A&E Orders Carlton Cuse’s THE RETURNED Remake to Series; Starz Orders Two Seasons of Jonathan Ames/Patrick Stewart Comedy BLUNT TALK

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A pair of interesting new cable shows have been ordered to series.  Firstly, A&E has given a straight-to-series 10-episode order for an American remake of the buzzy French series The ReturnedDeadline reports that Carlton Cuse (Lost) wrote the first episode and will write and produce the series alongside Raelle Tucker (True Blood).  The original show debuted in 2012 in France and has since become a crossover hit, earning strong ratings and high buzz (particularly from our TV expert Allison Keene).  The story revolves around the reappearance of a number of dead people in a sleepy town, and you can watch the original for yourself right now on Netflix.

This continues Cuse’s relationship with A&E, as his Bates Motel was recently picked up for a third season.  Cuse acts as showrunner on the Psycho prequel series as well as FX’s upcoming The Strain, and it’s unknown if he’ll also run The Returned or if he’ll hand off day-to-day duties while maintaining his role as an executive producer.  Hit the jump for news on Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames’ new Starz series.

A&E Renews BATES MOTEL For a Third Season

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Halfway through its second season, Bates Motel has been renewed by A&E for another ten episode run.  The engrossing and underrated drama was developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and acts as a prequel of sorts to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.

The series’ greatest strength has been creating a world that leads up to, but isn’t dependent, on the story on which it is partially based.  Actually, scratch that — the series’ greatest strength is the Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates.  Farmiga’s Norma is crafty, vulnerable, and hypnotic to watch — she’s completely unpredictable as the character and in the way Norma is portrayed.  Hit the jump for more on the series (spoiler-free), and its current ratings. 

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Gone But Not Forgotten”

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Last year, Bates Motel proved itself a surprisingly strange and hypnotic entry to the TV landscape.  Not only did the series find a way to be much more than just a prequel to the Hitchcock film, but the performances (particularly by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates) were unlike anything else.  Bates Motel also created a unique setting — modern, yet a throwback — and expanded the world of White Pine Bay beyond the motel and its infamous inhabitants.  “Gone But Not Forgotten” picked up right where the show left off last year with its mysterious and potentially damning finale, but in its typical way, ultimately wriggled away from what seemed to be the obvious truth.  Hit the jump for why “this is the road that’s going to ruin our lives.”

THOSE WHO KILL Review: A&E’s New Crime Drama Breaks Convention

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In a TV landscape already saturated with cop series and crime shows, can Those Who Kill make its mark?  Its first positive distinguishing factor is its setting — the show takes place, and is filmed, in Pittsburgh, which is a refreshing change of scenery.  The other is that the personal history of newly minted homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) — a history which drives her dogged pursuit of criminals — is one that is still very much present, alive, and shrouded in mystery, though not secrecy.  Hit the jump for more on what makes Those Who Kill (based on a Danish series of the same name) a promising new show.

Watch Two Teaser Trailers for BATES MOTEL Season 2

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A&E’s Bates Motel is getting ready to open up for a second season, and the network has released a couple of fittingly creepy teaser trailers in anticipation of the premiere.  For those unaware, the show is a prequel adaptation of Psycho and follows a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as he opens a motel with his mother (Vera Farmiga) in a small, secret-filled town.  The first season was quite entertaining and Farmiga’s performance as Norma Bates is spectacular, so I’m interested to see where the show goes in this year’s batch of episodes.  The season finale definitely set things up for a serious shift in dynamic between the characters.

Hit the jump to watch the two teaser trailers.  Season two of Bates Motel kicks off March 3rd on A&E.

Fan-Made Teaser Trailer for BATES MOTEL Season Two [UPDATED]

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Just in time for Halloween, a teaser trailer for the second season of A&E’s Psycho prequel series Bates Motel has landed online.  The first season introduced a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) who, with his odd mother (Vera Farmiga), moved to the mysterious town of White Pine Bay, Oregon and purchased a rundown motel.  Run by executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), the first season was a tad uneven overall, but the good mostly outweighed the bad.  Farmiga’s performance as Norma Bates is wonderfully strange and unsettling, and Cuse and Ehrin have set up an interesting mythology for the town of White Pine Bay that extends beyond the future psychopath Norman Bates.  The season ended on a fascinating note, and I’m interested to see how things progress in the new episodes.  This teaser offers just a tiny taste, as we see Norman nonchalantly working on some taxidermy.  What a sweet boy.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser.  Bates Motel will return to A&E sometime in 2014. [Update: We've been informed that this teaser is not official and is apparently fan-made. Carry on.]

BATES MOTEL Recap: “The Truth”

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What I have to commend Bates Motel on more than anything (even Vera Farmiga‘s exceptional insanity) is that it doesn’t hide behind mystery to an absurd point, yet it doesn’t burn through plots too quickly.  The pacing is, in a word, excellent.  We’re a little more than halfway through the first season now, and we’ve already had one big mysteries explained and one major plot ended, and yet knowing the “truth,” as it were, hasn’t diminished from the experience — in fact, it has opened up new avenues for drama.  Bates Motel doesn’t drive us crazy with waiting for certain revelations, but rewards our patience with small favors.  Hit the jump for why you should never threaten Norma in front of Norman.

Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin Talk BATES MOTEL, the Influence of PSYCHO on the Show, How Far Ahead They’ve Planned, THE STRAIN, and More

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The A&E drama series Bates Motel (which was recently renewed for a second season) gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years.  This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho reveals the dark, twisted backstory and shows first-hand just how deep the relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly goes, as she helps forge the most famous serial killer of them all.  The show also stars Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin talked about how they each came to be involved with Bates Motel, how much they use Psycho as an inspiration, just how crucial the casting of Norman and Norma Bates was, the overall story they’re looking to tell this season, how far ahead they plan out the story, what it will add to the show when guests start checking in to the Bates Motel, and the importance of transmedia to make viewers more directly active with the show.  Cuse also talked about how he’ll divide his time, if the adaptation of The Strain goes into production at FX.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

A&E Renews BATES MOTEL for a Second Season

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A&E’s Psycho prequel series will be continuing for at least another year.  The network announced today that it has ordered a second season of Bates Motel, which premiered a couple of weeks ago to solid ratings and positive reviews.  The drama series comes from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin and centers on the relationship between a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).  The show is similar to Lost in that it has set up a number of mysteries in its first few episodes, some of which may or may not be resolved by season’s end.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

Freddie Highmore Talks BATES MOTEL, Identifying with Norman Bates, Working with Vera Farmiga, and More

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The new A&E drama series Bates Motel gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years.  This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho reveals the dark, twisted backstory and shows first-hand just how deep the relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly goes, as she helps forge the most famous serial killer of them all.  The show also stars Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show star Freddie Highmore talked about why he was intrigued by the show and the character, why it’s alright to identify with Norman Bates, who this version of Norman is when the story picks up, working with co-star Vera Farmiga, what it was like to see the sets for the house and the Bates Motel, how throwing a brother (Thieriot) into the mix affects things, and just how dark things will get with the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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

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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.

New Teaser Trailer and Poster for A&E’s BATES MOTEL

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A&E has released a new teaser and poster for its upcoming Psycho prequel series Bates Motel.  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 teaser trailer is the creepiest yet, unless you think sitting on a bed with your mother and staring ominously is normal behavior.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and click here to check out five more tantalizing teaser posters.  The series also stars Nestor CarbonellMax ThieriotOlivia Cooke, and Mike Vogel.  Bates Motel premieres on A&E on March 18th. 

5 Teaser Posters for A&E’s PSYCHO Prequel Series BATES MOTEL

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A&E has released five rather disturbing teaser posters for the upcoming new drama series Bates Motel.  The show acts as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic Psycho, as it centers on the relationship between a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).  These posters show that there’s much more going on in Bates Motel than meets the eye, and I continue to get a strong Twin Peaks vibe from the series.  Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin are running things behind the scenes, so here’s hoping the full series delivers.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser posters, and click here to watch the first full trailer for the show.  The series also stars The series also stars Nestor CarbonellMax ThieriotOlivia Cooke, and Mike Vogel.  Bates Motel premieres on A&E on March 18th.

A&E Sets March 18th Premiere Date for BATES MOTEL; New HBO Series PARADE’S END and FAMILY TREE Get Premiere Dates Too

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The TCA’s got underway today (look for our extensive television coverage soon), and as part of the event, premiere dates for a few upcoming series were announced.  First up, A&E confirmed that the Psycho prequel show Bates Motel will premiere on Monday, March 18th.  The series, from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights’ Kerry Ehrin, serves as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic and centers on the relationship between a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).

Additionally, HBO announced that the five-part WWI-era miniseries Parade’s End will debut on February 26th.  The adaptation of Madox Ford’s novel series stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens and centers on an English aristocrat trying to adjust to the social upheaval around him.  And finally, the much-anticipated new HBO comedy series from Christopher Guest, Family Tree, will premiere this coming spring.  All in all, there’s plenty of exciting TV to look forward to in the coming year.

First Two Teaser Trailers for A&E’s PSYCHO Prequel Series BATES MOTEL

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A couple of tantalizing teaser trailers for A&E’s upcoming Psycho prequel series Bates Motel have been released.  We just recently saw a batch of images from the show that gave us a look at Freddie Highmore as the legendary Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma, and at the time I noted a bit of a Twin Peaks vibe.  That comparison seems even more valid after these two trailers, which tease a couple of haunting scenarios and hint that everything might not be what it seems at the eponymous Bates Motel.  The series comes from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights alum Kelly Ehrin, so I’ve got high hopes for this one.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailers.  The series also stars Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, and Mike VoelBates Motel premieres on A&E in Spring 2013.

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