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Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.
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Series cast summary:
Billy Campbell ...  John Cardinal 20 episodes, 2017-2020
Karine Vanasse ...  Lise Delorme / ... 20 episodes, 2017-2020
Kristen Thomson ...  Noelle Dyson 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Glen Gould ...  Detective Jerry Commanda / ... 18 episodes, 2017-2020
Eric Hicks ...  Constable Fox / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2020
Deborah Hay ...  Catherine Cardinal 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Zach Smadu ...  Detective Ash Kular 11 episodes, 2018-2019
Alanna Bale ...  Kelly Cardinal 10 episodes, 2017-2019
David Richmond-Peck ...  Malcolm Musgrave 9 episodes, 2017-2018
James Downing ...  Detective McLeod 9 episodes, 2017-2018


Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, currently in production for a scheduled debut on CTV in the 2016-17. An adaptation of Giles Blunt's award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the series stars Billy Campbell as John Cardinal and Karine Vanasse as Lise Delorme, detectives investigating the murder of a young girl.

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16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Kevin Hanchard (Alan Clegg) & Kathryn Alexandre (Abby Harris) previously worked together on Orphan Black (2013) as Detective Art Bell and Tatiana Maslany's acting double respectively. Alexandre also played the role of Alexis in three episodes of Orphan Black. See more »

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3 July 2017 | by zzhollySee all my reviews

I have to say, Canadian shows are catching my attention. It's the pacing as much as the quality of the production. American editing is a real problem for me as the scenes flick so fast I don't have time to take in the images and process to enjoy the emotions before you have to absorb the next image, and the next and next in split second action. I like lingering on a face (as long as you hired a real actor that is trained in the arts, not the couch) in order to capture what they are feeling. A technique that compensates for some lost book context if you have the right scene played out so you feel like you get inside their head. Non-American movies have always been attractive to me because of the more relaxed pacing that relies more upon acting. It's good to see this Canadian TV offerings as it captures you with a good story, moodiness and good character development. Except the young criminals. They are not as intense and believable as twisted, tortured beings. Next season will have new villains, and I hope they devote budget to those characters now that it's such a success. Also, perhaps second season bigger budget might mean more forensic realism and less relying on lingering dead body images. That's the one place I'd prefer the split-second images!

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