A&E Renews 'Bates Motel' for Second Season

Net Orders 10 Episodes of Drama from Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

A&E has renewed its Psycho prequel series Bates Motel for a second season, the network announced Monday.

Pre-production on 10 new episodes of the drama starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore will begin later this year for a 2014 premiere.

Bates' premiere drew 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million in the adults 25-54 demo in Live+7 ratings, making it A&E's most-watched drama debut in the key demo, though its total viewer mark was less than other recent launches.

The series is produced by Universal Television with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving as executive producers.