Norman Bates and his creepy
mommy issues are staying put on TV. After just three episodes, A&E
has officially renewed its hit new drama Bates Motel for a second
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The show, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
set in the present-day, premiered with 4.5 million viewers and has earned favorable reviews as fan embrace the disturbing murders and unhealthy maternal relationships. Bates Motel
will return for its second season in 2014.Bates Motel
stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates, motel owner and overly protective mother to Norman (Freddie Highmore). The drama also stars Max Thierot as Norma's less doting son Dylan and Lost
's Nestor Carbonell as the local sheriff.
Bates Motel is among the latest new shows in the popular serial killer trend, a group that includes FOX's The Following
(also renewed for a second season returning in 2014) and NBC's Hannibal
(which had a less-than-stellar start, despite strong reviews).
A&E is still relatively new to original scripted programming, but it has a solid track record. Its first drama, The Glades
, was renewed for a fourth season, while the modern-day Western Longmire
is returning for its second season later this year. Previous dramas included Breakout Kings
and The Cleaner
, both of which lasted two seasons, and The Beast
' Travis Fimmel), which was cut short due to star Patrick Swayze's illness and death.Bates Motel
airs Mondays at 10pm on A&E.
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