‘Bates Motel’ Getting a One-Time Half-Hour After Show Following Season 2 Premiere

By February 24, 2014

Following in the footsteps of after-show talk shows like “Talking Dead” and “Talking Bad” which aired after new episodes of “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” the A&E Network is trying their own after show, but for one night only…at least for now.

A&E announced that following the second season premiere of “Bates Motel” on March 3rd at 9pm ET (and an encore airing of the series premiere at 10pm ET), the network will air “Bates Motel: After Hours.” The half-hour show will feature series stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) and Max Thierot (Dylan Massett), along with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, giving their insights into the series premiere and the new season.

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The special will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience in New York on March 3rd at 11pm ET and will give fans a chance to interact with the cast and creators of the show. As of now, the show will only happen this one time, but I’m willing to bet that A&E would try out this formula after every new episode if it proved to be popular.

Frankly, I find after shows like this to be a complete waste of time. While comedian Chris Hardwick has offered plenty of fun on his aforementioned AMC after shows, they offer little in the vein of real insight into a show. With the age of the Internet, the kind of discussions and analysis that networks hope these shows will bolster is already happening, and with greater effectiveness, on the web. They’re mostly a waste of time for hardcore fans who have nothing better to do. We hope A&E just makes this a one-time deal, and it doesn’t turn into a regular addition.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • After shows need to die.

  • I went on a tirade months back about these stupid after shows. Instead of manufacturing the fandom, why not rely on the show to just be awesome like say HBO is doing with True Detective? The after show is one further thing that is making the concept of “water cooler” conversations obsolete.