The A&E Network has picked up the new series ‘Bates Motel’ that is based on the horror classic ‘Psycho’. The channel happily ordered up ten episodes, without a pilot, according to Variety, confident that the show will be a hit. The series comes from Universal Television and ‘Lost’ show runner Carlton Cuse and will be executive produced by Kerry Ehrin. The story is set to center on Norman Bates and the strange relationship he had with his mother. The thriller will also explore Bates’ back story attempting to shed light on how and why the scary Bates became a serial killer. The series sounds like it may give FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ some competition.
A&E president Bob DeBitetto and exec VP of programming David McKillop both made public comments regarding the exciting pick-up of the series. “We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history. It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.” Details surrounding the cast have yet to be announced but it sure to be on the way. ‘Bates Motel’ has a scheduled 2013 premiere date.