A&E Network has ordered ten episodes of "Bates Motel" from Universal Television, with Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood") executive producing.
That means the series will bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, with pre-production and casting starting immediately, A&E said.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (left), "Bates Motel" will be set in the present day and explore the formative years of Norman Bates and his relationship with his mother, Norma -- as well as how Norman became a serial killer. It will premiere in 2013.
"Bates Motel" is produced by Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions.