Republic of Doyle

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Republic of Doyle
Republic of Doyle title card.jpg
Genre Comedy-drama
Police procedural
Created by Allan Hawco
Malcolm MacRury
Perry Chafe
Starring Allan Hawco
Seán McGinley
Lynda Boyd
Krystin Pellerin
Mark O'Brien
Marthe Bernard
Bob Cole
Opening theme "Oh Yeah"
by Great Big Sea
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 67 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Allan Hawco, John Vatcher, Michael Levine
Location(s) St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Cinematography Malcolm Cross
Running time 44 min
Broadcast
Original channel CBC Television
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 6 January 2010 – present
External links
Website

Republic of Doyle is a Canadian comedy-drama television series set in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador which debuted 6 January 2010 on CBC Television.[1]

The show stars Allan Hawco as private investigator and former police officer Jake Doyle and Seán McGinley as his father, Malachy Doyle.[2] They partner as private investigators with Rose Doyle, Malachy's second wife, played by Lynda Boyd, in St. John's. Krystin Pellerin stars as Constable Leslie Bennett, with Mark O'Brien as Desmond "Des" Courtney, who works with the Doyles, and Marthe Bernard as Katrina, "Tinny" Doyle, Jake's niece and Malachy's granddaughter. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings – not all of them on the right side of the law.

It was announced on May 29, 2014 that the show would be ending after the upcoming sixth season,[3] due to Allan Hawco wanting to move on and wanting to end the show before becoming burned out.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Allan Hawco – Jake Doyle (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Krystin Pellerin – Leslie Bennett (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Mark O'Brien – Desmond "Des" Courtney (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Marthe Bernard – Katrina "Tinny" Doyle (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Seán McGinley – Malachy Doyle (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Lynda Boyd – Rose Miller (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Steve O'Connell – Sergeant Daniel Hood (appears in 41 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Sean Panting – Walter McLean (appears in 31 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Rachel Wilson – Dr. Nikki Renholds (appears in 21 episodes from season 1-5)
  • Michelle Nolden – Allison Jenkins (appears in 15 episodes from season 2-5)
  • Bob Cole – Voice of the Republic (appears in 67 episodes from season 1-5)

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Jonathan Goad - Christian Doyle (appears in 14 episodes from seasons 1-3)
  • Lola Tash - Sloan Daniels (appears in 12 episodes from seasons 4-5)
  • Rick Roberts - Mayor William Cadigan Clarke (appears in 11 episodes from seasons 2-5)
  • Jonathan Keltz - Grayson Mann (appears in 9 episodes from seasons 4-5)
  • Patricia Isaac - Monica Hayward (appears in 9 episodes from season 4)
  • Nicholas Campbell - Martin Poole (appears in 8 episodes from seasons 1-5)
  • Paul Gross - Kevin Crocker (appears in 8 episodes from seasons 2-5)
  • Gordon Pinsent - Maurice Becker (appears in 7 episodes from seasons 1-4)
  • Victor Garber - Garrison Steele (appears in 4 episodes from seasons 1-5)

Characters[edit]

