March 18th sees the debut of Bates Motel, A&E’s contemporary tale of Norman Bates and his mother. Starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga as Norman and Norma Bates, Bates Motel concerns the early days of Norman’s life. You know, pre–Psycho.
Following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.