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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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Canada does Scandi....pretty well.SPOILERS
26 January 2017 | by IzzyennygoodSee all my reviews

Highly intriguing first episode, with a lot of Scandi vibes. Ominous music score, vast cold open spaces, lots of torches used, missing kids and an apparent clash of the sexes between Det.John Cardinal and his unwanted new assistant, Delorme whom he fobs off by giving her some B&E cases to occupy her while he tackles the more exciting homicide work. Apparently very routine but wait...is John Cardinal a dirty cop ? We discover that he is being discreetly investigated and suspected of being in cahoots with a local drug lord and...his innocent new assistant is a police snoop, planted to keep an eye on him. The main crime story is about missing children (reminiscent of The Killing) with searches in dark cold uncomfortable places where the need for torches is paramount. A very well directed and acted episode and having the transparently honest upright good guy Billy Campbell as a "dirty cop" is inspired casting. Karine Vanasse as his assistant Delorme catches the eye too. There are other subplots, mainly a spate of burglaries which look like an unconnected open-and-shut case, at this time..but are they. I have high hopes for this one

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