Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   January 06, 2016

VARIETY – Mother will have more trouble on her hands come March 7, when “Bates Motel” returns for its fourth season.

A&E Network announced the premiere date of the critically acclaimed drama, from writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”) starring Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) and Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Wednesday.

This ten-episode season of “Bates Motel” promises to showcase Norman’s continued descent into madness, as Norma becomes increasingly fearful, going to great lengths to find her son the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust, while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives.

“Bates Motel” has fallen off since its hot start in 2013, down about 20% during season three. Still, it finished as the calendar year’s No. 7-rated basic cable drama in adults 18-49 (1.5 rating) while averaging 3.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7” averages.

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