Bates Motel First Look
A&E is reimagining Psycho with Bates Motel, a new series that follows a young Norman Bates and his mother, who is still very much alive. The premiere is March 18 but you can get an exclusive preview of first 6 1/2 minutes on-demand through Comcast and Youtube (credit card required beyond 2 minutes).


It opens with Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) discovering his father’s lifeless body. Norma Louise Bates (Vera Farmiga) calmly exits the shower having presumably washed off evidence of her involvement. They attempt to start over and buy a motel in a town has its own dark side.


Bates Motel - Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise BatesThe incestuous relationship between Norman and his mother is alluded to several times. Norma unveils the motel by hopping on the hood of the car to striking a pose. Despite the abundance of rooms to choose from, she puts Norman in the room next to hers. As Norman unpacks the bags, he watches his mother undress through the window.


More clips can be found on the official website, which lets you look through peepholes for “sneak peeks” inside the motel.