Category Archives: Bates Motel

BANFF 2015: Showrunner Palooza with TRANSPARENT, FARGO, THE STRAIN, UnREAL & BATES MOTEL Producers at Banff World Media Festival


Do you love good television? Banff World Media Festival is the place to be with a two-day showrunner-palooza which kicked off this morning with Transparent creator Jill Soloway. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. We are honouring the winner of the Showrunner of the Year Award, @jillsoloway #transparent — Banff Media Festival (@BanffMedia) June 8, 2015 Next up, an inside look at FX’s hits Calgary-shot Fargo and The Strain, with producers Warren Littlefield and Carlton Cuse on hand. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. *CANCELLED* This afternoon, Fifty Shades of Grey and House of Cards producer Dana Brunetti talks about the Netflix model and how binge-watching has reduced our tolerance for broadcast TV with its rigid scheduling and commercial breaks. 2:30 – 3:00 [...]

PREMIERE: BATES MOTEL Season 3 Premieres March 9th on A&E

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Photo by James Dittiger Copyright 2015 Bates Motel is filming at its Aldergrove motel set this week — from Monday through Thursday — for the last time in season three. Bystanders are sometimes allowed to linger when the A&E series shoots there but security is tight this week with the other side of the road off limits too. On Monday the RCMP reportedly escorted two people off set. Last November I photographed one scene filmed early in season three of too-close-for-comfort mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) and son Norman (Freddie Highmore) Bates climbing up the stairs to their gothic house, before I was asked to move on. Related: Norma (Vera Farmiga) & Norman (Freddie Highmore) Bates at Aldergrove Motel & Gothic [...]



Monday, January 5th Production resumes on The 100 season 2 (wraps January 23) for The CW, Falling Skies season 5 (wraps January 27) for TNT, iZombie season 1 (wraps January 27) for The CW, Motive season 3 (wraps February 13) for CTV, Bates Motel season 3 (wraps February 26) for A&E, When Calls the Heart season 2 (wraps March 5) for Hallmark, Once Upon a Time (wraps April 2) for ABC, The Flash (wraps  April 10) for The CW and Arrow (wraps April 17) for The CW. Wrap dates subject to change. Some Assembly Required season 2 premiere on YTV. Tuesday, January 6th Production resumes on Supernatural season 10 (wraps April 21) for The CW. Wrap date subject to change. Monday, January 12th Proof starts filming it series (January 12 to April 24) for TNT – a 10-episode supernatural medical [...]



I’m not EXACTLY sure what happened here, but I’m MOSTLY sure we lost a bet somehow. #SupernaturalChristmas — Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) December 21, 2014   2 WEEK HOLIDAY HIATUS FROM FILMING IN VANCOUVER: The 100 – December 20 to January 5. Arrow – December 20 to January 5. Bates Motel – December 20 to January 5. Falling Skies – December 20 to January 5. The Flash – December 20 to January 5. iZombie – December 22 to January 5. Motive – December 17 to January 5. Once Upon a Time – December 20 to January 5. Supernatural – December 20 to January 6. When Calls the Heart – December 19 to January 5. Happy Holidays.

SHOOT: BATES MOTEL Siblings Caleb (Kenny Johnson) & Norma (Vera Farmiga) in Steveston as White Pine Bay

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Bates Motel confused a few locals and some Once Upon a Time fans in Steveston today by turning a block of Moncton Street into White Pine Bay, Oregon, instead of Storybrooke, Maine. And turning a local shop “It’s Posh” into “Found Objects: A little of this and that” instead of “Mr. Gold’s”. The scene: Caleb (Sons of Anarchy’s Kenny Johnson) unloads his jeep with help from what looks like Gunner (Keenan Tracey). Meanwhile Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) parks her green Mercedes outside Dave’s Fish & Chip a little west of Caleb’s jeep. Is she oblivious to her brother/baby daddy nearby? Vera Farmiga between takes. Vera Farmiga and Kenny Johnson enjoy each other’s company a lot more than their sibling characters [...]

