A&E Renews Bates Motel for Two More Seasons

Bates Motel

A&E has ordered 20 more episodes of Bates Motel, which will air as two seasons starting in 2016. Production will begin on new episodes later this year. The renewal announcement was made by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and Manager of A&E and Lifetime.

Sharenow said, “The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates. We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”

Bates Motel, which is a prequel to Psycho, reimagined in a contemporary setting, has gained acclaim and a loyal fanbase over its run. Stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore were recently nominated for 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards for their work on the show. Vera Farmiga has also been nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Norma Bates. Bates Motel also stars Max Thieriot (Texas Rising), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost).

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