From a media release:
CTV, alongside producers Sienna Films and Entertainment One (eOne), announced today that Golden GlobeÂ®Â nominee Billy Campbell and the multiple Genie Award-winning actress Karine Vanasse have been cast as series leads inÂ CARDINALÂ (working title), the networkâ€™sÂ recently announcedÂ serialized, six-part, one-hour drama. The cinematic murder mystery series stars Campbell (THE KILLING) as the intelligent, reflective, and dogged detective named John Cardinal, from the northern city of Algonquin Bay, who is burdened by a wrong he committed years ago. Quebec native Vanasse (REVENGE) is confirmed to play Cardinalâ€™s partner Lise Delorme, a shrewd, tough, imaginative, and gifted investigator from the townâ€™s French Canadian community.Â CARDINALÂ is a gripping, character driven drama set to premiere as part of CTVâ€™s 2016/17 schedule, with production set to begin in February 2016.
Most recently,well-known actor Billy Campbell starred in AMCâ€™s hit series THE KILLING as Seattle City Councilman, and eventually mayor, Darren Richmond. Campbell is also known for his role as Rick Sammler on the beloved ABC drama ONCE AND AGAIN, which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series and won a Peopleâ€™s Choice Award for Favourite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his performance. He is also known for his roles in THE 4400, and National Geographic Channelâ€™s docudrama KILLING LINCOLN. Campbellâ€™s most notable films include:Â the cult classicÂ The Rocketeer,Â Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula,Â andÂ Enough.
Karine Vanasse is an award-winning Canadian actress. Her recent television credits include ABCâ€™s PAN AM and REVENGE, and the upcoming French series BLUE MOON. Over the course of her career she has had lead roles in over a dozen films, including the 2009 Canadian filmÂ Polytechnique, for which she earned a Genie Award for Best Female Performance. Vanasse also served as co-producer on the film and was the driving force behind the film, which was awarded eight other Genie Awards in 2010, including Best Picture. Vanasse was also nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in 2006 for the mini-seriesÂ October 1970Â and in 2010 for her performance inÂ Polytechnique.
CARDINALÂ is adapted from the award-winning novelÂ Forty Words for Sorrow,Â the first of theÂ John Cardinal MysteriesÂ series, a series of six bestselling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The series begins with the discovery of Katie Pine, a missing 13-year-old whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine.Â CARDINALÂ follows detective John Cardinal (Campbell) as he attempts to uncover the mystery of what happened to the young girl. At the same time, unbeknownst to Cardinal, he comes under investigation by his new partner, Lise Delorme (Vanasse), a tough investigator in her own right.