‘Hickey’: How a Commercial Director Made a Feature for Less Than the Cost of an Ad

Director Alex Grossman’s road to production was straight out of a movie itself.

Like many in our business, Alex Grossman moved to Los Angeles from the Midwest with a screenplay and a dream. After a series of meetings and mishaps right out of a Hollywood movie about Hollywood, he decided to move from writing to directing and further pursue his burgeoning career in advertising. Grossman went on to a very successful, award-winning run of commercial directing, but he never gave up on making a feature film. He wrote upwards of 10 scripts in his free time and was determined to get one made on his own terms.

The resulting feature comedy is Hickey, the story of a high school math whiz who makes a heroic stand to save the failing mom and pop electronics store where he works—and win the heart of his longtime crush in the process. It references some of the best of comedic teen flicks (think Napoleon Dynamite and American Pie), but has more heart.

“When you give somebody in this town a script and they tell you what’s wrong, they’re probably right. When they tell you how to fix it, they’re probably wrong.”

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‘Dying Laughing’: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock & More Recount Nightmares in Stand-Up Comedy

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Following the trailer for the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, we have a look at another fascinating glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, this time one from the real world.

Dying Laughing is a new documentary that feels like it should have been called I’m Dying Up Here, because it features one-on-one interviews with stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Cedric The Entertainer, Russell Peters, the late Garry Shandling and more, all talking about their worst experiences on stage. These are the times when the bombed, died, crashed and all the other words which describe the worst thing that can happen to a comedian on stage: not getting laughs.

Watch the Dying Laughing trailer below.

Other features comedians talking about their worst stage experiences include Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Mike Epps, Jerry Lewis, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Eddie Izzard and even Oscar nominee Jamie Foxx, who some forget got his start in stand-up and sketch comedy.

Dying Laughing premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and was picked up by Gravitas Ventures for release in limited theaters and on VOD this year. Directors Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton had this to say about their movie:

Over two years, as the film began to emerge from the thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours or interviews, we learned about the physical and emotional dedication that it takes to become a stand-up comedian, and that the prospect of failure haunts even the most experienced and celebrated practitioners. We hope that the audience will find the final piece as touching, thought-provoking, inspirational and as funny as we do.

The Hollywood Reporter caught the documentary last year, and it sounds like despite being a bit repetitive at times and covering some territory that has been explored in other comedy documentaries, it’s still worth a watch:

Though the engaging documentary treads through unavoidably familiar territory — the loneliness of the road, the anguish of bombing — its chorus of testifiers often find sharp new angles of approach. Like the jokes they hone, many of their insights arrive with the impact of well-crafted punchlines.

Every comedian has stories like this, from the rising stars to the top tier performers, and they’re always fascinating to listen to. Apparently, Toogood and Stanton interviewed twice as many comedians as ended up in the final cut, and I’d love to pore over all that extra footage. Maybe some of it will be released on home video.

Dying Laughing hits limited theaters and VOD on February 24.

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Rick and his group will be ‘tested’ like never before on ‘The Walking Dead’



We still have a little over a month of waiting until The Walking Dead returns for the second half of Season 7. But AMC has taken pity on us and released an intriguing new synopsis for the next batch of episodes in which Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group prepare to take the fight to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors.

Here’s what AMC has to say about the show’s new direction:

Spencer was already undermining Rick’s leadership in the first half of the season. Negan repaid that treachery by literally spilling Spencer’s guts all over the street, but the summary certainly makes it seem like someone else’s trustworthiness may be in doubt as we head toward the finale.  Read more…

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BAFTA Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads with 11, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Arrival’ with 9

Here’s the full list of the 2017 BAFTA nominations.

On the heels of its major sweep at the Golden Globes last weekend, La La Land has once again emerged as the awards season favorite, now with 11 nominations from the recently announced 70th British Academy Film Awards. Arrival and Nocturnal Animals follow closely behind with nine nominations each from BAFTA, the British equivalent of the Oscars.

I, Daniel Blake, a film that is critical of the efficacy of the British welfare system, is up for Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Notes on Blindness, perhaps the year’s most egregiously underseen film, has been justly nominated for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, and Best Documentary.

