Bates Motel returns on Universal Channel on April 2, 2014 at 9pm. Don’t miss it!
I’ve added a bunch of new promoshoots to the Season 2 category and also overwritten the MQ files of previous ones. Enjoy!
Season 2 > Promotional Photos > Promoshoots
Added to the gallery HQ stills of next week episode of Season 2, titled Shadow of a Doubt.
Season 2 > Episode Stills > 2×02 – Shadow of a Doubt
Enjoy in our gallery the HD screencaptures from last night season 2 premiere episode Gone But Not Forgotten.
Season 2 > Episode Screencaptures > 2×01 – Gone But Not Forgotten
Yesterday in Hollywood took place the Season 2 Premiere of Bates Motel to which actors Vera Farmiga, Olivia Cooke, Max Thierot, Nestor Carbonell and writer Carlton Cuse took part. Enjoy the over 170 HQs I’ve grabbed and added to the gallery of the guys!
Event Photos > 2014 > February 26 | A&E Network’s “Bates Motel” Season 2 Premiere
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.
“After Hours,” airing March 3, will include stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, as well as executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
A&E is dipping its toe in the increasingly popular after-show arena. Its sophomore drama,Bates Motel, will get its own talker after its March 3 return.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the special, being billed as a one-off for the time being, will include leads Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore and Max Thieriot and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. The half-hour Bates Motel: After Hours will tape in front of a live audience of fans and air at 11 p.m.
A&E is no doubt using the later air time in an effort to get Batesfans to sample new dramaThose Who Kill. The Chloe Sevigny thriller premieres at 10 p.m. that Monday on the heels of Bates‘ return.
Bates Motel, which premiered to a scripted series demo high for A&E last year with 3 million viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 25-54, is natural choice for the after show treatment. A modern-day prequel to Psycho, Bates Motel follows the genre trend of after shows — most successfully executed by AMC’s The Walking Dead companion show, Talking Dead.
Talking Dead has been a boon to AMC, outperforming nearly all of the network’s other originals. It recently opened to a record 5.9 million viewers and 3.9 million adults 18-49.Talking Dead was also initially billed as a one-off. Other shows to receive after show talkers include Breaking Bad and MTV’s Teen Wolf.
After shows have proven to be a relatively inexpensive way for cable networks to engage viewers of fan-friendly shows. The pairings also help plug original telecasts as events, boosting live-plus-same-day ratings.
Embassy Row is producing Bates Motel: After Hours for A&E, with Michael Davies serving as executive producer.
“Bates Motel” Season 2 kicks off in just one more week, and here are the highlights of a recent Q&A with star Vera Farmiga and exec producer Kerry Ehrin. They discuss Norma’s mothering techniques, what’s ahead for the character, and LOTS more.
Q: Obviously, “Bates Motel” is based on a movie. But going into Season 2, how much does the film affect the way that you make the show? Or is it now its own entity?
Kerry Ehrin: From the very beginning [co-creator] Carlton [Cuse] and I wanted to honor the movie but not be beholden to it. So I think at this point the world of “Bates Motel” has definitely become its own organic world. So while we’re still conscious of the film, and obviously there’s certain tent poles let’s say that the film suggests… it kind of has become its own beast at this point…
Q: Vera, do you know a lot of the storyline ahead of time? What’s your process for portraying a character like Norma?
Vera Farmiga: You know, I’m still figuring what it is that is part of my process… I just reveled in the opportunity of a second season… television is a much slower process to discovering that background history, the personality, the psychology, the character’s goals. And… the cast is so much closer. There’s an intimacy. There’s a level of like sportsmanship now that we can throw harder jabs at each other. It’s the deeper level of trust… and love. It’s been established between us and Kerry and Carlton and between the actors… [In the] second season I did ask for more clues… I wanted to have the trajectory of the second season. I wanted to have more answers at the start, which I was provided. So I think you’re in for a better second season.