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‘LOST’ Showrunner Carlton Cuse Books a Stay at ‘Bates Motel’

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Now, I don’t exactly remember Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ dabbling in smoke monsters, ancient mythology and polar bears, but it has been a while since I popped it in the old DVD player.  But however your view of the past, it seems the backstory of the famous black and white thriller is about to get a whole lot more colorful.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that former ‘LOST’ show-runner and executive producer Carlton Cuse has signed onto A&E’s forth coming prequel drama mini-series ‘Bates Motel’, which takes a ‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘Smallville’ approach to telling the back-story of ‘Psycho’ killer Norman Bates.  The series focuses on the killer’s days as a boy and how his life with his deranged mother and her lover drove him mad, eventually turning him the killer we know from Hitchcock’s film.

Cuse will executive produce, oversee writing and production along with producers Mark Wolper and Roy Lee, for what is initially to be a six-episode “event” that will be taken to additional seasons if successful.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E is looking for ‘Bates Motel’ to be the network’s own version of ‘The Walking Dead,’ creating strong buzz on the internet while maintaining huge numbers in the ratings.

‘Bates Motel’ marks Cuse’s first genre TV project since ‘LOST’ ended in 2010, while ‘Friday Night Lights’ writer Kerry Ehrin will also join as a writer/EP working with Cuse.

Is the former ‘LOST’ boss’ involvement enough to turn your attention to the early days of Norman Bates, or does ‘Bates Motel’ sound a little too psychotic for your tastes?  Let us know your take, or start theorizing in the comments now before all the ‘LOST’-style twists start!

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