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Crime procedurals exist in such abundance that the challenge has become how to dribble new dabs of paint around a chalk outline. “Motive” — another Canadian import receiving a summer showcase on ABC — seeks to brighten up the formula, unsuccessfully, by shifting the focus from “who”-dunit to “why.” It’s an exceedingly mild tweak, with Kristin Lehman (most recently off “The Killing”) as the hard-bitten detective providing the only real incentive to tune in. While the network has found a steady utility player in “Rookie Blue,” getting lucky twice would merit a trip to Vegas, not Vancouver.
Crafted by “Dexter” producer Daniel Cerone, “Motive” begins by almost immediately introducing “The Killer” (it’s right there, in all caps on the screen) and “The Victim.” Next, it’s body time, which sets in motion Lehman’s Det. Angie Flynn and her bickering partner (Louis Ferreira), who is kind of bad at his job. »
- Brian Lowry
Motive follows spirited female homicide detective, Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), who matches wits with killers in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. In an unconventional approach to crime story-telling, each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. As the mystery unfolds – winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers are drawn into the minds of the criminal and navigate the complicated maze of each case, solving the murder alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.
Due to launch in the Us on ABC later this month, Motive premiered on Canada’s CTV in February with 1.23 million viewers to become the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. James Newton, Channel Director, Universal Channel, said:
- David Agnew
After swiftly scrapping planned summer drama series Weird Desk last month, ABC has picked up another original drama for next summer, Canadian import Motive, from former Dexter and The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone. The 13-episode CTV series focuses not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place. The killer and victim are identified at the beginning of each episode, with the crime then explored via stylized flashbacks which piece together the connection between the two characters and what drove the killer to commit murder. In Canada, the series will premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this Sunday. Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Rookie Blue), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (Arrow), Brendan Penny and Cameron Bright. The series was created by Cerone who executive produces with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob Labelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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