycho prequel (which it is, at it focuses on young Norman) then why not go the extra mile and set it in the proper time period, even though that would obviously add to the budget to make it period accurate. Doesn’t the Psycho legacy demand the very highest levels of commitment?! It absolutely doesn’t need modernising in any way/shape/form. In fact it’s scarier in a way without all of today’s mod cons in it….. I think they dropped the ball big time with the decision to set it in the present day.

    As LEM has already stated, I ‘d be very surprised if this isn’t cancelled after one season, or less…

  • Lens Flares Suck

    I am with you on the ‘prequel set in the current time’ thing. They screwed the pooch on this one.

    • Kata

      If you don’t like then don’t watch it. Nobody is forcing you to do anything.

  • outland

    Setting it in the present is not a creative decision, it is a lazy and cheap one….

  • outland

    Why even bother casting him to look like the original Norman Bates then, or even use the original motel and house? (which is a cheap find since it remains set up in the universal studios tour) Why even bother to make him or his mother killers at this point, they should be fruit farmers that deal natural drugs on the side. Maybe Norman can be a teenage airplane pilot and fly around the world killing bad people…..I am sure there will be lots of sex and drug shooting as this seems to be the norm for cable programming these days too. Heck the most popular gladiator tv show on HBO cant seem to get past an episode without showing a weiner or two……