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'Bates Motel' renewed for a third season

Bates Motel has just been booked for an extended stay at A&E.

The network announced Monday it has renewed the Vera Farmiga-led drama for a 10-episode third season, set to begin production this fall.

The show’s second season, which recently revealed a huge (and completely disturbing) twist, premiered a little over month ago, notching 4.6 million viewers, according to numbers from the network.

Bates, which also stars Freddie Highmore as Norman, airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

'Bates Motel': What's next for Cody; plus, watch Norman experience a blackout-inducing flashback -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Despite his love of taxidermy and a very close relationship with his mother, Norman Bates still somehow finds time for a little romance. And during the last episode of Bates Motel, he took his relationship with Cody to the next level. However, we’ve got an exclusive look at Monday’s episode, in which Cody and Norman’s next hangout quickly turns dangerous when her father comes home early. And things only get worse when a memory forces Norman into his darkest state.

But before we get to the clip, we talked with Paloma Kwiatkowski, who plays Cody, about the clip, what’s next for Cody, and more:

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'Bates Motel': Carlton Cuse talks the mother of a twist revealed in latest episode -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE LATEST BATES MOTEL!!!!]

Tonight’s Bates Motel had a whopper of a twist in the final moments: Dylan’s father is…his mother’s brother! Yep, according to Norma (Vera Farmiga), her bro Caleb (Kenny Johnson) is Dylan’s dad. This will likely not end well so we talked to Motel EP Carlton Cuse about this major development.

EW: Tonight’s big reveal was that Caleb is the father of Dylan. Did you all plan that from the start of the series?
CARLTON CUSE: Like most good creative ideas they evolve and they grow richer over time. Back when I first discussed the show with A&E I mentioned with them that I would love to add a brother character number one because I thought it would be great to have a window of normalcy to look out at Norma and Norman through the perspective of this other guy. Also, it just felt like this dynamic of this other brother kind of creating triangulation in the family dynamic would be super great. Kerry Ehrin and I put flesh and bone on the Dylan character and I think as we started writing him and developing him and actually watching him and seeing how hurt and damaged he was being this sort of third wheel in this family, it felt like a natural progression to try and explain that and deepen our understanding of how that happened. Then, honestly, it was Vera who sent us the idea and thought What if we do this. Kerry and Vera and I all talked about it. It just was one of those things that “Oh this completely makes sense.” It was all kind of sitting on the table and then it all kind of fell into place.

So where will this storyline go?
I think it has incredibly powerful consequences for Dylan. It’s just such a horrible revelation for his self-worth. It really sort of spins him into a dark place in concert with the fact that he’s unwittingly found himself right in the middle of this crazy drug family. I think those two things spiral on top of each other. That’s what we’re following for the rest of the season: the downward spiral of Dylan. I’ve talked before about how the thematic of this season is, Who am I? Now that Dylan gets this really horrible answer to this question, now he’s dealing with the consequences of it. It’s really an opportunity for Max Thieriot to shine. It goes to some pretty twisty places over the course of the season. The event kind of catalyzes his event for the rest of the season.

Will we meet Norma’s parents?
We’ve had conversations about other family members but this is kind of as far as its goes. You can’t take too many Bates relatives at one time.

Kenny Johnson is sorta perfect because he looks like Max.
I think he looks remarkably like him. If you took Max Thieriot and just led a hard and dissolute life for 20 years, he would look just like Kenny Johnson. It was sort of the brilliance of April Webster, our fantastic casting director, who found Kenny. I knew Kenny because he was on The Shield and The Shield was done by Shawn Ryan. I gave Shawn Ryan his first job on Nash Bridges and Shawn and I are friends. Shawn had extolled how amazing Kenny was and how fantastic he was an actor. We just jumped at the opportunity for him to join our show.

We’re also meeting Michael Vartan’s character. He seems so nice. Is that even possible on Bates Motel?
Well, that’s really the question: Is Norma capable of having a relationship with a nice, normal person? I think this is a problem for a lot of people in life in general. There’s definitely a lot of people who kind of just don’t choose well when it comes to relationships because they’re sort of drawn to qualities that don’t tend to go with people who turn out to be nice guys or gals. I think Norma in some way is being handed the life she wants on a silver plate and will it work out.

This was probably the most shocking episode so far. Are there more twists to come?
Yeah, there are some other surprises coming up this season. I think that’s kind of the fun of the show. This is not like a small nuanced cable drama where one thing happens. The story telling is intentionally pretty full-throttle. There’s a bunch of other stuff that happens.

'Bates Motel': Dylan meets Norma's brother, Caleb, for the first time -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Monday night’s Bates Motel, airing at 10 p.m. on A&E, features a truly twisted family reunion when Caleb (Kenny Johnson) pays a visit to the Bates Motel in order to reunite with his sister Norma (Vera Farmiga). In last year’s season finale, Norma revealed to Norman (Freddie Highmore) that her brother had raped her when they were growing up.

EW has an exclusive peek at the episode which features a rather tense initial run-in between Caleb and Norma’s other son Dylan (Max Thieriot). Watch below: READ FULL STORY

A&E pulls 'Those Who Kill' after two episodes

Apparently, Monday nights are more welcoming to serial killers than those who hunt them.

EW has confirmed that A&E has pulled Chloë Sevigny’s new drama, Those Who Kill, from its 10 p.m. Monday slot after only two episodes. As a result, the network will move Bates Motel back an hour, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The placement of Those Who Kill is still undecided. As of right now, it’s off the network’s schedule.

'Bates Motel': Carrie Keagan to host live aftershow -- EXCLUSIVE

The Bates Motel is getting ready to extend its hours.

