'Bates Motel' Premiere Date: A And E Series Inspired By 'Psycho' Will Debut In March

01/04/2013 05:06 pm ET | Updated Mar 06, 2013

The series, inspired by Alfred Hitchcok's "Psycho" and set in modern times, will make its debut on Monday, March 18 at 10 p.m. EST on A&E. On "Bates Motel," viewers will see Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) twisted backstory and what his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), was really like.

"Bates Motel" picks up after the death of the Bates patriarch, which leads Norma to buy a motel in hopes of a fresh start for her and Norman in the idyllic town of White Pine Bay. The townspeople, however, are not as wonderful as the town seems and aren't so quick to let them in on their secrets. Norman and Norma take a stand and are determined to protect their secrets ... and to do whatever it takes to survive.

"Bates Motel" is executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") and also stars Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.

"Carlton and Kerry crafted a fascinating backstory for Norman and Norma Bates that has been brought to life by this incredible cast," Bob DeBitetto, president and GM of A&E Network and Bio Channel, said in a statement. "It's thought provoking television at its finest and we're thrilled to bring it to the A&E family."

"Bates Motel" premieres on Monday, March 18 at 10 p.m. EST on A&E.

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