Since its high rating debut on March 2013, it seems that the lovable yet creepy mother-and-son duo of Norma and Norman Bates of “Bates Motel” will extend their stay at A&E network. The network recently announced about the show’s renewal for Season 3 with only few episodes before its Season 2 Finale on May 5, 2014.
Hollywood Reporter stated that the “Psycho’s” prequel will be having another 10 episodes of the network’s #1 drama series after the now-cancelled series “The Glades.”
A&E’s Executive Vice President and General Manager David McKillop gave thanks to the incredible writing team, talented cast and the loyal fan base of the show that made “Bates Motel” as “one of the most compelling original dramas on television.”
This development has been made after the show’s consistent high rating performance every week. Based on TV By The Numbers, “Bates Motel” has a record-breaking 3 million viewers on both Seasons 1 and 2 premieres while the weekly episode has an average of 2 million U.S. viewers for every episode. A&E stated that the show’s Season 2 premiere garnered 4.6 U.S. viewers, that includes a larger portion for the adults aged 18-54 years old.
Well, the critics couldn’t agree more. Metacritic recorded that both “Bates Motel” Seasons 1 and 2 have been given an average of 66-67 Metascore, which are considered as generally favourable ratings.
With their outstanding performances, Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) and Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) have earned several nods from award-giving bodies. Farmiga was nominated for the Best Actress In A Television Series at the Emmys, CCTA and TCAA. She is still a consistent nominee until now. On the other hand, Highmore also received nominations at the Satellite and Saturn Awards in 2014.
“Bates Motel,” the re-imagining of the film “Psycho’s” origin, continues to explore Norman Bates’ teenage years prior to his future character’s killer persona. He will be joined by his mother, Norma and half-brother Dylan Massett (Max Thieriot) at the iconic motel in White Pine Bay, Oregon.
Carlton Ruse told EW in an exclusive interview that there will be more surprises in “Bates Motel” Season 2.
“I think that’s kind of the fun of the show. This is not like a small, nuanced cable drama where one thing happens. The story telling is intentionally pretty full-throttle. There’s a bunch of other stuff that happens,” said Ruse in the EW report.
Don’t miss “Bates Motel” Season 2 on ABC Network every Monday nights at 10 p.m. Watch out for news about “Bates Motel” including more recaps and spoilers, only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).