It’s a dramatic one-two punch Thursdays on CTV as the network’s new original crime drama is promoted to the most-watched night on television. Beginning this week, Motive moves to Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, joining the night’s stellar primetime lineup following fan-favourite GREY’S ANATOMY in most of the country. Averaging 1.04 million viewers each week and winning its previous Sunday night time slot (among conventional programming, according to BBM Canada), the #1 new Canadian series of the season with total viewers and all key demos settles into the former Flashpoint time slot with an all-new episode this Thursday, March 14.
“As Canadians continue to embrace Motive, we’re thrilled to offer this series even stronger positioning within our Thursday primetime schedule,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “With the strength of its ensemble cast and gripping storylines this Motive is a great addition to Thursday night’s powerhouse lineup.”
On the next episode of Motive, entitled “Detour” (Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), Detectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Vega (Louis Ferreira) investigate the death of a mortgage broker who was found strangled in his office parking lot. Their initial examination of evidence leads them to a disgruntled ex-wife as well as a petty thief, but neither lead pans out. A composite police sketch and a stubborn refusal to follow orders leads Flynn to a man whose desire to make amends with his family, coupled with a lapse in sobriety, has led to tragic results. Guest stars include Aidan Devine (A History of Violence), Tammy Gillis (Less Than Kind), and Gemini Award-winner David Julian Hirsh (Weeds).
An encore presentation of Thursday night’s episode will air Sunday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and on Monday, March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, with both episodes in simulcast on CTV Mobile. Motive is also currently available on demand across CTV’s digital platforms: CTV.ca, the CTV App, and through video on demand partners.
Motive stars 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.