Bates Motel Renewed for Season 2

Bates Motel Renewed Season 2Bates Motel won’t be checking out of A&E anytime soon.

The cable network picked up a second season of the Psycho prequel on Monday.

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The drama, which stars Freddie Highmore as a teenage Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his ill-fated mother Norma, was renewed only three episodes into its freshman season.

The cumulative ratings of the series’ premiere last month (4.5 million total viewers) made it the most-watched original drama debut in the network’s history.

Pre-production on 10 new Season 2 episodes will begin later this year; they’ll air in 2014.