Da Vinci's City Hall

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Da Vinci's City Hall
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Created byChris Haddock
StarringNicholas Campbell
Venus Terzo
Ian Tracey
Benjamin Ratner
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Laszlo Barna
Chris Haddock
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Haddock Entertainment
Barna-Alper Productions
DistributorProgram Partners
Original networkCBC
Original releaseOctober 25, 2005 (2005-10-25) – February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Preceded byDa Vinci's Inquest

Da Vinci's City Hall is a Canadian dramatic television series, which premiered on CBC Television on 25 October 2005. The series was a spin-off of the long-running Canadian series Da Vinci's Inquest. The creator, writer and executive producer of the series was Chris Haddock.


Nicholas Campbell reprises his role as Dominic Da Vinci, a former coroner entering municipal politics as the mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia. Da Vinci is based on the real-life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner of Vancouver who was elected that city's mayor in 2002.

With the series regular Ian Tracey (playing Mick Leary) inheriting the coroner's job, the show toggles back and forth between crime scenes and politics. Haddock says: "My approach was to make all the political stuff criminal and all the criminal stuff political. When we're in city hall we're really about conspiracy and scheming, who's crooked and who's going to get caught."


With an average weekly audience of just 400,000 viewers, Da Vinci's City Hall lost about half of the former audience for Da Vinci's Inquest. On February 13, 2006, the CBC announced that the show would not be brought back for a second season in 2006, although they also indicated that negotiations were underway to reprise the Da Vinci character in a series of television movies, similar to the manner in which North of 60 continued after its run as a weekly series had ended. The first of those TV movies, The Quality of Life, aired on CBC on June 14, 2008.[1]

The show's final episode was aired on February 28, 2006. The program was repeated on the Canadian channel Showcase during the summer of 2008.

CBC management has been criticized for cancelling the show to make room for other series that have since proved less successful.[2]

City Hall in the United States[edit]

Beginning April 27, 2007, Superstation WGN began airing Da Vinci's City Hall, but it is promoted by American syndicator Program Partners as "Season 8" of Da Vinci's Inquest, even using the same intro as that series (which was used only late into the show's original run) despite the fact that some of the characters seen are not present in the new series.

Nationwide syndication to local stations began in November 2007, also as part of the Da Vinci's Inquest package, with that show's titles.


Episode guide[edit]

# Title Airdate Director Writer(s)
1 Zero to Sixty Pretty Quick 25 Oct 2005 Nicholas Campbell Chris Haddock
2 Cat in a Tree, Lunatic in the Street 1 Nov 2005 Charles Martin Smith Chris Haddock
3 Isn't Very Pretty But You Can Smoke It 8 Nov 2005 Stefan Pleszczynski Chris Haddock and Jesse McKeown
4 One Man Two Jobs 15 Nov 2005 Charles Martin Smith Chris Haddock and Jesse McKeown
5 Put Down the Hose, Pick Up a Gun 22 Nov 2005 Stefan Pleszczynski Chris Haddock
6 You Have to Bleed a Little 29 Nov 2005 Monika Mitchell Chris Haddock
7 Ready to Call in the Horses 6 Dec 2005 Stephen Surjik Chris Haddock
8 Gonna Cause a Ruckus 10 Jan 2006 Stuart Margolin Chris Haddock and Jesse McKeown
9 Gotta Press the Flesh 17 Jan 2006 Charles Martin Smith Jesse McKeown
10 When the Horsemen Come Looking 24 Jan 2006 Sturla Gunnarsson Sylvia Leung
11 A Few Good Bites Before They Slap Me Down 31 Jan 2006 David Frazee Chris Haddock
12 Bumped from the Ball 7 Feb 2006 Sturla Gunnarsson Jesse McKeown and Sylvia Leung
13 The Dogs in Sympathy with the Cats 28 Feb 2006 Stephen Surjik Sylvia Leung and Hiro Kanagawa


  1. ^ "The Quality of Life (2008)". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. c. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  2. ^ "Blame for The One belongs to two on top," Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario: August 4, 2006. pg. D.9.

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