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BATES MOTEL Scoop: Season 2 Returns With Murder, Romance and Threats from All Sides (feat. interviews with Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Michael Vartan, Nestor Carbonell and More!)

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Bates Motel on March 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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When we last visited BATES MOTEL at the end of Season 1, it ended with the brutal murder of Ms. Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy). Season 2 picks up right afterwards as Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) find out about her death, and their subsequent fears about who may ultimately be responsible. Norma has that uneasy feeling that her son may somehow be involved and yet wants to believe him incapable of that kind of violence – again. It was one thing for Norman to have killed his own father in a fugue state, but what could have compelled Norman to kill one of his favorite teachers? It seems unfathomable.

Fortunately, as the mystery surrounding Ms. Watson’s death unfolds, more than one suspect emerges when it is discovered that Ms. Watson had a private life that may have exposed her to greater danger than one would think for a mere high school teacher.

Then in Dylan’s (Max Thieriot) seemingly unconnected world of the underground marijuana industry in White Pine Bay, there is a power shift afoot that makes things a lot more uncertain and risky for him as well. Two new vying power brokers make a play for control of the weed industry and Dylan seems caught-up in the crosshairs.

As if murder, rampant crime and a rising drug industry were not enough to preoccupy the entire Bates family, a few other surprises arrive on their doorstep. There are new love interests for everyone. In fact, love is in the air.

Season 2 maybe about the heightened danger swirling all around, but it also about the need for human connection and the craving to be a part of a family. While people seem to sense that something is not entirely right with Norma and Norman, they cannot help but be drawn into their world; for there is an innate seductiveness about them that draws them in. For example, Emma and Sheriff Romero know all to well that it is wiser to keep the Bates at arms’ length, but the illusion of normalcy and love that Norma and Norman exude brings them closer. Like leaning in to feel the heat of a flame – it feels warm and inviting, until you get to close and get burned. Even Dylan seems in denial about the oddity of his own family.

So caught up in the Bates’ irresistible lure for Season 2 are newcomers: Caleb Calhoun (Norma’s estranged brother, portrayed by Kenny Johnson), George Heldens (Norma’s new love interest, portrayed by Michael Vartan), Cody Brennan (Norman’s new wild-child friend, portrayed by Paloma Kwiatowski), and Jodi Wilson (a business woman with an agenda, portrayed by Kathleen Robertson).

At last week’s premiere event, the cast took a few minutes to preview what Season 2 holds for their characters:

Unable to resist talking about the blossoming romances of Season 2, star Vera Farmiga responded to the question of whether she thought Norma was ready for love by saying that she thought Norma had never been loved the right way before and deserves it. She thinks that Norma’s craving for love is coming out in weird ways with Norman as he is everything to her — he is her confidante and her protector. So Norma is aching to fine love in another man. Then as to watch catches Norma’s eye with the new man who enters her life in Season 2, George Hendens, Vera said that George is everything Norma wants and everything she thinks will make her happy. Plus, Vera added: Michael Vartan is so good that she wants Norma to spend more time with him.

To which Michael Vartan laughingly said that Norma gives George a run for his money. His character George is introduced in episode 3, where he and Norma are introduced at a party. George then spends the rest of the season trying to seduce Norma. Interestingly, in response to the question of whether George senses something a little off with Norma and Norman, Michael admitted that George is clueless in the beginning, but as time goes on he senses that Norma and Norman have unique and peculiar relationship. As for what will fans love about George, Michael said that George may be the only genuinely nice guy in the entire BATES MOTEL universe.

Then looking at the potential new romance for Dylan, Max Thieriot admitted that Dylan’s love life is heating up and that there is a mysterious blonde woman with whom Dylan strikes up an interesting relationship, but which may be forbidden. So be on the look out for her a couple episodes into Season 2.

Co-star Kathleen Robertson is portraying newcomer Jodi Morgan in Season 2, and she is a drug lord who kind of runs the entire town. Kathleen described Jodi as complicated, beautiful and damaged woman. She also teased that Jodi’s relationship with Dylan is messy and inappropriate fun. Despite being an unconventional business woman, Kathleen loves the fact that Jodi is essentially trying to be a good person amidst the chaos and tries to do the right thing.

