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‘Bates Motel’ to End on A&E After Season Five

Rihanna Joins the Cast in the Final Season

A&E drama “Bates Motel,” the prequel to classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock theatrical “Psycho,” will officially conclude after five seasons (and 50 episodes). Comparably, this will now be the longest running scripted series in A&E history. Joining the cast in the final season is singer Rihanna as Marion Crane, who was played by Janet Leigh, of course, in “Psycho.”

By the end of this past fourth season, Norma (Vera Farmiga) was dead, Norma dug up her corpse and brought it home, and Norman (Freddie Highmore) is about to “become” his mother. Be careful, Rihanna!

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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