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Series premiere: CBC’s Republic of Doyle

In television on 01/05/2010 at 11:34 pm

Series name
Republic of Doyle

Debuts
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 on CBC at 9 p.m. ET

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET

Premise
Father-and-son private detective team, working the streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland in a series that mixes one part action with two parts comedy.

Primary cast and crew
Allan Hawco (Zone of Separation, Love and Savagery) is Jake Doyle, the bad-boy son private eye. Also, Hawco is producer, writer, star. Busy lad.
Sean McGinley (The Street, Bleak House, Michael Collins) is Malachy Doyle, former cop and father of the rogue Jake.
Lynda Boyd (Falcon Beach; You, Me and the Kids) is Rose, Mal’s girlfriend and office manager to the Doyles.
Rachel Wilson (Total Drama Island) is Nikki, Jake’s estranged doctor wife.

But what do I know anyway? After having indeed seen the pilot I predict…
I’m in love with the look of Republic of Doyle, in all its Newfoundland ocean-view and many-colourful-houses beauty. I am over the moon about the sound of the east-coast celtic lyricism. I even like the raggedy unslickness of it (the press kid says “retro cool crime vibe of classic investigative shows”); it’s a nice antidote to the machine-like precision of modern procedurals, a kind of Rockford Files by way of Beachcombers. This is about characters and the father is a good one. Irish actor Sean McGinley is excellent. Allan Hawco as the son, Jake? Not so much the actor as the writing (both by Hawco) is trying very hard to make this character what the press kid calls a “rogue.” We get that he’s supposed to be a badass. But what else does he have? And Jake’s relationship with his estranged wife? Hm. I think there’s a nut of a good old-school private-eye series, but the volume is way too high right now.

Buzz
The Globe’s John Doyle (no relation) was charmed by the show, Hawco and McGinley during a visit to the set. (And writes a great tale about it.)

Official website
Hm. Title of show, date of premiere and … Are they waiting for a big reveal of the actual website features? Check back. I guess. Or you could check Facebook and Twitter (though why wouldn’t there be at least a Facebook icon on the CBC page?).

Facebook
5,347 fans, posts linking to videos and recent press, invitations to report sightings of series star Allan Hawco posters around Toronto, a post from Hawco inviting people to tune in and lot of fan chatter, but not much in the way of real conversation.

Twitter
Still a lot of promo, but more personality here, including Allan Hawco’s frequent tweeting and retweeting. (Where does he find the time?)

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, the miniseries, previews of HBO Canada Sunday. I’m there, hopefully by Saturday?

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of winter 2010 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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