SHOOT: Norma (Vera Farmiga) & Norman (Freddie Highmore) at BATES MOTEL Gothic House Set in Aldergrove


Bates Motel enjoyed a sun-drenched week of filming this week after pushing back production of its third season to the Fall in order to return to the darker, creepier look of its first season on A&E. The scene: Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) arrives home in her green Mercedes, gets out of the car and she and her psychotically loveable son Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) climb up the steps to their gothic house where Norma has one of her trademark hysterical freak outs with shouting that could be heard from 272nd Street. As Friday was the first time I’ve seen Norma and Norman at the Aldergrove motel and house set, it didn’t occur to me how many times the actors would have [...]

SHOOT: Max Thieriot & Nestor Carbonell Film BATES MOTEL in Horseshoe Bay

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Update: The Troll’s Restaurant scene appeared in the season 3 premiere. Dylan (Max Thieriot) tells Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) he’s getting out of the illegal drug business. Bates Motel wants a creepier, darker look for season three and Vancouver is cooperating with rainstorm after rainstorm. Today’s scene: Dylan (Max Thieriot) sits in a restaurant (Troll’s Fish & Chips) minding his own business when Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) joins him for a lengthy chat. How lengthy?  Ask the traffic stopped on all sides of the intersection. Good thing it’s a slow rainy Monday in Horseshoe Bay. This is Nestor Carbonell and Max Thieriot having a laugh. Not their characters who appeared to be having a much more serious conversation. Camera crew [...]

COMIC-CON: BATES MOTEL With Showrunners Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin & Cast Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell & Kenny Johnson

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Found my deputy in San Diego! You have a lot to answer for Shelby! @Mike_Vogel #batesmotel @insidebates — Nestor Carbonell (@CarbonellNestor) July 25, 2014 Nestor Carbonell was everywhere at San Diego Comic-Con but the biggest news from the Bates Motel panel? Kenny Johnson (Norma’s brother & Dylan’s father) is back as a series regular in season three and joined showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin and cast Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma) and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) on the panel plus Kenny Johnson (Caleb) as a surprise guest. The #BatesMotel has landed at the @Playboy @AETV #SDCC party! — Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 26, 2014 And, as reported earlier, Transformers star Nicola Peltz [...]

CAST: Transformers Star Nicola Peltz Returns To BATES MOTEL For Season 3

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Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who faked her own suicide after killing her father’s murderer, left White Pine Bay by bus last season on Bates Motel. It made a nice dramatic exit for the actress, who had been cast in summer box office smash Transformers: Age of Extinction. Now there is confirmation from her TV mother Lini Evans that Nicola Peltz will return for season 3, expected to start filming this October at its Aldergrove motel and gothic house set and other locations around Vancouver. Won’t Norman (Freddie Highmore) be pleased? Related: Nicola Peltz Filming Bates Motel in Horseshoe Bay.      


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Filmed-in-Vancouver series will be well represented at annual geek fest San Diego Comic Con with Arrow‘s Stephen Amell hosting Warner Brothers Television and DC Entertainment’s big Saturday night event and up to twelve high-profile panels and screenings announced so far. Wednesday, July 23: 6 p.m. — Warner Brothers TV kicks off  its annual Preview Night with screenings of Vancouver-shot pilots The Flash — about young Central City forensic scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak particle accelerator accident — and iZombie – about 25-year-old medical resident-turned-zombie Olivia “Liv” Moore (Once Upon a Time’s Rose McIver) who works in the  Seattle Coroner’s Office for access to BRAAAINS and helps a detective (Malcolm Goodwin) solve murders using the memories from those BRAAAAINS. *14th Most [...]

YOUNG BC FILM: Richard Harmon, Jaren Brandt Bartlett, Genevieve Buechner, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Kat de Lieva, Dylan Playfair, Keenan Tracey, Brett Dier & Backward Fall

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Young BC Film actors and filmmakers are finding work and kicking ass, judging from the recent crop of Leo Awards nominees and winners. For once Richard Harmon didn’t win a Leo at the 16th annual Leo Awards but this 22-year-old is everywhere, playing future “terrorist” Julian/Theseus on Continuum, revenge-killer Murphy on The 100 and starring as the blind runner in the Harmon family-produced Best Motion Picture nominee If I Had Wings. He also took time out to play a parent-killer in motion picture Cruel & Unusual and has past stints as rich, sleazy boyfriends on Bates Motel and The Killing. Sensing a pattern? This nice guy excels at playing creepy psychos. Here he is on stage at the Leo Awards Gala [...]