A&E announces that ‘Bates Motel’ was its last scripted program

Bates Motel” aired its series finale on April 24 after five seasons on the air, but it turns out the episode wasn’t just the end of the show. It was also the end of an era. Our sister site Deadline reports that the A&E network, which broadcasted “Bates Motel,” will no longer produce original scripted programming.

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Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime, explained, “I think ‘Bates Motel’ was one of the best shows on television, but to be candid, it was a bit of an outlier on the schedule. There wasn’t an ecosystem of scripted to support it.”

Over the years A&E has produced original series including Sidney Lumet‘s legal drama “100 Centre Street,” “The Cleaner,” “The Glades,” “Longmire” and “Damien,” among others. And the network earned Emmy nominations for miniseries and telefilms including “Dash and Lilly” (1999), “Shakleton” (2002), “Flight 93” (2006), “The Andromeda Strain” (2008), and “Bonnie and Clyde” (2014), among many others. One of the network’s most successful originals on the awards scene was the series of “Horatio Hornblower” films that ran from 1998 to 2003, winning the Emmy for Best Miniseries in 1999.

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But A&E is still mostly known for its nonfiction programming, and that’s where the network will put its focus. Last year, for instance, the network won Best Unstructured Reality Program for “Born This Way,” which focuses on the lives of adults with Down Syndrome, and Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for “Cartel Land,” about the struggle against Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border.

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