Looks like CTV had a little extra motivation Wednesday morning. The Canadian broadcaster confirmed it has greenlit a second season of the Kristin Lehman-led procedural, Motive.
The renewal comes in advance of the series debut on U.S. broadcaster ABC on May 20, and ahead of the first season finale on CTV Thursday, May 16. This summer, Canadians can catch up on the show as CTV will air it again in its entirety day-and-time with ABC, first for the Monday night debut, then in its regular Thursday night timeslot beginning on May 23.
In turn, the second season of Saving Hope, which benefited from the Thursday, 10 p.m. ET timeslot in Season 1, moves to Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 25.
The first season of Motive averaged 1.1 million viewers and featured an array of Canadian guest stars, including Dustin Milligan (90210), Molly Parker (The Firm), Noam Jenkins (Rookie Blue) and Siobhan Williams (Heartland).
The Canadian series originally debuted on Sunday nights where it faced tough competition from U.S. heavyweights The Walking Dead, Revenge, The Good Wife and Fox’s Family Guy, but it was eventually moved to Flashpoint‘s former 10 p.m. slot on Thursdays. There it grew and became one of Canada’s top-rated series alongside Murdoch Mysteries, which has also been renewed for another season by CBC.
Motive also stars Louis Ferreira (Breaking Bad), Brendan Penny (Supernatural), Lauren Holly (Dumb & Dumber) and Roger Cross (Continuum). Production on 13 Season 2 episodes is expected to begin this summer in Vancouver.
The Season 1 finale, “The One That Got Away” airs Thursday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.