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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Cardinal,’ ‘The Ranch’ and ‘The Great British Baking Show’


Karine Vanasse and Billy Campbell.

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Canadian noir comes to Hulu with “Cardinal,” starring Billy Campbell as a disgraced detective who has regained his wings. And “The Ranch” and “The Great British Baking Show” begin new seasons.

What’s Streaming

CARDINAL on Hulu. Billy Campbell plays it moody as John Cardinal, a psychologically tortured police detective in Algonquin Bay, Ontario, who was demoted after he clung too tightly to a hunch in the disappearance of a First Nations girl. But when her body surfaces years later, Cardinal is reinstated in the homicide division, the better to hunt for a serial killer with a new partner, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse). He has his eye on her — then again, she has been assigned to secretly investigate him as part of a federal corruption probe. This Canadian hit, based on the John Cardinal novels by Giles Blunt, has already been renewed for two more seasons. A critic for The Globe and Mail called it a gripping, superbly made example of “landmark Canadian TV.”


Danny Masterson, left, and Sam Elliott.

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THE RANCH on Netflix. Part 3 of this homey comedy picks up in a cold, cold Colorado winter: Colt (Ashton Kutcher) — the flailing semipro football player returned to the coop with his tail between his legs — is finding his love triangle with Abby (Elisha Cuthbert) and Heather (Kelli Goss) complicated to navigate. His brother, Rooster (Danny Masterson), has settled into nesting with Mary (Megyn Price) after bitterly evicting himself from the homestead. And the brothers’ divorced parents, Beau (Sam Elliott) and Maggie (Debra Winger), are doing their best to remain friends. This sitcom “takes characters normally written off or romanticized and treats them as full, flawed people,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. “The cowboy term for that would be ‘respect,’ and ‘The Ranch’ both gives and earns it.”

What’s on TV

MORNINGS WITH MARIA 6 a.m. on Fox Business. Maria Bartiromo and Liz Claman, at 3 p.m. on “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” anchor their programs from the United States Open golf tournament.


Items from the National Archives related to the Watergate burglary.

National Archives

TRUTH AND LIES: WATERGATE 9 p.m. on ABC. On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, this documentary revisits the federal investigation that followed, with home movies from the Nixon aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman as well as interviews with the White House counsel John Dean; members of the Committee for the Re-Election of the President; the journalists Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Dan Rather and Bill O’Reilly; and Joan Felt, the daughter of Mark Felt, the F.B.I. associate director revealed to be “Deep Throat.”

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood return to the festive tent at Welford Park in Berkshire, England, where the challenges begin with advice to adhere to the word “moist”: namely cakes, including a British classic, a popular confection, a fatless sponge and some fancy chocolate work. Then it’s on to the biscuit challenge, where the remaining bakers will test their construction skills with gingerbread and frosting.

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