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There’s one thing Bates Motel creators Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) want to emphasize about their new A&E series: No, it’s not an homage to Psycho. Yes, it’s about Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore of Finding Neverland) and his mother, Norma (Up in the Air Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga), and there’s a hotel and an exact replica of the famous house, but this is what the creators are calling a “contemporary prequel” to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock movie -- one that frees them up to tell new stories. This is important to know -- not an homage, got that? --

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