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Exiting the Republic of Doyleby Ralph Lucas, Publisher


Exiting the Republic of Doyle
by Ralph Lucas, Publisher

;Exiting the Republic of Doyle;
(December 8, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Earlier this year I had a chance to do some photography in and around St. John`s. I took those obligatory shots of the paint box houses, went whale watching, visited Telegraph Hill, The Rooms museum and had some of the best food I have ever had in a small bistro restaurant on one of the steep streets that help define Canada`s most eastern capital city. But one of the top highlights was coming across the crew of Republic of Doyle, setting up a shot for one of the last episodes in the last season. The very last episode airs this Wednesday night and it`s a two-hour doozy.

The action-packed drama debuted on CBC in 2010 and quickly became a staple in the prime-time line-up, attracting a robust and engaged audience each week. The original Canadian production went on to be distributed in more than 98 countries but it all comes to an end after its sixth successful season on CBC.

Republic of Doyle single-handedly helped to stimulate the province’s television production industry and it is the largest original TV or film production ever mounted in Newfoundland and Labrador The popular program has become an overwhelming success, hosting top-tier talent with guest stars including Gordon Pinsent, Shannon Tweed, Paul Gross, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe, Alan Doyle, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and many more.

The final episode unfolds over two hours, which are essentially back-to-back episodes. In the first, titled “Judgement Day”, the red thread connecting the story of Jake’s murder charge forms the main story, while Leslie faces her own life-changing events with her job on the line. Des, typically, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and;Allan Hawco, Republic of Doyle; Tinny is caught between her family and her job. If all that isn’t enough to hold your attention, the Doyles have just 48 hours to solve a complicated case before their world changes forever. Thus, part two.

Titled “Last Call”, the battle for the Republic is on. Jake and Leslie fight for their lives as powerful enemies close ranks. The Doyles pull out every trick to protect their own and get help from an unexpected ally. Everything comes down to the wire as they hunt for the evidence they need to clear Jake’s murder charge and secure freedom in the City of Legends.

There are fan efforts all across the country to give the show a grand send off with the highest audience it`s ever had. If that happens it will be a testament to the cast and crew of a show that became “must viewing” on its very first episode.

The show`s star and creator, Allan Hawco first had the idea for the series when he was 19. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he said, “It`s just been a dream come true to be able to share this experience with an audience. It`s so impossible to get an audience in this market. I’m so grateful for that. Just the sheer fact that it happened. It`s a miracle. I’m eternally grateful.” So, what`s next for Hawco?

He`s moving on, but not very far. He`s announced that he will produce and star in Caught, a new CBC series that will launch next year. Based on Canadian author Lisa Moore’s bestselling novel, Hawco’s production company Take the Shot Productions is teaming up with eOne to produce the series. He will play David Slaney, a convicted drug runner who escapes from a Nova Scotia prison after five years of incarceration. Set in 1978, the series will follow his cross-country journey to reconnect with his former partner in crime and pull off one more job that would set them up for life. While the series is based on the book, the book was based in part by real events. It was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013. As they say in TV, stayed tuned for more.