AETV.COM – A&E Network announces “Bates Motel: After Hours,” a live half-hour special event bringing the highly engaged “Bates Motel” community to life as fans interact with the show’s stars and creators sharing behind-the-scenes analysis and exclusive content.
Series stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett) and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin share their insights into the first episode and answer fan questions about the upcoming season of “Bates Motel.”
“Bates Motel: After Hours” will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience in New York on Monday, March 3 at 11PM ET/PT immediately following the series premiere of “Those Who Kill” at 10PM ET/PT and the season two premiere of “Bates Motel” at 9PM ET/PT.
Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film “Psycho,” and gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is.
The season one premiere of “Bates Motel” garnered 3 million total viewers and 1.6 million adults 25-54 and 18-49, making it the most-watched original drama in the key demos in the network’s history.
“Bates Motel: After Hours” is produced for A&E by Embassy Row. Michael Davies serves executive producer.
The “Bates Motel” series is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions respectively.
EXAMINER.COM – When it premiered in 2013, “Bates Motel” pulled off something of a coup. In all of the years since Hitchcock’s “Psycho” stunned audiences in 1960, audiences have seen a string of sequels, plenty of derivative works and a wholly unnecessary, almost identical, if star-studded, remake of the film that first brought Norman Blatch’s novel to life. None of those efforts struck a chord with audiences the way A&E’s modern day prequel has, perhaps, because none of them built a world around Norman as the gripping series did in season one, and by all accounts, will continue to do in season two.
After completing a jam-packed panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, the series’ cast and creators took to a similarly crowded press room for a series of roundtable interviews. Max Thieriot and Olivia Cooke represent two entirely new characters introduced by “Bates Motel”.
Thieriot is Norma’s elder son, Dylan Massett, whose personality is quite as fiery as hers, and who finds his way to his mother and brother in White Pine Bay, even in spite of Norma’s efforts to leave him behind. Still, Thieriot doesn’t think Dylan begrudges Norman their odd familial situation.Read More
ZAP2IT.COM – The premiere date for “Bates Motel” Season 2 has finally been revealed. Coming in at around the same time Season 1 premiered in 2012, the A&E series will return on March 3.
DEADLINE – Olivia Cooke headlines the cast of Ouija, Universal’s horror film inspired by the Hasbro board game, with Douglas Smith as the male lead.
The pic follows a group of teens playing with a Ouija board, making contact with an evil spirit, and desperately trying to close the door they’ve opened before meeting their own fate. Daren Kagasoff alsouijao is in the cast. Stiles White directs Ouija and co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden.
Michael Bay, Douglas SmithJason Blum, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir are producing, and EVP Production Scott Bernstein is overseeing for Universal.
Cooke (Bates Motel) is repped by Gersh and manager Lena Roklin; Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters) is with Paradigm and Medavoy Management.