TVLine Items: Bates Motel First Look, Revenge and Grey's Actors Join TNT's Legends and More

A&E has just unveiled the mother of all promos for its buzzy new series Bates Motel.

In the behind-the-scenes sneak peek — which features fresh footage from the much-anticipated Psycho prequel — stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, as well as executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost), discuss the contemporary take on Norman Bates and his infamous mom.

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Press PLAY below for an in-depth look at the series’ debut, then hit the comments with your thoughts about the update on a classic.

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Amber Valletta (Revenge), Tina Majorino (Grey’s Anatomy) and Rob Mayes (90210) have been cast opposite Sean Bean in TNT’s drama pilot Legends, Deadline reports. From Homeland EP Howard Gordon, the project centers on an undercover agent who’s able to transform himself into a different person with each new job.

• ABC is developing a comedy based on the life of Justin Bieber, TV Guide Magazine reports. The pop star would exec-produce the project, which is said to center on his world before the fame and fortune.

• Felicity fave Rob Benedict will guest-star in a February installment of The Mentalist, EW.com reports, playing a professor at a lab where a student was murdered.

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Rosie O’Donnell announced via Twitter Thursday that she was “shooting a cameo” on the Golden Globe-nominated Smash.

NBC has ordered three additional episodes of Whitney, Deadline reports, bringing its Season 2 order to 16 installments.

Following the renewals of both The Exes and The Soul Man, TV Land has opted to cancel Retired at 30 after two seasons, Deadline reports.

• AMC has ordered 10 episodes of Low Winter Sun, a dark drama from Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds). Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (The Walking Dead) will star in the series, which follows events that stem from the murder of a Detroit cop by one of his fellow detectives. The series is based on a 2006 British miniseries of the same name.

Fashion Star‘s second season will bow Friday, March 8, leading into the return of Grimm.

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19 Comments
  1. K says:

    Looks awesome!

  2. Gerald says:

    Looks terrible…

  3. Lindsay S. says:

    “Legends” just sounds like a modern revist to the “The Pretender.” I’ll keep an open mind, but I reserve my right to be unimpressed. Boy do I miss Michael T. Weiss as a TV regular.

    • Delirious says:

      Seconded… I miss the whole series, actually. :/
      Oh, and yeah, it sounds like a Pretender meets Human Target rehash.

  4. Brandy says:

    Isnt Sean Bean playing Ryan on Nikita as a series regular? What does this mean for Nikita? ,Will they write Ryan out and continue? Or is this and a orginal episode being pulled during sweeps a bad sign for renwal?I also head Craig had a three year plan and that WB had made a deal to syndicate third season shows.

  5. “undercover agent who’s able to transform himself into a different person with each new job” so, Human Target Redux, but closer to the original comic book version?

  6. Eh says:

    First Smash casts Jennifer Hudson now Rosie O’Donnell. Really? I’m anticipating a mediocre season, sadly.

    • Sam says:

      Because an Oscar winner is recurring and an Emmy winner has a cameo? That’s why you think the season will be mediocre? I’m no Smash lover, but that’s some weak logic.

      • Smashing says:

        As a Smash fan of the first season, when you add the stunt casting (pedigree or not) to over hauling the original cast and replacing the show runner it makes you scared/apprehensive of what you will get this season.

  7. Zandra says:

    Good for Tina Majorino. I’ve liked her on Greys but glad she has a full time gig.

  8. Josh says:

    So you’re telling me that Whitney is getting more episodes then Parks and Rec?

  9. Julia says:

    Bates Motel promo looks good!

  10. mia says:

    Lol the Beiber sitcom….how exciting do they think Stratford is?? I mean, its a lovely town with a world class theatre festival…..but its a small Canadian town pretty much like every other town, but with a better arts program in their schools lol.

    • icywinter2 says:

      This crappy sitcom will flop big time, there is nothing special about Bieber. He’s just another untalented annoying pop star. ABC will realized that this crappy show will be a big mistake. I think they should forget about airing this show. It’s going to be terrible

  11. jamesdemott says:

    Not that I actually watch the show, but isn’t it ‘Retired at 35’?

  12. Sandydc says:

    Reading this on an iPad so I have no idea how it looks.

  13. Ana says:

    Tina Majorino leaving Grey’s??? Say it isn’t so. She’s my favorite intern. I tolerate the others as long as they stay in the background, but I actually like her a lot. Can she do both?

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