<p>Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga)&nbsp;in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in "Bates Motel."

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Review: A&E's 'Bates Motel' gives 'Psycho' killer Norman Bates some teen angst

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Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are terrific, but is there a TV show here?
“Everyone seems better in old movies — even bad ones,” Norman Bates explains in an early episode of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” which debuts tonight at 10.
 
Norman should know from old movies, what with him being the villain of one of the greatest of all time: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 black and white masterpiece “Psycho,” in which Janet Leigh has the unfortunate luck to stop for rest and a shower at the Bates Motel.
 
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<p>Lena Dunham as Hannah in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 finale.</p>

Lena Dunham as Hannah in the "Girls" season 2 finale.

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Together'

Hannah's OCD gets worse, Marnie and Shoshanna make big decisions, and Adam goes for a run

A review of the "Girls" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I diagnose myself from reading Louisa May Alcott...

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<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Prey'

Andrea, Milton and Tyreese all begin to have their doubts about the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm sent home to do some knitting...

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<p>Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in "Bates Motel."

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'Bates Motel' producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on bringing 'Psycho' into the present

How will the A&E drama about young Norman Bates work on a weekly basis?
Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin both have experiencing handling material created by others. Cuse became co-showrunner on “Lost” midway through the series’ first season after it had been created by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, and Ehrin was one of the original staff writers on “Friday Night Lights,” which had been adapted from the movie (and before that from the non-fiction book). But neither has been given control of a property quite as famous as the one they have in “Bates Motel,” the new A&E drama that debuts on Monday night at 10.
 
Though Cuse has stressed that “Bates Motel” is not a direct prequel to “Psycho” — it takes place in the present, and the writers aren’t married to the idea of taking the characters down the same path we see in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic — it still involves the teenage years of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his disturbingly close relationship with his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga).
 
At press tour in January, I spoke with Cuse and Ehrin about the challenges of working with one of the most notorious killers in screen history, how they see the Bates family’s story working as a weekly series, and more.
 
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<p>Rainn Wilson as Dwight on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Rainn Wilson as Dwight on "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'The Farm'

An episode designed to send Dwight off to his own show mainly demonstrated why it was a bad idea

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as this blog spins off into one about Myles McNutt...

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<p>Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the &quot;Banshee&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the "Banshee" season finale.

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Review: In the end, Cinemax's 'Banshee' a fun bit of pulp fiction

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Crime drama embraced its own ridiculousness as first season went along

"Banshee," the Cinemax crime drama that wraps up its first season tonight at 10, is among the dumbest, most ridiculous, lurid, disgusting shows on all of television.

That is also an enormous part of its charm.

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<p>Kristen Bell is in for the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her. </p>

Kristen Bell is in for the "Veronica Mars" movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her.

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Exclusive: 'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas on the Kickstarter movie campaign

What comes next for the campaign? How big can the movie get? And whither Piz?

The "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign was an instant, runaway success, raising the $2 million minimum to make the movie in under 12 hours, with the total continuing to climb. (It passed $3 million earlier this evening.) But the process to get to this point took much longer for the show's creator, Rob Thomas. He had all but given up on getting a "Veronica" movie made, even cheaply — "Warner Bros. is typically in the business of making big-budget movies," he explains. "'Small' for them is a $30 million movie, and I understand why the 'Veronica Mars' movie didn't fit into that paradigm" — until his friend, Cotton Mather lead singer Robert Harrison, suggested he try Kickstarter.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and Annie (Alison Brie)&nbsp;show Chang's picture around town.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and Annie (Alison Brie) show Chang's picture around town.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Documentary Filmmaking'

Abed makes a film about Jeff's attempts to prove Chang is faking his 'Changnesia'

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I workshop a blackface Senor Wences bit...

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<p>Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Bailout'

Leslie and Ron clash over rescuing a local institution, Ann forces April to be her friend, and Chris tries to parent Tom

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I buy Japanese slime candy and Bulgarian wheatballs...

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<p>Robson Green will join &quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.</p>

Robson Green will join "Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' adds cast for new season

Dougray Scott and Robson Green will team up with returnees Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra

The "Strike Back" roster is going to be at maximum strength for next season, as the Cinemax action drama(*) has announced that all of its leads from the end of last season — Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra — will be back (along with supporting players Michlle Lukes and Liam Garrigan), and joined by newcomers Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Milauna Jackson.

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