In the beginning of 2012, there were rumors circulating on the web that a Bates Motel series was being developed. Fans of the Psycho series were undeniably concerned - especially after the late 80's attempt to bring the mythology to the small screen. Then a huge announcement came. A&E, in association with Universal Television, was teaming up with Carlton Cuse, one of the creators of LOST and Kerry Ehrin, of the series Friday Night Lights, for a series that would follow Norman Bates in his teen years.
Instead of ordering the usual "pilot," the network planned a 10-episode first season. The production team was brought in, casting was set and filming began on a new Psycho House and Bates Motel set in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada.
"Bates Motel," inspired by Hitchcock's genre-defining film, "Psycho," 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 the dark, twisted backstory and learn firsthand how Norma helped forge the most famous movie killer of them all.
While many fans are excited about the show, there are others who aren't too pleased. The new series, thankfully, has nothing to do with the Bud Cort TV pilot from '87. It also changes some of the backstory from the original film.
I had the chance to watch the pilot on Comcast On-Demand three weeks before the premiere date. I was very impressed and can't wait for more. I was interviewed for an online magazine article about my fascination with the series - before I had seen the show. Click here to read Dave Odegard's great write up.
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Bates Motel @ IMDB.com
Bates Motel - A&E Official Site