'Motive' to return for an electrifying third season
CTV's hit original crime drama "Motive" will return for an exhilarating third season.
The announcement comes just in time for Thursday's all-new episode which leads into the gripping second season finale, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
With a “whydunit” format that reveals the killer and victim at the start of each episode, 13 additional one-hour episodes have been ordered with production on Season 3 set to begin this fall in Vancouver.
In its stand-alone Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on CTV and CTV GO, "Motive" has an average audience of 1.3 million viewers. "Motive" ends its season as the second most-watched Canadian drama of the season (following CTV’s "Saving Hope"), and the third most-watched Canadian series overall (with "MasterChef Canada").
“Enjoying a strong run with a compelling sophomore season, "Motive" has not only continued to build its audience, but has also built on the strength of its characters and delivered storylines that are captivating viewers week after week,” said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “We look forward to again working with the amazing production team to bring together what promises to be an incredible third season.”
Starring Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny, Warren Christie, and Lauren Holly,"Motive" is from Daniel Cerone and Executive Producers Louise Clark and Rob Merilees. The series received four 2014 Canadian Screen Awards nominations for its inaugural season, including nods in the Best Dramatic Series and Best Direction in a Dramatic Series categories.
“Our CTV partnership continues to be exceptional, and this opportunity to develop the series into a third season will allow us to continue to pursue creative excellence and to grow our audience,” said Executive Producers Rob Merilees and Louise Clark. “We’re looking forward to Season 3 with Angie and the team, and consider ourselves fortunate to be working alongside our exceptional cast and crew in Vancouver once again.”
Heading into the final two episodes of Season 2, CTV will also air encore presentations of the drama's second season in simulcast with ABC beginning tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers can also catch up on full episodes of "Motive" on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app.
In tomorrow night’s all-new episode of "Motive" entitled “Kiss of Death” (Thursday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), when a best-selling murder mystery author dies from a rare but extremely potent toxin, Detectives Flynn and Vega must determine fan from foe. The investigation intensifies when a prime suspect turns out to be a second victim. Further complicating matters, prosecutor Samantha Turner (guest star Laura Mennell) pushes Angie for the truth about her past with Sergeant Cross, and Angie receives a pleasant surprise. Meanwhile, Detective Lucas struggles with his marriage.
In the second season finale of "Motive" entitled “For You I Die” (Thursday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), with the League of Nations trial looming, a major case from Detective Flynn and Sergeant Cross' past resurfaces, and the fallout causes anguish for both. Angie knows they must come clean about their past, but is she ready to face her future? Detective Vega offers his support, but even he has his limits. At the same time, a current case hits a personal note with Cross who disobeys a direct order not to get involved. And Detective Lucas and Officer Sung open the door for the possibility of romance.