A&E has renewed their newest drama series Bates Motel for a second season of 10 episodes, set to air in 2014.
Created by Carlton Cuse, Bates Motel was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and picks up as Norma Bates, following the tragic death of her husband, buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television & Carlton Cuse and stars Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz and Olivia Cooke.
The drama series has been a hit for A&E with both critics and viewers. The series premiere garnered 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 18-49, according to Live+7 data. Those numbers make the series premiere of Bates Motel the most-watched original drama debut in the key demos in the network’s history. Bates Motel joins a small, yet growing, line up of successful scripted series on A&E which also includes Longmire and The Glades.