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Bates Motel Season 1, Episode 10 ‘Midnight’
Directed by Tucker Gates
returns for season 2 in 2014
(Randy is taking over for Ricky this week. You can read more of Randy’s reviews for other episodes of Bates Motel over at Processed Media).
Campy, frustrating, intriguing, laughably ridiculous… all of these words describe the first season of Bates Motel in some form or another, whether you’re talking about plot, setting, performances, or characters. Unfortunately, the only word that comes to mind when it comes to the finale is “contrived.” At least the show finally put its cards down on the table – except it didn’t, and what cards it put down make little to no sense whatsoever. Top it off with a “shocking” “twist” that nobody could give a fuck less about, and ‘Midnight’ stands as a testament to all that Bates Motel is and isn’t… »
The Season 1 finale of Bates Motel last night on A&E got 2.7 million viewers with 1.5 million among adults 18-49 and 1.4 million among adults 25-54. That’s up 15% in the 18-49 demo from last week’s show and up 8% in total viewers and among Adults 25-54. The finale was down from the show’s March 18 premiere that was the most-watched original drama in the demos in A&E’s history. The debut of the Psycho prequel garnered 3 million total viewers and 1.599 million viewers among adults 18-49 and 1.633 million viewers among adults 25-54. Those numbers made it a no-brainer that A&E announced on April 8 that it had renewed Bates Motel for a 10-episode second season to air in 2014. Overall, Bates Motel averaged 2.7 million viewers in its first season with 1.5 million in both the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Those results are the best any A&E drama has performed in the demos. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the season finale of Bates Motel.
So that’s what Norman’s first kill looks like. Not his first first kill, mind you. That happened before the pilot — as far as we know, Norman attacking his father was his first homicidal break. But this was different: This was Norman being comforted by an older woman and then coerced by his “mother” into slashing her throat. That’s right: Our budding psycho offed sweet, pre-pedophiliac Miss Watson in Monday’s finale, which also included a shooting and a high school dance. »
- Adam Carlson
Oh, "Bates Motel." You came so close to me being really excited with how strongly you concluded your first season on Monday (May 20) night. Yes, I've had reservations about "Bates Motel" from the very beginning. After four episodes, I was convinced I didn't like the show very much at all. I was fatigued by the human trafficking and the vast pot farms and the not-quite-"Twin Peaks" "This Is A Town With Secrets" clumsiness and the "If this isn't leading up to 'Psycho' why are you ripping off 'Psycho'?" iconoclasm. But as the weeks progressed, I found »
- Daniel Fienberg
Analyzing Mad Men is simultaneously the hardest, and easiest writing gig in town. The show’s refusal to sacrifice artistry for clarity, and say what it’s really thinking, means you can forget the particulars of a scene very quickly, especially if there’s a lot of agency business acronyms and numbers being thrown around. But so long as you have some sense of what’s going on, there’s nothing stopping you from spinning out your reading of events into some sort of interpretation of the show’s deeper mysteries that has a shred of merit.
Mad Men has even poked fun at its knack for being so inviting to consider, yet so hard to pin down: in season two’s “The Gold Violin,” office workers trying to express their thoughts on Burt Cooper’s new painting played like a mini-Rorshach test, but all the meditations were turned into »
- Sam Woolf
Fresh off its recent debut at Tribeca in NYC, Raze hit the French Riviera for Cannes and quickly landed North American distro with IFC Midnight. No release details are available yet, but we're sure to hear more once the dust settles.
Per Deadline, the deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Celluloid Dreams is currently selling the film’s international rights at Cannes.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Josh Waller has crafted the most intense and unique action film that we have seen in a long time. With the magnificent Zoe Bell leading a strong female cast, Raze delivers and then some. We can’t wait to unleash it upon audiences.”
- The Woman In Black
Hannibal, Season 1, Episode 8: “Fromage”
Directed by Tim Hunter
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
Breaking Bad; Boardwalk Empire; Mad Men, Justified; Sons Of Anarchy; Louie; Girls; Shameless, The Americans; Game of Thrones; The number of new quality TV series keeps growing, and we can now add Hannibal to that list.
