‘Bates Motel’ Will End After Season 5, Complete With Rihanna In An Iconic Role

It’s time for a new outlet for America’s simmering mommy issues. Bates Motel will be closing up shop after its fifth and (now) final season.

According to Deadline, the news of the show’s expiration date was revealed (where else?) at the nerd magnet known as San Diego Comic-Con. The news was confirmed in tweet form, because how is something news if it isn’t in tweet form? It simply isn’t.

The Psycho prequel series has earned good-to-great reviews since premiering way back yonder in the simpler days of 2013. Leads Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga have gotten a fair bit of shine for their work on the cable series and Farmiga even has an Emmy nomination to show for it. It looks like A&E was right not just doing a shot-for-shot remake of Gus Van Sant‘s shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. Well done!

Before the show officially packs it in, Bates Motel will play host to a very special guest. Noted financial commentator/mega-popular recording artist Rihanna will be popping by. It’s not just for any ol’ role, either. The Hollywood Reporter notes that RiRi will play Marion Crane, the character portrayed by Janet Leigh in the original Hitchcock film. It turns out that Rihanna is a fan.

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way,” declared executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin in a statement. “We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”

The fifth and final season of Bates Motel will air in 2017.

(via Deadline/The Hollywood Reporter)

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