A&E has released over a dozen photos from their new TV series Bates Motel, which I really hope ends up being a great show. It's based on Alfred Hitchock's Psycho and it has a great cast that includes Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma Bates, as well as Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Vogel, Olivia Cooke and Max Thieriot.
The show will give us the origin story of Bates’ dark, twisted past, from childhood through his teen years. It will chronicle how his mother, Norma, and her lover screwed Norman up, shaping him into the insane serial killer that he became.
Showrunners Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) say the series won't be limited just to what occurs in the rooms (and showers) of the motel. ''The town itself is very much a character in the show,'' Cuse says. ''There are a lot of secrets that lurk beneath this bucolic veneer.'' So maybe the Bateses aren't the only ones harboring some unhealthy psychological issues?
The series is set to premiere in 2013, and I'm looking forward to it!