Even though American Honey was made by one of Britain’s foremost independent auteurs, Andrea Arnold, it was only recognized in one category: Outstanding British Film. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s Silence was completely shut out of the BAFTAs.

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Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’, Still Won’t Reveal the Actual Title

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If there was just a new Rian Johnson movie coming out in less than twelve months, I’d be on pins and needles. But we’re getting a Star Wars movie directed by Rian Johnson and there are few things as promising as that combination of nouns. But as is the norm with any new Star Wars movie, every detail about Star Wars: Episode 8 is currently under lock and key…which means that this interview with Johnson features him merely hinting at what we can expect to see from upcoming sequel. Which totally has a title, by the way. He just won’t tell us.

The interview is with USA Today and it serves as a follow-up to their precious discussion about the film’s plot. The headline-friendly tidbit here is that Episode 8 has had a title since since the first draft of the screenplay and that he just hasn’t been allowed to share it yet, but there’s so much more to sink our teeth into. Like Johnson talking about making sure his Star Wars movie is fun:

The creative work has felt like play. It’s felt resonant and meaningful because it meant so much to me as a kid… I want [Episode VIII] to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were.

Previous reports have suggested that Episode 8 will be a darker movie than its predecessor, which makes sense. The middle chapter of any trilogy tends to involve the lead characters being tossed in a deep, dangerous pit without any obvious hope of escape. While The Empire Strikes Back is the go-to example of the “dark” sequel, it manages to blend those harsher elements with a genuine sense of adventure. It’s a tricky balance, but one that I expect the director of Brick and Looper to understand.

Speaking of tossing characters into deep, dangerous pits, Johnson also spoke about further exploring the characters introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by pushing them to their limits:

I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory… Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.

But of course, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, now a hermit living on the isolated planet of Ahch-to, will play a major role alongside those youngsters:

[Luke’s story is the] emotional entry point [of the movie]. I’m approaching [his story] with a take that I hope feels honest and real and is going to be interesting to folks and make sense.

This is the portion of the film I can’t help but be most curious about. The original trilogy tracked Luke’s rise from simple farm boy to Jedi Knight, a hero’s journey that concluded with him at the height of his powers. And then, everything fell apart. His chief student turned on him. His new Jedi school was destroyed. Rather than stick around and try to pick up the pieces, our hero fled to live in isolation. That’s not what we’d expect the Luke we saw in the original trilogy to do and I’m eager to see the fallout of the past 30 years has changed him.

Star Wars: Episode 8 will arrive on December 15, 2017. For more information, I recommend following the link above.

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Watch a Fake Trailer For ‘Hidden Fences,’ the “Movie White People at the Golden Globes Were Talking About”

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The Golden Globes are generally regarded as the most useless film award ceremony, but the show itself can prove perfectly entertaining. The alcohol flows freely at the Globes, which means everyone is bit looser and ready to be a little sillier, should the proper occasion arise (like Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield inexplicably making out). It also tends to be a treasure trove of gloriously embarrassing moments. If you like to cringe, the Golden Globes are for you! Now, this year’s most cringeworthy moment has been immortalized with a movie trailer for a fake movie that not one, but two people accidentally referenced during the evening.

There is no such movie as Hidden Fences, but there are two movies called Hidden Figures and Fences. Both of them are set in the 1950s and star predominately black actors. Beyond that, they are completely different – one is the story of the marginalized women whose mathematical prowess helped NASA put a rocket in space and the other is an adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

And yet, NBC News’ Jenna Bush Hager conflated the two, saying to Pharrell Williams, whose Hidden Figures score was nominated that night: “So, you’re nominated for Hidden Fences.” And she wasn’t the only person to make the error. When Michael Keaton took the Globes stage to announce the nominees for Best Supporting Actress, he announced that Octavia Spencer was also nominated for this Hidden Fences movie everyone was talking about.

Naturally, this screamed for a fake trailer and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has delivered the goods. Here’s “the movie white people at the Golden Globes were talking about”:

Keaton and Bush Haeger issued apologies for their gaffes (“Let’s make this official: I’m sorry, I apologize, I screwed it up” and “I am not perfect. I am authentic, but a human”) and while I certainly won’t start labeling them or pointing fingers, there’s something to be said about two white people confusing two black-centric films at a mostly Caucasian Hollywood back-patting party. There has never been a clearer metaphor for how well-meaning progressiveness can sometimes fall flat on its face. It’s that special cocktail of disappointing, embarrassing, and amusing that has defined so much of life over the past year.

