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Greetings from Vancouver: Battling the rain for a marathon session of TV set visits

Move over, Hollywood, the much chillier Vancouver, Canada, has become a hot shooting spot, thanks to its tax breaks and unique ability to stand in for everything from sleepy Maine towns to superhero metropolises (even if its outdoor locales prove tricky in keeping secrets from fans). I suited up for a whopping eight set visits in four days to find out what makes Vancouver and the actors who call it their (temporary) home so special. (Feel free to play a drinking game with the words “rain” and “cold.” I dare you.)

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Bates Motel,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows—and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

What’s in store for Norman on Bates Motel this season? — Chris
Norman may have passed the polygraph test in the season finale, but Romero won’t be off his trail for long. “Romero has closed that case,” Freddie Highmore tells me. “But in the third season, his suspicions are aroused once again by a certain incident, so that uncertainty around who Norman really is sparks off again in his mind.” I wonder if the incident has to do with the new tenant. READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' star Tracy Spiridakos checks into 'Bates Motel'

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Bates Motel is getting a new tenant. Tracy Spiridakos has booked a recurring guest-star role on the A&E drama, EW has learned.

The Revolution alum will play Annika Johnson, a mysterious woman who shows up at the hotel in the third season premiere. READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' at Comic-Con: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga talk about the kiss

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Near the end of season two, A&E’s Bates Motel gave a tantalizing glimpse of teen Norman Bates experiencing the personality split integral to his later-life behavior. Since the character has already racked up a body count, the next question might be when he’ll begin wearing his mother’s clothes. In a discussion after the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel in San Diego Friday afternoon, star Freddie Highmore addressed the inevitable.

“It’s going to come at some point, isn’t it? I can see Norman sitting down in her room in front of the mirror and thinking ‘Oh, I’m going to put on her clothes and see what they look like,'” Highmore said. “Whether that’s this year or next year or the year after, who knows? I don’t know with any certainty at all. But, yeah, there’s certainly going to be the merging of the two parts of Norman’s life and of his personality… The furthest [he’s gone] was probably in the motel with Caleb when he starts speaking as her. And that’s when she’s kind of taken over his personality. I mean, maybe if there had been a dress around—who knows?” READ FULL STORY

Kenny Johnson returns to 'Bates Motel' as series regular

Dylan’s dad/uncle (duncle?) is coming back to Bates Motel… and this time, it’s full-time.

At a Comic-Con panel on Friday for A&E’s suspense thriller and Psycho quasi-prequel, it was announced that Kenny Johnson would return to the show in a big way, joining the cast as a series regular in season 3. Best known for his dirty work on The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, Johnson guest-starred in two episodes last season as Caleb, the mysterious estranged brother of Norma (Vera Farmiga)—whom she says raped her and impregnated her with Dylan (Max Thieriot). “When Kenny Johnson came on the show last year, the writers and the actors fell in love with his character, even though his character was kind of gnarly,” executive producer Carlton Cuse tells EW. “He added this cool but also incredibly creepy element to the show… Kerry and I felt like once we wrote him in and wrote him out, we didn’t have enough. We underestimated what we could get out of that character, so this season is about rectifying that.” READ FULL STORY

Watch Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore audition for 'Bates Motel'

Finding the perfect actors for your show is a painstaking art: A few right moves, and you can back up an Emmy truck next to that Brinks truck. A couple of wrong moves, and the whole project is a disaster.

Bates Motel executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin certainly had their hands full when they set out to cast their contemporary Pyscho prequel for A&E. At Comic-Con on Friday, they treated the audience to a behind-the-scenes look at Bates’ audition process, screening footage of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Max Thieriot trying on their character for the first time. They show off their acting skills… and Ukranian folk-dancing skills… and Spider-Man impressions. Want to see a true horror show? Watch their auditions below. READ FULL STORY

Vera Farmiga doesn't get why that 'Bates Motel' kiss was a big deal

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When the Bates Motel cast stopped by EW‘s Comic-Con hangout, there was one central topic of discussion: that kiss.

Fans know the one. When Norman decided he wanted to kill himself in the season 2 finale, Norma found him out in the woods, gun in hand. There, she finally revealed the fact that he was behind his own father’s murder. But to stop him from pulling the trigger, Norma kissed him like she meant it. It was the moment fans had been waiting for, and it was one that executive producer Kerry Ehrin revealed to us was Freddie Highmore’s idea.

So now that the cast is further removed from the finale, how do they feel about it? Well, Vera Farmiga does not get what all of the fuss is about.

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'Bates Motel' finale postmortem: EP on what's next for Dylan, that kiss, and the emergence of a 'dark part' of Norman

The season 2 finale of Bates Motel gave viewers a lot to think about: Is the Norman we knew gone for good? Will Dylan take over the drug trade? And what was up with that kiss?!

We caught up with Executive Producer Kerry Ehrin to dissect the finale — kiss included! — and what that ending means for Norman Bates’ journey. Check out our chat below: READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' postmortem: EP on Norman's memory, Dylan's [spoiler!], and 'burning flame' between Norma and Romero

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the penultimate episode of Bates Motel season 2, stop reading now!

Just when you thought Bates Motel couldn’t get any creepier, they went and put Norman in a box full of bugs. However, that box ended up being a lot more than just a holding place. It was the place where Norman finally remembered his night with Blaire Watson.

So what comes next for the nice kid with a dark side? Or what about his brother, who just killed the leader of the town’s biggest drug family? We caught up with Bates Executive Producer Kerry Ehrin to talk about what exactly happened in that box, Dylan’s journey, Norma’s chemistry with Sheriff Romero, and more: READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' First Look: Norman gets a taste of ... chloroform? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Despite already being renewed for a third season, Bates Motel is not slowing down.

In Monday night’s episode, things aren’t looking good for Norman when a mysterious man is sent to pay the high schooler a visit, because judging by the exclusive photos we have, it’s not what you’d call a friendly visit.

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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.

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