EW has confirmed that the return of A&E’s hit series Bates Motel will be followed by the addition of a live aftershow, Bates Motel: After Hours, where fans can interact with the show’s stars and creators. We’ve also learned exclusively that Carrie Keagan, formerly of VH1, has signed on to host the aftershow. Keagan previously served as host and producer of Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan.

The first episode of the half-hour aftershow will feature executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, as well as actors Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot. After Hours will premiere Monday, March 3, at 11 p.m. on A&E, directly after Those Who Kill at 10 p.m. and Bates Motel, which airs at 9 p.m.

'Bates Motel' producers tease info about Norma's brother joining show

With the exception of excitement for Emmy-nominee Vera Farmiga, the cast of A&E’s Bates Motel were tight-lipped about what fans could expect from season 2 of the creepy drama when they stopped by EW’s video studio at Comic-Con over the weekend.

One enticing morsel of information? Fans may meet another member of the disturbing Bates family. “We made reference to Norma’s brother, so it might be that that guy shows up this season,” teased Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse.

Beyond that, when EW’s Dan Snierson asked for a three-word tease for what fans can hope to see next year, Cuse got cryptic: ” ‘Who am I?’… as a thematic question,” he answered. Watch the interview — and get executive producer Kerry Ehrin’s answer to the same three-word question — below: READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' at Comic-Con: Season 2 teases and the Case of the Missing Freddie Highmore

The project: A&E’s Bates Motel

The panel: Actors Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Max Thieriot; executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin

Footage screened: In lieu of a sneak peek of season 2, the whole panel (including EW’s Dan Snierson as moderator) pretended something fishy and secretive had happened causing Freddie to not make it in today. It could only be explained in a gag reel video — in which we saw Freddie visit the writers’ room during hiatus, enthusiastic and ready to get back to work, only to brutally learn his character was essentially being written out of the show so that recent Best Actress in a Drama Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga could get even more screen time. Carlton Cuse then golf-carted Freddie over to the original Psycho house and left him there. Freddie became infuriated after seeing a Norman Bates impersonator carry a body bag out and dump it in the trash. “What in the bloody hell?!” Freddie wondered. He approached the Universal Studios employee: “I DON’T THINK YOU’RE A NICE MAN.” Creepy sound effect sequence! And cut to: A bloody-shirted Freddie lugging another, Norman Bates-sized body bag onto the heap. He’s officially driven himself psycho.

… And here Freddie is now, in Ballroom 6A at Comic-Con!  READ FULL STORY

Vera Farmiga talks about her Emmy nomination, the next season of 'Bates Motel,' and 'The Conjuring 2'

Vera Farmiga found out this morning that she had received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Norma Bates, the matriarch of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel. But there’s no point asking Farmiga about her chances of beating the likes of Claire Danes (who was nominated in the same category for her performance in Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), or Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). “I can’t answer that question,” she says. “I have never seen an episode of any of them. Shame on me. But I’m just too busy!”

You can say that again. The mother of two young children has just finished shooting The Judge alongside Robert Downey Jr. and also stars as real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in director James Wan’s new horror film The Conjuring, which opens tomorrow.

Below, Farmiga talks more about her nomination, the second season of Bates Motel, and the likelihood of her returning for the already-in-development Conjuring 2. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Vera Farmiga on playing a 'Psycho' mother for 'Bates Motel'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

We all know that Psycho’s Norman Bates had mother issues. But now we know why thanks to Vera Farmiga’s full-bodied performance as mama Norma on Bates Motel, A&E’s reboot of the famous Hitchcock thriller. Desperately clinging to her son like a manic depressive lioness, Farmiga portrays both a formidable heroine and an unstable mess.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You have a very successful film career — why take on a TV series?
VERA FARMIGA: I’m not trying out TV, I think my career was born out of TV way back with [Fox’s 1997 series] Roar and my first prominent job, my first big paycheck, or real paycheck rather, the start of my career was Roar. I supposed there are very few things on my don’t list: Don’t eat poisonous mushrooms, don’t do my own taxes, and I guess TV just wasn’t on my don’t list. And culturally, as well, things have shifted. For me then what I gravitate toward is character and challenge and I’m quite honestly wasn’t feeling challenged in a long time in this way, in this capacity. So man, I jumped at the opportunity.
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Emmy Watch: 'Bates Motel' star Freddie Highmore on the cause of Norman's crazy

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

A&E’s freshman drama series Bates Motel by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano had a lot to live up to as a prequel/modern remake of Psycho. But Freddie Highmore steps out of Anthony Perkins’ shadow in his humanizing portrayal of the doomed Norman Bates. It also helps that Vera Farmiga is the one to breathe life into Norman’s infamous mother, Norma. Highmore spoke with EW about filming with Farmiga and what it’s like for both of them to play Norman’s version of “Mother.” READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel': EP Carlton Cuse talks the shocker for [SPOILER] and what's next

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SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF BATES MOTEL!!!!!!
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'Bates Motel': Check out drawings from Norman's creepy sketchbook -- EXCLUSIVE

Bates Motel, A&E’s new show that serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, has no shortage of the unsettling, the creepy, and the disturbing.

One source of show’s terrors is the sketchbook a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) finds hidden under the carpet of one of the motel’s rooms. Inside is Chinese writing and manga-style drawings of women being tortured. Norman and classmate Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) soon find that the sketches lead to a bigger mystery that will come into play in upcoming episodes.

EW has an exclusive closer look at two pages from Norman’s sketchbook. Check out the first below:

NEXT PAGE: See the above sketch with the English translation of the Chinese writing

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