Ahead of A&E‘s Bates Motel panel at SXSW, where Carlton Cuse just described the show as “One part Friday Night Lights, one part Lost, [and] one part Twin Peaks“, the first six minutes of the first episode leaked online. With a week to go before the Hitchcockian prequel series premieres, A&E is in full promotional mode at the Austin fest. Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother and debuts March 18 at 10 PM. Here’s the opening six minutes:
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