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Good Morning New York City! Love, ‘The Strain’
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The Strain Season 4 Promo

Summer is coming (winter is overrated), and with it the wormy strigoi are poised to triumph over mankind. Will our plucky band of heroes be able to defeat the Master and his worshiping vamps once and for all? One way or another, the end is nigh…

Check out the promo for the final season of FX’s The Strain below.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.10 “The Cord” (Series Finale)
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 10: “The Cord” (Series Finale)
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 10pm

Many of my favorite shows have sputtered to the finish making their final episodes something of a mercy kill. But not Bates Motel. Sometimes TV series hit the climax early and the final season just doesn’t have that special magic it once had. Not Bates Motel. No, Bates Motel is that rare exception: a series that like a fine wine got better with age. That makes tonight’s series finale even more upsetting. Over its five seasons the creators of the show somehow did something unthinkable: they took an untouchable classic (Psycho), by one of the legendary filmmakers of all time, and made it new, fresh, and dare I say… at times, better. At the forefront of the success are the duo of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. Farmiga was perfectly overbearing and overprotective as “Mother”; neurotic to a fault and yet through it all, a loving and devoted matriarch. Highmore is a revelation. This season he has co-written episodes, directed, and delivered an unnerving and consistently moving performance, one that deserves to be recognized with an Emmy nomination. He stepped into perhaps the most iconic role in horror history and created a new and altogether different Norman than Anthony Perkins did for Alfred Hitchcock back in 1960. Tonight, Norma and Norman have a final ride as the Bates Motel shuts down for good.

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Hulu Orders ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot; ‘Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson To Direct
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Joe Hill's Locke & Key Header Image

Hulu has officially ordered a pilot episode for a potential new TV series adaptation of the Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez comic book series Locke & Key. We found out almost a year ago that a new adaptation was being developed, which followed a failed movie adaptation and another TV series attempt at FOX, which got as far as a pilot episode being produced before they decided not to pursue it any further.

This latest attempt to adapt the comic is looking promising so far. It received plenty of interest from multiple networks before Hulu landed it. And not only have they ordered a pilot episode, but LOST and The Strain showrunner Carlton Cuse is set for the same position should it go to series, and they’ve lined up Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson to direct the pilot.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.9 “Visiting Hours”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 9: “Visiting Hours”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Scott Kosar
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Ryan Hurst, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 10pm

We arrive at the penultimate episode of A&E’s Bates Motel, what has become one of my favorite shows on television. As excited as Bates fans are for the conclusion to Norman’s saga, one can’t escape this bittersweet feeling.

Warning! Spoilers below for Bates Motel!

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TV Review: Colony 2.13 “Ronin” (Finale)
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Colony Finale

Colony
Season 2 Episode 13: “Ronin”
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Ryan Condal
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster, Adrian Pasdar
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thursday, April 6th, 10:00pm

Last time on Colony, Nolan (Adrian Pasdar) finally betrayed Maddie (Amanda Righetti), first by sending her son away (supposedly for safety), and then allowing the authority to take her away (right after sex). Katie and Broussard (Sarah Wayne Callies, Tory Kittles) meet with Karen (Laura Innes) who refused to give up the gauntlet, so they attacked the Red Hand and stole it themselves. Snyder (Peter Jacobson) got dirt on Nolan about the downloaded file and he is dragged away next. Helena (Ally Walker) received a disturbing call – total rendition.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Colony 2.12 “Seppuku”
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Colony
Season 2 Episode 12: “Seppuku”
Directed by Peter Leto
Written by Wes Tooke
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster, Adrian Pasdar
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thursday, March 30th, 10:00pm

Last time on Colony, the Green Zone was attacked, orchestrated by Karen (Laura Innes) and the Red Hand, and Bram (Alex Neustaedter) was in the middle of it all. “Lost Boy” took different character points of view from different settings and times, in a uniquely filmed episode. Will (Josh Holloway) tried to convince Bram that to leave was necessary. Karen delivered a manifesto and everyone drank martyr juice. Maddie (Amanda Righetti) covered for Bram. Snyder (Peter Jacobson) looked for more intel on Nolan and the Proxy (Adrian Pasdar, Tony Plana) for Helena (Ally Walker). Bram killed for the cause.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.6 “Marion”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 6: “Marion”
Directed by Philo Abraham
Written by Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Ryan Hurst, Rihanna, Austin Nichols, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

Approaching the series finale of A&E’s Bates Motel, we finally caught up to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic last week with the official introduction of Marion Crane (Rihanna). Unlike the original film, Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols) is already married and Marion is the unknowing other woman. Annoyed by a crap job with few prospects, she absconds with $400,000 and heads out from Seattle to White Pine Bay to be with her man. Except when Sam can’t sneak away from his actual wife Madeleine (Isabelle McNally), Marion is forced to take to refuge at… well, you guessed it. Norman (Freddie Highmore) is dealing with the possibilities of Romero (Nestor Carbonell) showing up at any second after escaping prison, and more importantly, he is struggling with the reality that Norma(n) has been taking over his body for longer periods of time. It’s the beginning of the end…

Spoilers below for this week’s Bates Motel:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.5 “Dreams Die First”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 5: “Dreams Die First”
Directed by Nestor Carbonell
Written by Erica Lipez & Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

As we reach the midway point of the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) is struggling to deal with the walls closing in around him. Mother (Vera Farmiga) refuses to let him make his own decisions, and after telling off Chick (Ryan Hurst), he ends up begging for his friendship. This after Chick gave Caleb (Kenny Johnson) a viking funeral! There’s a new sheriff in town who is starting to poke around, and brings warnings for Norman as Romero (Nestor Carbonell) has escaped custody. Then there is the trickiest of all situations, as Norman gets closer to local store owner Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally), but alas Mother inevitably will ruin that. This week Nestor Carbonell steps back behind the camera, as we inch closer to Hitchcock and welcome a very special guest to the Motel.

Spoilers below for this week’s Bates Motel:

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TV Review: Colony 2.10 “In The Garden Of Beasts”
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Colony
Season 2 Episode 10: “In The Garden Of Beasts”
Directed by Jeremy Webb
Written by Wes Tooke
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster, Adrian Pasdar
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thursday, March 16th, 10:00pm

Last time on Colony, someone flew into the bloc. When Katie and Broussard (Sarah Wayne Callies, Tory Kittles) tried to find out more info from Hennessey, they found his dead body. Bob went to Bennett (Toby Huss, Christian Clemenson) and blew up Will’s spot. Katie and Broussard had to go rescue her kids by killing everyone. Will (Josh Holloway) got captured and had to go along with the effort to trap the pilot. He turned the tables and was able to escape, saved by said pilot. She agreed to meet with Broussard because the “real war is about to begin.”

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.4 “Hidden”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 4: “Hidden”
Directed by Max Thieriot
Written by Torrey Speer
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

Tonight on A&E’s Bates Motel, star Max Thieriot (Dylan) stepped behind the camera, and directed his first episode of the hit series, as we near the midway point of the final season. Last week saw the strange yet touching relationship between Norma(n) (Freddie Highmore) and Chick (Ryan Hurst) build. Chick has become almost a guardian for Norma(n), guarding both secrets and in the physical sense, KO-ing Caleb (Kenny Johnson) and locking him in the fruit cellar. When a crisis between Norman and Mother (Vera Farmiga) set Caleb free, he fled but was taken out by Chick driving down the road. Chick; always in the right place at the right time for the Bates Family. Meanwhile, Romero (Nestor Carbonell) escaped custody, but was left wounded en route back to Norma(n). Onward to Psycho we go…

Spoilers for tonight’s episode of Bates Motel below:

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