‘Bates Motel’ Renewed for 2 More Seasons by A&E Network

Drama lands 20 new episodes

Vera Farmiga Bates Motel

A&E Network has ordered a “mother” load of additional episodes of “Bates Motel.”

The cable channel called for 20 more episodes — or two more seasons — of its critically acclaimed series on Monday. The new runs will begin airing next year.

“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager, A&E and Lifetime. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”

New episodes of “Bates Motel,” which stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, start production later this year.

“Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to “Psycho,” providing viewers with a glimpse into Norman Bates’ teenage years.

The critically acclaimed series is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions.