‘Cardinal’ is a Canadian crime drama by CTV about homicide detective John Cardinal, who returns to his hometown after ten years to join the homicide brigade to investigate the death of a teenager with the help of his new partner Lisa Delorme. The series first premiered on January 25, 2017 and is an adaptation of Canadian novelist Giles Blunt’s crime novels about detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme in the fictional city of Algonquin Bay.
Season 1 of the show, consisting of six episodes, is based on Blunt’s award-winning novel, Forty Words for Sorrow (2000), and explores the story of an ongoing investigation into the murder of a young girl. After receiving favorable reviews, ‘Cardinal’ was renewed for its second and third seasons, and CTV announced the renewals on February 28, 2017.
Season 2, which adapted the third novel in the John Cardinal series, Blackfly Season (2005), aired on January 4, 2018. Meanwhile, Season 3, which began airing on January 24, 2019, is an adaptation of the fourth and fifth novels of the John Cardinal series – By The Time You Read This (2006) and Crime Machine (2010), respectively. Like Season 1, Seasons 2 and 3 also consist of six episodes.
Cardinal Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of the show comprises Billy Campbell as the titular character, John Cardinal, while Karine Vanasse takes up the role of Cardinal’s partner, Detective Lise Delorme.
Apart from the two protagonists, Glen Gould slips into the role of Detective Jerry Commanda, while Eric Hicks plays the role of Constable Fox. Other characters who get considerable screen time are Catherine Cardinal (played by Deborah Hay), Sergeant Noelle Dyson (played by Kristen Thomson), Kelly Cardinal (played by Alanna Bale), and Detective Ash Kuler (played by Zach Smadu). Meanwhile, David Richmond-Peck plays Staff Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave and James Downing plays Detective McLeod.
Cardinal Plot: What is it about?
As mentioned earlier, Season 1 of ‘Cardinal’ focuses on the investigation into the murder of a young girl, 13-year-old Katie Pine. The season begins with Pine’s body being discovered in an abandoned mine shaft, and the mystery gets grittier and more intense with each passing episode. It also delves into a dark secret from Cardinal’s past, and shows the evolving relationship between between the titular character and Delorme, who starts the season with an investigation into Cardinal.