A&E Adds 'Bates Motel' After Show, Stoking Cable Trend Toward Talking About Itself

A Look at the Burgeoning Companion Show Landscape

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Mother and son in 'Bates Motel'
Mother and son in 'Bates Motel'

Cable TV is getting another after show.

A&E Networks is introducing a companion show to the scripted drama "Bates Motel," which will return for its second season on March 3. "Bates Motel: After Hours" will feature stars and show creators hashing out the latest events live in front of a studio audience.

A&E is only the latest to introduce such a companion show, a growing trend as cable networks with marquee series and thin schedules at other hours look to keep viewers engaged longer. Broadcast networks might be tempted to do the same, but have more original programming and local news filling up their airtime. Most cable channels don't have the same challenge.

Here's a look at the rest of the growing after show landscape:

'Talking Dead'
'Talking Dead'

"Talking Dead" (AMC, companion to "Walking Dead)
In the live talk show that set the rest of cable on notice, host Chris Hardwick keeps "Walking Dead" fans around for another hour as he discusses the most recent episode with guests that include celebrity fans, cast members and crew from the series.

The return of "Talking Dead" earlier in the month hit a new audience record, with 5.9 million people tuning in.

'Naked and Afraid'
'Naked and Afraid'

"Discovery After Dark" (Discovery, companion to "Naked and Afraid")
Discovery plans to introduce a companion series to its returning reality series "Naked and Afraid" this March. The show will interview castaways from the show, which follows a man and a woman "stranded" in rugged environments for 21 day, and include other celebrity guests and behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

'Wolf Watch'
'Wolf Watch'

"Wolf Watch" (MTV, companion to "Teen Wolf")
MTV started airing the talk show in conjunction with January's season 4 premiere of "Teen Wolf." The show is hosted by Jill Wagner, whose character, Kate Argent, was previously killed off.

"Jokers After Party" (TruTV, companion to "Impractical Jokers")
A behind-the-scenes look at mishaps and bloopers of "Impractical Jokers."

"The Dirt" (Discovery, companion to "Gold Rush")
"The Dirt" originally started online, with Gold Rush miners providing "the dirt" on life at the mine. Discovery has now repackaged these videos for TV.

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