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Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

 A&E cancels ‘The Returned’ but adds ‘Bates Motel’ season 4 and season 5

While fans of Psycho and Bates Motel rejoice, Mark Pelligrino supporters will be sad to learn that The Returned got nixed by A&E after just one season. The cable network dropped the news today, adding not one, but two more seasons of the popular series centering on the Bates family.

In a statement confirming this news, the network’s Executive Vice President / General Manager Rob Sharenow stated: “The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates … We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”

Mark Pellegrino in "The Returned"

Mark Pellegrino in “The Returned”

There was no confirmation that this wrap the series, but approximately 50 episodes, five seasons, seems like a good figure to end the transformation of Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates into the disturbing, cross-dressing killer made famous in the Hitchcock film.

Deadline noted that “Down from Season 2, Bates Motel still drew a sizable audience, opening Season 3 with 2.1 million viewers in Live+same day and ending it with 1.7 million. The Returned launched with 1.5 million and closed out its maiden season with a 945,000 viewers. A&E already hinted at The Returned‘s fate by picking up a potential new companion for Bates, another offshoot from a classic movie, The Omen sequel Damien.”

The drama The Returned is over after only one season, joining the ranks of The Glades, Longmire and Those Who Kill as A&E drama cut down quickly.

Vera Farmiga and Highmore have both received Critics Choice TV Awards nominations, for their performance, starring alongside Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell.

Freddie Highmore Vera Farmiga bates motel season 3 promo pic

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