"Bates Motel" The
Well, me for one, the minute I found out the mama in question was being played by
After the mysterious death of her husband, and Norman's father, Norma fled up the West Coast to the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Ore., where she had bought a motel and the chance to start anew. Complications arose immediately, in the form of rapists, drug lords, sexual slavers, corrupt police officers and her own mildly reprobate first born, Dylan (Max Thierot), all of whom Norma handled in her own determined, if more than slightly
If watching Farmiga so vividly portray a woman who, with so much evidence to the contrary, still believes she is just a normal mom trying to have a normal life isn't enough, Highmore's fresh 'n' creepy Norman is something to behold as well. In fact the entire cast, including "Lost" veteran
Season 2 opens with Norman up to his elbows in his new hobby -- taxidermy! -- while Norma is a tiny bit concerned about a) the new freeway that will cut traffic to her establishment and b) the murder of Norman's favorite teacher last season. New characters are on the way, and Norma has miles to go before she sleeps -- gray-haired and mummified while her young darling runs amok -- and no matter what happens next, it will be wily and crazy and really, really good. A&E, Mondays, 9 p.m.
"Those Who Kill" Chloe Sevigny fans, of whom there are many, will certainly want to check out her take on the Scandinavian-born troubled detective tracking down serial killers, this one against the glowering sky, sylvan fields and industrial waste of Pittsburgh. Based on the Danish series "Den Som Draeber," "Those Who Kill" follows relatively green Det. Catherine Jensen (Sevigny) as she tracks down murderers with the help of possibly unstable and certainly fey forensic specialist Thomas Schaeffer (
"Hollywood Game Night" The second season premiere of the celebrity-studded game show features Sean Hayes,
"Call the Midwife" The charming
In a previous version of this story, Kerry Ehrin was mistakenly identified as Kelly Erhin.