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Bates Motel renewed for second season

Bates Motel

Story by Jack Foley

BATES Motel has been renewed for a second season by A&E.

The Psycho prequel, starring Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma, ranks as the US channel’s most-watched scripted drama in network history among adults aged between 18 and 49 and 25 and 54.

The series, created by showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, uses Hitchcock’s Psycho as an inspiration to examine Bates’ formative years.

In a statement announcing the renewal, A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto said: “Bates Motel has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks. With superb writing and exceptional acting, led by the critically acclaimed performances of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, we’re incredibly excited to see where Carlton and Kerry take Norma and Norman Bates next.”

A&E has recently been making a concerted effort to produce more original scripts and also has pilots for Occult, starring Josh Lucas, and Those Who Kill, starring Chloe Sevigny, in the works.

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