Following in the footsteps of other popular shows that dabble in eerie drama and curious relationships, A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ will be getting its very own after show.
The network announced that the forthcoming second season premiere, which takes place on March 3 at 9/8c, will get a special follow-up, the 30-minute ‘Bates Motel: After Hours.’ The special, however, will not air immediately after, and instead ‘Bates’ will bookend the new A&E series, ‘Those Who Kill,’ starring Chloë Sevigny.
Only the premiere will get this special talk show, though depending on its success, perhaps more will follow, especially for those episodes that are particularly notable; such talk shows are also too rather cheap to make. The one-off will be aired live and filmed in front of an audience, allowing for fans to interact with the stars of the show and to gain new insight on the series, including exclusive content.
Vera Farmiga, who plays the protective and often slightly-psychotic mother Norma Bates will appear on the show, as well as Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Theriot (Dylan Massett), and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
Set as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho,’ ‘Bates Motel’ follows a teenage Norman Bates and his very close mother as they settle into a strange town and try to start life anew after the death of the family patriarch. The show has found success as the network’s most-watched piece of original programming in part because of some outrageous drama, nostalgic look and feel, and particularly smart casting -- Norma and Norman sure are weird.
‘Bates Motel’ returns for a second season on March 3 at 9/8c on A&E.