Tuning in to TV: ‘Bates Motel’ producer announces credits contest

A&E and executive producer Carlton Cuse are looking for some creative minds to check into the network’s upcoming “Bates Motel.”

The cable network and Mr. Cuse are looking for the public’s help in creating the 15-second opening title sequence for the upcoming “Psycho” prequel series, which will premiere in March.

“We want to give fans the chance to participate in the show,” Mr. Cuse said. “We’re looking for an awesome 15-second title sequence that captures the feel of ‘Bates Motel’ — not as a slasher/horror show, but as a complex, character-based thriller.”

The contest will run on the series’ Facebook page through Jan. 3, with fans submitting their visual ideas through video submissions. Mr. Cuse will judge and ultimately select the winner that best represents the mood, tone and overall feel of the series.

Starring “Up in the Air’s” Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates, the drama explores her son Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) formative years.

Dr. Phil McGraw got his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible back, a little worse for wear, after police recovered the stolen vehicle in California. It is worth $80,000. (Associated Press)

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“Lost’s” Nestor Carbonell and “Pan Am’s” Mike Vogel co-star in the drama, which bypassed the traditional pilot process and was picked up straight to series.

L.A. police find car stolen from Dr. Phil

Los Angeles police say they’ve recovered a stolen 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that belongs to talk-show host Phil McGraw.

Detective Jess Corral said Tuesday that investigators recovered Mr. McGraw’s classic car, along with 13 others, after law enforcement began targeting auto theft rings.

Mr. McGraw is known as television’s “Dr. Phil.” His car was stolen from the Rodz shop in Burbank in August, and was found with minor damage.

The car is worth at least $80,000.

‘Malcolm’s‘ Frankie Muniz hospitalized for ‘mini stroke’

Actor Frankie Muniz was hospitalized last week after suffering a “mini stroke,” according to his post on Twitter.

The former star of “Malcolm in the Middle” wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he was treated Friday for a “mini stroke,” which he describes as “not fun at all.”

He said he has to “start taking care of my body. Getting old!” but provided no other details.

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