A&E Extends Bates Motel's Stay With a Season 2 Renewal

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?



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The shows a 10, but 10 episodes a season is NOT enough. It's the one show I watch the clock for.
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my my god,just saw this weeks episode,my god it was good!!!!!
damn this is the serie's that is on my top list now.

Loved the norman psycho moment's
al the drama and story's escalating in one moment,truly well done!!
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norman needs to go psycho soon!!i get that norma first have to die in order to psycho's tale,but norman can do some early killings with motel geust as a start:)!
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didn't watch that yet.
if i would like it- it's will be the first A&E series ever that i like!
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i hate it when reviewers wanna put shows down....its just a tv show watch it and be happy and stop worrying about so much, you spend so much time critiqing it you dont really enjoy the program. Bates motel is a really good show, it has the quality of a show on showtime, Starz and HBO
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I am hooked on this show and lots due to the amazing acting of Norma, Norman and Dylan. I was questioning, as were many who commented, on how Dylan would play out, but really like how his character is progressing in his relationship with Norman. Yep, the Northwest has sleepy little towns, with little going on except... (wink-wink) And law enforcement good ol' boys who really do cover up the truth.
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Great news...
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I like it. I don't love it (yet), but I like it. I especially like how we all know the original Psycho movie but this takes place in modern day, with the kid Bates using an iPhone and the whole shebang.
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I think the show is utterly fantastic, and i can not wait to get home from work today and watch last nights fourth episode!
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Cool, I like it so far; don't know how I'll feel in 2014... It has to get really really good though to keep me interested in coming back after a whole year. How many episodes will be in season 1?
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I lurv this show!
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I think I´m gonna watch a few more episodes but in my opinion with this whole townstory burning man pot-fields slavery stuff going on it´s more of a ... I don´t know what kind of teenage family crime drama series it is but definitely not the weirdy creepy kind of show I expected. But at least they could answer my question ... will it work to produce a series based on one of the coolest psycho killer movies ever and the answer is a NO! Maybe I´m wrong and they will get back on track but at this point with this overload on ridiculous storylines and unnecessary plots I don´t see how.
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I haven't had time to watch most of my tv shows the past 2 weeks ...all I can say judging from the first 2 episodes of Bates motel is that I really liked them. Great cast (Farmiga is amazing) and I was pretty impressed by the present day twist. On and all is that I really enjoy this show, and it's a worthy prequel to the legendary Hitchcock's Psycho film. It has the potential to be one of the strongest tv shows on tv this season.
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The third episode left enough of a cliffhanger to keep me watching the fourth to see what happens to Norman and the cop's apparent slave, but I agree that this show may end up spinning out of control with all this stuff when it really should be contained to Norman and his mother. The addition of the brother seems off to me as well. Vera Farmiga is fine. Highmore is OK, but they seem to be rushing into his fetish issues a tad too quickly, and I do like Norman and the girl with the oxygen tank together, but not when he turns on her, so I am guessing that won't end well. The rest of the cast, including Nestor Carbonel is, for now, unlikeable or uninteresting, which does not help those extraneous plotlines either.
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A&E is lucky to have a good show finally

i like psychological thrillers , but i don't like the ridiculous story-lines that doesn't go anywhere .. if they gonna prolong the development of Norman bates character i will get really bored and leave this show ..

show me the psycho that i know , and dont waste my time !
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A&E has also another fantastic show imo: Longmire!
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Wow, that was a fast renewal. I'll keep watching until it gets too sleazy/pervy, then I'm quitting it.
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Cool. I'll keep watching for now, as I've liked the first two episodes and the third was okay, but I can see how it may soon turn me off. In a weird turn of events for me, I kiiiiiindaaaa wanna see less big plots (the town's pot-field criminals and sex slavery creeps) and more character stuff within smaller plots. I don't think I can say that for most of the shows I watch, so I think the weirdness of the show is leeching onto me.
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I agree. I'll keep watching the show for now but if it gets too ridiculous, then I'll stop. I thought it was going to be how Norman develops into a psycho but now they've added a huge story arc regarding the town. Personally I thought the marijuana farm was verging on ridiculous.
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I totally agree with you. I was very exciting to watch this show. But, the marijuana thing, the sex slave thing, was a little bit too much, ridiculous and useless.
We now Norman is a psycho, but it seems like all the people in this town are psycho too, and I don't think mental illness is spreading like the flu.
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If it takes place in the PNW like I suspect (the scenery looks an awful lot like westtern Washington State or Oregon), the pot farm in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere is not at all ridiculous.
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It's shot in British Columbia, but is set in Oregon.
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I I was totes right. Called it. I live in Washington, soo...
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Plenty of pot farms there. Good ones, too. :D
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