  • Jake Doyle – Jake is a 30-year-old man living with his father Malachy because his ex-wife Nikki kicked him out. A former cop, he works as a private investigator with his father, Mal, and his father’s wife, Rose. He is over-protective of his 16-year-old niece, Tinny. He is the second son and youngest child of Mal Doyle and his late wife Emily Ann. He drives a 1968 Pontiac GTO and wears a brown leather jacket, both of which figure prominently and iconically throughout the series. After years of pursuit, in Season Four he and Leslie Bennett become a couple. He also discovers in Season Five that he has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Sloan.
  • Leslie Bennett – Leslie is an Inspector in the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary who is friends/lovers with Jake and gives him information to help with his cases. Leslie is Jake's source of distraction from his cases and personal life. She is a sharp shooter, very intelligent and a great match for Jake. She and Jake have real feelings for each other, but seem to show them the wrong way, making their relationship complicated but very interesting. From season four onwards their relationship has been growing stronger, until a secret from her past resurfaces.
  • Malachy Doyle – Malachy, known as Mal or Skipper and Poppy, is a private investigator with his son, Jake in their business "Doyle and Doyle." He is 56 and has 3 “grown” children, Christian, Kathleen and Jake, and one granddaughter Tinny who is living with him while her mother (Kathleen Doyle) is away working in Alberta. His wife Rose lives with him, his granddaughter, and his youngest son Jake. He pokes fun at Jake's somewhat 'unsuccessful' relationships with women. He has since discovered he has a second granddaughter.
  • Rose Miller – Rose is Mal's wife, stepmother to Jake, Christian, and Kathleen, and step-grandmother to Tinny and Sloan. She works as the office manager/secretary for Doyle and Doyle. She seems to have a love/hate relationship with her husband’s granddaughter Tinny and his son Jake, which has evolved over the series into motherly affection. Rose's criminal ex-husband, Martin Poole, keeps turning up.
  • Nikki Renholds – Nikki is Jake's ex-wife. Nikki is a physician at a St. John's hospital. Nikki helped out with different cases in the first few episodes. She has since remarried, moved away, and has a son.
  • Katrina 'Tinny' Doyle – Tinny is the daughter of Kathleen Doyle. She lives with her grandfather, Mal or Poppy as she calls him, Uncle Jake and grandfather’s wife, Rose. She is 16 and can’t stand her grandfather and uncle's over-protective nature. She has a love/hate relationship with her grandfather's girlfriend, Rose and one of the employees and main characters, Des Courtney. Tinny has since become a Constable with the Constabulary, and has begun dating Des.
  • Des Courtney – Des is the fashion-challenged and delinquent graffiti artist who tags the town and Jake’s beloved Pontiac GTO until Jake brings him to heel – and into the employ of Doyle and Doyle Investigations. He is 19 and has a crush on Tinny, leading Jake to dislike him. His real name is Desmond Redmond, and he is the son of the infamous, yet equally as dopey, Jody Redmond. Not wanting to be associated with his father, Des conceals his identity. He has grown from a delinquent to a valued member of Doyle & Doyle, specializing in the technological side of investigations. After a failed relationship with a medical student and surviving getting shot, he has begun dating Tinny.
  • Walter McLean – Walter has been Jake's best friend since kindergarten and his wing-man that used to be right behind Jake in a fight. Walter was Jake's lawyer in his divorce from his wife Nikki. Walter appears only sporadically. In season three he becomes romantically involved with Tinny's mother Kathleen. The status of their relationship is unknown, but presumed to be over.
  • Allison Jenkins (season 2, guest starring in season 4) – Allison is the crown attorney and has all the things that turn Jake's head. What was once strictly professional turned into a romantic relationship, which ended when she realized Jake's feelings for Leslie were stronger than his feelings for her. She appeared briefly in season four.
  • Sloan Daniels (season 5 - present) - Jake's sixteen-year-old daughter that he had with high school flame Ellen Daniels. Sloan spent her time in group homes before meeting the Doyles and finding out Jake is her long-lost father. She is mischievous at best, and has a tendency to err on the wrong side of the law.
  • Kevin Crocker (guest starring in seasons 2, 4 and 5) - Jake's former partner on the force, and Tinny's biological father. Crocker was kicked off of the force for the presumed murder of a call girl, and has been on the run ever since. In Season Four he discovers that he is Tinny's father, much to Jake's initial dismay. The character name is evocative of the character name, Bobby Crocker, and the actor who played him, Kevin Dobson, in the classic television series Kojak (1973–78), starring Telly Savalas.

Production[edit]

The show is filmed in and around St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[4] The show's star, Allan Hawco, is also executive producer/showrunner/co-creator and head writer of the show.

Other producers include John Vatcher (exec producer), Rob Blackie, Perry Chafe (co-creator and writer) and Michael Levine.[5]

In 2013, Republic of Doyle aired a fictional crossover with another CBC Television crime drama, Murdoch Mysteries.[6] With the two shows set over 100 years apart, Hawco appeared on the November 25, 2013 episode of Murdoch Mysteries as Jacob Doyle, a 19th-century ancestor of Jake Doyle, while Yannick Bisson appeared on the January 29, 2014 episode of Republic of Doyle as Detective Bill Murdoch, a 21st-century descendant of his regular character Detective William Murdoch.[6]

Season synopses[edit]

Season One[edit]

Premiering on January 6, 2010, the show introduces Allan Hawco as Jake Doyle and Sean McGinley as Mal Doyle as a father and son pair of private investigators. The debut show also reveals relationship complications with Jake and his ex-wife Nikki and his new infatuation: Leslie, the Inspector who works at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. While Jake tries to improve his relationship with Leslie, he discovers he may have impregnated his ex-wife, but soon discovers the positive pregnancy test he found in her garbage can did not belong to her. After he realizes he is free from the burden of having to deal with child-support, his relationship with Leslie develops as Nikki’s relationship with her new boyfriend grows. However, Leslie soon begins to decide whether her relationship with Jake will prove beneficial in the future. As Jake finalizes his divorce with Nikki, his relationship status with Leslie improves to good friends. Yet Leslie’s focus quickly shifts to her new title as Sergeant after being promoted to the position. Jake realizes he has other problems too; his mischievous older brother, Christian makes an unexpected visit to his house, greeting him in the kitchen. After Christian offends Jake, their relationship swiftly intensifies. The last episode of the season shows the characters’ struggle to keep their republic strong as their relationships fall apart.[7]

