Cardinal: Production Underway on Third Cycle of the CTV Drama

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Production is now underway on the third cycle of the original drama Cardinal, CTV and Super Écran announced Tuesday. Starring Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Karine Vanasse (Revenge), this installment of Cardinal will be inspired by By the Time You Read This and Crime Machine, the fourth and fifth novels in the John Cardinal Mysteries series written by Ontario native Giles Blunt. Cycle three will once again consist of six, hour-long episodes and is being shot in North Bay, Ontario and Toronto.

In the third season, entitled Cardinal: By the Time You Read This, the autumn season starts to shroud Algonquin Bay, but the glorious fall colours can’t hide the town’s most gruesome double murder for long. As Cardinal (Campbell) and Delorme’s (Vanasse) detective work brings them precariously close to a doomsday cult with nothing to lose, Cardinal launches his own investigation into a case far more personal and dangerous.

Returning cast members include Deborah Hay (The Anniversary) as Catherine Cardinal; Glen Gould (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) as Det. Jerry Commanda; Kristen Thomson (Away From Her) as Staff Sergeant Noelle Dyson; Stephen Ouimette as Dr. Frederick Bell; and Alanna Bale (Prime Radicals) as Kelly Cardinal.

Joining Campbell and Vanasse will be Rya Kihlstedt (Ray Donovan), as Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston; Aaron Ashmore (Killjoys) as Randall Wishart; Alex Ozerov (The Americans) as Jack; Sophia Lauchlin Hirt (The Romeo Section) as Nikki; Nick Serino (Sleeping Giant) as Lemur; Tom Jackson (North of 60) as Lloyd Kreeger; Jennifer Podemski (Blackstone) as Wendy Doucette; Susan Coyne (Slings and Arrows) as Susan Bell; and Devery Jacobs (This Life) as Sam Doucette.

Cycle 3 of Cardinal is written by Patrick Tarr (Saving Hope), who also serves as an Executive Producer and Head Writer, with co-executive producer Noelle Carbone (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) and story editors Shannon Masters and Aaron Bala. Executive Producer Daniel Grou aka Podz (19-2) returns to direct all six episodes.

“We’re elated that production is starting on another cycle of Cardinal and we know that our talented partners will deliver a  thrilling third season of this landmark Canadian series,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “With a highly successful first season and having recently completed production on the second cycle, we can’t wait to deliver even more of this unforgettable series to Canadians.”

“We are so excited to be starting production on Cardinal: By the Time You Read This,” said Jennifer Kawaja, Executive Producer.  “With our stellar cast, all-star crew and the continued support of our production partners at Bell Media and eOne, we’re looking forward to the most thrilling cycle of Cardinal yet.”

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Cardinal Cycle 2 will return as part of CTV and Super Écran’s 2017/18 season.

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