For Vera Farmiga, star of A&E’s Bates Motel, every take is subtly nuanced and completely natural. So say her colleagues, who marvel as she shape-shifts into the mother like no other, Norma Bates. As the cable sensation returns for season 2, Farmiga revels in the role that, she says, arrived when she appealed to the universe.
By Mark Morrison
Photographs by Scott Council
Binge Viewing is Officially Here to Stay • The Secret to OWN's Happy Reversal of Fortunes
Josh Holloway of Intelligence on Post-Lost Life • Animal Planet Scores with Puppy Bowl
Also in this Issue
In the Mix - Katheryn Winnick • NAB President Gordon Smith • Pretty Little Liars and More
Network News - Fusion: News for the Young, Fun, Diverse • Esquire Goes for the Guys
Digital Downlow - AOL Dials Up a Comeback • When HD is Not Enough • Spoiling the Spoilers
Trending - Where Hollywood Stops for Circus Props • How TV Gets Tunes
Cover Story & Features
Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga revels in the role that, she says, arrived when she appealed to the universe.
Sending spoiler alerts across the internet and compressing entire TV seasons into single lazy Sundays, binge viewing is here to stay.
How one Pretty Little Liars executive producer's passion for noir inspired a pretty little retro revival.
As a high-tech spy in CBS’s Intelligence, Josh Holloway is relishing his new role.
A reborn Cosmos probes space and time with an assist from Seth MacFarlane.
Composer Bear McCreary gives us a quick peek inside his music-filled home.
It’s no surprise that Katheryn Winnick plays Lagertha, the Norse shield-maiden of History’s Vikings.
Starz reinvents the pirate saga with Black Sails, courtesy of Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine.