Bates Motel is an American television series that blends elements of mystery, horror and psychological intrigue. It is based on the 1959 novel Psycho by author Robert Bloch, which is more widely known for it's 1960 feature film adaptation by director Alfred Hitchcock. Bates Motel began airing on A&E in March, 2013.
In 1987, Richard Rothstein wrote and directed a television movie for NBC called Bates Motel. The telemovie was intended as a pilot episode for a potential spin-off anthology series, but was never picked up. The film's story contradicts elements of what is considered film canon, most notably by the revelation that Norman Bates died while in a sanitarium. Other than being part of the same licensed property, the television movie has no other connection to either the film series or the Bates Motel series.