‘Bates Motel’ Season 2 Gets ‘Talking Dead’-Style Post Show ‘After Hours’
'The Walking Dead''s post-airing talk show, 'Talking Dead,' changed the landscape for event TV, as 'Breaking Bad,' 'Sons of Anarchy' and even Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' dabbled in their own post-shows. The latest to follow the trend is none other than A&E's prequel drama 'Bates Motel,' which will now air its own live talk show after the March 3 premiere, dubbed 'Bates Motel: After Hours.'
Largely an experiment for the time being, 'Bates Motel' will air the live 'After Hours' on March 3 at 11:00 p.m., following the premiere of A&E's new Chloe Sevigny-led series, 'Those Who Kill.' In attendance for the first round (don't be surprised if the finale at least follows a similar talk show event) are series stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore and Max Thieriot, along with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
Says A&E’s official synopsis of ‘Bates Motel’ season 2:
In season two of 'Bates Motel,' executive producers Carlton Cuse ('Lost') and Kerry Ehrin ('Friday Night Lights') dig deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother. Meanwhile, Norman’s brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with Norman as the duo explore new love interests, bringing new and old characters along for the ride.
Guest stars checking into 'Bates Motel' throughout the new season are Michael Vartan ('HawthoRne,' 'Alias'), Kathleen Robertson ('Boss') Paloma Kwiatkowski ('Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'), Rebecca Creskoff ('The Practice,' 'Hung'), Kenny Johnson ('Sons of Anarchy'), Michael Eklund ('88 Minutes,' 'Supernatural') and Michael O’Neill ('Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'The West Wing').
As if that weren’t enough to pique our interest for the March 3 premiere, A&E set up an official interactive ‘Bates Motel’ website, where you can explore the entire iconic location yourself, unlocking plenty of secret content, footage and teasers among the various rooms for rent. We've included the latest trailer below, so tell us in the comments what you want to see from 'Bates Motel' season 2 in the comments!