Before she became a big-time movie star in films like “The Departed” and “Safe House”, Vera Farmiga spent her fair share of time on TV. Most people won’t remember this, but she was the female lead in the U.S. version of “Touching Evil”, which co-starred “Burn Notice’s” Jeffrey Donovan before both of them made it big. She went on to join the NBC action show “UC: Undercover”, another personal favorite of mind that got the shaft. I guess both her shows getting canceled was the best thing to ever happened to Farmiga, who went on to the movies. She even recently made her directorial debut on the indie drama “Higher Ground”.
But it appears Farmiga is missing TV, because she’s now signed to return to TVland as the female lead in A&E’s original TV series “Bates Motel”, the cable net’s prequel series to the Hitchcock film “Psycho”. You know, the one about the crazy motel owner with mommy issues?
Originally conceived as a mini-series, “Bates Motel” will now get a full 10-episode first season order, with Farmiga scheduled to play Norma Bates, the mother of ol Norman, who is described as “passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us.”
Yeah, I still don’t know how they’re going to stretch this thing into a series that will lead to “Psycho”. Was there really that much material between ol Norman and his mum that it’s going to take a weekly series to tell their story? I suppose so. It did turn the kid into a serial killer, after all.
Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin will write and produce, with “Bates Motel” scheduled to begin airing in 2013.
Via : Deadline