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'Bates Motel': Michael Vartan on his new character, and the TV show that scared him -- VIDEO


This week, Michael Vartan joins A&E’s Bates Motel as George, the brother of Norma’s new friend Christine (Rebecca Creskoff), who takes an interest in Norma. “What’s funny about George is that I was told absolutely nothing. Literally, until the third or fourth episode, he didn’t have a last name, he didn’t have a profession, [I] didn’t really know if he was a good or a bad guy. So it was kinda fun to go into it with literally no expectations,” Vartan says. “In those first few episodes, Vera [Farmiga] and I used to make things up: He was a ballet instructor. He had a wooden leg. He was born without a penis. All that kind of stuff. So it was fun times.”

Did he pitch anything to producers? “This is actually really dark, but Vera and I thought it would actually be a very interesting idea for when she comes over to his house on one of their dates, [if] he just has a bunch of weird Nazi memorabilia, and you never talked about it. It’s never mentioned. It’s just there,” he says. “I thought that’d be such a cool, creepy thing. But they didn’t go for it. They thought it was a little too much.”

Though he can’t tease too much about George, who seems like a decent guy — “It is Bates Motel, and as we know,” he says, “things are rarely as they appear, so you’ll just have to watch and see” — he can hint at how Norman (Freddie Highmore) will take to him. “George is trying very hard to seduce Norma, and Norman obviously is not a big fan of that. So one of the things that I think is gonna be so interesting in season 2 is there’s gonna be a little distance between Norma and Norman,” he says. “He’s becoming a man, and his natural tendency is to want to leave the nest and she’s got a grip on him. He’s seeing young women, she doesn’t like that. Now, of course, she’s seeing George, and Norman doesn’t like that at all. I think he might have a few bad things in store for George…”

Since George will remain a mystery, we thought we’d get to know Michael better with an EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find out his first celebrity crush (the photo might be a spoiler), his junior high jam, a moment he was starstruck, and the TV show that scared him. Badly. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: The Oscars go live, 'Bates Motel' premieres, 'True Detective' ends, and more

I sincerely hope your DVRs aren’t full, because this week has quite a few must-watch events. For starters, tonight features the most glamorous evening of the year — the Academy Awards. Speaking of which, be sure to check our site around showtime for all of your coverage needs.

And come Monday, it’s time to welcome back the Bates family for another season of mystery and general creepiness. Add in a new Pharrell album, Wes Anderson’s latest film, and the True Detective season finale, and we’d say your week is looking pretty good right about now.

Here your entertainment plan for the week:


This Week's Cover: 'Downton Abbey' keeps our Winter TV Preview classy

It’s the biggest PBS phenomenon since Sesame Street, and might very well be the classiest thing you do every Sunday night. Yes, Downton Abbey is returning on Jan. 5, and Entertainment Weekly was on the set for season four of the British TV phenomenon. Creator Julian Fellowes’ wildly popular period drama about life on a decadent English countryside estate shocked viewers last season with two major character deaths (we’ll never forget you, Matthew and Sybil!), and the show’s anticipated fourth season promises to be nothing short of shocking, exciting, and traumatic — which is just what we’ve come to expect of the Grantham and Crawley clan. Even guest star Shirley MacLaine was floored by the show’s drama: “When Matthew died I nearly threw a chair at the television. I thought, what is Julian Fellowes doing? It took me a few days to get over it.” READ FULL STORY

EWwys voting is on! Races are close -- like 10 votes close


Yes, it’s the weekend, which means you should have plenty of time to scroll through the nominees for the 6th Annual EWwy Awards, which honor the Emmy-snubbed, and vote for your favorites. As I’m typing this, 10 votes separate first and second place in one category; 46 votes in another, and 194 votes in a third. You could be the difference between someone having to explain why they have a tiny statue of a black gold sheep on their mantle and someone not having that pleasure.  Vote now!

There Should Be a Prequel: 'The Shining'


Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

In the case of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the The Shining, the event of a movie sequel isn’t as farfetched as we might think. As announced at the beginning of the year, Stephen King has already penned a sequel to the thriller classic. The novel, titled Doctor Sleep, will follow an older Dan Torrance and hits shelves and online retailers this September.

But the written sequel delves into a drifting Danny’s encounter with another teen who shares his precognitive powers. And in traditional King fashion, it’s likely that we can expect some gloriously gory tale of youth and paranormal vision, twisted into an impossible-to-navigate psychological maze.

Hyper-active Shining fans surely have endless questions regarding Danny’s life post-Overlook Hotel hellishness. But the real mystery lies in whatever events took place in the unpublished prologue devoted readers never got to experience. King’s prologue “Before the Play” helped tie up loose ends regarding the haunting events that took place in the hotel before the arrival of the Torrance family and their nightmare of violence, alcoholism, and telepathic torment to follow. Most fans would argue that they don’t want a prequel unless it’s a King prequel. But a recent late-night re-watching of the “REDRUM” thriller got me thinking, what if it was?

Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Saturday

Comic-Con is releasing its daily schedules over this long holiday weekend and the schedule for Saturday, July 20 has just come out. The day features panels on TV favorites like How I Met Your Mother (at the Con for the first time!), True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries as well as upcoming shows like Dracula and The Originals, and much more. Many of the major film panels are Saturday, including a look at the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the Marvel panel, which will feature the Thor and Captain America sequels, and WB and Legendary’s panel featuring Godzilla, and Gravity.

You can see the full schedule here, but you can check out the TV and film highlights for Saturday below. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 17-21.


Season Finale Round-Up: Our TV critics on 'The Office,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Arrow,' 'Nashville' and more

‘Tis the season to end the TV season. A time of apocalyptic cliffhangers, teary eyed goodbyes, and of course, angry runaway wedding-crashing badgers. Speaking of spoilers: There will be a lot of them in our critical assessment of the year’s most notable finales so far, from The Office to Nashville to one not-so-happy Happy Endings. If your DVR cue is clogged with deferred climaxes… well, you should get that checked out, because it sounds painful. You should also not read everything that follows this colon: READ FULL STORY

EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!


Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Guest: 

“Norman, you know what you have to do.”

–Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) on the season finale of Bates Motel

Come back tonight to share your pick for best bite!

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