A&E Orders Psycho-Inspired Bates Motel Prequel Series From Lost Boss Carlton Cuse


Anthony Perkins in Psycho

A boy’s best friend is his mother, and now A&E Network is preparing to shower us with details on exactly how Psycho‘s Norman Bates and his mama got so close.

The cable net has given a straight-to-series, 10-episode order to Bates Motel, from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood).

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The Psycho prequel drama is a contemporary exploration of Norman Bates’ formative years; his relationship with his mother, Norma; and the world they inhabit. The dark, twisted backstory will reveal how Norma helped to create the famous serial killer.

“We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history,” A&E Network president Bob DeBitetto and EVP of programming David McKillop said in a statement announcing the news. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business, and we’re looking forward to getting started.”

Bates Motel is slated to premiere in 2013.

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