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A&E Sets ‘Bates Motel’ 5th Season Premiere Date & Sneak Peek!
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Bates Motel

You have a little over a month to binge 4 seasons…40 episodes before Bates Motel returns for its 5th and final season. A&E announced the premiere date yesterday with a little gift: a sneak peek at what our little psycho will be up to.

Check out the press release and sneak peek below (spoilers below if you have not binged yet!).

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SDCC 2016: ‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Details Revealed; Rihanna Cast As Marion Crane
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Bates Motel

Bates Motel haunted San Diego Comic-Con tonight as EPs Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, along with Norman and Norma Bates, Dylan Massett, and Sheriff Romero (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Nestor Carbonell) held a panel to talk about all things Season 5 (the end…) and more.

Check out the tweets and announcement video below.

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‘Vikings’ To Invade SDCC 2016 With Season 4 Trailer & More (Video)
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Vikings Season 4 Cast Photo

History Channel’s hit show Vikings invades the biggest convention of the year, San Diego Comic-Con, later this month with never-before-scene footage, exclusive merchandise, autographs, a panel, and a “Vikings Viper’s Den” where fans will get to feel what it’s like to be in an abyss filled with snakes.

Check out all the details here below, along with the teaser video for the Vikings Season 4 trailer, which will make its debut exclusively at this year’s SDCC.

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Walker Stalker Con: A Word With Bates Motel’s Max Thieriot
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This weekend kicked off another fan convention, Walker Stalker Con, in Edison, NJ. As with last week’s Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, this had a main show focus (The Walking Dead – last week was Arrow, with a few others sprinkled in). At this one, my main sprinkle was Max Thieriot, who plays Dylan Massett on Bates Motel.

Spoilers (!) if you are not caught up on Bates Motel, which at this point means go immediately and watch all 4 seasons without eating, drinking, or sleeping, and then return to read this.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 4”
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Roots
Night 4
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Lawrence Konner
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Regé-Jean Page, Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mekhi Phifer, T.I., Erica Tazel, Anna Paquin, Sedale Threatt Jr., and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 9:00pm

The past 3 nights, A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime have simultaneously aired the first 3 parts of the “Groundbreaking Series Reimagined” – Roots, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel. The original 1977 series starring Levar Burton and John Amos as warrior turned slave (but a warrior forever in his heart), Kunta Kinte, followed him and his generations of family through the brutal history of America. This week we cried and cringed and laughed and raged with these strong characters and brilliant actors. On Night 1, we met Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) ripped away from his happy life in Africa, to be whipped and chained as a slave in America, always trying to escape. On Night 2, Kunta loses half a foot for running, and settles down with his wife Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and his daughter Kizzy (E’myri Lee Crutchfield), teaching her the ways of a warrior. Kizzy is sold to another, ripped from her parents loving arms. Night 3 was the story of Kizzy (Anika Noni Rose) and her son George (Regé-Jean Page), product from a rape by her new owner, Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Myers). As much as George tried to gain Tom’s approval and love, in the end Tom sold him for a debt, and George was ripped away from his wife, babies, and mother.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 3”
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Roots
Night 3
Directed by Thomas Carter
Written by Charles Murray
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Regé-Jean Page, Chad L. Coleman, Shannon Lucio, Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michael James Shaw, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 9:00pm

Last night on Roots, time passed and Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) still dreamed of running away. He almost made it too, joining the British against the rebels for his freedom. That didn’t work out well, and soon he was back at the Wallers minus 5 toes. Doc Waller (Matthew Goode) took him in, and the beautiful Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi) nursed him back to health. They married and had Kizzy (E’myri Lee Crutchfield), and Fiddler (Forest Whitaker) died saved their lives. Kizzy grew up friends with the Wallers’ daughter Missy, as much as a slave and an owner’s daughter can be friends. After the boy Kizzy loved was shot to death, she was sent away because it was found out she could read (and betrayed by her “friend” Missy). She was brought to Tom Lea’s (Jonathan Rhys Myers) farm, and he raped her. She had his baby and named him George the Mandinka way.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 2”
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Roots
Night 2
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Teleplay by Alison McDonald
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, E’myri Lee Crutchfield, Forest Whitaker, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Mandela Van Peebles, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 9:00pm

Last night on Roots, Mandinka warrior Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby), had a beautiful life, until he got caught and sold to the English by a rival tribe. He was thrown into the bowels of a slave ship traveling to America. They were chained and lined up like sardines, and when they tried to take over the ship, it got bloody. The English won, and some slaves were beheaded, included Kunta’s Uncle Silla. Kunta was sold to a plantation owner, Waller (James Purefoy) with a cruel overseer (Tony Curran). Another slave, Fiddler (Forest Whitaker) befriended Kunta, caring for him when he got viciously whipped.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 1”
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Roots
Night 1
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Teleplay by Lawrence Konner and Marc Rosenthal
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Monday, May 30th, 2016, 9:00pm

Roots, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, turned America upside down with its powerful story of warrior and slave, Kunta Kinte, and his descendants. With Levar Burton and then John Amos as Kunta Kinte/Toby, Roots made television history with unprecedented ratings and tons of Emmy nominations. A+E Networks brings Roots back tonight, in a reimagined series simulcast on three of its networks, The History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime. With Malachi Kirby in the lead role, it’s starting out as powerful as the first.

Spoilers for Roots: Night 1 below.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 4.10 “Norman” (Finale)
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Bates Motel
Season 4 Episode 10: “Norman”
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 9pm

Last week on Bates Motel, Rebecca tried to get Romero (Nestor Carbonell) to confess while wearing a wire, but he caught on. Dylan and Emma (Max Thieriot and Olivia Cooke) were leaving, and Dylan tried one more time to get Norma (Vera Farmiga) to listen about Norman’s instability, at Romero’s urging. She refused to listen, and broke up with Alex for trying to get between her and her son. Norman (Freddie Highmore) found Emma’s mom’s suitcase and realized that they could not live in this world any longer. He lit the furnace and closed all the vents except for the room in which they were sleeping. Romero finds them and starts CPR on Norma, shredded by grief.

Beware! Spoilers from tonight’s Bates Motel are below.

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‘Bates Motel’ Live FB Q&A With Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin at 2PM ET Today!
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The season 4 finale of Bates Motel is tonight, and in anticipation of the excitement, given what happened last week, Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin will hold a live Facebook Q&A at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT here today!

More below, including some images from tonight’s episode.

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