Tuesday, July 3, 2012


By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

No pilot necessary. A&E Network announced that it has ordered 10 episodes of "Bates Motel" the first new project from executive producer Carlton Cuse since "Lost" ended.

He'll be partnering with exec producer Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) on the show, slated to premiere in 2013.

Pre-production and casting will begin immediately on the series, which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's famous "Psycho" film.

It's being described as "a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates' relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit," says the release. "Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first-hand how Norman helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all."

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