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SHOOT: Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers in Downtown Vancouver for MOTIVE 1×07

Ahead of a new episode of hit Vancouver crime drama Motive on CTV tonight, here’s Lauren Holly (NCIS) as lead medical examiner Dr. Betty Rogers on set for last week’s Out of the Past at the Ash Market downtown. I didn’t know she was in the cast then or that I’d photographed her in an egg blue rain slicker in the October rain on my way to the Vancouver Film Festival.

Dr. Betty Rogers determines that the killer slashed shop owner Hank Cousineau’s throat when he was sitting in a chair at the back of his news shop and then watched as the victim bled to death. A particularlyunpleasant killer.

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WEEK: March 18-24, 2013

CTV’s Vancouver Crime Drama Hit MOTIVE Wraps Filming of Its First Season


Motive Cast — Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly, Louis Ferreira, Kristin Lehman and Roger Cross — CTV promo image

The murder is just the beginning. There’s always a motive and Vancouver homicide detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) will find it. Filming wrapped last Friday on Motive’s thirteen-episode first season.

Motive debuted in a prime but delayed post-Super Bowl slot on CTV to 1.23 million Canadians, the culmination of an unprecedented publicity campaign by CTV for a Canadian show. Normally, only CTV’s American simulcast shows get this scale of rollout. And in a sweet twist, American network ABC has picked up the Vancouver crime drama for broadcast this summer.

Ratings held steady after Motive’s move to its regular 9 p.m. on Sundays slot, dipping for the second episode but rising back over one million for the third episode, to give Canada’s #1 new drama a series-to-date average of 1.06 million viewers.

Instead of a regular whodunit that focuses on who did the crime, Motive is a whydunit that focuses on why the crime was committed in the first place. The Killer and The Victim are revealed to the audience at the top of the show and we follow detectives Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreria) as they uncover the reasons behind the murder.

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