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Monday on TV: "Motive" tries harder to be different than it tries to be good

Published May 20, 2013 2:36 pm
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The twist in the new crime drama Motive (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is that we know who both the victim and the murderer are from the beginning and learn the motive over the course of the hour.It's not a bad show as procedural crime dramas go. But it also feels like it's trying too hard to be different and not hard enough to be better than "not bad."

Also tonight, CBS has pulled the scheduled season finale of Mike & Molly and will instead air a repeat (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). The season finale features a plot about a tornado, and the network is worried it will seem insensitive given the string of deadly tornadoes in recent days. It will air the tornado episode ... eventually.

Elsewhere on TV ...Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The remaining contestants perform.The Voice (7 p.m., Ch. 5): The top 10 contestants perform.Defiance (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): Nolan's old war buddy comes to Defiance chasing a Castithan weapons dealer.Rules of Engagement (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): At long last, CBS has canceled this terrible sitcom - this is the 100th and final episode. Brenda goes into labor on the day of Adam and Jennifer's wedding.The Goodwin Games (7:30 p.m. Fox/Ch. 13): In this new sitcom, three adults siblings have to learn to get along to inherit their late father's fortune.American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" is a highly entertaining profile of the man who has made millions laugh and won the big four awards - Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy.Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kono is blamed for a murder she did not commit. (Season finale)Revolution (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nora is tortured and left for dead.Independent Lens (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): "The Invisible War" reports on rape and sexual assault within the ranks of the U.S. military.The Secret Life of the American Teenager (9 p.m., ABC Family): Omar ends his engagement to Adrian.Bates Motel (11 p.m., A&E): Norman takes Emma to the dance. (Season finale)






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