The theme of Season 2 was best described by co-star Nestor Carbonell who said it was the downward turn of Norman Bates and beginnings of his psychosis nestled amongst all these characters’ searching for family — every one of them is searching for some familial center for their lives. They are each a little bit lost and that pushes them to gravitate towards each other. Nestor also mentioned that in Episode 5 that there is a big twist where everyone’s lives begin to collide. As for what Sheriff Romero thinks of Norman, Nestor revealed that Romero is a naturally suspicious guy and he sees something in Norman that is not quite right. Yet Romero has affection for both Norman and Norma, and he sees the two trouble souls on this island in this town who are so ostracized that he feels a level of compassion for them.

Also joining BATES MOTEL in the second season is Kenny Johnson, who portrays Norma’s estranged brother Caleb. After the revelation of the horrible things that Caleb did to Norman in their childhood, it is curious that Kenny would want to portray such a dark character. Yet Kenny laughingly admitted that he thought the show’s characters were so awesome and layered that he was immediately drawn to them. He loves that there is no boundaries and are so complex. As to what will Caleb think of his nephew Norman, Kenny said that Caleb mostly sees Norman as a kid and has no judgments of him. Yet there is a point where Caleb may have an inkling that not is all okay with Norman.

So Season 2 is all about which of the characters will really begin to see the inner Norman Bates and the threat he poses, or if their willingness to overlook his eccentricities will blind them to his true nature.

To see how all these characters’ quests for love and family ensnares them all, be sure to tune in for the Season 2 premiere of BATES MOTEL on Monday, March 3rd at 9:00 p.m. on A&E.

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Reasons to Check out the New NBC Comedy GROWING UP FISHER

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TCA, * TV Addict, Growing Up Fisher on February 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Comedy is always much more fun when done with heart. GROWING UP FISHER is a loving look at family where they successfully hid the fact that the father had been blind for years, until the day he got a service dog and moved out. Carefully playing for love and laughter, GROWING UP FISHER handles the father’s blindness and parents’ divorce with delicate aplomb.

During the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, the cast and producers of GROWING UP FISHER provided their perspective on their poignant new show. Here are five reasons to check out GROWING UP FISHER:

Based On True Story
Creator and executive producer DJ Nash happily shared that he created the show based on his real life experiences with his own father. He revealed, “It’s based on my childhood. My dad went blind when he was 11 years old and he hid his blindness from pretty much everyone outside the family for a long time. Then when my parents were getting divorced, he got a guide dog so he could be the dad he wanted to be.”

Jason Bateman Is the Narrator
It always helps to capture the imagination of viewers with a voice that they recognize and smile with recognition each time they hear it. Beloved for all his film and television work, especially in comedy, Jason Bateman is a natural fit as narrator.

Seeing Divorce As A Positive
Society likes to condemn divorce as the evil tearing families apart, but in GROWING UP FISHER, they recognize and celebrate that for some families, divorce brings them closer together. It allows parents to live separately and still appreciate each other in raising a family. Creator/executive producer DJ Nash explained, “This couple was in a bad place, and now that they are getting divorced, they realize that they can exist on a better level. . . What is true of these parents is that they never let the fact that they’re getting divorced keep them from being amazing parents.”

Stars J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman
Bringing their A-game, it is a pleasure watching both J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman bring characters, as amicably divorcing parents, to life. Life is always more fun when seen through a lens of rose-colored glasses, and their characters seem to be perpetually looking for the bright side of life and embracing all the charm and joy life has to offer. That positive attitude as portrayed by two experienced comedians is pure gold. As Jenna Elfman shared, “I love that she has these two things [divorce and law school] happening at the same time . . . but genuinely and devotedly loves her children.”

