The Detail (CTV)

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The Detail (CTV) – Premieres 25th March

A procedural cop shop from Canada, that focuses on Jaqueline “Jack” Cooper. A talented detective who manages to get on the wrong side of her chief by letting her personal life effect her work.

After being dumped by her boyfriend who she later discovers is also married, Jack lets this cloud her judgement as she works a murder case with her partner Stevie. As the main suspect is found have been cheating on the victim.

After interview the main suspects for the day, Jack decides to break the law to find out where the wife of his ex lives, as she plans to reveal what her husband has been up to. But as soon as Jack gets there she backs out of her plan, though what she has done helps her figure out what happened in the case.

As Jack pieces together what really went on, she is allowed to interrogate the the person she believes is responsible and manages to get a confession from the killer.

As cop procedurals go it’s average at best.

3.6/10

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The Launch (CTV)

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The Launch (CTV) – Premieres 10th January 

A singing competition that takes a different angle to the concept, where the weekly winner gets to release a song they’ve performed just after winning the show.

In the programme three judges initially sit through the auditions of up to five acts, where they will select two to go through in to the next stage. After getting through the audition the selected two are then put straight into a studio where they both record a version of a new unreleased song, where it shows the producer getting the best performances out of the singers.

When the songs are recorded the programme then goes into a live performance stage, where after being given some pointers by the guest recording artist working as a judge, the pair then perform their version of the song in front of a live crowd. Then after some consulting the judges reveal which one will get to have their song released to the public.

As singing competitions go, the fact that the whole process that would take other shows around two months is done in 45 minutes makes it a refreshing change.

3.2/10

The Indian Detective (CTV)

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The Indian Detective (CTV) – Premieres 23rd November – Renewed

Comedy where after bumbling wise cracking Toronto cop Doug D’Mello botches a possible drug smuggling run over the Canadian border, ends up getting suspended for a month and demoted for going against police protocol. At the same time Dougs father in India is taken ill so he heads off to Mumbai to check up on him.

While there he finds out that his dad is at best a hypochondriac and meets his neighbour Priya a lawyer who asks Doug to help on a case that is proving to be more than a little suspicious.

As Doug helps Priya solve the case he begins to find links from the people behind the case to the drug running operation in stumbled across back in Canada.

All-in-all it’s a inoffensive bit of comedy that is pretty hit and miss in the joke department.

4.0/10

The Disappearance (CTV)

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The Disappearance (CTV) – Premieres 1st October 

Canadian drama where after producing the most in depth school report that used covert photography and other forms of personal intrusion, Anthony Sullivan receives a lecture to not to take suggestions from Henry, his grandfather and retired judge, so literally.

After apologising to the townsfolk he had been spying on, Anthony then gets to go on his 10th birthday treasure hunt which has been organised by Henry, while at the same time his parents finalise their divorce.

So as the family wait for Anthonys arrival at home with a large party gathering, it slowing dawns on them that he has gone missing, and that there are no witnesses or evidence on what has happened to him.

The show is nicely paced where the actual disappearance isn’t forced in being one of the first things you see and allows the story to develop at a nice pace. It’s a surprisingly good watch.

6.2/10

Cardinal (CTV)

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Cardinal (CTV) – Premieres 25th January – Renewed

Crime drama where detective John Cardinal after being kick out of the homicide division is brought back in after the missing child in the last case he was working was discovered murdered.

As Cardinal beings reworking the case he is teamed up with recently transferred detective Delorme who he takes a distrust to so makes her look after his outstanding work to prove herself to him. At the same time he beings to believe that the childs murder is the work of a serial killer that preys on children.

While his superior in the department insist that he concentrates on the case in hand and that his theory is a possible waste of time, Cardinal continues to dig into his serial killer angle which leads to him finding another body.

While Cardinal is off doing his job, it’s then revealed that Delorme has been placed as his partner to keep tabs on him as it’s believed that he is a dirty cop who is helping out a known drug dealer escape conviction.

The show comes across as a bit of a mix between The Killing and the first series of 19-2. It’s worth a watch.

6.2/10