ABC Renews 'Motive' for Summer 2014 Return

Motive Cast CTV - H 2013

Motive Cast CTV - H 2013

ABC is sticking with its scripted acquisition Motive.

The Canadian procedural starring Lauren Holly and Kristin Lehman will return to the network's summer lineup alongside already renewed Rookie Blue and Mistresses.

Motive was previously renewed by Canada's CTV, which will air it early in 2014. Production on the series from Foundation Features and Lark Productions recently resumed in Vancouver, B.C.

This past summer, Motive joined Rookie Blue and NBC's Crossing Lines as one of several International scripted efforts on the schedule.

In the ratings, the series averaged a reasonable 1.2 among adults 18-49 -- just shy of its Rookie Blue lead-out.

Motive was created by writer-producer Daniel Cerone (Dexter, Dirty Sexy Money, The Mentalist) -- and, in addition to Holly and Lehman, stars Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny, Roger Cross and Cameron Bright.

Since its CTV pickup, actors Warren Christie and Valerie Tian have been announced as new additions to the cast.