Hidden Figures and Fences are both in theaters now and both are doing quite well with critics and audiences alike.

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ABC Midseason Premiere Dates Announced

ABC Midseason Premiere Dates Announced

ABC midseason premiere dates announced

The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for the mini-series When We Rise and series premiere dates for the one-hour drama Time After Time, half-hour comedy Imaginary Mary and the event movie Dirty Dancing, as well as returning series The Catch and American Crime, and the spring returns of Once Upon a Time and Designated Survivor. Downward Dog will premiere in Summer 2017.

In addition, previously announced The Toy Box premieres Friday, April 7, 8:00-9:00 p.m. and TGIT returns Thursday, January 26.

Below are the ABC midseason premiere dates (all times listed are EST):

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Scandal” (Season Six Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

9:00-11:00 p.m. “When We Rise”

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Time After Time” (Two-Hour Premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Catch” (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Time After Time” (Time-Period Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “American Crime” (Season Three Premiere)

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Imaginary Mary” (Sneak Peek)

9:30-10:00 p.m. “Imaginary Mary” (Time-Period Premiere)

8:00-11:00 p.m. “Dirty Dancing”


When a father, Luis Salazar (Benito Martinez), travels illegally from Mexico into the United States to search for his missing son, he discovers that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised a job and a place to live, these laborers find themselves forced to live in abject poverty. Required to pay for their own food and other essentials, what little money they make is paid back to their employers, and because they will forever be in debt, they can never leave. Undocumented workers aren’t the only people targeted by this system. Coy Henson (Connor Jessup) is a young, white American male, estranged from his family and hopelessly addicted to drugs. When he happens upon farm crew chief Isaac Castillo (Richard Cabral), he takes the opportunity to get his life back on track. But as he desperately tries to free himself of his addiction, he begins to become suspicious of Isaac’s promises and aware of the injustices taking place on the farm. Hesby Farms is a struggling tomato farm, forced to cut back on labor costs in order to be competitive in a market that continuously demands lower prices. Jeanette Hesby (Felicity Huffman), who married into the family that owns the farm, begins to learn the shocking truth behind their wealth. Her turmoil will eventually force her to make a moral decision which could put her at odds with the family. Kimara Walters (Regina King) is a dedicated social worker who truly wants to help those in need.  Unattached, single and in her forties, she desperately wants to have a baby and is finding it hard to get pregnant, even with the help of modern medicine. When Kimara meets Shae (Ana Mulvoy-Ten), a 17-year-old prostitute, she wants to help her get out of the business, turn her life around and take a stand against her pimp. Nicholas Coates (Timothy Hutton) owns a furniture supply business and is feeling the sting of buyers wanting quality items at discounted prices. At home, he finds himself in a marriage where memories of the past seem much more pleasant than the present. His wife, Clair (Lili Taylor), decides that she wants to hire and provide a working visa for a Haitian woman, Gabrielle (Mickaëlle X. Bizet), to be their son’s nanny. But darkness seems to embroil this family, and Gabrielle soon discovers that her employment comes with a steep price.

“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives,” “Transamerica”) as Jeanette Hesby, Regina King (“The Leftovers,” “Jerry Maguire”) as Kimara Walters, Timothy Hutton (“Ordinary People,” “Leverage”) as Nicholas Coates, Lili Taylor (“Mystic Pizza,” “Six Feet Under”) as Clair Coates, Connor Jessup (“Falling Skies”) as Coy Henson, Richard Cabral as Isaac Castillo and Benito Martinez (“The Shield”) as Luis Salazar. Recurring guest stars this season include Cherry Jones (“24”) as Laurie Ann Hesby, Janel Moloney (“The West Wing”) as Raelyn Boone, Dallas Roberts (“Walk the Line”) as Carson Hesby, Ana Mulvoy-Ten (“House of Anubis”) as Shae Reese, Clayton Cardenas as Diego Castillo, Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Abby Tanaka, Mickaëlle X. Bizet as Gabriella Durand and Tim DeKay (“White Collar”) as JD Hesby.

