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You just read our Top Picks Of 2012 right Here and Here. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited for the new stuff arriving in 2013! And there’s quite a bevy of intriguing and diverse genre material on its way. Some of it original, some are sequels, and a good chunk are remakes, but surprisingly, this is the first year where we’re pretty stoked about the remakes on queue because they all look like they’re in the right hands this time. (And not Platinum Dunes hands. Whew!) There are a batch of these titles that we were fortunate to get an early look at, so I’ll make mention of that as we get to them and let you know if they get the official Icons Seal Of Approval. So, without further ado, let’s go through our most anticipated picks for 2013, in order of their release dates! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Cable network A&E has released a new trailer and behind-the-scenes look at “Lost” producer Carlton Cuse’s upcoming “Bates Motel” TV series, a prequel (of sorts) to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”. Actually, from the sounds of it, it’s more of a re-imagining of the same story, only told differently. Something like that. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, “Psycho,” “Bates Motel” is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates’ relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to their dark, twisted back story and learn firsthand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. “Bates Motel” will star Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nicole Peltz, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell. The show premieres in »
AMC has released a trailer for their brand new drama 'Bates Motel.' But make sure all the lights are on before you press play because it's creepy and oh so scary! Bates Motel is not the same Psycho that your parents grew to know and fear! It's a prequel series to the Alfred Hitchcock classic and it looks absolutely terrifying! The Premise Of 'Bates Motel' Troubled teen Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma Louise (Vera Farmiga) take over the infamous motel after moving to a Northern California town where nothing is as it seems. The Masterminds Behind 'Bates Motel' On top of Freddie and Vera's presence on the series, the new drama will be executive produced by Lost mastermind Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin. Nester Carbonell, best known as the ageless Richard Alpert on Lost will also join cast alongside Freddie, »
- Christopher Rogers
We finally have our first look at A&E's new series Bates Motel that covers the early years of Psycho killer Norman Bates. When we last checked in, Freddie Highmore had been cast as the young Norman, and now in this first trailer, we get to see him in action. It's a mix of footage from [...]
First Trailer Premieres for A&E's Bates Motel »
"We're not remaking Psycho. We're using it as an inspiration," Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga reassures us in the first trailer for the prequel Hitchcock story. Set in a contemporary world, A&E's film-inspired tale shows us what a high school-era Norman Bates was like, and reveals more about the strange relationship he had with his mother. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Freddie Highmore plays the troubled Norman for the dark family drama executive produced by Lost's Carlton Cuse. This clip features interviews with the cast and crew, and has a strong, gloomy Pacific Northwest vibe (Psycho was set in California). Take a peek at the trailer below, and let us know if you're feeling the same Lynchian small-town creep factor mixed in...
- Alison Nastasi
With a pair of Alfred Hitchcock biopics being released over the past couple of months and the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection recently arriving on Blu-ray, there has been a sudden surge of interest in the Master of Suspense as of late. Next year, the Hitch revival continues with the premiere of A&E's new original series Bates Motel. The show is a prequel to Psycho, chronicling the life of Norman Bates, his relationship with his mother Norma, and the events leading to him becoming a killer. Bates Motel is executive produced by Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse and stars Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Spiderwick Chronicles) as a young Norman Bates along with Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) as his mom. While some might take issue with the idea of exploiting such a classic film, this is actually the third attempt to make a prequel to Psycho »
In 2013, A&E will debut Bates Motel, a prequel inspired by Psycho that tells the story of Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). It comes from Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and looks to have a bit of Twin Peaks inside of it. The production has released a teaser that also features some of the cast and crew speaking to their vision. It’s all a bit too obvious on the marketing side, but it’s not hard to imagine this being a freaky, scary exploration of a life that led to a delusional killer. And why does this look like a movie, while everything from Hitchcock looked like it was made for TV? Obviously there’s a natural aversive response to anything that takes a classic and “updates” it by shoving it into a modern setting, but there are a lot of reasons here to expect something dark and joyous. The »
- Scott Beggs
The A&E Network has released the first footage from its upcoming Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, which is set to star Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Art of Getting By) as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Source Code) as his loving mother, Norma.
Created by former Lost show-runner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights writer Kerry Ehrin, Bates Motel has been described as "a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film [which] promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years and just how deeply intricate his relationship to his mother, Norma, truly is."
In addition to Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, the series is also set to feature the likes of Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight Rises), Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones »
A trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel, with a ton of new footage and some behind the scenes footage, has come out. It’s 2 and a half minutes of fun, and in spite of it being a “modern day” spin on Psycho, I can’t help but be excited to watch it.
The Carlton Cuse produced series stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Mike Vogel, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell, and Nicola Peltz. We still don’t know a premiere date, but it’s gonna happen next year. Who’s watching?