Over the past 30 years, television has undergone vast improvement. The wave of high-quality niche series may have started as early as the 1980s with Miami Vice, and later with the success of Twin Peaks in the 90′s, but it was only recently that several of these intelligent niche productions have been leading the pack with the highest ratings. Back in the days, a network’s goal was to equally please as many viewers as possible. Now the aim is to please relatively fewer viewers but keep them coming back each and every week. »
Genre television is becoming a major presence in primetime TV. Shows like American Horror Story, Hannibal, True Blood and Grimm are dominating the air and doing big numbers for cable and network stations alike. Subsequently, there is a new trend of reviving series once thought to be dead. Netflix is resurrecting Arrested Development, Fox is bringing back 24, TBS rebooted Cougartown. FEARnet is even getting in on the game, bringing back Reaper with an all-new reunion special airing May 28th.
We at FEARnet, being die-hard horror fans, have some ideas as to what we would like to see rebooted, revived, retooled, or resurrected for another turn in the spotlight. There are plenty of factors that play in to the viability of revamping or resurrecting a series. There are concerns of continuity, scheduling, the aging of the cast, and more. We are not proclaiming that a revival of each of these series is necessarily logical. »
- Tyler Doupe
"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
Pow! In Theaters
Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
Single young women of New York City, get ready for your mom to worry about what your day-to-day life is like! (And just when we'd explained to her that it's not like "Girls," too.) Everyone else, brace yourselves for your new favorite indie charmer: "Frances Ha."
Greta Gerwig plays the titular Frances, a 27-year-old modern dancer prone to scabby knees, bouts of wild movement in front of fountains and white lies about her employment status — but it's cool, she readily admits, as she's "not a real person yet."
The film, directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, will finally hit limited release on May 17 after running the festival circuit in New York, Toronto and Telluride last fall. The agonizing six-month gap between festival screenings and the official release date, however, was better than letting the finished film sit on the shelf until spring, Gerwig told NextMovie.
"Once your baby's ready, »
- Kase Wickman
If you are willing to admit to being a closet Shyamalan fan, then today’s news will be music to your ears. Crash actor Matt Dillon and the science fiction adoring director are teaming up for a 2014 TV series. This news is official, folks. Fox has served M. Night Shyamalan with a 10-episode order for his “event series” called Wayward Pines. Matt Dillon will star.
Described a thriller drama, Wayward Pines will come from Shyamalan and Chad Hodge. If you dig the X-Files and Twin Peaks, you will understand the sort of atmosphere showrunners are going for with the upcoming series.
THR explained that Wayward Pines will be based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch. Dillon will lead the cast as Ethan Burke, “a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. »
- Sasha Nova
During Fox‘s Upfront presentation yesterday, they announced that they are jumping into the realm of “event series”. Although they aren’t providing a definition, the inference is that, one, it will be short season, what we used to call half seasons but are more and more becoming the norm, based on successful cable models of 8-12 episodes; and two, they will be standalone seasons/series, based on the model of Fox‘s cousin FX‘s American Horror Story.
The benefits to viewers are pretty great. These shorter seasons are usually broadcast without a break, and there are no unresolved cliffhanger endings and no “but how will they do this next season?” or “save our show!” or “this show is getting stale” grumbling, because we know ahead of time when the season/series will be over.
Fox‘s first foray (they later announced the event series 24: Live Another Day »
- Erin Willard
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Plus a Spanish-language Breaking Bad and does Fox’s Gavin & Stacy remake work News
Fox unveiled its fall schedule which doesn’t include any of the big moves that people speculated would happen. Glee will air on Thursday (but will apparently take a hiatus) to make room for the Greg Kinnear series Rake. American Idol and The X-Factor aren’t cutting back. Tuesday nights continue to be comedy night. The one major change is a plan to move Bones and Raising Hope to Friday.
Fox also announced it is returning to the mini-series genre, reviving 24 as a 12-hour story and ordering Wayward Pines, a Twin Peaks-inspired thriller from The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge. it’s also developing a mini-series about Billy the Kid.