“American Crime” is created and executive produced by Oscar-winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”). Michael J. McDonald also serves as executive producer. “American Crime” is produced by ABC Studios.


“The Catch” is a sexy, scintillating game of cat and mouse between L.A.’s top private investigator, Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), and the man she loves, Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause), the world’s most formidable con artist. At the beginning of season two, con man Benjamin Jones has gone from committing the ultimate betrayal to performing the ultimate sacrifice, when he turned himself in to the FBI to save Alice from wrongful imprisonment. Now in jail, Ben is forced to reckon with his criminal past, while the team at Anderson Vaughan Investigations must come to terms with getting in bed with the bad guys. How will Alice and Ben game the system — and each other — to stay together and overcome their less-than-legal pasts?

“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) as Alice Vaughan, Peter Krause (“Parenthood”) as Benjamin Jones, Jay Hayden as Danny Yoon, Rose Rollins as Valerie Anderson, Sonya Walger (“Lost”) as Margot Bishop, Elvy Yost as Sophie Novak and John Simm as Rhys Griffiths.

“The Catch” is from Shondaland and ABC Studios. Allan Heinberg is the show runner and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson serve as executive producers.


“Dirty Dancing,” the global pop-cultural phenomenon, becomes a three-hour filmed musical event this season on the ABC Television Network. The adaptation of the beloved 1987 romantic drama and instant movie classic “Dirty Dancing,” which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, will be produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions, executive produced by Allison Shearmur (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Hunger Games” franchise; “Cinderella”) and Grammy Award-nominee Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”), who also serves as executive music producer. The teleplay is by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair (“The Sapphires,” “Septembers of Shiraz”) is the director, and two-time Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton,” “Bring It On,” “In the Heights”) is the choreographer.

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family. Not only are the memorable songs from the original movie included, but there are additional songs from the era that will be featured, showcasing double the number of musical performances by the stellar cast.

“Dirty Dancing” stars Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”) as Baby, Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) as Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood (“American Crime Story: The People vs, OJ Simpson”) as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (“Dancing with the Stars”) as Penny, Colt Prattes (“Rock of Ages,” Pink’s music video “Try”) as Johnny, Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Lisa Houseman, Tony Roberts (“Annie Hall”) as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn (“Mad Men,”) as Neil, Shane Harper (“The Passion”) as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson (“Everyone Wants Some”) as Marco, Beau “Casper” Smart (“Step Up 3D”) as Billy, Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars”) as Tito.


Based on a web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Allison Tolman), as observed from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges). Just one session at obedience school makes them realize that even at their worst they may be the best thing for each other. While Martin lays around at home questioning the motives of the neighborhood cat and exercises newly acquired “superpowers” to open the doggie door with his mind, Nan spends her days at advertising agency Clark and Bow, struggling to prove herself to clients and senior management. Despite her boss Kevin’s (Barry Rothbart) patronizing and demoralizing criticisms, Nan and her best friend and co-worker, Jenn (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), find creative ways to persevere. Because of Nan’s long hours at work, she relies on ex-boyfriend Jason (Lucas Neff) to help take care of Martin.  Jason’s easy-going and sometimes unemployed lifestyle strengthens his friendship with Martin, but makes it difficult for Nan to move on.

“Downward Dog” stars Allison Tolman (Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated, “Fargo”) as Nan, Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”) as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste (“Love”) as Jenn, Barry Rothbart (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and co-creator Samm Hodges as the voice of Martin.

“Downward Dog” creators/writers Michael Killen and Samm Hodges executive produce with Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal’s Kathy Dzubiek. Showrunners Kat Likkel and John Hoberg also executive produce. The series is produced by Legendary Television and ABC Studios.


Alice (Jenna Elfman) is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

The series stars Jenna Elfman (“Dharma and Greg”) as Alice, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”) as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora and Erica Tremblay as Bunny.

The live action/CGI hybrid comes from “The Goldbergs” team Adam F. Goldberg (writer/executive producer), David Guarascio (writer/executive producer) and Doug Robinson (executive producer).  Mary CG animation is designed by Patrick Osborne (creator of Academy Award-winning animated short “The Feast”), who is also executive producer.  The pilot was directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper by the Dozen”), who is also executive producer.

