TV: Meet Norman’s Mother In A&E’s ‘Psycho’ Prequel, “Bates Motel”

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Vera Farmiga is set for the plum female lead in A&E’s upcoming series “Bates Motel,” which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho and examines the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma, says Deadline.

Farmiga will play Norma Louise Bates who is described as passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us.

The Universal TV-produced Bates Motel has a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a 2013 premiere. Former “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin (“Parenthood”) serve as writers-executive producers. “Bates Motel” had been developed as a miniseries when A&E bought it in January. When Cuse and Ehrin boarded the project two months later, they reworked it as a series and wrote several scripts. That prompted A&E’s July decision to forgo a pilot and go straight to series.

  • djblack1313

    Vera is an amazing actress. this script must be good. i don’t see her doing this unless it was. i’m in. i’ll watch anything she does.

  • K-Dogg

    LOVE VERA, one of my fave actresses.