ABC Picks Up U.S. Rights To ‘Motive’ Season 2

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ABC has renewed its licensing deal and picked up the US broadcast rights to the second season of Canadian drama series Motive. The show’s second season is slated to premiere on ABC next Summer.

Created by Daniel Cerone, Motive follows Vancouver homicide detective Angie Flynn on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series follows both Flynn and her team and the killer, giving the audience the opportunity to delve inside the mind of a criminal and understand their motive. The series is produced by Foundation Features & Lark Productions in association with Bell Media and stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (24), Brendan Penny (The Assistants) and Cameron Bright (Twilight).

The renewal of ABC’s licensing deal for Motive comes shortly after the network also renewed its other summer drama series Mistresses for a second season. Motive premiered in May to 6.5 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating, and though the series did see a dip in the ratings it was an ok performer for ABC during the quieter Summer months. With the renewal ABC’s entire scripted summer line up will be returning, with the aforementioned Mistresses and fellow Canadian series Rookie Blue, which was recently renewed for a fifth season.