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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 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Karine Vanasse ...  Lise Delorme / ... 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Glen Gould ...  Detective Jerry Commanda / ... 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Eric Hicks ...  Constable Fox / ... 14 episodes, 2017-2018
Kristen Thomson ...  Noelle Dyson 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Deborah Hay ...  Catherine Cardinal 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Alanna Bale ...  Kelly Cardinal 10 episodes, 2017-2018
David Richmond-Peck ...  Malcolm Musgrave 9 episodes, 2017-2018
James Downing ...  Detective McLeod 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Zach Smadu ...  Detective Ash Kular 9 episodes, 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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Cardinal: Blackfly Season See more »

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »

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The show is filmed in the future. On episode 5 (Cardinal: Keith (2017)), when Lise (Karine Vanasse) is watching surveillance footage of a Motel security camera, the date stamp is of March 17, 2017, when the show aired on Feb 25th, 2017. See more »

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Canadian cookie cutter crime drama......
12 June 2017 | by s3276169See all my reviews

Cardinal is very much a by the numbers cut and paste crime drama from Canada.

Silence of the Lamb's and any number of decent Scandinavian crime drama's in a similar vein have spawned by the numbers, cut and paste, knocks off's. Mostly they are alright but given their lack of originality and imagination, they are nothing terribly special either.

In my opinion, Cardinal is yet another example, of the aforementioned. Its predictable fare that's competently presented but its cookie cutter story which we all know very, very well gets tedious fast. The gratuitous violence adds nothing to this show either. Indeed, I felt at times it deadened the whole series atmosphere down and left it feeling as bleak and empty, as the winter landscape in which its set.

The acting is competent, the leads know their job but its the tired predictability of this show that really lets it down to a modest degree. In short watchable but in no way a stand out series. Six out of ten.

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