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

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April 8th, 2013

Bates Motel

via press release:







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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  • debsafan

    This is really a good show glad it got renewed. I would have liked it to go back maybe to the 40’s or 50’s. Where the movie was from. You could get by with more then than now. Now you have CSI’s. lol

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Great News I’m lovin’ Bates Motel

  • Stacy

    Yeah, I would have loved it if the episode number were higher, too – only 10 new shows, and not until 2014? Nooooo!

    But… renewed? Yes!

    I guess we’ll take what we can get!

  • Sam

    No surprise there

  • John

    The ratings have dropped every week. Once you start your series out with a graphic rape, you’re gonna lose your audience.

    Duck Dynasty reruns get better ratings than this filthy show.

  • Aok

    It’s set in Oregon. I wish they would film here.

  • Jacob

    It took me a few episodes to get used to a young Norman Bates and friends with cell phones. The Bates motel and house is a dead ringer for the Psycho movie. Anyone know if that is the original set?

  • JustGrand

    Nice start to a series. I’m looking forward to future episodes.

  • Jason

    Although they are trying to cut costs by filming in Vancouver, I felt that someday they should actually film it on the original Bates Motel lot at Universal Studios Hollywood, but that’s just me.

  • The End


    Vancouver is actually getting a lot more expensive to film in these days.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Nice. Glad this show is doing good for A&E.

  • Mark3

    @jacob. No its not the original set. It looks amazing tho dont it?!:)ya original is in cali and this is actually in canada. But they have done a amazing job witg house and motel. Great show! I will aleats watch live:) ive been a fan og all 4together psycho movies for 20 years. Part 2 is my fav!

  • Jason

    You know, someday, if SyFy wants to really make it, they should move most of their scripted production out of Canada and into L.A. to really cash in. They’ve, personally, done too much in Canada and need to keep things stateside before they go too far.

  • Mark

    LOVE this show. The best drama on TV right now!

  • connie

    i love this show the cast is great and i look foreward too the suspense in every episode ..thanks for keeping it on

  • Anne

    Good love this show it is great

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