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  • Premiered: 
    January 25, 2017
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  • Network: CTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the John Cardinal series of books by Giles Blunt 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Adapted from author Giles Blunt's award-winning John Cardinal Mysteries book series, CARDINAL is a one-hour, serialized crime drama series that follows Detective John Cardinal, who embarks on a chilling hunt for a brutal killer in a small Northern Ontario town in Season 1, which is based on the "Forty Words for Sorrow" installment of the book series. Demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn't let go, Cardinal is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. Back on the case, his search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Cardinal must manage his own precarious family issues and secrets, and keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme, who he believes may have her own secret agenda. CARDINAL had its U.S. premiere on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Hulu released the entire six-episode first season. Four month earlier -- on February 28 -- CTV renewed CARDINAL for a second and third season of six episodes each. Season 2 will be based on "Black Fly Season," the third novel in the series, while the third season will be adapted from "By the Time You Read This" and "Crime Machine," the fourth and fifth books in the John Cardinal book series.
Season 2 of CARDINAL had its U.S. premiere on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Hulu released all six episodes. In the season opener, "Red," Cardinal and Delorme dive into a mysterious new case -- a woman who appears at a roadside bar with a bullet in her head and with no memory of who she is.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sienna Films
  • Produced by eOne Entertainment