Thriller drama “Bates Motel” has officially been renewed for a 10-episode third season by A&E and is expected to air sometime in 2015, the network announced Monday.
The series, based on the novel "Psycho" by Robert Bloch, which was later turned into the classic 1960 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates, and is expected to begin production on the new season in fall.
"The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television," David McKillop, A&E Network's executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show."
“Bates Motel” comes from Carlton Cuse, the creator of “Lost,” Kerry Ehrin from “Friday Night Lights” and Anthony Cipriano. The thriller series is the network's top drama of all time among adults in the 18 to 49 age group. The show’s second season, which premiered on March 3, averaged a total of 4.6 million viewers and delivered 2.6 million adult viewers in the 18-49 age group.
A new series, "Those Who Kill," starring Chloe Sevigny, which was paired with "Bates Motel," failed and was removed from the network's schedule after two low-rated airings and has been moved to A&E’s low-profile Lifetime Movie Network.
“Bates Motel” airs Mondays on A&E and the current 10-episode season will conclude May 5.