Cardinal renewed for a fourth series

The Canadian series Cardinal proved to be a medium-sized hit when it aired on BBC Four last winter.

It followed Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanassee) as they joined forces to hunt down a killer in a small Northern Ontario town.

Adapted from author Giles Blunt’s award-winning Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries book series. Series two has already aired in its native Canada (it’s one of the country’s most-watched shows), and whispers suggest that it will be making its way onto our screens later in the year.

However, series three is about to air in Canada, and before that event series makers Bell Media announced this:

Ahead of its Season 3 premiere on CTV, internationally successful, critically acclaimed, and award-winning drama CARDINAL (CTV) has been renewed for Season 4 with stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse.

It looks like there will be plenty more Cardinal for us, then.

[via TV, Eh! and The Medium Is Not Enough]


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Terry says:

    Great! I like this show!


  2. Andy D says:

    I was a fan of the first season so good to hear there’s plenty more to come!


  3. Charlotte Carling says:

    I believe they shot series 2 and 3 in immediate succession. I preferred the first series to the second but I’m still interested in seeing where they take the third one plotwise.


  4. paperatt says:

    I really like this show. It follows the same kind story telling as the BBC series out of the UK, like “Line of Duty” and “Shetland”. I find that series that have lesser episodes are able to pack a bigger punch to their stories and they aren’t dragged out like a 22 episode series. Although, they could make this one 8 or 10 episodes. I love the nail biting, can’t move off the couch, type series and this is one of them. I’m so happy to see Canada adapting this BBC TV format. I’m already looking forward to next season and this one isnt even over yet!!


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      Isn’t the 22 episode series very much a US thing, where the networks need to fill a specific slot for an entire season in order to maintain ratings?
      In European terms I’d say most longer series are 8-12 episodes while there are also plenty shorter ones of 3-6 episodes. The Canadian series I’ve seen in the last couple of years have all been under ten episodes.

      I’m enjoying the third series of Cardinal more the second. I think Billy Campbell is whispering less often this time round.


  5. Kathleen says:

    When will Season 4 air?


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      We haven’t had series three over here yet, Kathleen!


    2. Charlotte Carling says:

      Considering season 3 finished just a month ago, I think it’s unlikely to be during this year. Guessing January/February of next year.


  6. Mike Davis says:

    Wow, just finished binge-watching “Cardinal” seasons 1-3. SO glad/relieved that there will be a 4th season in the works.


  7. Regina says:

    Just finished all 3 seasons! They are great! Can’t wait till the forth one comes along! Huge fan of Billy Campbell!


  8. John says:

    Fantastic show. In this era of moronic Hollywood shows this was like a refreshing splash of cold water. Just love it!!


  9. Phillip Tucker says:

    Just finished watching series 3. Enjoyed all 3 series and can’t wait for series 4.


  10. nathalie says:

    love this show


  11. Mary says:

    I love Cardinal. It doesn’t have all those hyped up scenes and feels normal. The plots are believable and acting is great.


  12. Suzanne L Armyn-Figueroa says:

    Wonderful, smart series. Far superior to what’s available in the States. We Yanks want more!!


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