New CTV Police Drama Set in Vancouver To Air January 2013


Yesterday’s CTV Upfronts—where the network outlines its 2012-13 TV schedule—revealed that a new police drama set (and filmed) in Vancouver has been ordered for January 2013.

The Vancouver police drama, currently titled Motive, will follow a female Vancouver police detective who “matches wits with killers.”  From the report on CBC: “Each episode reveals not only the victim, but the killer as well. As the detective begins her work, the audience also is drawn inside the mind of the culprit.”

CTV hasn’t announced any other details about the Vancouver drama—no stars have been announced—but the series will be produced by Vancouver-based Foundation Features and Lark Productions; Lark currently produces both Gastown Gamble and The Real Housewives of Vancouver.

After having so many TV shows filmed in Vancouver but set elsewhere—i.e., using Vancouver as a stand-in for Metropolis (Smallville), Portland (Life Unexpected), Any Major Big City in North America (The X-Files, Supernatural), among many, many others—it will be nice to see a drama filmed here that is actually supposed to depict Vancouver.

Even if it is about serial killers.

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5 Responses to New CTV Police Drama Set in Vancouver To Air January 2013

  1. vicki06

    I agree! I have spent over half my life between most all over Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta. They all have lots of trees and fantastic natural beauty but when it come’s to city shots they are very, very different from place to place. I don’t know how the CDN $ vs the US $ factor’s in now that they are so close but it is nice to see it accurate. Fresh ideas, fresh faces all contribute to a different feel than cut and paste. I haven’t been let down yet by anything out of BC but be careful to let people know you are referring to Vancouver BC and not Vancouver, WA (Vancouver, WA used to be a nothing city but it has grown substantially and people going up and down I-5 get confused)

  2. “Continuum” is a new series that premiered last week on Showcase, only in Canada, and it’s set in Vancouver (both 2079 and 2012).

    I work in the film industry, and yes, it’s great to finally see something that is shot here to actually take place here.

    “Continuum” looks like it’s got some great shots of downtown Vancouver, and some great skyline setups. I look forward to the series.

    • Dana Lynch


      Thanks for letting me know about this show; I haven’t seen Continuum and will totally check it out!

  3. J

    Primeval: New World is also being shot here and is set in Vancouver. Should air sometime later this year.

  4. L love pays like Egypte, Italy.France. The culture architecture.