'Bates Motel' Renewed for Second Season by A&E

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April 8th, 2013

Bates Motel

via press release:

A&E ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF THE HIT DRAMA SERIES

 ‘BATES MOTEL’ FROM CARLTON CUSE & KERRY EHRIN

NETWORK ORDERS 10 EPISODES FROM UNIVERSAL TELEVISION

FIRST SEASON OF ‘BATES MOTEL’ PREMIERED AS THE MOST-WATCHED SCRIPTED DRAMA IN NETWORK HISTORY WITH THE KEY DEMOS

 

 

NEW YORK – April 8, 2013 – 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.

 

“Bates Motel’ has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks,” said DeBitetto.  “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.”

 

Season two of “Bates Motel” will begin pre-production later this year on ten new episodes slated to premiere in 2014.

 

“Bates Motel” also stars Max Thieriot (“Disconnect”), Olivia Cooke (“Blackout”), Nicola Peltz (“The Last Airbender) and Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” “The Dark Knight Rises”).

 

In “Bates Motel,” following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates 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 for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions respectively.

 

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,” “Longmire” and “Bates Motel,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Duck Dynasty,” “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 press.aenetworks.com.

 

 

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  • bluejoni

    Good !! I love this show !!

  • Rod

    Awesome!! Great show.

  • BG

    Yay!!! Great news!!

  • Melissa

    Yay! Bates Motel is my favorite new show of the season!

  • Rod

    Hopefully Vera Farmiga will be nominated at the Emmy’s.

  • DenverDean

    That’s great. Will have to catch up on the series. Hate those 10 episode seasons though.

  • Thi

    Great news! Amazing show!!

  • John Doe

    Glad to hear this! Early pickup means network has confidence in it too, but don’t get too confident in the show and stop tuning in though!

  • Joe

    And we’re STILL waiting to hear about a third season of “Dallas” on TNT?!

  • Billy

    Awesome news. This show is phenomenal.

  • rob60990

    “Bates Motel has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks,”

    Loyal audience? It’s dropping every week despite “critical acclaim” and massive hype.

  • EatMorePez

    @rob

    You should go into politics. Even when you’re wrong, you claim that you’re right.

    Week 1 demo rating 1.3
    Week 2 demo rating 1.3

  • The End

    @rob60990

    It’s not dropping every week. It’s entirely normal for a show to lose a view viewers after the premiere episode, and entirely normal for it to take a few weeks for the numbers to level off too.

    Look at Dallas, the very definition of stable and a perfect example to prove a point.

  • Markitos

    YAY :D

  • AA

    Not a surprise. Great show. I was expecting a 13-15 episode order though

  • AA

    rob60990

    ure obsessed. Nothing fun in ur life? lmao

  • DW

    rob your entitled to your opinion but have an honest one. you can like it or hate it but its not dropping the way you make it and if it were dropping the way you make it it wouldn’t be renewed.

  • The End

    Episode 1: 3.04 million
    Episode 3: 2.82 million

    No problem.

  • snoot

    Yes!! Great show!

  • TV Addict

    How many times can she get raped until it gets old? Answer: IT’LL NEVER GET OLD!!! :D

    But on a serious note, rape is bad.
    Don’t rape.
    The more you know!

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