Adorable Guide Dog
More shows would benefit from using pets more in their comedy. If the recent Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl are any indication, people love watching pets on television. In this case, GROWING UP FISHER created a role just for a dog. With J.K. Simmons’ character blind, the need for a guide dog really expands the appeal and comedy in the series. People are going to love Elvis (isn’t that the greatest name for a dog?!). For those wondering, Elvis is not a real guide-dog, as the producers did not want to take away a trained dog from a person who really needs one. So Elvis is just on the show to entertain and what an entertainer he is!

GROWING UP FISHER premieres right after the closing ceremony of the Olympics on Sunday, February 23rd, and then airs in its regular timeslot on Tuesday, February 25th at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

Dirty Sexy DALLAS: Season 3 Returns With More Money, More Oil and Even More Scandal! [feat. Video Interviews with cast members Linda Gray, Julie Gonzalo, Mitch Pileggi, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Emma Bell, Jordana Brewster and Patrick Duffy]

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Dallas on February 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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All the things fans love are coming back with a vengeance in Season 3 of DALLAS. Those wily Ewings and their many nemeses are back with blood feuds, scandalous sex, and big money deals. The world of DALLAS has never shied away from going big. It’s go big or go home. That’s their style and they feel perfectly at home amongst the vast prairies and oil fields of Texas, as well as the high-powered boardrooms and lascivious bedrooms.

The Season 2 heart-break of losing J.R. Ewing (R.I.P. Larry Hagman) is a shadow hard to overcome, but DALLAS remembers its roots and allows John Ross (Josh Henderson), the son of J.R. to take the spotlight as the show’s slippery hero with a devastating smile. It also showcases the other Ewings and their Barnes and Ryland counterparts with equal measure and allows each to carry a storylines deeply intertwined in each other’s lives.

John Ross, like his father, is obsessed with the Ewing family legacy. He not only wants to control oil, but seeks to conquer emerging fields of natural gas as well. He also wants to renovate the Ewing family home, as newly married, he thinks it is time to add some much needed elbow room in the house. But Bobby (Patrick Duffy) being Bobby, is determined to honor his mother’s wishes and keep the ranch house and farm intact, even if it means butting heads with his nephew. As for Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), she is just trying to keep watchful eye over John Ross to ensure he does not take the same dark path of his father. As for everyone else, they had just better be careful not to cross an Ewing. Bad things tend to come to those who get in their path.

However, with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi) and Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) behind bars (at least at the moment), that may mean that Pamela (Julie Gonzalo), Emma (Emma Bell) and Elena (Jordana Brewster) will be stirring things up for the various Ewing men. Haven’t they heard of the saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”? The same can be true of a woman on a mission. Scratch a Texan woman and she will return the pain a thousand fold in ways you will never see coming.

In press interviews, the cast took a few minutes to talk about their characters and what fun things Season 3 has to offer in DALLAS:

To see what exactly newcomer Nicholas Trevino (Juan Pablo Di Pace) is up to and how he becomes integrally involved with the Ewings, be sure to tune in for the Season 3 premiere of DALLAS on Monday, February 24th at 9:00 p.m. on TNT. Texas oil is responsible for more burning passions than television can show!

To find out more about Season 3, be sure to check out these articles:

TV Tie-In Alert! Introducing J.R. Ewing’s Own Private Reserve Bourbon

On the Scene: Deep in the Heart of DALLAS, Texas

(Note: This set visit and opportunity to interview the cast of DALLAS was provided by and sponsored by Warner Bros. Television.)

Press Release:

Josh Henderson at Ewing Energies Gas Station for TNT DALLAS Season 3 Premiere

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Based in Manhattan at 466 10th Ave (at 37th street), the station features gas at $1.98 per gallon — a price that drastically undercuts the local competition. DALLAS star Josh Henderson revealed the price when opening the station at 8:00am with an official ribbon cutting.

The station will remain open until 8:00pm (or while supplies last). Fans nationwide can also participate in this exciting event by visiting the Dallas Facebook page to enter to win a Black Gold gas card valued at $50.00.

New York readers are encouraged to head over for cheaper gas! And, of course, do not forget that Season 3 of DALLAS will premiere tonight on TNT at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

(Press release information and photo provided courtesy of Grey.com)

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