ⓘ Motive (TV series)


ⓘ Motive (TV series)

Motive is a Canadian police procedural crime drama television series that aired for four seasons on CTV from February 3, 2013, to August 30, 2016. The series premiere had 1.23 million viewers, making it the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012–13 season.


1. Summary

Motive is a police procedural crime drama set in Vancouver, British Columbia, following the investigations of working class single mother Detective Angie Flynn Kristin Lehman. Each episode reveals the killer and the victim at the beginning; and the rest of the episode details the ongoing investigation, the killers efforts to cover up the crime, and, via flashbacks, the events leading to the crime. This format is similar to that of the TV series Columbo.


2.1. Cast and characters Main

  • Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, originally a rookie detective, by the third season he has come into his own.
  • Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, the lead medical examiner.
  • Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross main cast seasons 2–3, recurring season 4, Blooms replacement as team Commander. Cross and Flynn had an affair ten years previously while he was married, which is revealed during an investigation of a case they worked on at the time.
  • Roger Cross as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom main cast season 1, recurring seasons 2–3, later Superintendent of Investigation.
  • Louis Ferreira as Detective and later Staff Sergeant Oscar Vega, Flynns former partner and close friend.
  • Kristin Lehman as Detective Angelika "Angie" Flynn, a feisty Vancouver detective who investigates the motives of killers.

2.2. Cast and characters Recurring

  • Tommy Flanagan as Agent Jack Stoker season 4, a London-based Interpol agent and Angies love interest.
  • Marci T. House as Police Chief Jennifer Wells season 4, who is constantly at odds with Oscar as head of Homicide.
  • Victor Garber as Neville Montgomery season 3, a wealthy businessman.
  • Luisa DOliveira as Maria Snow season 3, who also works for Neville and is engaged to Robert.
  • Victor Zinck Jr. as Detective Mitch Kennecki season 4, who is briefly assigned as Angies partner.
  • David Lewis as Sergeant Gavin Saunders seasons 3–4, part of the Internal Affairs department.
  • Valerie Tian as Officer Wendy Sung season 2, the departments rookie uniformed officer.
  • Cameron Bright as Manny Flynn seasons 1–2 and 4, Angies teenage son who later leaves to attend school in order to become a chef.
  • Richard de Klerk as Robert Montgomery season 3, Nevilles son who works for him.
  • Karen LeBlanc as Detective Paula Mazur season 4, Angies partner following Kenneckis dismissal from Homicide.
  • Laura Mennell as Samantha Turner season 2, an attorney and Marks love interest.
  • Francis X. McCarthy as Henry Guenther season 3, Nevilles attorney.


3. Production

On May 31, 2012, CTV ordered 13 episodes from Foundation Features and Lark Productions, to be filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, from September 17, 2012, to February 26, 2013. The series premiere aired following CTVs broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII.

On May 21, 2014, CTV ordered a third season of Motive, which premiered on March 8, 2015.

On October 5, 2015, CTV announced that Motive had begun production on the fourth and final season, with star Kristin Lehman directing one of the 13 episodes. Following the events of the third season, Detective Flynn finds herself without a car in the fourth. On April 5, 2016, CTV announced it has partnered with Chevrolet for the final season. Flynn decides on a 2015 Camaro.


4. Broadcast

Starting in 2013, the series aired for two seasons on ABC in the United States. Following poor second season ratings, ABC did not include Motive on its 2015 summer schedule. In 2016, USA Network picked up Motive for its spring schedule. The third season premiered on April 1, 2016, and concluded on June 26, 2016. The fourth season began airing the following week on July 3, 2016, and concluded on September 25, 2016.