Meanwhile, Fox also released trailers for its new shows. I have a feeling you’ll be most interested in Us & Them, the Americanization of Gavin & Stacey. »
- Lyle Masaki
©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Fox
On Monday Fox unveiled their primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The network announced 5 new comedies, 4 new dramas, a first event series, and an animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane.
Some of today’s most inventive directors working in film have smoothly segued from motion pictures to series TV and their new shows have found a home at Fox. What caught my attention were the sci-fi, fantasy shows bearing the names of Abrams, Shyamalan, Kurtzman and Orci.
Among the network’s lineup is M. Night Shyamalan’s new event series Wayward Pines. Set to premiere in 2014 and based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Also on the Fox schedule is the »
- Michelle McCue
There was a time when the name M. Night Shyamalan was a byword for twisty-turny thrillers and high production values. That time was 1999 and the movie that got him there was The Sixth Sense. Since then Shyamalan’s cred has sunk, slowly but surely, one stupid twist after another, until the career nadir of The Last Airbender, which was just awful in every conceivable way. But Shyamalan hopes to regain some credibility and Fox apparently trusts him to do it by greenlighting the event series Wayward Pines, to star Matt Dillon.
Wayward Pines is adapted from Blake Crouch’s novel Pines and concerns a Secret Service agent (Dillon) who is searching for two missing agents in the ‘bucolic’ town of Wayward Pines, ID. All is not as it seems – naturally – and presumably weird stuff begins to happen. Does this sound like Twin Peaks to anyone else? No? Alrighty.
It sounds »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Despite having been burned in the past by shows such as Dollhouse and Terra Nova, Fox has decided to take a big gamble on the fantasy/sci-fi genre next season. The network's just-announced fall lineup includes a completely remodeled Monday anchored by two shows from various producers of Fringe: a new take on Sleepy Hollow (from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) and the android cop thriller Almost Human (from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman). Sleepy Hollow will air Mondays at 9 p.m. in the fall, while Almost Human will air the same night at 8 p.m. in late fall. (Bones will start the season in its current 8 p.m. Monday position before shifting to Fridays later in the fall.) And in another bet on out-there programming, Fox has also green-lit the M. Night Shyamalan–produced Wayward Pines, a Twin Peaks–like mystery in which Matt Dillon will play the Agent Cooper–esque role. »
- Josef Adalian
Did I say this time of the year is my Christmas? Scratch that, it’s Thanksgiving before I learned to take tiny portions the first time around and wait twenty minutes before getting more. I am in whatever you’d call the TV industry junkie version of a tryptophan coma. There’s a whole lof of news and hopefully I’ve managed to take Instagram pictures of all all the interesting dishes.
NBC announced its fall schedule with Parenthood moving to Thursday, James Spader procedural The Blacklist getting the post-Voice slot and a pair of thrillers (Dracula and the pirate drama Crossbones) set to follow Grimm on Friday nights. Vulture‘s Josef Adalian notes that the network seems to be lurching towards the mainstream, »
- Lyle Masaki
Fox has officially greenlit its first event series, handing out the order to Wayward Pines and tapping Matt Dillon to star in the drama from M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge. The drama, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch, Pines is described as a thriller in the vein of Twin Peaks. The drama revolves around Ethan Burke (Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Id., on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan's investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer
- Lesley Goldberg
Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor. During a Bates Motel panel discussion Friday, Carlton Cuse was blunt about borrowing from a classic. No, not Hitchcock’s Psycho; TV’s Twin Peaks. “We pretty much ripped off Twin Peaks,” joked Cuse, co-executive produces the A&E series with Kerry Ehrin, in response to a question about the similarities from panel moderator Shawn Ryan. “If you wanted to get that confession, the answer is yes. I loved that show. They only did 30 episodes. Kerry and I thought we’d do the 70 that are missing.” Cuse appeared on the Paley Center panel “Inside Bates Motel: Reimagining A Cinema Icon” with Ehrin, Vera Farmiga (who portrays Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman), Max Thieriot (Norman’s half-brother Dylan), Nicola Peltz (popular teen Bradley Martin) and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero). English actress Olivia Cooke, who plays Norman’s friend Emma Decody, who battles cystic fibrosis, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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