The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison and ABC Studios.


Everyone has secrets, and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope’s team is at the top of its game when it comes to getting the job done for its clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits,” who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand – their own.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North, Joe Morton as Rowan Pope and Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker.

The series is created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Fish and Tom Verica are executive producers. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.


Using the 1979 novel and movie as a launching point, “Time After Time” chronicles the adventures of a young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) as he travels through centuries, decades and days in the time machine he created. While in the pursuit of the charismatic (yet secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson (Josh Bowman), better known as “Jack the Ripper,” Wells travels to modern day New York City in search of Stevenson following the doctor’s brazen escape from authorities in Wells’ London home. But instead of the Utopia he imagined, Wells finds a world more aligned with Stevenson’s temperament that leads him on a daring adventure full of mystery, romance and intrigue. Using creative elements from many of Wells’ classic stories, beginning with “The Time Machine” and “The Invisible Man” to “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and others, “Time After Time” creates a fantasy world surrounding the events that inspired these great literary works that focus on the best and worst of human nature and its relationship to science and technology.  Using the time machine to launch the series, “Time After Time” is not a time travel show, rather it’s a series that looks at the world of today through the eyes of yesterday while fully charged with danger and adventure and centered in thrills, satire, humor – and most of all – an epic love story.

“Time After Time” stars Freddie Stroma (“UnReal”) as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman (“Revenge”) as Dr. John Stevenson (Jack the Ripper), Genesis Rodriguez (“Big Hero 6”) as Jane Walker, Nicole Ari Parker (“Rosewood”) as Vanessa Anders, Jennifer Ferrin (“Hell On Wheels”) as Brooke and Will Chase (“Nashville”) as Griffin.

“Time After Time” is from Warner Bros Television.  Kevin Williamson is the creator and executive producer.  Marcos Siega is executive producer and a director.


“When We Rise” is written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

Starring in the mini-series are Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “L.A. Confidential”) as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” “Angels in America”) as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” “Six Feet Under”) as her wife, social justice activist Diane, Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Wire”) as African American community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender activist Cecilia Chung. Joining them are Austin McKenzie (“Spring Awakening”) as Younger Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs (“Fun Home”) as Younger Roma Guy, newcomer Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif (“The Master”) as Younger Diane.

“When We Rise” is executive produced by the Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Elephant,” “Good Will Hunting”) Laurence Mark (“Julie & Julia,”“Dreamgirls,”“I, Robot,” “Jerry Maguire”), and Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”). Van Sant directs the two-hour premiere of the eight-hour mini-series event. “When We Rise” is produced by ABC Studios.

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‘Bates Motel’ Season Five Trailer: The Final Season Begins Next Month

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The producer and co-creator of Bates MotelCarlton Cuse (Lost), never thought Bates Motel was a story that needed eight or nine seasons. Cuse and co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) saw the show coming to an end after season five, which A&E and all involved are indeed planning to do. The show returns next month for its last season, which features actor/singer Rihanna in a key supporting role.

Below, watch the Bates Motel season five trailer. Spoilers follow.

Rihanna co-stars as Marion Crane, who was played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho. We’ll see whether the people behind the A&E series have enough bravery (or foolishness) to recreate the famous shower sequence… but the trailer gives us no reason to think that. There’s sadly no sight of Rihanna in this advertisement, set entirely in the Bates’ household, which is now home to one, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore).

Season four ended with the death of Norma Bates, but Vera Farmiga’s presence, of course, is still pivotal in season five, which takes place two years after last season. Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), Dylan Massett (Max Thierot), and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), often a bright spot of this series, are returning.

Here’s a trailer for Bates Motel season five, which has a sound effect that reeks of American Horror Story:

Things for Norma have somehow worsened since the season four finale. Last year, when Cuse was promoting season four, he commented on Bates Motel‘s ending, and how it wasn’t the show makers’ “desire or obligation to exactly align our storytelling with what goes on in the movie.” Cuse told Dread Central Ehrin and him don’t think it’d be satisfying to repeat Psycho‘s ending, so maybe even with Crane’s involvement in season five, things won’t get too familiar and go exactly where fans might expect.

Here’s the synopsis for Bates Motel season five:

Season five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately, for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.

Bates Motel returns February 20th.

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