Last season, actors Mike Vogel and Nestor Carbonell had season-long runs on network television that didn’t exactly pan out in the end. Carbonell was on The CW’s mystery thriller Ringer, which simply couldn’t find a strong enough audience by the time Spring came around, while Vogel played the captain of the seemingly always ill-fated Pan Am which was dealt not only a rough timeslot but also plenty of cancellation rumors. Still, the two men aren’t going to be taking the New Year lying down. In fact, they will be teaming up on-screen as the duo are the most recent cast additions to A&E’s upcoming Psycho prequel series Bates Motel.
Deadline reports that Carbonell will team up with Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse yet again as he and Vogel have been cast as cops in the upcoming television series. However just because they serve for justice, don’t exactly expect them to be righteous heroes. Carbonell will play “Sheriff Royce Romero, who has something almost sinister about him,” and Vogel will portray Deputy Zach Shelby, “a completely engaging, attractive, intelligent sociopath.”
Bates Motel is set to premiere sometime in Early 2013, as it surpassed the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series, receiving a greenlight for a 13 episode first season. The drama will explore the complex relationship between Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), forming a backstory of how Norman became a killer in Hitchcock’s 1960 classic.
Joining them, Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street) will be playing the older Bates brother Dylan, Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) will take the role of ”Bradley Kenner, a girl Norman takes a liking to at school who’s described as bright and effortlessly sexy with a depth that makes her seem older than she really is”, and Olivia Cooke as “the eccentric and extremely bright Emma, who has a disease that could take her life early and gives her a sense of adventure and that time is of the essence”.
Bates Motel was also co-created by Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin, while casting is still underway for filming to begin by November.