Norman Bates has enjoyed his time at Bates Motel so much, he's decided to stay another year. A&E has renewed the psychological drama for a second season, with the announcement coming just three episodes into the show's run, and conveniently on the day that the fourth episode is scheduled to air (10pm! A&E! Tonight!). Season 2 will run for 10 episodes and premiere in 2014.
The Psycho prequel drama stars Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma Bates. Lost's Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin are the brains behind the series. Though the audience for Bates Motel has dropped since the show debuted to 4.5 million viewers (across multiple airings), it set A&E records and is still looking good for the network.
Early reviews have been mild to positive, with a general consensus that the show has the potential to be pretty good once it really finds its footing (check out Noel's most recent review). I liked most of the pilot and some of the subsequent episodes, but didn't find the show strong enough to crack my regular watch list. Maybe a lazy Sunday marathon is in store. What do you think?