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Originally published Monday, March 18, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Monday TV Picks: ‘Bates Motel’ on A&E

TV picks for Monday, March 18, 2013, include the 10-part series “Bates Motel” on A&E, “2 Broke Girls” on CBS and “The Biggest Loser” on NBC.

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‘Bates Motel’

The folks at A&E are describing this new series as a “contemporary prequel” to Hitchcock’s 1960 film, “Psycho.” Huh? Yes, all the basic ingredients are here: the creepy motel and the looming house on the hill; Norman Bates, the gaunt teen with a faraway stare (Freddie Highmore) and his clingy/overbearing mother (Vera Farmiga); a violent murder and a late-night encounter with the local police. But every time characters use their cellphones, it diminishes any sort of mood that has been set to that point. Why not just set the series in its proper time period? Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on A&E (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).

Also on Monday

“The Biggest Loser,” 8 p.m. (NBC): All the contestants from this season reunite; the teens show off their transformations; the winner is announced.

“2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m. (CBS): When the ladies take office temp jobs, Caroline tries to climb the corporate ladder and Max is hit on by the boss.

“The Following,” 9 p.m. (Fox): Ryan and Parker try to outwit their new leader; Joe demands information on Claire’s location from Ryan; past followers return.

“Dallas,” 9 p.m. (TNT): J.R.’s will has lasting ramifications for Southfork and the family legacy; Pamela proves her loyalty to John Ross; Christopher’s relationship with Elena is tested; Drew is forced to betray the Ewings.

“House Hunters,” 10 p.m. (HGTV): A couple wants to find a home in Denver before they get married.

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