Bates Motel Austin Nichols

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The Walking Dead vet Austin Nichols is trading zombies for psychos.

The actor will recur during the fifth and final season of Bates Motel as Sam Loomis, a mysterious and charismatic newcomer to White Pine Bay, our sister site Deadline reports.

Sam quickly antagonizes Norman Bates when he tries to involve the motel owner in his web of lies. Nichols’ other TV credits include Ray Donovan, One Tree Hill and John From Cincinnati. 

Bates Motel returns for its farewell season Monday, Feb. 20 at 10/9c on A&E.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Season 12 premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gave FXX its most-watched (1.41 million total viewers) and highest-rated (1.14 million viewers aged 18-49) original telecast ever, the network announced Monday.

* Showtime’s new drama series I’m Dying Up Here, about Los Angeles’ ’70s stand-up comedy scene, will premiere Sunday, June 4 at 10/9c, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Additionally, the limited event series Guerrilla, executive-produced by John Ridley (American Crime) and starring Idris Elba (Luther), will debut Sunday, April 16 at 9/8c.

* In more TCA press tour news: Showtime has given a series order to the comedy White Famous, which follows a gifted black comedian (Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah) who struggles with how to stay true to himself and keep his credibility as he approaches “white famous” levels of celebrity.

* Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Angel Bonnani (Shots Fired), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Bruno Bichir (Narcos) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch) have joined the cast of AXN’s straight-to-series crime thriller Absentia, starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Patrick Heusinger (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Deadline reports.

* Phil Rosenthal’s food and travel show I’ll Have What Phil’s Having is moving from PBS to Netflix, Rosenthal revealed on Twitter.

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  1. Haz says:

    Sunny is in its 12th season and is leading to records for FXX?!? I’m not sure how high the ratings were for FX, but I do not see this show ending anytime soon. That’s awesome for them! The characters on that show are truly awful human beings but God I love them!

  2. Matt C. says:

    Austin Nichols must have a thing for playing doomed characters on horror shows. But I’m glad he’s keeping busy! He’ll always hold a special place in my heart as Julian Baker…aka the only man good enough for Brooke Davis!

  3. Remy says:

    Sam Loomis is also a major character in Psycho – Marion’s lover

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Austin will be back on TV again. Can’t wait to see him on the new season! Good news Sunny got good ratings for their season premiere episode.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Looks like we’ll get to see slimy Spencer killed off by both Negan and Norman Bates in one TV season.

  6. John From Cincinnati is up there with Firefly and Freaks and Geeks as great series that were disgracefully cancelled after one season. Good to see Austin is back to work. Even though he is being set up to be killed by Norman Bates.