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'Bates Motel' Checks in For a Second Season

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Apr 08, 2013 | 3:33pm EDT

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The folks at A&E have apparently enjoyed their stay at the Bates Motel, so much so as to solidify a second visit less than a month after the thriller's series premiere. The program has earned a second season over at the cable network, as announced on Monday in an A&E press release (via Deadline):

"A&E Network has picked up a second season of the acclaimed drama series, 'Bates Motel' starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel. The premiere of 'Bates Motel' garnered 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 18-49, based on Live+7 viewership, making it the most-watched original drama debut in the key demos in the network’s history."

Based loosely on the characters and themes of Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho, the Bates Motel program follows widow and motel manager Norma Bates (Farmiga) and her son Norman (Highmore) as their toils take them through a ganglion of tragic and eerie stories.

Bates Motel presently airs Monday nights on A&E; 10 new episodes of the series have been ordered for 2014.

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[Photo Credit: A&E]


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