First Look At A&amp;E's <i>Bates Motel</i>

Could budding serial killers become the new fairy tales in the new TV season? Between NBC's Hannibal, which follows a younger Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs fame, and A&E's Bates Motel, based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho, that just might be the case.

Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore (August Rush) as a young Norman Bates -- the part played in four films by Anthony Perkins -- and Vera Farmiga (Safe House) as his mother Norma. The pair have a, shall we say, complicated relationship which will take center stage in the series. The image below (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter) is the first we've seen of them in character.

The series is produced by Lost's Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin. A&E liked their take so much that the cable network passed over the usual pilot stage and ordered the show to series. Bates Motel will premiere sometime next year.

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