‘Bates Mo­tel’:

10 p.m. Mon­day, A&E

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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.”


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