- Andy Greene
Bates Motel Trailer, TV Spots. Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin‘s Bates Motel (2013) TV show trailer, TV spot 1, TV spot 2 star Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, and Olivia Cooke. Bates Motel‘s plot synopsis: “Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, “Psycho,” “Bates Motel” is a contemporary exploration of the formative [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Bates Motel" TV series, which is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" film. The new show stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as the mother, Norma. Check out the trailer below, which also provides some interviews and behind-the-scene footage. "Bates Motel" gives viewers an intimate understanding of how Norman Bates' psyche developed from his childhood through his teen years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand how his mother, Norma, and her love damaged Norman, helped forge the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history. The new show also stars Max Thierot (House at the End of the Street) as Norman's older brother. It has already been greenlit for ten episodes and will premiere in March of 2013. Video: »
A trailer for the upcoming A&E series Bates Motel has been unveiled online. The clip introduces viewers to the teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma, as part of the re-imagined backstory to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The video opens with allusions to a terrible tragedy that befell the Bates family and caused them to open up a motel in a picturesque town as an attempt to "start over". A girl from the local area can also be seen confronting Norman (Freddie Highmore) and noting that he is "different", while in a voiceover, Norma (Vera Farmiga) describes her seemingly violent son as a "sensitive boy [who's] been through a lot." The two-and-a-half minute clip also shows behind the scenes moments and interviews with (more) »
- By Alison Rowley
"Norman has been through a lot. He's a sensitive boy." A&E's just released the video below featuring clips and behind-the-scenes footage from its highly anticipated new series "Bates Motel." A prequel to "Psycho" that shifts the story to the present day, the drama stars Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his darling mother Norma. "Bates Motel," which is being executive produced by Carlton Cuse of "Lost," represents a move back toward smart scripted fare for a network that's become better known, in recent years for reality shows like "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "Intervention" and "Storage Wars." The 10-episode series, which has nothing to do with the 1987 TV movie/failed pilot of the same name starring Bud Cort, also features Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke and is set for a 2013 release.
- Alison Willmore
"Norman has been through a lot. He's a sensitive boy." A&E's just released the video below featuring clips and behind-the-scenes footage from its highly anticipated new series "Bates Motel." A prequel to "Psycho" that shifts the story to the present day, the drama stars Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his darling mother Norma. "Bates Motel," which is being executive produced by Carlton Cuse of "Lost," represents a move back toward smart scripted fare for a network that's become better known, in recent years for reality shows like "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "Intervention" and "Storage Wars." The 10-episode series, which has nothing to do with the 1987 TV movie/failed pilot of the same name starring Bud Cort, also features Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke and is set for a 2013 release. »
- Alison Willmore
A&E has just unveiled the mother of all promos for its buzzy new series Bates Motel.
In the behind-the-scenes sneak peek — which features fresh footage from the much-anticipated Psycho prequel — stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, as well as executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost), discuss the contemporary take on Norman Bates and his infamous mom.
Related | Bates Motel Teaser: You Can Check Out Anytime You Like, but You Can Never Leave
Press Play below for an in-depth look at the series’ debut, then hit the comments with your thoughts about the update on a classic.
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- Megan Masters
Yesterday we brought you the first look at A&E's "Bates Motel" thanks to a quick-witted DC reader who had his camera handy at a most opportune time. Today we have a much better official version for you to dig on!
"Bates Motel," starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho where fans will find a teenage Norman Bates and his beautiful mother, Norma, at the start of their journey as the owners of the famed Bates Motel.
Series Premiere Synopsis - "First You Dream, Then You Die":
Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start with her teenage son, the handsome and shy Norman.
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- Uncle Creepy
For anyone that has seen Hannibal Rising or any prequel for that matter, I don't know how you can't look at A&E's upcoming television show "Bates Motel" and not be apprehensive. Yes, they may find a way to throw a few twists and turns at viewers as they experience the evolution of Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) and his relationship with his mother (played by Vera Farmiga), but I can't help but feel this all would have been a lot better if they hadn't called it "Bates Motel" and had simply used the idea of an obsessed and demented teen and created a new and fresh story. For me, the connection to Psycho is enough to lose interest. Your thoughts? "Bates Motel" will play on A&E in March 2013. »
- Brad Brevet
A new two and a half minute trailer for the upcoming A&E series "Bates Motel" -- inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" -- is giving us the most in-depth look yet at the show's style. And we like what we see.
Freddie Highmore stars as young Norman Bates and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga is his screwed-up mother, Norma. As Farmiga explains in the trailer: "We're not remaking Psycho, we're using it as an inspiration."
Executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost") notes that the show is set in a "contemporary world," and fellow e.p. Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") promises a lot of "twists and turns." That seems obvious already from the creepy, action-packed and wonderfully mysterious trailer.
"You don't think about the future, or what's gonna happen when you grow up?" asks Norman's teacher (Keegan Connor Tracy). The question is chilling.
Check out the trailer and let us know »
Bringing the conflicted character of Norman Bates back for a contemporary series looking at the rise of a cross-dressing nut job, may seem a touch risky after Hitchcock’s 60s masterpiece Psycho. After all, Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake is much-maligned and laughed off amongst many genre fans. Still, from the first look of this footage, we could have fascinating new series showing the slow decent of Norman’s fragile mind when he and his mother relocate to a new town and open the infamous family business.
Freddie Highmore takes the role of troubled Norman, alongside the always-watchable Vera Farmiga as devoted mother Norma. The series also stars Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Jere Burns, Olivia Cooke and Mike Vogel. Bates Motel will premiere on Us network A&E in March 2013. No word yet on where or when we here in the UK will see it.
- Craig Hunter
After photo and teaser video releases over the past few weeks, A&E has just released the first full trailer for their upcoming Bates Motel TV series. A&E skipped the usual pilot process and already committed to a 10-episode first season order. The series is being developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost showrunner) and Kerry Ehrin, with a planned March 2013 release.
“Bates Motel” serves as a prequel to the most famous fright film of all-time, “Psycho.” A&E is currently in script development. “Bates Motel” will give viewers an intimate understanding of how Norman Bates’ psyche developed from his childhood through his teen years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, helping forge the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history.
- Jonathan James
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