Production underway on CTV’s Cardinal

The six-part drama series is set to shoot in four locations throughout Ontario. (Series leads Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse pictured.)

Production is underway in Sudbury, Ontario on CTV’s six-part drama Cardinal, produced by Sienna Films and eOne.

The series, set to premiere as part of CTV and Super Écran’s 2016/17 programming slate, will shoot in North Bay, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Toronto as well as Sudbury.

Adapted from the book Forty Words for Sorrow from author Giles Blunt’s series of novels John Cardinal Mysteries, the show follows the story of detectives John Cardinal (played by Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (played by Karine Vanasse) as they attempt to solve the case of a murdered 13-year-old girl. The series was initially put into development with CTV in 2011 and was greenlit in November 2015.

Aubrey Nealon (Orphan Black, Saving Hope), who also wrote and developed the TV adaptation, serves as showrunner and executive producer on the series, alongside director Daniel Grou aka Podz (19-2, Minuit le soir). Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja of Sienna Films and Grou are also executive producers on the show.

Additional cast members include Deborah Hay (The Anniversary), Alanna Bale (Prime Radicals), David Richmond Peck (Orphan Black) and Glen Gould (Rhymes for Young Ghouls).

The series is produced by Sierra Films and eOne in association with CTV with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, CMF and the Cogeco Program Development Fund. eOne is handling international distribution, while Super Ecran has commissioned the series for French language broadcast.