The producer and co-creator of Bates Motel, Carlton Cuse (Lost), never thought Bates Motel was a story that needed eight or nine seasons. Cuse and co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) saw the show coming to an end after season five, which A&E and all involved are indeed planning to do. The show returns next month for its last season, which features actor/singer Rihanna in a key supporting role.
Below, watch the Bates Motel season five trailer. It doesn't future RiRi though.
Rihanna co-stars as Marion Crane, who was played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho. We’ll see whether the people behind the A&E series have enough bravery (or foolishness) to recreate the famous shower sequence… but the trailer gives us no reason to think that. There’s sadly no sight of Rihanna in this advertisement, set entirely in the Bates’ household, which is now home to one, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore).
Season four ended with the death of Norma Bates, but Vera Farmiga’s presence, of course, is still pivotal in season five, which takes place two years after last season. Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), Dylan Massett (Max Thierot), and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), often a bright spot of this series, are returning.
Things for Norma have somehow worsened since the season four finale. Last year, when Cuse was promoting season four, he commented on Bates Motel‘s ending, and how it wasn’t the show makers’ “desire or obligation to exactly align our storytelling with what goes on in the movie.” Cuse told Dread Central Ehrin and him don’t think it’d be satisfying to repeat Psycho‘s ending, so maybe even with Crane’s involvement in season five, things won’t get too familiar and go exactly where fans might expect.
Here’s the synopsis for Bates Motel season five:
Season five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately, for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.
Bates Motel returns February 20th.
Nielsen has released its annual music industry sales report of 2016, and Drake, Rihanna, and The Chainsmokers dominated the top 10 list of on demand audio streams. Only three of the top 10 songs on the list did not feature one of those three artists.
It's no secret by now that 2016 was a stellar year for pop artists Drake, Rihanna, and The Chainsmokers. All three artists had numerous pop hits throughout the year and featured at the top of the Billboard, Spotify, and other music charts.
Now measurement organization Nielsen, which also reports the official ratings for TV viewing, has released their figures for 2016, and the results show just how dominant those three artists were for the year. In fact, there are just three songs on the Nielsen list of top 10 on demand audio streams that don't feature either Drake, Rihanna, or The Chainsmokers.
Three of Rihanna songs were placed in TOP10! The number two song on Nielsen's list is Rihanna's addictive "Work," which once again features Drake, with 346.9 million streams. It's Rihanna again at number four with the gritty "Needed Me", followed once again by the lethal combo of Rihanna and Drake at number seven with "Too Good."
Bates Motel, A&E’s underrated Psycho prequel following the maniacal rise of young Norman Bates, will open for its fifth and final season of business on Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET, EW has confirmed.
The series’ executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have long planned a five-season arc for their story about the psychological breakdown of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), whose metamorphosis also involved a, shall we say, physical breakdown as well. (Vague 1960 spoiler: In season four, Bates finally bid a gentle farewell to Norma, whose ghostly presence seems far from over on the show.)
Season 5 will also welcome the arrival of one major new motel guest: Rihanna, who makes a bold career stride by stepping into the role of Janet Leigh’s doomed character, Marion Crane, from the original Hitchcock film.
iHeartRadio has announced the nominees for this year's show and Rihanna (and the Rihanna Navy) is nominated in the following categories:
Female Artist of the Year
R&B Artist of the Year
Best Collaboration (Work)
Best Collaboration (This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
R&B Song of the Year (Needed Me)
R&B Song of the Year (Work)
Best Music Video (Work)
Best Music Video (This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
Best Fan Army (Rihanna Navy)
Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration and Best Music Video. Social voting for the Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell award began through iHeartRadio’s social sites and in the iHeartRadio App on January 3 and social voting for all other categories begin today, January 4.
To vote on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, simply include the hashtags #RihannaNavy, #IHeartRadio and #BestFanArmy in your posts.
In case you missed it, Rihanna Daily, as a fanbase captain, announced Rihanna Navy's Best Fan Army nomination on Tuesday on Twitter -- watch here .
This year's star-studded iHeartRadio Music Awards will be televised live on March 5 on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service.
Watch Rihanna take home some of the biggest awards at the 2014 show and perform "Bitch Better Have My Money" in 2015:
After spending some quality time with her friends and family in Barbados on Christmas, RiRi flew to London to celebrate New Year's Eve, when she was quickly spotted in a nightclub.
The next day she visited a restaurant and posed for a photo with its owner. The reason of her trip is yet unknown.
Then on Monday (January 2), Rihanna was photographed arriving back in New York City. Click here for photos.
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