A&E Network Orders 'Bates Motel' to Series

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July 2nd, 2012

via press release:

 

A&E NETWORK ORDERS "BATES MOTEL" TO SERIES

 

NETWORK BYPASSES PILOT PROCESS TO ORDER 10 EPISODES

 

PRESENT DAY SERIES INSPIRED BY HITCHCOCK'S "PSYCHO" WILL EXPLORE THE FORMATION OF THE ICONIC CHARATERS OF NORMAN AND NORMA BATES AND THE WORLD THEY INHABIT

 

 

New York, NY – July 2, 2012 - A&E Network is going directly to series on  "Bates Motel" from Universal Television with Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood") serving as executive producers, it was announced today jointly by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel and the network's Executive Vice President of Programming, David McKillop. The network is moving straight to series, bypassing a pilot, with a 10-episode order.  Pre-production and casting will begin immediately.

 

"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," said DeBitetto and McKillop. "It's a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we're looking forward to getting started."

 

"Bates Motel," inspired by Hitchcock's genre-defining film, "Psycho," 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 first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.  "Bates Motel" will premiere on A&E in 2013.

 

"Bates Motel" is produced by Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers.

 

About A&E Network
A&E is "Real Life. Drama."  Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic.  A&E offers a diverse mix of high-quality entertainment ranging from the network's original scripted series, including "The Glades" and "Longmire," to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning "Intervention," "Duck Dynasty," "Hoarders," "Beyond Scared Straight" and "Storage Wars," and the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48."  The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com.  For more press information and photography please visit us on the web at www.aetvpress.com.

 

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  • Hi

    Def going to watch this..

  • Jayme

    What do they mean 2013 does that mean the year comming up or 2013-2014?

  • Hi

    maybe January or summer or fall.. it could be anytime, but yes it during the 2013-2014 season

  • sofaslug

    Going to be awful

  • Bjm

    @sofaslug – How do you know it’s going to be awful. Have you seen it?

  • William

    Hmmmm, i’ll have to check it out. Loved the Psycho movies

  • NEK38583

    I will defently watch this. With Dallas being brought back and now this, I am on cloud 9. I can’t wait I hope it is a huge success.

  • scifi

    Bjm, we don’t have to eat sh1t to know that it is not tasty.

  • Hugh

    Sounds good. Carlton can run a show

  • Oliver

    The batting average for straight-to-series shows is very bad.

    Recent shows that have gone straight-to-series: The Firm, Boss, L&O: LA, Kath & Kim, The Good Guys, Terra Nova, Dollhouse, Kings, The Philathropist, Anger Management.

    One key exception: The Walking Dead. But that had source material, a very short first season order (6 episodes), and even then they fired the show-runner during season 2.

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