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All is not well in the Bates household. Norman (Freddie Highmore) is not coping very well with the outside world, and mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) is…well…dead. The final season of this “contemporary prequel” to the classic 1960 suspense film has definitely improved with age. Later this season, a familiar character named Marion Crane (Rihanna) will check in. And as you probably already know, things don’t end well. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, on A&E.

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returned2Not long after discovering the original French series “Les Revenants” on Sundance, I learned that there would be an American remake. Is there any way that a new version of this eerie tale of long-dead loved ones coming back to a small mountain town could work?After seeing the premiere episode, the answer is … almost. There is plenty of creepy atmosphere, and fine acting (Jeremy Sisto, Mark Pellegrino, Kevin Alejandro), but if you’ve seen the original, don’t expect anything new. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, March 9, on A&E.

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The folks at A&E are describing this new series as a “contemporary prequel” to Hitchcock’s 1960 film, “Psycho.” Huh? Yes, all the basic ingredients are here in the pilot: the creepy motel and the looming house on the hill; Norman Bates, the gaunt teen with a faraway stare (Freddie Highmore) and his clingy/overbearing mother (Vera Farmiga); a violent murder and a late-night encounter with the local police. But every time characters use their cellphones, it diminishes any sort of mood that has been set to that point. Why not just set the series in its proper time period? Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on A&E.

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