Season Two[edit]

Season Two begins with Rose, Mal’s partner, dealing with the consequences of his recent heart attack. Meanwhile, Jake and Leslie take initiatives to move past the hiccups in their relationship and move on from one another. Tinny, Jake’s niece, embarks on an investment in order to raise personal funds, meanwhile, Mal discovers a secret that Rose has kept from him; her mother stole her engagement ring. Jake learns what Leslie sees their relationship as. As the season progresses, so does Tinny’s income business along with the amount of friends she makes. Jake as well as the viewers are introduced to Allison, the crown attorney. Meanwhile, Mal and Rose experience issues in their marriage but are quickly able to recover and move forward. As Mal’s relationship with Rose strengthens, so does Jake’s relationship with Allison when they move past the boundaries of friendship. Des, an admirer of Tinny yet an enemy of Jake, exploits Tinny’s business yet saves it in the process. Adding to the drama, Jake finds himself bailing his delinquent brother out of jail and finds himself dealing with issues concerning money. Like all his previous relationships, Jake ill-manages to maintain his relationship with Allison. When Jake receives a new job offer, his relationship with Allison struggles even further. Meanwhile, the relationship of Des and Tinny becomes more intimate. After further complications with Allison, Jake decides to break up with Allison.[7]

Season Three[edit]

In the opening episode of Season Three, the viewers are informed that Tinny travels to London. However, it is revealed by Des that her trip did not go smoothly but Des promises to keep the hiccup a secret. Jake finds himself interacting with Nikki again by doing a favor of which he is not fond. Jake struggles to avoid Nikki and win back the unimpressed Allison. Rose gets in trouble with the police for carrying a gun. Tinny is bothered by the quickly growing relationship between Des and Chandra, a university student of medicine. Kathleen, a newly introduced character that serves as Jake's sister, is helped with her mothering issues by Rose. The two begin to progress in their friendship. Des finds himself in a precarious position—choosing between Tinny and Chandra. He decides to break up with Chandra and pursue a romance with Tinny. Kathleen faces parenting issues at home. Des attempts to impress Jake by helping him in an investigation using his various connections, while Allison jeopardizes the safety of the Doyle household with a mistake from her past. Mal becomes tied up in complications with his former wife while Tinny obsesses over her death and Kathleen experiences troubles in their relations as a result of a poor decision in Kathleen’s history. George, an unappreciated individual in the Republic, bothers Kathleen by scamming her, but Jake comes to the rescue and saves her from his tricks. The season ends with Tinny discovering the identity of her father, which is not revealed to the viewers.

Season Four[edit]

The season kicks off with relatives from Ireland paying the Doyles a visit a bringing some drama along with them. As in the previous season, Tinny still tries to unravel hidden secrets about her dad and succeeds in doing so; she discovers her mother, Kathleen conceived her with a current prisoner, Kevin Crocker. Tinny attempts to associate with Crocker by revealing her true identity as his daughter. Jake tries to redefine his relationship with Leslie by reintroducing her into his world, and by doing so, he is able to once again gains her trust, as well as her affection. However; disaster strikes and Jake searches for the missing Leslie, who disappeared as a result of working a precarious case. Jake soon comes to the rescue, and saves Leslie from her kidnapper. Soon after the major incident, Leslie is hit by personal issues regarding family: her father dies. Meanwhile, Tinny’s relations with Crocker grow and Jake is troubled by the fact that Tinny spending so much time with the con. Jake takes another hit after being kidnapped as his kidnapper nearly take his life by burning him to death. The medication used to mend his injuries from the incident, gives him some peculiar dreams. The season comes to an end with Crocker and Jake being forced to collaborate in order to save the kidnapped Tinny.[7]

Season Five[edit]

After the wild adventure Jake took in the previous season by saving Tinny, his rescue mission leads to his kidnapping. The Doyles have been anxiously searching for him for the past two months and Tinny risks her career as a police officer and becomes unprofessional by involving her personal life in her police work and helping Jake. As a result, Tinny gets suspended. Meanwhile, Des overcomes his sorrow over losing Tinny. Jake experiences more complications in returning to St. John’s, but eventually makes it home safe with the help of his niece. Jake and Leslie’s relationship heats up with Jake nearly impregnating her. When Leslie is being followed and nearly gets shot, Jake is extremely worried for her safety but soon finds out her pursuer is actually her long-lost husband. Jake and Leslie try but fail to smooth their relationship with the shocking news. Leslie and Jake are finally forced to define their relationship and decide not to see each other due to the recent complications, even after Jake confesses his love. After Des hooks up with a troubled young woman, Sloan, he must avoid Tinny. Jake finds it hard to avoid Leslie when he gets tied up in her ex-husband’s business. Meanwhile, Tinny gets the chance of her career on a big case. To make matters worse for Jake, Nikki pays him a visit. The season ends with Jake being tried and arrested for murder but is then kidnapped by one of Leslie’s pursuers; the kidnapper forces Jake to make several unwarranted missions.[7]

