A boy’s best friend is his mother.

A&E has renewed Bates Motel for two more season, Deadline reports. The series serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Meanwhile, the network has apparently dropped the show’s time slot companion, The Returned, in favor of The Omen, another series that serves as a prequel to a classic film.

“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said A&E & Lifetime EVP and GM Rob Sharenow. “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.”

Bates Motel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Both actors have drawn praise for their performances, most recently receiving Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star.

Bates Motel, from Universal Television, is executive produced by Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse. Production will begin later this year, with Season 4 slated to air in 2016.

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