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Freddie Highmore will play Norman Bates in A&E's Psycho prequel series

Sep. 14, 2012by: Niki Stephens

A&E has been good to me. They've provided tons of interesting shows to watch like HOARDERS, INTERVENTION, THE FIRST 48, BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT, and several others. Basically it's my go to place for reality type programming. The only fictional drama I've watched that plays on the channel is CSI:MIAMI. David f*cking Caruso. Love him. That show was originally broadcast on CBS, and now A&E shows all the reruns.

A&E has had their own batch of original series like THE GLADES, and new shows, LONGMIRE and COMA. THE GLADES got a second season, so it must fair pretty well, but now the network is stepping it up with PSYCHO prequel series, BATES MOTEL.

The show, "examines the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma." Vera Farmiga (THE DEPARTED) has been attached for some months to play the role of Norma, and now it looks like they have found someone to play the one and only, Norman.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY's Freddie Highmore has been set to play the disturbed son that we all know and love. Well, he didn't start out disturbed, his mother made him that way. I cringe thinking of the interactions that will go on between Farmiga and Highmore.

Is Highmore a good fit for a younger Bates? His predecessor, Anthony Perkins might think so.

Source: Deadline

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6:52AM on 09/17/2012
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12:05PM on 09/15/2012
This is a bad idea and it's looking worse with the addition of this casting IMO.
This is a bad idea and it's looking worse with the addition of this casting IMO.
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2:56AM on 09/15/2012
Wow, talk about casting against type. I'm sure he'll be shockingly good, even though I'm not all for the idea of a Psycho TV series in the first place.
Wow, talk about casting against type. I'm sure he'll be shockingly good, even though I'm not all for the idea of a Psycho TV series in the first place.
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9:18PM on 09/14/2012

nice

i remember seeing that kid in August Rush and thinking i wanted to see him have a good career. Since then, he hasnt done anything special. A few voice acting work and small profile films. I'm in the same boat with most people in that i'm probably not gonna watch it (i am curious on reviews though) but i do think that he's a good fit for the role and i'm glad to see him coming back to the mainstream
i remember seeing that kid in August Rush and thinking i wanted to see him have a good career. Since then, he hasnt done anything special. A few voice acting work and small profile films. I'm in the same boat with most people in that i'm probably not gonna watch it (i am curious on reviews though) but i do think that he's a good fit for the role and i'm glad to see him coming back to the mainstream
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8:36PM on 09/14/2012

really great fit

like the Hannibal Lecter series though, I won't be watching it. I mean A&E is better than ABC/NBC (whatever network is doing Lecter) but as far as I know it's still a PG-13 network. Shows with such adult material like these two deserve to be as free with the material as they want, and on TV that kind of thing can apparently only be done on HBO, Showtime, AMC, etc. that kind of thing.

Unfortunate.
like the Hannibal Lecter series though, I won't be watching it. I mean A&E is better than ABC/NBC (whatever network is doing Lecter) but as far as I know it's still a PG-13 network. Shows with such adult material like these two deserve to be as free with the material as they want, and on TV that kind of thing can apparently only be done on HBO, Showtime, AMC, etc. that kind of thing.

Unfortunate.
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12:22AM on 09/15/2012
Except the original Psycho didn't over rely on gore. Like most Alfred Hitchcock films, Psycho managed to create suspense and horror without spilling excessive amounts of blood. Television shows have been allowed to show more extreme violance these days, so there should be opportunities for the level of violence that matches the original. Notice my tongue in cheek: the original did not have extreme violence, so this series doesn't need to be overly graphic to do the original justice. It does
Except the original Psycho didn't over rely on gore. Like most Alfred Hitchcock films, Psycho managed to create suspense and horror without spilling excessive amounts of blood. Television shows have been allowed to show more extreme violance these days, so there should be opportunities for the level of violence that matches the original. Notice my tongue in cheek: the original did not have extreme violence, so this series doesn't need to be overly graphic to do the original justice. It does need good writing, tension, suspense, and a strong performance from Freddie Highmore.

In other words, how much violence this show is allowed to feature is not the problem; the concern is how this show can capture the original's sense of tension, atmosphere, and suspense.
7:09PM on 09/15/2012
@Broken - gore and violence are certainly not the only things that make something 'adult'... there is a certain freedom in the writing, the structure, etc. that shows get on networks like those I mentioned that they don't get on the major networks, which usually all follow the same generic structure and flavour.
@Broken - gore and violence are certainly not the only things that make something 'adult'... there is a certain freedom in the writing, the structure, etc. that shows get on networks like those I mentioned that they don't get on the major networks, which usually all follow the same generic structure and flavour.
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