A&E announced today that the new original series Bates Motel will debut Monday, March 18 at 10 PM ET. The network has also release nine new photos, featuring Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Nicola Peltz. Take a look at these photos, then read the official press release for more details.

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A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series Bates Motel from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) on Monday, March 18 at 10 PM ET/PT, it was announced today by Robert DeBitetto, President and GM of A&E Network and Bio Channel. Bates Motel is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted back story of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. The series stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Max Thieriot (Disconnect), Olivia Cooke (Blackout) and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender). Season 1 also co-stars Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight Rises) and Mike Vogel (Pan Am). Here's what Robert DeBitetto had to say in a statement.

"Carlton and Kerry crafted a fascinating backstory for Norman and Norma Bates that has been brought to life by this incredible cast. It's thought provoking television at its finest and we're thrilled to bring it to the A&E family."

In Bates Motel, following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn't quite what it seems, and the locals aren't so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates' are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive - and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.

Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions.