A&E Network has handed a ten episode straight-to-series order to Bates Motel, a new drama series from Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and Universal Television. A&E has ordered 10 episodes for the show’s first season, which is set to air in 2013.
Created by Cuse, Bates Motel was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates’ relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn firsthand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions are producing with Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving as executive producers.
In a joint statement, Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel, and David McKillop, A&E Network’s Executive Vice President of Programming, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history. It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.”