In a not too surprising, but still welcome move, A&E today announced that it is once again renewing Bates Motel. A kinda sorta prequel to the Psycho film series, Bates has long been the highest rated show on A&E by a mile, and the cable network clearly has no plans to get out of the serial killer business.

To that end, A&E has not only picked up Bates for a fourth season – coming in 2016 -, but also picked up a fifth. That’s a guaranteed 20 more episodes for those among us who enjoy spending time with the most dysfunctional TV family this side of Game of Thrones.


Unfortunately for A&E, the news isn’t all good today. Bates’ latest lead-in, the not-quite-zombie drama The Returned, has been given the ax after a single season. This echoes the fate of Bates’ former companion series Those Who Kill, which was canceled even quicker into its freshman year.

A popular choice among industry circles seems to be that Norman’s adventures will be paired next with Damien, a show that follows the life of the eventual Antichrist from The Omen films. Whether that team-up actually happens remains to be seen, although it would certainly be an interesting way to go.

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