On June 24, the A&E network issued a press release that their highly acclaimed series, Bates Motel, had received the greenlight for two new seasons. Although the original statement for the renewal of the series was actually released on June 15, the official release came out nine days later. No matter when the release came out, this renewal means fans will get to experience 20 more episodes of the original drama, which acts as a prequel to the film Psycho.
The announcement was made by the Executive Vice President and General Manager of both Lifetime and A&E, Rob Sharenow. In the statement issued, he says that, “the vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates.” He continued by saying the company is thrilled to be giving the fans two more seasons of original programming, and the chance to “witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
Now that Bates Motel has received the greenlight for two new seasons, production on the show will get started later this year. The 20 episodes ordered will then premiere in 2016 and air over the course of two separate seasons.
Bates Motel was developed as a prequel to a film that was considered to be genre defining. The series offers the viewers another look at how Norman Bates became the infamous killer in Psycho. Fans of the show get to watch as the teenage Bates slowly unravels and goes from being a generally friendly, if unhinged, individual to the man depicted in the famed movie. Over the course of the series, viewers watch as it appears that Bates suffers from mental illness associated with trauma. This translates in the form of increasing violent behavior, aggression and blackouts.
Over the past three seasons of Bates Motel, the drama has been able to amass a fan base that is not only extremely loyal, but also has helped to propel the program into the spotlight. The program recently received nominations from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards (CCTA) of 2015. Freddie Highmore, who plays Norman, was nominated for best actor in a drama series, while Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma, was nominated for best actress at the CCTA.
In fact, Farmiga who also had roles in The Conjuring and Up In The Air, has even been nominated for an Emmy for her role in Bates Motel. Alongside Highmore and Farmiga, other members of the cast include Nestor Carbonell of The Dark Knight Rises and Lost, Olivia Cooke of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Max Theriot of Texas Rising and Disconnect.
Bates Motel is produced for the A&E network by Universal Television. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin act as the executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions.
With Bates Motel receiving the greenlight for two more seasons, fans of the show will get to enjoy more of the dysfunction of the Bates family. Since the third season of the show wrapped up this past May, an addition of two new seasons will bring the total of seasons to five for the contemporary-style Psycho prequel.
By Kimberley Spinney
A&E – Bates Motel
Press Release from A&E
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