CTV Orders Third Season of Crime Drama MOTIVE
CTV announced today the order of a third instalment of its hit original crime drama MOTIVE from Foundation Features and Lark Productions. The announcement comes in advance of tomorrow night’s all-new episode which leads into the gripping second season finale, next Thursday, 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, a 22% increase over Season 1. The series has also delivered double-digit audience growth in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, and has had two series-high audiences this season. 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 (DEXTER, THE MENTALIST) and Executive Producers Louise Clark (CORNER GAS) and Rob Merilees (Capote). 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 MOTIVE’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.