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'Bates Motel' Picked Up For Season Two


bates motelTonight will be only the fourth episode of A&E's Bates Motel, but the network has already picked up the series for a second season.

Season two will go into production later this year, with the second season set to debut in 2014. Like the first season, season two will be a 10-episode order.

Bates Motel stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as dysfunctional mother/son duo Norma and Norman Bates. Though not a direct prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's seminal PsychoBates Motel focuses on Norman's formative high school years, his mother's purchase of the infamous motel, and what led him to become the psychopath we all know and fear.

Bates Motel debuted on March 18th with 4.5 million viewers - 2.5 million in the networks key demos, which makes it the highest-rated scripted drama in A&E's history. (To be fair, I can't think of another original scripted series on A&E, but even still, those numbers are very strong for basic cable; those are network numbers.)

Bates Motel airs Monday nights on A&E.