by Tierney Bricker | Mon., Apr. 7, 2014 9:00 PM
Business is a-boomin' for the Bates!
Bates Motel has officially been renewed for a 10-episode third season by A&E, the network announced on Monday. The drama, which stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the infamous mother-son duo, Norma and Norman Bates, from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, will begin production on the new season in the 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, which comes from Lost mastermind Cartlon Cuse and Friday Night Light's Kerry Ehrin, is the network's No. 1 drama series of all-time in the adults 18-49 demo. The season two premiere (which aired on March 3) attracted 4.6 million viewers, according to A&E.
After its series' debut last spring, Bates Motel became the highest-rated original drama in the network's history.
The season two finale is set to air on Monday, May 5.
Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on A&E.