ABC finds a Motive

US broadcast network ABC will have a busy summer schedule after adding an original Canadian drama to its slate.

The channel has picked up Motive, a 13-part crime drama commissioned by CTV that focuses on not who did the crime but why the crime was committed in the first place.



In each episode, the victim and killer are identified at the start, with flashbacks used to piece together their connection and the reason why the murder happened.

Motive was created by Daniel Cerone (Dexter), who is also executive producer with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe. It is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions with Bell Media. NBCUniversal International holds distribution rights.

Other original dramas to air on the network this summer include a new season of Rookie Blue, an adaptation of British drama Mistresses, while Motive will replace the previously commissioned-then-cancelled Weird Desk.

Motive is due to debut on CTV this Sunday after Super Bowl XXVII.

Source: Futon Critic