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New Vancouver police drama Motive on CTV lineup

CTV is winding down its police drama Flashpoint this fall and has ordered a new Canadian police procedural to start next January, the network said as it announced its fall-winter season.
Actor Hayden Panetierre attends the CTV Upfront event in Toronto on Thursday to promote her drama Nashville. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

 CTV is winding down its police drama Flashpoint this fall and has ordered a new Canadian police procedural to start next January.

The new series Motive, to be shot in Vancouver, follows a female Vancouver homicide detective who matches wits with killers.

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. No stars were announced, but the series is to be produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions.

CTV outlined its 2012-3 schedule on Thursday, with a lineup that includes four new U.S. shows for fall and another five in mid-season.

Actors Jordana Spiro and James Carpinello speak during the press conference for The Mob Doctor on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)
New dramas include Kevin Bacon’s first foray into TV, the action drama Following, and the Hayden Panettiere’s new series Nashville, centred in the world of country singers.

Among the new comedies are Anger Management, which marks Charlie Sheen’s return to network television. Sheen plays a non-confrontational man who is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by an unpredictable therapist.

Other new fall shows:

  • The New Normal: about  two gay guys who enlist a Midwestern single mother as their surrogate baby mama.
  • The Mob Doctor: a drama starring Jordana Spiro as a brilliant young surgeon split between her promising medical career and her debt to Chicago's Southside mob.
  • The Neighbours: about a couple who buy a new home in a gated community, only to discover that the neighbours are aliens masquerading as suburbanites.

Five new shows scheduled for mid-season:

  • The Following: Starring Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent chasing a network of serial killers.
  • Zero Hour: A man must investigate a paranormal conspiracy to rescue his kidnapped wife.
  • Do No Harm: Starring Steven Pasquale as a charming and brilliant neurosurgeon battling a borderline sociopathic personality.
  • Golden Boy: A cop drama about a New York city officer who becomes the city's youngest police commissioner.
  • The Family Tools: a comedy about a habitual screw-up (Kyle Bornheimer) who is forced to take over the family handyman business and unexpectedly discovers that he may have found his calling.

CTV Two will have Arrow, an adventure series based on the Green Arrow comics starring Canadian Stephen Arnell.

In Nashville, also on CTV Two, Panettiere plays an upstart singer who will do anything to get ahead, opposite Connie Britton, as an aging musical icon struggling to maintain her career.

The former Heroes cheerleader said she was ready to put that breakout role behind her and sink her teeth into the role of a cutthroat singer.

"This show is such a rarity, you don't get shows like this that come around very often," she said.

With files from the Canadian Press