25 January 2017
| 7.8/10 |
CTV Television Network
| Aubrey Nealon
Minuit - le soir, Mary Kills People, Young Drunk Punk, Saving Hope, Letterkenny
Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, which premiered January 25, 2017, on CTV (in English) and Super Écran (in French). 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 in Algonquin Bay. The cast also includes Deborah Hay, Alanna Bale, Glen Gould, David Richmond-Peck, Gail Maurice, John McCormick, Kristen Thomson, Brendan Fletcher and Allie MacDonald.
On February 28, 2017, CTV renewed Cardinal for a second and third season both to have six episodes. The second season is to be based on Blunt's third John Cardinal novel, Black Fly Season, while the third is slated to be based on By the Time You Read This and Crime Machine, the fourth and fifth novels in the series.
Billy Campbell as Det. John Cardinal
Karine Vanasse as Det. Lise Delorme
Kristen Thomson as Noelle Dyson
Allie MacDonald as Edie Soames
David Richmond-Peck as Sgt. Malcolm Musgrave
Deborah Hay as Catherine Cardinal
Glen Gould as Det. Jerry Commanda
Brendan Fletcher as Eric Fraser
James Downing as Det. McLeod
Alden Adair as Josh
Eric Hicks as Const. K. Fox
James Thomas as Det. Hannam
Robert Naylor as Keith
Cardinal (TV series) Wikipedia
The series is directed by Daniel Grou, and produced by Sienna Films and eOne Entertainment. It commenced production in Sudbury, Ontario in February 2016, with some additional location filming taking place in North Bay and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. The series had a production budget of $1,800,000 per episode. Locations included the former studios of CBC Northern Ontario, which served as the Algonquin Bay police station.
The show's theme music is from the song "Familiar" by Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. Series music is composed by Toronto-based Todor Kobakov.
Vanasse, who previously had appeared in the US television series Pan Am and Revenge, commented that Cardinal is the first time that she is playing a Québécoise, rather than European, character in an English-language television program.
John Doyle of The Globe and Mail praised the series, calling it "a gripping, superbly made crime drama" which ultimately lands as "landmark Canadian TV".