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- MOTIVE premieres this Sunday, Feb.3, immediately following Super Bowl XLVII
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MIAMI, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Just five days before CTV's newest Original
Series MOTIVE is set to premiere in Canada, Phil King, President of CTV
Programming and Sports, confirmed today from NATPE that the series has been
picked up by ABC for broadcast in the United States. The thrilling, 13-episode
Canadian scripted series, originally green-lit by CTV last May, is scheduled
to air in Summer 2013 on the ABC Television Network. Set and shot in
Vancouver, the one-hour crime procedural is distributed by NBC Universal.
MOTIVE receives its world premiere in the most coveted timeslot in prime time
television - immediately following a hand-off from SUPER BOWL XLVII on Sunday,
Feb. 3 on CTV, before settling into its regular Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT
timeslot beginning February 10.
**Media Note** Photography for MOTIVE is available at BellMediaPR.ca
"We are very happy to have ABC on board and thrilled that this fantastic new
Canadian drama will have a North American audience," said Phil King,
President, CTV Programming and Sports. "CTV is very proud of our track record
in developing and co-producing original Canadian content that continues to be
seen around the world. Today's announcement is a testament to the talent of
Canada's independent production community, Vancouver's film and television
community, and of, course Bell Media's Independent Production team."
From acclaimed Executive Producer Daniel Cerone (THE MENTALIST, DEXTER),
MOTIVE is a captivating one-hour crime drama that follows spirited female
homicide detective Angie Flynn on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that
has already been revealed to viewers. An unconventional way to watch a crime
unfold, the "whydunit" stars Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING), Gemini
Award-winning Louis Ferreira (SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE), and Lauren Holly (NCIS).
In addition to Joey MacIntyre's guest-starring turn in the series premiere,
MOTIVE features a dynamic lineup of guest appearances throughout the season,
including Molly Parker (THE FIRM, DEXTER) and Liane Balaban (SUPERNATURAL),
and acclaimed directors including David Frazee (FLASHPOINT) and
Oscar-nominated Sturla Gunnarsson (Rare Birds, Beowulf & Grendel).
MOTIVEstars Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING) as spirited Detective Angie Flynn,
Louis Ferreira (SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE) as her thoughtful and patient partner,
Detective Oscar Vega, and Lauren Holly (NCIS) as the team's lead medical
examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers. The series also stars Roger Cross (ARROW) as Staff
Sergeant Boyd Bloom, Brendan Penny (THE ASSISTANTS) as the team's eager young
Detective Brian Lucas, and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -
Part 2) as Angie's teenage son Manny Flynn.
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,THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), Rob
Merilees (Capote, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), Erin Haskett (GASTOWN
GAMBLE, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER), Rob LaBelle (MENTAL), Lindsay
Macadam (Battle in Seattle), and James Thorpe (LOST GIRL). Showrunner is James
Thorpe. Daniel Cerone wrote the pilot. The series is distributed
internationally by NBCUniversal. Trish Williams and Rebecca DiPasquale are the
Production Executives from Bell Media, 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.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and
most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian
independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success
stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer
FLASHPOINT. In addition to MOTIVE, new for 2013 on CTV is the drama series
PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE
CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international
series, and a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell
Media specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI,
mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN
BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series
in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been
Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV
is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading
assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX,
NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about
CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.
WEB PAGE: ctv.ca/Motive
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