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Poll: What are your favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect back on 2015. What a year it was for Canadian TV. Yes, there was some sad news—the cancellation of Strange Empire, Remedy and Rookie Blue come immediately to mind—but there was plenty to celebrate as well.

Sci-fi in Canada is stronger than ever thanks to Orphan Black and newbies Killjoys and Dark Matter, we’re getting laughs from series like Still Standing, Sunnyside and Young Drunk Punk and dramas like This Life, The Romeo Section and Motive continue to entertain.

As we get ready to say hello to 2016, help us celebrate 2015 by voting for your favourite five (5) Canadian television shows of the year. (Vote by clicking the boxes to the left of your favourite shows, then click the shaded “Vote” button located just below and right of Young Drunk Punk.)

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Production underway on Season 4 of Motive

From a media release:

– 13 episodes now being shot on location in Vancouver –

– Series star Kristin Lehman directs an episode of the multi-CSA nominated series –

– Victor Zinck Jr. (THE 100), and Karen LeBlanc (CRACKED) set to guest star in recurring roles this season –

CTV announced today, in association with Foundation Features and Lark Productions, that production has begun on Season 4 of hit Canadian crime drama MOTIVE. A 2014 Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Dramatic Series, MOTIVE finished its third season with an average audience of 1.24 million viewers, landing the series among the Top 4 most-watched Canadian dramas last season. Shooting in and around Vancouver through February 2016, MOTIVE’s 13 new episodes will join CTV’s upcoming midseason lineup.

Joining Season 4 in recurring roles are Victor Zinck Jr. (THE 100) and Karen LeBlanc (CRACKED), who are both set to don detective badges as they become the newest additions to the series’ homicide team. Series star Kristin Lehman returns as Detective Angie Flynn, and takes on a new role this season: directing one of the series’ episodes. MOTIVE also stars Louis Ferreira (SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE) as Detective Oscar Vega, Brendan Penny (THE ASSISTANTS) as Detective Brian Lucas, and Lauren Holly (NCIS) as medical examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers.

With the climactic Season 3 finale of MOTIVE, viewers last saw Angie and Vega in the hospital hallway as Vega was wheeled into surgery to remove the tumor in his throat. Season 4 picks up three months later, and finds Angie and the rest of the homicide team feeling the pressure to bring a cop’s killer to justice as they adjust to Vega’s new role as their Staff Sergeant and the personality quirks of their new colleague, Detective Mitch Kennecki (Victor Zinck, Jr.). All past episodes of MOTIVE are streaming now on CraveTV™.

MOTIVE is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive Producers are Dennis Heaton (CALL ME FITZ, Fido), who also serves as the Season 4 Showrunner; series creator Daniel Cerone (DEXTER, THE BLACKLIST); Louise Clark (CORNER GAS, HIGH MOON); Rob Merilees (Stone of DestinyBrain on Fire); Erin Haskett (THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER); Rob LaBelle (MENTAL); Lindsay Macadam (Brain on Fire); and Ben Brafman (PERSON OF INTEREST, DEFYING GRAVITY). The series is distributed internationally by NBC Universal International.

TV, eh? podcast episode 190 – Former Hippie Lotharios

This time around, the trio discusses the new and returning Canadian TV shows coming up in the next couple of weeks—including OLN’s Polar Bear Town and CTV’s Saving Hope—before moving on to discuss The Amazing Race Canada‘s Season 4 renewal and Motive rolling on production for Season 4.

Diane gives us a preview of her latest website piece on The Social‘s anti-social behaviour.

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Motive, Remedy and Ice Pilots NWT capture Leo Awards

From Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun:

Motive, the “whydunnit” television show where detectives piece together the storyline that links a killer and his victim, walked away with top honours in the Dramatic Series category, landing the title of Best Dramatic Series, Best Direction (David Frazee), Best Screenwriting (Katherine Collins), and Best Lead Performance (Louis Ferreira) Sunday night at a gala held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The series was nominated for 21 awards in total. It had already received a Best Picture Editing nod during the technical awards handed out on June 6. Continue reading.

CTV orders Season 4 of Motive

From a media release:

CTV announced today it has ordered a fourth instalment of its hit original crime drama MOTIVE (@MotiveTV) from Foundation Features and Lark Productions for the 2015/16 broadcast season. The announcement comes in advance of this weekend’s edge-of-your-seat Season 3 finale on Sunday, June 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. With an additional 13 one-hour episodes on order, bringing the series total to 52 episodes, Season 4 of the “whydunit” drama begins production this fall in Vancouver.

In addition to recently being nominated for a whopping 21 Leo Awards, MOTIVE was CTV’s top nominee for the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, garnering nine nominations, including for Best Dramatic Series and for the Golden Screen Award for Best Drama/Comedy Series. With an average audience of 1.3 million viewers, MOTIVE is among the Top 3 most-watched Canadian dramas this season. With growth among viewers A18-34, Season 3 becomes the most-watched season yet for the demo.

This explosive season of MOTIVE followed Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and team as they brought another group of killers to justice, unlocking the motives behind each victim’s murder. Now, with just her investigation of Neville Montgomery (guest star Victor Garber, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW) left weighing on her mind and career, and those of her team — and her car bombed in plain view, there’s no denying there’s someone after Angie. Always an asset to her investigations, Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) faces his own preoccupations, as he can no longer outrun the gravity of his looming health concerns, which proves a distraction for all.

In Sunday night’s powerhouse finale entitled “A Problem Like Maria” (Sunday, June 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), Detectives Angie Flynn, Oscar Vega, and Brian Lucas (Brendan Penny) are determined to prove that Neville Montgomery is behind the murder of Maria Snow (Luisa D’Oliveira, 50/50). Although all signs are pointing to Neville’s son, Robert Montgomery (Richard De Klerk, Repeaters) as the primary suspect, the team knows there must be something that will reveal the truth behind the events leading up to Maria’s death.

MOTIVE also stars Lauren Holly as the team’s lead medical examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers, and Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross.

MOTIVE is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive Producers are Daniel Cerone (DEXTER, THE MENTALIST), Louise Clark (CORNER GAS, HIGH MOON), Rob Merilees (Capote, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), Erin Haskett (THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), Rob LaBelle (MENTAL), Lindsay Macadam (Battle in Seattle), and Dennis Heaton (CALL ME FITZ, Fido), who continues to serve as Showrunner. Daniel Cerone is the series creator. The series is distributed internationally by NBC Universal International.