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Question: I've been enjoying the insights into the early Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates on Hannibal and Bates Motel. I know that both shows are just based on the original works and can certainly invent stories for the characters. However, I expect the TV series to at least honor the future stories that we're so familiar with. What I mean: Bates Motel is terrific at bringing young Norman along where we can understand the Norman in Psycho and how he got that way. The taxidermy and now the blackouts are both critical, as is the relationship with Mother. However, I was very upset that they killed off Dr. Chilton in Hannibal since he is an important character in the novels. We can accept that what we see in Jack, Will, Bloom, Lounds, etc. are consistent (genders aside) with what we see later in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. But now, there is no place for Chilton in the future stories. Am I out of line and the only one who has complained? — Jerome

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The Good Wife: Will Lost's Nestor Carbonell Romance Alicia?

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Apparently Alicia Florrick isn't wasting any time jumping back into the dating pool — or is she?

Lost's Nestor Carbonell will guest-star on The Good Wife as a charming entrepreneur who... read more

A&E Orders a Third Season of Bates Motel

Freddie Highmore

A&E is extending its stay at Bates Motel.

The network has ordered a 10-episode third season of the drama series, A&E announced Monday. Production on Season 3 will begin this fall...

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Bates Motel First Look: Can Kathleen Robertson Solve Dylan's Problems?

Kathleen Robertson and Max Thieriot

Bates Motel's Dylan Massett has seen better days.

Not only is Dylan (Max Thieriot) working for a family drug operation that is on the verge of war with a rival family, but he also recently learned that he's the product of incest between his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) and her (alleged rapist) brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson). Fortunately, a little light may be coming into his life.

Bates Motel: What's next for Dylan after the daddy bombshell?

On Monday's episode (10/9c, A&E), Dylan meets Jodi Wilson (Beverly Hills, 90210 and Boss alum Kathleen Robertson), the head of the drug family and his de facto boss.... read more

Bates Motel: What's Next for Dylan After the Daddy Bombshell?

Max Thieriot

Norma's going to have some explaining to do on Monday's episode of Bates Motel.

The previous episode ended with a huge confrontation between Norma (Vera Farmiga) and her oldest son Dylan (Max Thieriot), who was furious that Norma wouldn't give her estranged brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson) a second chance. When Norma tried to explain that Caleb raped her repeatedly as a child, Dylan flew off the handle and called Norma a liar, which led to a brawl between Dylan and his half-brother Norman (Freddie Highmore). As the fight escalated, Norma was forced to drop a major bombshell... read more

A&E Pulls Those Who Kill After Two Episodes

Omid Abtahi, Chloe Sevigny

A&E is pulling freshman drama Those Who Kill after just two episodes, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, sophomore drama Bates Motel will take over Those Who Kill's former Mondays-at-10/9c berth beginning March 17. A new timeslot for... read more

Ratings: Almost Human, Castle Hit Lows

Michael Ealy, Karl Urban

Almost Human closed out on low note.

The Fox series wrapped up its freshman run Monday to a series low 5.6 million and a 1.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. The Following (5.1 million, 1.7) followed, inching up a tenth from its series low last week.

NBC won the night with The Voice (15.6 million, 4.5) and The Blacklist (11.1 million, 2.7), which dropped read more

Bates Motel Reopens for "Super-Intense" Second Season

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore

It's gonna be a bright, sunshine-y day on Season 2 of Bates Motel — at least temporarily. 

When the second season of the A&E drama kicks off (Monday, 9/8c, A&E), four months have passed. It's summer in White Pine Bay and Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) can't hold back the smile that comes from having her motel completely booked. But there's one cloud that Norma just can't shed: Norman (Freddie Highmore) remains fixated on the death of his teacher Miss Watson, whose grave he visits far too often for Norma's liking.

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Of course,  all signs in the Season 1 finale suggested it was Norman, distraught from a terrible night at a school dance and vulnerable after being shown affection by Miss Watson, is responsible for his dear teacher's death. Or is he?

"The story of what happened to Miss Watson is very much, at this point, a story of perception," executive producer Kerry Ehrin tells TVGuide.com. "We saw [everything] through Norman's point of view at the end of the last season, and this season, we unravel that.... read more

Monday Review: A&E's Kill-er Women, Mom, Human Finale, Castle, Jeopardy!

Max Thieriot, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore

A&E certainly has an eye for talent, with the brooding Chloë Sevigny joining the electrifying Vera Farmiga in back-to-back Monday psycho- (or Psycho) dramas. Unfortunately, the former Big Love scene-stealer is not nearly as well served by the unpleasant formula dreariness of Those Who Kill (10/9c), an adaptation of a Danish series that takes a by-the-numbers approach to some truly ghastly serial-killer action.

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On the Set: Creepy Secrets Behind Bates Motel's Second Season

Max Thieriot, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore

The sun is sinking behind Bates Motel's Vancouver set as cameras prepare to shoot Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) scaling the familiar stone steps leading up to her iconic hilltop home. Spying an approaching flock of crows, the director instructs Farmiga to "wait for the birds" to enter the frame before commencing her ascent. At this point, one half expects the silhouette of ... read more

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Premiered: March 18, 2013, on A&E
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Premise: The teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

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