ABC Drama "Motive" to Premiere After 'Dancing with the Stars' Performance Show Finale on May 20, 2013

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April 5th, 2013


via press release:


New Drama Series “Motive” Premiere Moves to Special Day and Time, Monday, May 20,
Following the Finale of the “Dancing with the Stars” Performance Show,

And Returning Favorite “The Bachelorette” to Now Debut on Monday, May 27


The innovative new procedural “Motive” will now premiere on a new special day and time, Monday, May 20 from 9:01-10:00 p.m., ET, following the finale of the “Dancing with the Stars” performance show, while its regular time period premiere remains the same, on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET. “The Bachelorette” will now debut on Monday, May 27 from 8:00-10:01 p.m., ET.



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 that piece together the mysterious connection between these 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.



This season the hit romance reality series will feature its ninth edition with the lucky new Bachelorette – Desiree Hartsock -- getting to know 25 fortunate men via a series of social gatherings and exotic, romantic dates, some in groups, some individually. She will introduce some of the men to her family and will visit their hometowns for a slice of their lives in an effort to determine the man with whom she is most compatible. At the end of the journey, filled with drama and surprises against the backdrop of spectacular international settings and featuring innovative twists and special guest stars, the Bachelorette may quite possibly have found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, will she hand out her final rose? And if she does, will the final bachelor accept it and propose? Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.



  • PurpleDrazi

    This has crash and burn written all over it. Is Lauren Holly desperate for money or something?

  • Eric

    I’ll give props to “Motive” and their writers for coming up with an interesting plot. It is definitely something new. However, it has cancelled written all over it. I don’t see it lasting.

  • geo carter

    i’ve been watching episodes on the web…very good show. canada akso has “cracked” another good one.

  • rob60990

    so will Body of Proof be ending a week earlier than already announced?

  • Lu

    I like Kristin Lehman, she’s good and she deserves a successful show. Besides, I remember her as Invisigoth, in Season 5’s “Kill Switch” :)

  • JayTN

    This new “spin” is nothing really new. Didn’t the old “Columbo” series/movies with Peter Falk start out by identifying the killer and then viewers watched to see Columbo connect the dots?

  • AN

    Even if it gets cancelled by ABC, it will likely be renewed in Canada, where it first made it into the top 30 shows list in Canada ratings last week. So it could be like another Flashpoint, and continue in Canada.

    Here’s a link to the top 30 shows each week in Canada. Click on the week of March 25-31. Motive made it to #22.

    Also, as a side note, here are some shows that do well in Canada: The Following, Elementary, Arrow, Grimm, Golden Boy. Elementary and Person of Interest usually make the list at around #15ish but they weren’t on during the week of March 25.

  • tommie

    Well, it’s not an ABC show, so this’ll be like Flashpoint or even the LA Complex – US ratings won’t really matter for the future of this. It’s just a good way for ABC to get some cheap summer programming.

  • rob60990

    The DWTS finale is moving back to 9-11. Not surprised given the recent strong ratings for The Voice.

  • jessica

    Somewhat sorry to burst your bubble but Motive has made it into the weekly top 30 prior to the last week of March. The episode from 3 February placed 20th – that is the post-SuperBowl episode that started a minute before midnight in Halifax and a minute before 8pm in Vancouver. The episode from 17 February placed 27th. Flashpoint’s first season had an average audience of 1.254m and so far Motive is coming up quite short of that.

    You might also want to hold back on calling Golden Boy a hit in Canada, especially in comparison to Unforgettable. On a per capita basis the Canadian numbers for Unforgettable far exceed the American, sometimes by more than 30%. Sadly almost the same can be said for Golden Boy. What can’t be said for Golden Boy is that it’s American numbers are good enough to merit even a renewal as a summer show.

    UNFORGETTABLE CTV Tuesday 28 February 2012 1.280m 25th
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday 26 February 2013 1.332m 18th

    UNFORGETTABLE CTV –no new episode that week–
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday 5 March 2013 1.023m
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday+Friday 5+8 March 2013 0.962m 26th

    UNFORGETTABLE CTV –no new episode that week–
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday 12 March 2013 ? (< 0.944m) < 30th

    UNFORGETTABLE CTV Tuesday 20 March 2012 1.593m 12th
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday 19 March 2013 1.299m 23rd

    UNFORGETTABLE CTV Tuesday 27 March 2012 1.511m 13th
    GOLDEN BOY CTV Tuesday 26 March 2013 0.950m 29th

    The real story is that after being cancelled by Citytv and being picked up by CBC that little show called Murdoch Mysteries which had a tiny audience now is the most watched non-news/sports Canadian programme and you probably won't find it on tv in the US. It sometimes beats Person Of Interest, Grimm, Elementary, and Golden Boy.

    Cracked is actually quite good but i have a feeling its subject matter is a fundamental turn-off for many people. Reelz picked it up so it will get its turn to be bashed as Canadian trash here likely some time this coming summer.

  • Roger Canada

    ABC should have picked Cracked, it’s a lot more better than Motive.

  • TV Gord

    I’ve been watching Motive since it premiered after the Super Bowl in Canada, and I was skeptical going on…but it has won me over. I enjoy the premise of knowing who the victim and the killer are, and then finding out over the hour WHY the killing happened.

    It reminds me of the same skepticism I had before Without A Trace started. I wondered back then how they could make a missing persons drama interesting week after week, but they did it. Motive does it, too!

  • Christina

    I think The Bachelorette would benefit more from this post-DWTS performance show slot.

  • Bryan

    Who cares about Canadian ratings?

  • jessica


    There is a very big world outside the USA and it doesn’t care if a show does bad in USA or is censored in USA.

    If you like Continuum or Lost Girl or Motive or Rookie Blue or Flashpoint or The Listener or Saving Hope or Orphan Black or Bomb Girls or Vikings then maybe you care about Canadian ratings.

  • Sazie

    I’ve really enjoyed “Motive”. I don’t care if they show the murder and killer first; it’s really well done! It also includes some laughs; not just all so serious. I hope it doesn’t get cancelled.

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