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Chilling new dramatic thriller ‘Cardinal’ to premiere Jan. 25 on CTV 

Credit: Billy Campbell as Det. John Cardinal

A chilling new dramatic thriller is coming to CTV. 

“Cardinal,” starring Billy Campbell as Detective John Cardinal (“The Killing”) and Karine Vanasse (“Revenge”) as his rookie partner, Detective Lisa Delorme, will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Go and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Super Écran.

The six-part serialized drama follows Det. John Cardinal on a deadly hunt for a vicious killer in a small Northern Ontario town.

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Directed by award-winning Montréal director Daniel Grou, aka Podz (“19-2,” “Minuit Le Soir”), “Cardinal” was adapted for television by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (“Orphan Black,” “Saving Hope”) from the award-winning novel “Forty Words for Sorrow,” the first of the “John Cardinal Mysteries,” a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt.

In the premiere episode entitled “Cardinal,” viewers first meet Cardinal after he’s been demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go. But he is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. As the series unfolds, back on the case, Cardinal’s search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer. Meanwhile, he 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.

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The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.

“Cardinal” also stars Brendan Fletcher (“The Revenant”) as Eric Fraser and Allie MacDonald (“Young Drunk Punk”) as Edie Soames, a young couple in the town. Also appearing are Deborah Hay (“The Anniversary”) as Cardinal’s wife Catherine; Glen Gould (“Rhymes for Young Ghouls”) as fellow officer Jerry Commanda; Kristen Thomson (“Away from Her”) as Sergeant Noelle Dyson, Cardinal’s commanding officer; David Richmond Peck (“Orphan Black”) as Corporal Musgrave, an officer in charge of a tightly guarded investigation; Alanna Bale (“Prime Radicals”) as Cardinal’s daughter Kelly; and Robert Naylor (“19-2”) as Keith.