It looks like the adventures of America's favorite (eventual) serial killer will continue for at least one more year. A&E announced this afternoon that its highly rated, and critically praised new drama 'Bates Motel' has been renewed for a second season. The second round will (like season one) consist of ten episodes, and is scheduled to premiere sometime in early 2014.
If you've just returned from a trip to Jupiter, or are otherwise somehow unaware, 'Bates Motel' is a prequel story to the 'Psycho' series of films, which were themselves based on a novel by author Robert Bloch. In the movies, Anthony Perkins portrayed Norman, a seemingly mild-mannered young man whose various psychoses led him to kill in his mother's name.
Producers have made it clear that the series doesn't necessarily follow the established continuity, so the fates of Norman and his unhealthily devoted mother Norma may not end up being the same horrors we know. Interestingly, the fourth Psycho film was also a prequel, that featured former child-star Henry Thomas as Norman. Freddie Highmore, who stars as Norman on the A&E series, is also an ex-child star, drawing a notable parallel between the respective projects.
'Bates' is one of many dark dramas to catch on this year, with FOX's serial killer thriller The Following also set to return in 2014. Last week's premiere of NBC's Hannibal (itself also based on a beloved film franchise) improved NBC's usual Thursday ratings by wide margins. Between those three series, Showtime's Dexter, and AMC's The Walking Dead, the general public seems to be madly in love with all things bloody and gore filled.
Will you dare to check back into 'Bates Motel' in 2014?