Taking The Bates
“She tries to protect the sensitive Norman,” says executive producer Ehrin of Norma (Formiga, with Highmore)
10/9c, A&E, aetv.com
This time Norman (Reddie Highmore) should have listened to his mother. When Norma (Vera Farmiga) recently suggested they abandon their motel and skip town, it sure seemed like the right choice. Her sociopathic former guest Abernathy (Jere Burns) had not only threatened the lives of her kids if she didn’t return the $250,000 he claims she stole, but he may have also dumped the corpse of her ex-lover on Norma’s bed. Despite that, “Norman doesn’t want to leave and start over again,” says executive producer Kerry Ehrin. “He’s found a home in White Pine Bay. He has his first real friend, his teacher cares about him and even his relationship with his brother is approaching that of a real family.”
But he may change his mind this week, when “many of the storylines come to a head,” Ehrin teases. “Viewers will learn what makes Norma Norma, including the origins of that scar on her thigh. Sheriff Romero’s [Nestor Carbonell] role in his lawless town will be made clear, and Norman’s relationship with Miss Watson [Keegan Connor Tracy] becomes integral.”
It’s another relationship, though, that might get Norman’s blood boiling. Could his discovery of the growing chemistry between dream girl Bradley (Nicola Peltz) and big brother Dylan (Max Thieriot) be enough to push him over the edge? Whatever the answer, there will be blood, promises Ehrin. After all, she says, “This is Bates Motel.”
8/7c, The CW, cwtv.com
Get comfy: Back-to-back episodes of the extreme-musical-chairs competition kick off The CW’s summer season.
Mike & Molly
9:30/8:30c, CBS, cbs.com
A tornado heading toward Chicago gets Mike and Molly thinking there’s no place like home.
The Big C
10/9c, Showtime, showtimeanytime.com
Tissue alert! After four seasons, Cathy says hello to the after-life.
10/9c, CBS, cbs.com
Poor Kono is still wanted for a crime she didn’t commit. And the boys may be too busy hunting deadly terrorists to help her.
The Goodwin Games
8:30/7:30c, Fox, fox.com
Becki Newton, T.J. miller and Scott Foley star as squabbling siblings put to the test – literally – by their late father, whose will demands that they engage in contests to gain their inheritance.