Monday, May 20, 2013

Motive - TV Guide: Monday Playlist May 20 '13 - ABC 10/9C - NEW Series!

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TV GUIDE: The Monday Playlist: Mel Brooks on Masters, Finales (Rectify, Bates Motel), Motive

May 20, 2013
by Matt Roush


... BURNOFFS AND IMPORTS: ... ABC kicks off the off-season with its latest Canadian import, the pedestrian procedural Motive (10:01/9:01c; regular time period, Thursdays at 9/8c). This summer filler boasts a rather flimsy gimmick: The killer is identified on screen immediately, along with the soon-to-be victim, turning each story into a "why-dun-it" with the unfortunate side effect of making us wonder why we should care, as there's little mystery or suspense in the unfolding. The stock detectives — Kristin Lehman as a brash single mom, Louis Ferreira as her partner in gruff banter — bark rank clich├ęs like, "There's no good or bad news in homicide, just news" as they go about their paces. You've heard of open-and-shut cases. Motive is more like open and yawn.


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