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If My Mother Looked Like This, I'd Probably Feel Sexually Conflicted As Well

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 18, 2012 | Comments ()


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Norman Bates has been cast, too. It's a familiar face: Freddie Highmore. He should be familiar, anyway, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland, albeit he is older now. Stupid aging.

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Spot-on casting. Poor Highmore: He's got a gawky serial killer look about him. But the best part? That the series will explore Norman's relationship with his mother, Norma, and offer a look at his backstory that helped forge the infamous serial killer. His mother? Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga.

That's a heavy-weight cast for an A&E cable show, which has recently found success with original scripted drama Longmire. I don't know if "Bates Motel" will ultimately be any good, but it's good to see that A&E is making an effort to compete somewhat with the likes of FX and AMC instead of filling their entire schedule with "Storage Wars" and "Hoarders."



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