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'Criminal Minds' showrunner brings 'Crossing Lines' to NBC, ABC picks up CTV's 'Motive'

Donald Sutherland and Marc LavoieLooking beyond its borders, NBC is the latest American broadcast network to bring aboard an international production for its summer schedule, acquiring U.S. broadcast rights to a new crime series entitled Crossing Lines.

Co-produced by Bernero Productions (Criminal Minds) and Germany's Tandem Communications (The Pillars of the Earth), Crossing Lines focuses on a special unit of criminal investigators who work with the International Criminal Court to track down global fugitives and bring them to justice. The one-hour action crime drama was filmed on location in Prague and Paris and boasts an impressive international cast headlined by Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, and William Fichtner. Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly, and Richard Flood also star in the 10-episode series.

"We're making scripted projects a priority for our summer lineup, and this is a great fit," crowed NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. Crossing Lines joins the Peacock's original dramedy series Camp, which received a 13-episode summer order earlier this year.

Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero co-created and developed Crossing Lines with Tandem president Rola Bauer and both serve as executive producers on the project. Prior to joining the popular CBS procedural, Bernero created the firefighter drama Third Watch that aired on NBC from 1999 until 2005.

"Fans of procedural crime shows will feel very much at home with Crossing Lines and adopt its team of characters as their new family," promised Bernero, adding, "I couldn't be more pleased to come home to NBC, which recognized the show's potential."

MotiveBack in January, ABC picked up the rights to a dramatic thriller from Canada, Motive, and has announced plans to air it during the summer months.

Created by Daniel Cerone, former executive producer on Dexter and The Mentalist, Motive details not just who the criminal is, but why they committed the crime in the first place. Each episode begins by identifying the killer and the victim and pieces together their connection via stylized flashbacks, exploring the reasons behind the murder.

Starring Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Rookie Blue), Lauren Holly (NCIS), and Roger Cross (Arrow), Motive made its Canadian premiere on CTV in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot last month and more than doubled the audience of Elementary, which aired opposite on Global. In doing so, the show earned the distinction as the most successful Canadian series debut of the season despite its 11:00 PM start time after the big game.

Another Canadian series picked up by ABC in years past, Rookie Blue, will begin its fourth season on the Alphabet network this summer.

Will any of these shows appear on your summer schedule this year?


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