New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre plays first victim on ‘Motive’
On the series premiere of “Motive," a beloved ‘80s teen heartthrob plays the first victim.
New Kids on the Block’s own Joey McIntyre portrays a karaoke-singing high school teacher who gets killed by one of his students, a serial thief known as “The Creeper.”
“I wasn’t personally a teenage girl so I didn’t really like the New Kids on the Block all that much but he was amazing,” says executive producer Rob Merilees with a laugh.
“He is playing a school teacher who would rap to his kids and make science interesting through making up these little songs.”
McIntyre does get a chance to show off his vocal chops during the episode, but sorry New Kids fans, it won’t be with a rendition of “Step by Step.”
“He didn’t like our lyrics (to the song) at all – he was like, ‘How am I supposed to sing all this science?’ So he just re-wrote it and wrote this amazing little pop tune to the tune of ‘Hit Me with your Best Shot,’” says Merilees.
Through a series of flashbacks, we get to see what drove the student to kill his teacher as detectives Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) try to piece together the clues themselves.
According to executive producer and show-runner James Thorpe, the first episode of “Motive,” titled “Creeping Tom,” gives viewers a good taste of what’s to come in the new crime series.
“I think it’s a great introduction. It shows average people in extraordinary situations driven to the point of murder and how their lives begin to disintegrate,” says Thorpe.
This isn’t the first time McIntyre has tried his hand at acting. The youngest member of the boy band, now 40, had a regular role on “Boston Public,” appeared in such shows as “CSI: NY” and “Dancing With the Stars,” and has done stints on Broadway.
McIntyre is also set to join NKOTB’s upcoming summer tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
Here’s hoping “Step by Step” will be included on that setlist.
"Motive" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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