CTV orders drama series Motive

From a media release:

CTV Orders Enthralling New Original Drama Series MOTIVE

  • From Vancouver-based Foundation Features and Lark Productions
  • Daniel Cerone (THE MENTALIST, DEXTER) executive produces

It’s not a question of who did it, it’s a question of how and why. CTV announced today that it has ordered the procedural drama series MOTIVE (working title) from award-winning, Vancouver-based Foundation Features and Lark Productions. Thirteen episodes of the one-hour drama have been ordered. MOTIVE follows a feisty female Vancouver homicide detective who matches wits with killers in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. As she pieces together the clues of the murder, viewers are drawn inside the minds of the culprits. Daniel Cerone (THE MENTALIST, DEXTER) executive produces.

MOTIVE is developed for television by award winning producer Rob Merilees (Sleepwalking, Stone of Destiny), Rob LaBelle (MENTAL), Lindsay Macadam (The Entitled, Personal Effects), Emmy®-nominated producer Louise Clark (CORNER GAS, WHISTLER, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), and Erin Haskett (THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER).

MOTIVE is an unconventional way to watch a crime unfold. Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. The homicide detective then begins to piece together clues. How did they do it? How are the victim and killer connected? What’s the motive? As the mystery unfolds, the audience navigates the twisted and complicated maze of each murder and solves the puzzle alongside the detective and her team.

MOTIVE is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Daniel Cerone, Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam, and James Thorpe (Lost Girl). Showrunner is James Thorpe. Daniel Cerone wrote the pilot. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.


6 thoughts on “CTV orders drama series Motive”

  1. Didn’t L&O:Criminal Intent originally open the same way – you saw the crime/victim & then the detectives figured it out?

  2. So this is Criminal Minds Canada? Cool. Since, you know, they do the exact same thing well.

  3. Fantastic new show and Canadian, to boot! Love the cool, lead characters; the interesting ways in which it’s shot; and the intelligent writing!

  4. I really like this t.v. series. It may not be an original concept but I like how the show starts off showing the victim and the killer and then the “why”. The episodes are well written and the actors seem very comfortable in their roles. I really like the lead Dective Angela Flynn, she’s smart, tough, cynical but not jaded, and she drives a cool car (Monte Carlo SS). It would be great if Motive got renewed for a second season.

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