ABC Picks Up Drama Series 'Motive' for Summer 2013

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January 30th, 2013

via press release:




ABC has picked up “Motive,” a thrilling crime drama from the executive producer of “Dexter” and “The Mentalist,” with a unique twist focusing not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place. The 13-episode drama is scheduled to air in Summer 2013 on the ABC Television Network.


When murder is committed, Angie Flynn, a loving, single mother and a damned good detective, along with her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, are on the case, looking for clues that will lead them to the killer. But “Motive” turns the tried-and-true crime drama formula on its head by indentifying the killer and victim at the beginning of each episode. These storylines are then further explored via stylized flashbacks which piece together more of the mysterious connection between the two characters and what drove the killer to commit murder.


“Motive” stars Kristin Lehman (“The Killing,” “Judging Amy”) as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira (“SGU Stargate Universe,” “Rookie Blue”) as Detective Oscar Vega, Lauren Holly (“NCIS,” “Chicago Hope,” “Picket Fences”) as Dr. Betty Rogers, Roger Cross (“24,” “Arrow”) as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas and Cameron Bright (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”) as Manny Flynn.


“Motive” was created by Daniel Cerone (“Dexter,” “The Mentalist”), who executive-produces the show along with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media and distributed by NBCUniversal International.

  • Oliver

    …I guess this is instead of Weird Desk.

    The network really have to move beyond names like Revenge/Scandal/Deception/Leverage.

  • psychic

    Wait, I don’t know about America, but here in Canada, Motive has been being advertized for the past few weeks and I think is supposed to premiere next week. I’ve been seeing commercials for at least a month. Maybe it’s a Canadian import?

  • rob60990

    According to Deadline, it is a Canadian import.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Yeah it’s going to premiere right after the Super Bowl, on CTV. The season should be done by the time it airs in America.

  • Freddy Arrow

    The leads are both Canadian, so that makes sense.

  • Cristian

    Yep, this is heavily promoted by CTV up here, and they’ll air the pilot after the SuperBowl.
    However, I don’t find the premise too appealing.

  • AZBob

    If you go back to the very beginnings of Law & Order Criminal Intent – it also was supposed to be from the criminal’s view point. (Rather similar concept.) That lasted one or two episodes and then became the more standard procedural.

  • Bern

    Forgot to put ABC’s ‘Missing’

  • Adam

    @Oliver and @Bern, there is also Nashville, Elementary, Glee, Awake (from last year), and more..they love the one name shows

  • A.C.

    Sounds like COLUMBO where you know who the murderer is and watch Peter Falk figure the whole thing out…”Just one more thing.”

  • jessica

    Anyone else remember The Evidence? It too was on ABC.

    NBC won’t broadcast a Canadian show but they will distribute one internationally. Watch this turn out to be quite popular and NBC goes off complaining about making the wrong choice yet again.

    If you read press releases Motive has been mentioned for a long time now. Big series premiere after the Super Bowl. O my! I think i would still rather watch Elementary tomorrow night. Motive will likely repeat on Bravo.

  • Steven

    Can’t wait to watch this tonight

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