Once upon a time, TV stood in awe of Duck Dynasty pulling in significantly higher ratings than some non-reality shows, to the point that one member’s exile from the series made national headlines. Now, after five years and eleven seasons, the Robertson clan will finally hang up their duck whistles, at least on TV.
It seemed something of a given that A&E’s Bates Motel would close up shop in Season 5, as well incorporate the most famous Psycho murder, but the truth is far stranger. Yes, Bates Motel will officially come to an end with 2017, but with Rihanna as Marion Crane! No joke!
It’s all for no one, apparently, and least of all for Damien. Following a low-rated first season (itself initially dropped from Lifetime), A&E’s The Omen sequel series has officially closed the book on Season 2, thwarting the Anti-Christ once more.
And lo, another season of Bates Motel has come to a close with Monday’s unsettling “Norman,” following through on a series-shaking cliffhanger from the prior episode. Looking ahead, Season 5 has more or less been confirmed as the final run for Bates Motel, which showrunners now confirm will finally go Psycho with the thriller’s other most famous character.
The madness boils over in Season 4 of Psycho prequel Bates Motel, and we would immediately advise refraining from any unnecessary showers. Of course, the first photos of Season 4 premiere “A Danger to Himself and Others” might land you in the hospital regardless, as will the synopsis.
As much fun as Bates Motel has had building Norman Bates up for a Psycho fall, sooner or later, Mother’s got to go. That time might have come by the first Season 4 trailer, as young Norman has fully taken to wearing her mothers clothes, while the family around them crumbles.
Every year brings A&E’s Bates Motel closer in line with its cinematic origins, but is Season 4 finally the year Norman sends his mother down the drain? A new 2016 promo hints at some familiar Psycho imagery, and an ominous end for Norman’s favorite future basement decoration.
It’s been some time since we’ve checked in for a stay at A&E’s Bates Motel, and it seems another famous horror property will be setting up shop nextdoor this March. The network has officially set a March premiere for the fourth year of Norman Bates’ descent into madness, as well as The Omen sequel series Damien.
If the past year in TV has proven anything, sequel series and movie tie-ins are no longer a guarantee of success, so where might A&E (formerly Lifetime)’s The Omen sequel Damien land? A slick new teaser for the demonic thriller recreates one of the horror film’s most enduring images, which at least ups the creep factor.
As Hannibal fans this weekend (and billions of others before them) can attest, too long has the antiquated Nielsen ratings system given an incomplete picture of a show’s viewership, swaying networks to and fro of cancellation. We may finally have some progress however, as Nielsen will begin taking into account streaming data from the likes of Hulu, Netflix and beyond.