This television season has been kind to prequels, and A&E’s Psycho origins story Bates Motel is no exception. On April 8th, Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel, announced that the network would be renewing the dark drama starring Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma Bates. Season 2 is slated to begin production later this year, while the 10 episode second season will air in 2014. Renewal news came after only airing 3 episodes, however, the show’s premiere garnered 4.5 million viewers. With Live +7 numbers in the all important 18-49 demo, Bates Motel earned the title of “most-watched original drama debut” in A&E’s history. You can view the full press release on Deadline.
In addition to a second season, Universal Channel has inked out a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to air the show in the United Kingdom, Digital Spy reported today. The network also airs US television programs CSI: NY and Law & Order. James Newton, Channel Director at Universal Channel, had to say this about the agreement:
Bates Motel is among the most distinctive and talked-about new dramas to emerge from the US this year, and we are extremely proud to be the channel opening its infamous doors to UK viewers… we’re confident the show will take Universal Channel to a whole new level.