A&E Renews 'Bates Motel' for Season 3
A&E Renews 'Bates Motel' for Season 3
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Rest easy Bates Motel fans, you've gotten a late checkout. A&E Network announced today that the show has been renewed for season 3. This means viewers get to continue to watch Norman's transformation from a nice, sensitive boy into a mentally unstable psychopath.

The little show that could has turned out to be a big hit for A&E with its popularity currently at its zenith. The network attributes the show's success to great writing, a talented cast and its loyal fan base.

According to A&E: "Season two premiered on March 3 with a 4.6 million total viewers and delivered 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54 (based on Live+7 viewing), Bates Motel continues to be A&E's #1 drama series of all time among adults 18-49." Not only is the show thriving, it's a darling among a coveted age demographic.

Bates Motel, a prequel to Hitchcock's masterpiece, explores the teenage years of Norman Bates (Freddy Highmore), the homicidal hotel proprietor made famous in the iconic film Psycho. Before "mother" was a shriveled corpse in the basement, she was a slightly unhinged, gorgeous blonde named Norma, played by Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga. Also alive and well in the series is Norman's half-brother Dylan Massett, played by Max Thieriot.

After Norman kills his father, Norma moves what's left of the family to a seemingly idyllic coastal town called White Pine Bay but soon finds that his seaside village is full of secrets and a multitude of nefarious characters.

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In its sophomore season, Bates creators have rounded out the core cast with some intriguing recurring characters. Michael Vartan (Hawthorne), Kathleen Robertson (Boss), Michael O'Neill (Dallas Buyers Club), Michael Ecklund (Arrow) and Kenny Johnson (Dexter) have all checked in, so to speak.

Season 3 will begin production on 10 episodes this fall. This leaves viewers stuck on the edge of their seats following the show's May 5 finale.

You can catch current episodes of Bates Motel Mondays at 10pm on A&E.

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