One of the most intriguing new shows this season has to be Bates Motel. It’s a reimagining of the Hitchcock classic that explores the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother Norma.
Almost the entire cast converged on Los Angeles for a rare screening and q and a with the cast at the Paley Center last night. In attendance were
Vera Farmiga, “Norma Bates”
Freddie Highmore, “Norman Bates”
Max Thieriot, “Dylan Massett”
Nestor Carbonell, “Sheriff Alex Romero”
Nicola Peltz, “Bradley Martin”
Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer
Kerry Ehrin, Executive Producer
Suddenly Susan, Billy Beer and I were lucky enough to be attending this event.
First, I was late. Traffic was insane and I have to remember if it’s Friday, just stay at work and get stuff done because it literally took me two hours to go 15 miles. I’m not kidding, I wish I was.
I was stuck in one place so long I watched the DARE charity kids trying to raise money in front of Gelson’s and I made up a game of who would stop and who wouldn’t. Needless to say the charity failed.
Once I finally arrived in a huff and fit to be tied. I found my seat and once I said hi to the gang the lights went down and the episode started. We were treated to the 9th episode of the season and I have to say this is some of Vera Farmiga’s finest work to date. The mixture of comedy and drama was wonderful and Freddie Highmore deserves an Emmy nomination.
The Q and A started out came the cast.
All seemed to be a little overwhelmed with the response to the show and I could be mistaken but this might have been their first public cast appearance at an event like this.
Vera and Freddie were very engaging with Vera defending her character of Norma quite a bit.
Some highlights from the panel:
Executive Producer Carlton Cruse joked that they pretty much ripped off Twin Peaks. “If you wanted to get that confession, the answer is yes. I loved that show. They only did 30 episodes. Kerry and I thought we’d do the 70 that are missing.”
Freddie Highmore said that some people might find the relationship between Norman and his mother a bit dodgy! lol…
Vera Farmiga said that she she always approaches the role with innocence and she thinks that Norma is always doing what she thinks is best for her son.
In the second season we will find out more about what makes Norma tick, if you will.
Norma’s past will be revealed in bits and pieces.
Everyone in the cast joked about being friends with Freddie since he is an up and coming serial killer. LOL…
Freddie Highmore said that there is a certain amount of job security in being the one doing the killing.
Carlton Cruse said he might do a cameo like Hitchcock but right now he’s happy just doing the “previously on Bates Motel” intro.
The best joke of the night was from Carlton Cruse who talked about a joke he heard about Hitchcock filming lifeboat. The camera angle they were shooting at made it look like “Miss Tandy isn’t wearing any underwear.” Hitchcock said “What should I do, call makeup, or wardrobe?” hysterical!
After the panel was done I was prepared for the customary Paleyfest rush. Instead it was quite casual. We walked down and the cast stayed and signed autographs and took pictures with pretty much anyone who wanted one.
Susan and I got Nester on our posters. We both had a Bates Motel mini poster to get signed. Then we got Nicola Peltz who did seemed overwhelmed with the attention.
Freddie Highmore was walking down the line fast but very cordial. he signed both Susan’s poster and mine as well.
I really wanted Vera Farmiga because I know she is probably the most difficult of the cast to meet.
She was so nice. Happy to sign and I’m pretty sure everyone who had something for her got it done. Billy got a photo with her as well.
Max Thieriot was also signing but he wasn’t moving much so we made it down the line to get him. I think Billy missed him however.
And finally Susan and I talked to Kerry Ehrin one of the producers. Carlton Cuse left pretty fast after the panel at least I didn’t see him.
Such a fun day and thanks to the cast for making it a wonderful evening even with the two hours I spent in traffic!
Until next time kids…
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