Motive (TV series)

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Motive
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Genre Drama
Created by Daniel Cerone
Developed by James Thorpe
Starring
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Daniel Cerone
  • Erin Haskett
  • James Thorpe
  • Lindsay Macadam
  • Louise Clark
  • Rob LaBelle
  • Rob Merilees
  • Dennis Heaton
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 40–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network CTV
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) – August 30, 2016 (2016-08-30)
External links
Official site

Motive is a Canadian police procedural drama television series that aired for four seasons on CTV from February 3, 2013, to August 30, 2016. The series premiere had 1.23 million viewers, making it the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012–13 season.[1]

Summary[edit]

Motive is a police procedural drama set in Vancouver, British Columbia, following the investigations of working class single mother Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman).[2] Each episode reveals the killer and the victim at the beginning; and the rest of the episode details the ongoing investigation, the killer's efforts to cover up the crime, and, via flashbacks, the events leading to the crime.[3] This format is similar to that of the TV series Columbo.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kristin Lehman as Detective Angelika "Angie" Flynn, a feisty Vancouver detective who investigates the motives of killers.[3]
  • Louis Ferreira as Detective and later Staff Sergeant Oscar Vega, Flynn's former partner and close friend.
  • Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, originally a rookie detective, by the third season he has come into his own.
  • Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, the lead medical examiner.
  • Roger Cross as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom (main cast season 1, recurring seasons 2–3), later Superintendent of Investigation.
  • Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross (main cast seasons 2–3, recurring season 4), Bloom's replacement as team Commander. Cross and Flynn had an affair ten years previously while he was married, which is revealed during an investigation of a case they worked on at the time.

Recurring[edit]

  • Cameron Bright as Manny Flynn (seasons 1–2 and 4), Angie's teenage son who later leaves to attend school in order to become a chef.
  • Valerie Tian as Officer Wendy Sung (season 2), the department's rookie uniformed officer.
  • Laura Mennell as Samantha Turner (season 2), an attorney and Mark's love interest.
  • Victor Garber as Neville Montgomery (season 3), a wealthy businessman.
  • Richard de Klerk as Robert Montgomery (season 3), Neville's son who works for him.
  • Luisa D'Oliveira as Maria Snow (season 3), who also works for Neville and is engaged to Robert.
  • Francis X. McCarthy as Henry Guenther (season 3), Neville's attorney.
  • David Lewis as Sergeant Gavin Saunders (seasons 3–4), part of the Internal Affairs department.
  • Marci T. House as Police Chief Jennifer Wells (season 4), who is constantly at odds with Oscar as head of Homicide.
  • Victor Zinck, Jr. as Detective Mitch Kennecki (season 4), who is briefly assigned as Angie's partner.
  • Karen LeBlanc as Detective Paula Mazur (season 4), Angie's partner following Kennecki's dismissal from Homicide.
  • Tommy Flanagan as Agent Jack Stoker (season 4), a London-based Interpol agent, and Angie's love interest.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
2 13 March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29)
3 13 March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08) June 7, 2015 (2015-06-07)
4 13 March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22) August 30, 2016 (2016-08-30)

Production[edit]

On May 31, 2012, CTV ordered 13 episodes from Foundation Features and Lark Productions, to be filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, from September 17, 2012, to February 26, 2013.[5][6] The series premiere aired following CTV's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII.[1]

On May 21, 2014, CTV ordered a third season of Motive, which premiered on March 8, 2015.[7]

On October 5, 2015, CTV announced that Motive had begun production on the fourth and final season, with star Kristin Lehman directing one of the 13 episodes.[8] Following the events of the third season, Detective Flynn finds herself without a car in the fourth. On April 5, 2016, CTV announced it has partnered with Chevrolet for the final season. Flynn decides on a 2015 Camaro.[9]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 8:00pm (1–5)
Thursday 9:00pm (6–13)
13 February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) 1.23[10] May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) 0.84[11] 2012–13 1.10[12]
2 Thursday 10:00pm 13 March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) 1.24[13] May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) 1.17[14] 2013–14 1.30[15]
3 Sunday 10:00pm 13 March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08) 1.28[16] June 7, 2015 (2015-06-07) 1.22[17] 2014–15 1.24[8]
4 Tuesday 10:00pm 13 March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22) 1.28[18] August 30, 2016 (2016-08-30) 0.92[19] 2015–16 TBD

Broadcast[edit]

Starting in 2013, the series aired for two seasons on ABC in the United States.[20][21][22] Following poor second season ratings, ABC did not include Motive on its 2015 summer schedule.[23][24] In 2016, USA Network picked up Motive for its spring schedule. The third season premiered on April 1, 2016, and concluded on June 26, 2016. The fourth season began airing the following week on July 3, 2016, and concluded on September 25, 2016.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canadian Viewers Find their MOTIVE: New Canadian Series Debuts with 1.23 Million Viewers ### #1 Canadian Series Premiere of the Broadcast Season" (Press release). Bell Media. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Motive — Cast — Kristin Lehman — CTV". CTV. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Motive — About". CTV. 
  4. ^ "'Columbo'-inspired Canadian crime drama 'Motive' debuts". theloop.ca. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "CTV's MOTIVE begins production in Vancouver". VanCityBuzz. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  6. ^ "CTV Orders Enthralling New Original Drama Series MOTIVE". Bell Media. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  7. ^ "'Motive' to return for an electrifying third season" (Press release). CTV. May 21, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Production underway on Season 4 of CTV's hit crime drama Motive". ctv.ca. October 5, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Chevrolet Teams Up with Hit Original Crime Drama Motive on CTV". bellmedia.ca. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) January 28, 2013 – February 3, 2013" (PDF). BBM Canada. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) May 13, 2013 – May 19, 2013" (PDF). BBM Canada. May 24, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "CTV – Canadians Get MOTIVE-ated: CTV Orders Second Season of Hit Drama". newswire.ca. 
  13. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) March 3, 2014 – March 9, 2014" (PDF). BBM Canada. March 10, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) May 26, 2014 – June 1, 2014" (PDF). BBM Canada. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Motive – News – 'Motive' to return for an electrifying third season – CTV". CTV.ca. 
  16. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) March 2 – March 8, 2015" (PDF). Numeris. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) June 1 – June 7, 2015" (PDF). Numeris. June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) March 21 – March 27, 2016" (PDF). Numeris. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English) August 29 - September 4, 2016" (PDF). Numeris. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 21, 2013). "ABC Sets Summer Schedule Featuring Three Scripted And One New Reality Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2013). "ABC Picks Up Canadian Thriller Drama 'Motive' For Summer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ O'Connell, Michael; Goldberg, Leslie (January 30, 2013). "ABC Adds Canadian Drama 'Motive' to Summer Schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Breaking News – ABC Announces Its 2015 Summer Schedule". The Futon Critic. 
  24. ^ Etan Vlessing. "ABC Pulls Plug on 'Motive,' Canada's CTV Renews Crime Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  25. ^ "Shows A-Z – motive on usa". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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