“Motive” Picked Up By ABC South Of The Border

"Motive" premieres this Sunday after the Super Bowl.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Just days before the Canadian premiere of the CTV show "Motive," the network announced that the Canadian cop drama has been picked up by ABC in the States.

The thrilling 13-episode Canadian scripted series, originally green-lit by CTV last May, is scheduled to air in the summer of 2013 on the ABC Television Network, said Phil King, President of CTV Programming and Sports. Set and shot in Vancouver, the one-hour crime procedural follows spirited female homicide detective Angie Flynn on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. An unconventional way to watch a crime unfold, the “whydunit” stars Kristin Lehman ("The Killing"), Gemini Award-winning Louis Ferreira ("SGU Stargate Universe"), and Lauren Holly ("NCIS").

"Motive" receives its world premiere in the most coveted timeslot in primetime television – immediately following Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3rd on CTV, before settling into its regular Sundays at 9pm timeslot beginning February 10th.

“We are very happy to have ABC on board and thrilled that this fantastic new Canadian drama will have a North American audience,” said King in an official press release. “CTV is very proud of our track record in developing and co-producing original Canadian content that continues to be seen around the world. Today’s announcement is a testament to the talent of Canada’s independent production community, Vancouver’s film and television community, and of, course Bell Media’s Independent Production team.”