Season Six[edit]

In February 2014, Allan Hawco confirmed that Republic of Doyle will be back for a sixth season.[8] It was announced on May 29, 2014 that the show would be ending after the upcoming sixth season,[9] due to Allan Hawco wanting to move on and wanting to end the show before becoming burned out.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV season Viewers
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
1 Wednesday 9:00pm 12
January 6, 2010
2,000,000[10]
April 7, 2010
2,000,000 2010 2,000,000
2 13
January 12, 2011
2,000,000[11]
April 6, 2011
2,000,000 2011 2,000,000
3 13
January 11, 2012
1,500,000[12]
April 4, 2012
2,000,000[13] 2012 1,867,000
4 Sunday 9:00pm 13
January 6, 2013
820,000[14]
April 21, 2013
1,002,000 2013 2,500,000
5 Wednesday 9:00pm 16
October 2, 2013
 ?
?
TBA 2014  ?

DVD releases[edit]

Entertainment One has released the first four seasons on DVD in Canada.[15][16][17][18]

On May 6, 2014, Acorn Media will release the first season on DVD in the USA.[19]

In Region 4, Beyond Home Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.[20][21]

DVD name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 4
The Complete First Season 12 November 16, 2010 May 4, 2011
The Complete Second Season 13 July 19, 2011 April 4, 2012
The Complete Third Season 13 November 20, 2012 TBA
The Complete Fourth Season 13 October 1, 2013 TBA

International broadcasters[edit]

Country Channel Premiere date
 South Africa Fox Entertainment 1 August 2010[22]
 United Kingdom Alibi 27 October 2010[23]
 Australia ABC2 (season one)
13th Street (season two –)
6 November 2010[24][25]
 Brazil Globosat HD 11 November 2010
 Estonia Fox Crime 11 September 2010
 Serbia Fox Crime 14 October 2010
 Bulgaria Fox Crime 4 December 2010
 Poland TVP2 25 December 2012
 Germany 13th Street 16 October 2013
 United States KTXA Every Saturday and Sunday

Republic of Doyle is aired in the USA on various stations via syndication.[26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Full Cast & Crew." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.
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  4. ^ "Republic of Doyle: A rogue P.I. with Newfie smarts". Toronto Star, January 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "CBC renews 14 shows for coming season". CBC News. April 19, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Celebrating the Can-combo of Republic of Doyle and Murdoch Mysteries". National Post, November 25, 2013.
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  10. ^ Wild, Diane (January 7, 2010). "Ratings: Republic of Doyle, 18 to Life, Dragons’ Den, Heartland". TV Eh?. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ Brioux, Bill (January 13, 2011). "Doyle & Dragons roar back on CBC". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Brioux, Bill (January 18, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang beats Globes; new CBC season soars". The Brioux Report. Torstar. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Brioux, Bill (April 11, 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang's Easter Miracle". The Brioux Report. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Republic of Doyle DVD news: Announcement for Republic of Doyle – Season 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  17. ^ "Republic of Doyle DVD news: Announcement for Republic of Doyle - Season 3". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  18. ^ "Republic of Doyle: The Complete Fourth Season: Amazon.ca: Allan Hawco: DVD". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  19. ^ "Acorn to Deliver a State-Side Release of Season 1 DVDs". Tvshowsondvd.com. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  20. ^ "REPUBLIC OF DOYLE - SEASON 1 | Television Series | Drama | Comedy". Beyondhomeentertainment.com.au. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  21. ^ "REPUBLIC OF DOYLE - SEASON 2 | Television Series | Drama | Comedy". Beyondhomeentertainment.com.au. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
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  23. ^ "UKTV enters Republic of Doyle" (Press release). C21 Media. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  24. ^ "ABC2 Programming Airdate: Republic of Doyle (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. 2010-11-20. 
  25. ^ Newsome, Brad (6 January 2012). "Republic of Doyle, Friday, January 6". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  26. ^ . The Telegram. 2013-04-13 http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2013-04-17/article-3221647/%26lsquoRepublic-of-Doyle%26rsquo-headed-for-U.S./1. Retrieved 2014-02-23.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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