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Allan Hawco Dishes on the Success of 'Republic of Doyle'

by Anne Brodie, posted Nov 15th 2010 4:30PM
Allan Hawco is about as close to a mogul as it gets in Canada these days. The creator, executive producer, writer, and star of 'Republic of Doyle' has parlayed a winning first season into global sales and five Gemini nominations. Not bad for a show just one year old; not to mention it's set in the relatively obscure world of St. John's, Newfoundland. Hawco, a Newfoundlander himself, plays Jake Doyle, an unconventional private eye who creates almost as much trouble as he resolves. He's a gifted sleuth with colorful baggage and an eye for adventure. Females make up 56 percent of the show's fan base and there's little wondering why -- Hawco's loaded with charm.

TV Squad spoke with Hawco direct from the St. John's set of 'Republic of Doyle,' where he's shooting an episode for the second season. He was up-front about Newfoundland humor, what the show's secret is and why they don't do stereotypes.

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The New Biopics: Undistinguished Canadians

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 29th 2010 5:02PM


On Sunday night, I watched 'Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story' on CBC because, as my beloved said, "We kind of have to, don't we?" I think he was thinking of my job as a Canadian TV columnist, our status as hockey fans or maybe he only meant there wasn't much else on.

But watch it we did (the first half anyway - the rest airs Monday March 29, 8 pm, CBC) and frankly, I thought it was pretty good, and I'm a little surprised about it.

CBC miniseries are not usually my cup of tea. The subjects are usually dead white guys who made Important Contributions to Our Country, which I always feel I'm supposed to know about already.

Don Cherry even agrees with me. "I feel like I should be dead," he said at a press conference for the series. "Don't they usually do these kinds of movies about dead people?"

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Jake Doyle, Canadian P.I.

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jan 6th 2010 3:31PM


CBC is pulling out all the stops this winter, and is debuting two new shows this week – '18 to Life' and 'Republic of Doyle'. The latter follows a father/son private investigation team based in picturesque St. John's, Newfoundland. The duo tackles cases of all sorts, from catching adulterers to busting drug rings. The show's hero, Jake Doyle, is often distracted by his feisty ex-wife, the attractive local policewoman and his precocious teenage niece.

AOL TV Canada caught up with Allan Hawco, the co-creator and star of 'Doyle' (not to mention writer and producer), who gives off a strangely Colin Farrell-esque vibe. We picked his brain about everything from Newfoundland's fresh, fresh air to why he thinks women rule the world to Doyle guest stars like Mary Walsh, Gordon Pinsent and even Seamus O'Regan.

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