ABC Renews Motive for Season 2

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Motive renewedABC’s M.O. seems pretty clear: Even modestly-rated original programming is preferable to reruns over the summer.

To wit, the network has picked up the second season of the police procedural Motive, TVLine has confirmed.

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The CTV-produced drama ended its rookie season on ABC last month with 4.7 million viewers and an 0.8 rating, just shy of a series low — yet was renewed in the Great White North back in May.

Season 2 will air on ABC next summer.

Motive is the third ABC summer series to score a pickup in recent weeks, joining rookie soap Mistresses and enduring cop drama Rookie Blue.

Of this summer’s other network fare, CBS’ Under the Dome earned a Season 2 pick-up and NBC cancelled Camp, while the Stateside fate of Crossing Lines — an international production that aired Season 1 on NBC — NBC’s Siberia and ABC’s Whodunnit still remain up in the air.



Comments (38)

  • Wow! Now that’s a surprise!

    Comment by Badpenny – October 2, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So happy. One of the best shows

      Comment by Nana – December 29, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this show was renewed back in May by CTV, all ABC did was pick up season 2 for US broadcast

    Comment by Newo – October 2, 2013 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes and this is an american web site, so they’re just letting us know that WE will be able to see it.

      Comment by Lauren – October 2, 2013 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no they have a point, ABC didnt renew anything as they don’t make the show themselves. they probably pay next to nothing for the broadcasting rights.

        Comment by Luther – October 2, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Here come the semantics police.

          Comment by JC – October 2, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • And here come the anti-Canadians.

            Comment by alistaircrane – October 2, 2013 01:38 PM PDT  
  • And later today they will cancel “Lucky 7″

    Comment by JC – October 2, 2013 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Siberia? I know its a long shot but still would like to know the official announcement.

    Comment by K – October 2, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can tell you Siberia goes into production sometime this month in Manitoba, so it all depends on if NBC will pick up the broadcast rights.

      Comment by Deej – October 2, 2013 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I didn’t realize Siberia was Canadian. Sorry to hear that.

        Comment by Carol C – October 2, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Siberia was so obviously NOT an American production it was painful. The accents and what they made everyone wear were a dead give away.

          Comment by benis – October 6, 2013 03:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After initially adjusting to the idea of knowing the killer before the murder happens, I enjoyed this show. Glad it’s getting another season. My only wish: more Lauren Holly time.

    Comment by arial2 – October 2, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree – definitely need more Lauren Holly. I like the way they show the victim and murderer in the beginning and then show how it came to happen, refreshingly different approach which made me want to tune in each week. I am very glad it was picked up to show here again by ABC. Seems a lot of good shows are coming from Canada now, hope it continues.

      Comment by SoFla – October 2, 2013 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for the info, I ended up watching this mostly on HULU, but I really enjoyed it and I am glad it is coming back in a format I will be able to watch it in.

    Comment by michelle – October 2, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like the show and am glad that it got renewed.

    Comment by Laurie Emerson – October 2, 2013 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Enjoyed this show. Procedural, sure, but how it’s twisted & the cops themselves are way cool.

    Comment by ArleneH – October 2, 2013 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES! Excellent news. Far and away the best quality cop procedural on network tv.

    Comment by Annie – October 2, 2013 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHAT ABOUT WHODUNNIT?

    Comment by Nick – October 2, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Has Mistresses been renewed?

    Comment by Kathie – October 2, 2013 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. It says so in the story.

      Comment by lll – October 2, 2013 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad they renewed this show. It seems to me like the best crime dramas, other than Castle, are all either on cable or from Canada. Thank goodness for the other networks and for Canada. Our major networks put on nothing but dreck. So yay for this. Anyone know when it will start airing?

    Comment by MK – October 2, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it said May in the story above.

      Comment by LDB – October 5, 2013 01:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watching “Motive” is, to me, very depressing — like watching a new Greek or Shakespearean tragedy every week, and wading through to the end of the show to find out how the tragic antiheroes of the week will meet their downfall, but there’s not really much of anything uplifting to make it worthwhile. I really hope they devote more effort next season into developing the main characters and showing how their experiences shape them and (hopefully) cause them to change and improve as a result. Otherwise, I’m not sure it’ll be worth it to me to keep following this series.

    Comment by Rich – October 2, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. I won’t be tuning to season 2. I really really have a problem with a show that never tries to develop their main characters. And the victim and killer shown-thingy gets really old and there’s never a single twist in that department. But congrats for people sticking with it.
      I’m just happy they renew Mistresses. Booyah!

      Comment by Leo – October 3, 2013 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Most crime shows are like that, I don’t find Motive particularly unique in that regard. Its one of the reasons I don’t enjoy crime proceedurals; you learn about these people and the horrible things that happen to them and if they’d only made different choices they wouldn’t be dead. Quite depressing.
      .
      Its why I like Person of Interest so much; it has the proceedural element, but the ‘victim’ usually ends up surviving and learning from their mistakes. Uplifting.

      Comment by liz – October 3, 2013 06:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope that Crossing Lines is renewed. It was one of my summer favorites!

    Comment by Kimberly Campbell – October 2, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too.

      Comment by Leigh – October 2, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was. But NBC has not decided whether or not to air it yet.

      Comment by Marco – October 3, 2013 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY! I really like Motive, after I got through the first couple episode it got better!

    Comment by K. – October 2, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a BIG Castle fan! Can anyone explain what Kate is alluding to when she says she does something extraordinary with ice?

    Comment by Vincent Colletti – October 2, 2013 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, since this is a G-rated site you have to look that up. What she does is not G-Rated at all.

      Comment by Leigh – October 2, 2013 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Motive. It’s a different kind of show — the reverse of the cookie cutter procedural! Glad it will be back.

    Comment by Tazzy – October 2, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good. This is a unique premise and the writing and acting is very good. It will get its audience. Good for ABC. They need quality programming to catch up with CBS.

    Comment by Nina Goodall – October 3, 2013 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i watched motive and it was really hit or miss, as with all new shows it takes a season or two to catch its footing. i actually enjoy watching a show progress. i enjoyed siberia, hoping they air the “missing episode”/ACTUAL finale. stupid NBC and royal baby. Whodunnit? was kinda terrible, but it was different and just good enough to keep me watching, it WAS summer programming after all. You can’t really compare any show i’ve mentioned in this post with shows like breaking bad or even law & order. shows for the summer you dont have to care or invest any real time or thought into.

    Comment by benis – October 6, 2013 03:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoy watching this show; I like it, it’s a good thing they are keeping it on our TV’s.

    Comment by Rocio – October 12, 2013 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All right. Finally. Good show renewed.

    Comment by Lina – December 29, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t like this show. They give away what happens in the beginning. Where’s the mystery & suspense there?

    Comment by Meow – March 4, 2014 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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