10 p.m. Monday, A&E
In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Psycho,” embezzling secretary Marion Crane ( Janet Leigh) is on her way from Phoenix to her boyfriend’s California home when a pounding rainstorm forces her to take shelter in the dilapidated Bates Motel, run by the apparently shy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Unfortunately for Marion, Norman suffers from a split personality, one a browbeaten son and the other the domineering mother he killed, who comes to life in her son and goes on a murderous rampage.
So do we just blame Mom for Norman’s crime — or is there more to the story?
On Monday, March 18, A&E Network premieres the first season of “Bates Motel,” a psychological thriller that delves into Norman’s past while also updating the story to the present day.
Executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”), it stars British actor Freddie Highmore (“Finding Neverland,” “August Rush”) as 17-year-old Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga (“Safe House,” “Up in the Air”) as his protective widowed mother, Norma.
Also starring are Max Thieriot, Mike Vogel, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz.
Farmiga says of Norma,“She’s a mom, ruled by her love for her child, and sometimes, that love is ... it’s difficult. She is leonine. She would fight wars for her child. Nothing means more to her than his happiness, and I see her as being valiant.”