brendan penny motive 'Motive's' Brendan Penny talks Det. Lucas and teases a 'really well done' episode titled 'Framed'After a preview episode on Monday, “Motive” premieres in its official timeslot Thursday night (May 23) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Brendan Penny stars as Det. Brian Lucas, a cop who is new to the homicide game.

“He was nine years in financial crimes,” Penny tells Zap2it about his character. “So obviously he’s fantastic at doing research and computer work. Bit by bit [throughout the season], he does progress and become a lot more savvy, but it’s a slow progression.”

“He’s the guy who does a lot of the grunt work,” laughs Penny. “But he does get more involved throughout the season, interviewing people, trying to solve the crimes as well.”

The hook with “Motive” is that the killer and victim are revealed right at the start of each episode and the trick is figuring out how they are connected, which Penny says really attracted him to the show.

“What I really liked about the twist is I kept turning every single page. I wanted to know more and more more,” says Penny. “The way you know the killer and victim right away, you’re hooked instantly and you really want to find out how they’re intertwined and what they’re relationship was to each other.”

So, what’s an upcoming killer/victim combination Penny can tease for us to look forward to? An episode titled “Framed,” where Nicholas Carella plays Owen Reader, a bit of a mama’s boy.

“I really like the one with Nicholas Corella and [Mary Pat Gleason], who plays his mother,” says Penny. “That episode is really, really nice. Hilary Jardine is the victim. It’s just really well done.”

“Motive” airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. “Framed” should air at the beginning of July.

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