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February 5, 2013

Review: Motive 1x1 (CTV)

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Motive CTV

In Canada: Sundays, 9pm, CTV
In the US: Acquired by ABC for summer 2013
In the UK: Not yet acquired

In the never-ending struggle to come up with new crime drama formats, there are generally two methods of differentiation used by writers: character and gimmick. If you differentiate by character, you end up with shows such as Monk, Elementary, The Mentalist or Psych, in which someone over-laden with personality has to solve crimes while less interesting, more plodding individuals stand around filling up dialogue time and generally failing to solve crimes.

If you differentiate by gimmick, you end up with shows like Justice, Murder One, and The Whole Truth, in which quite dull characters stand around filling out plot time while the gimmicky plot mechanism that drives the show plays itself out.

In both cases, I should point out, you still need to have involving crimes and investigations or both techniques will be for naught.

Now Motive wants to have its cake and eat it, attempting to stand out from the crowd with both gimmick and character. The gimmick here is that as the show's title suggests, it's all about the motive: as much time is dedicated to why the crime was committed as to solving it, with huge chunks of the story told in flashback. But it also has character: no special character ticks here but cool, over-acting, intensely irritating detective-mom Angie Flynn, who's just so down with her kid.

Does it work? Well, it stands out, but it's forgotten that golden rule and as a result is still a very boring show that makes Cracked look like The Shield in comparison. Here's a trailer: note, as with all Canadian TV shows, the contractually obligated appearance of at least one person from Stargate as well as Roger Cross from 24 (okay, he isn't in the trailer but he's in the show).

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January 28, 2013

Monday's "Returning X-Men, Dr Strange is coming and loads more pilots" news

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  • Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore returning for X-Man: Days of Future Past

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  • Trailer for Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, with Audrey Tautou
  • New trailer for Snitch with Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon et al [US only]

Theater

  • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to star in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot

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January 23, 2013

Wednesday's "Pilot green lights, cancellations and Alex Kingston to recur on Arrow" news

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  • Trailer for Olympus Has Fallen with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman
  • Trailer for Ghost Team One
  • Trailer for The Liability with Tim Roth and Peter Mullan
  • Trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner et al [NSFW]
  • Clip from Beautiful Creatures with Emmy Rossum

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