While the network has been a cable fixture for decades, A&E is still a relatively small fish in the increasingly large pond that is original cable dramas. In fact, their hyped up drama Those Who Kill crashed and burned last season. Still, one show that has proven to be a huge critical and commercial success is Bates Motel, a sort of prequel/sort of reboot of the beloved Psycho film franchise.
Focusing on the early years of Norman’s mentally destructive relationship with his mother, and the spark of his murderous ways, Bates is clearly the crown jewel of the A&E line-up. Last season ended with quite the revelation, and fans are no doubt eager to see what happens next in the not so quiet small town of White Pine Bay. Well, be sure to set your DVRs folks, as A&E has announced a Monday, March 9th premiere date for Bates’ 10-episode third season.
In a clear attempt to use Bates Motel to launch a new horror-themed series, A&E will also air the series premiere of its new undead drama The Returned immediately following Bates’ third season debut. The two shows will remain paired up going forward. Hopefully airing after Norman works out better for The Returned than it did for Those Who Kill.
Based on the popular French drama Les Revenants, The Returned spotlights a small town that is thrown into chaos by the arrival of folks who they had long since presumed to be deceased. This plot also is very similar to ABC’s current drama Resurrection, which (confusingly) was itself based on a novel called The Returned. With the once highly rated Resurrection largely tanking in season two, A&E clearly hopes that its “zombie” series can take over the former’s niche.