KUSA – Alfred Hitchcock invited America to check into the Bates Motel in 1960. This decrepit motel was the sign of ailment and soon became the scene of a classic Hollywood murder. We were introduced to Norman Bates; an eccentric, odd and complicated man. A&E has revitalized the memory of Hitchcock's legend and introduced a newly opened Bates Motel.
Bates Motel is a prequel to Psycho, but set in modern times. It follows a teenage Norman as he moves to White Pine Bay, with his mother, to build a new life after the death of his father. The first season did well and ended on a surprise befitting of the man Norman would become.
"The heart of the second season is the ramifications of the death of a teacher," Nestor Carbonell said.
Carbonell plays Sheriff Alex Romero. He runs the town of White Pine Bay, but needs to be liberal in following laws.
"We're getting to know ... not too much about him, but certainly how he deals with the law," Carbonell said.
"It's a town that lives off the drug trade and he has to navigate the fine line of what he'll allow within that drug trade."
Anthony Perkins's Norman Bates had a cold, calculated demeanor. Freddie Highmore portrays the young Bates. He has the pressure of creating a likable Bates, but without letting the future man be lost in his portrayal.
"He brings a warmth and an innocence to Norman Bates," Carbonell said.
"He brings an innocence to this character that you can't help but root for."
Tensions on Bates Motel continue to rise and the show has been confirmed for a third season. The evolution of Norman Bates plays out Mondays on A&E.
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