Wednesday, March 5, 2014

'Bates Motel' After-Show Stinks

I’m a big fan of two AMC horror dramas – Walking Dead and Bates Motel. The first is the continuing saga of how a group of people who survived the upcoming zombie apocalypse are faring in a world where all the rules have changed; the second is a prequel of sorts of how psycho Norman Bates came to be before Alfred Hitchcock made him famous in Psycho.

Immediately after Walking Dead airs, the after-show, Talking Dead, comes on the air. It’s a funny, yet serious discussion of the episode we’ve just seen, hosted by stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick, with a small live audience and some great guests.

Starting this year, immediately after Bates Motel aired on Monday night, it was followed by a one-time-only after-show, Bates Motel: After Hours. It was hosted by Carrie Keagan, with guest appearances by Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett), and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.

It was bad. Real bad. I blame Carrie Keagan. She’s pretty bad, I can describe her hosting style as opening a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, adding a can of water, and heating it on the stove. Yep, that bad. Her voice is extremely irritating (I had to turn the volume ‘way down). The only redeeming factor was Vera Farmiga.

In their online poll, 55.33% of those voting said they’d tune in to After Hours if it were expanded to a weekly show. A whopping 44.67% said “No.”  One of those is me.


Anonymous said...

I agree, it was terrible. Max looked like it was the last place he wanted to be. The host was one of the worst ive seen

Craig Miyamoto said...

Thanks for your comment. I hope they got enough feedback to either revamp the whole thing or forget about it all together.

~ Craig