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Ratings: Week of October 13

From Bill Brioux:

The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19
CBC saw it’s top drama, Murdoch Mysteries, pull 1,029,000 on a Thanksgiving Monday. Strange Empire followed at 9 with 312,000. Continue reading.

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Tonight: Dragons’ Den, Republic of Doyle

Dragons’ Den, CBC
A new Dragon exercises his will and tightens his wallet; an athletic pitch hopes to line-up a deal; and siblings try to yodel their way into the Dragons’ hearts. Plus a multi-million dollar valuation gives the Dragons a product they can really sink their teeth into.

Republic of Doyle, CBC – “No Rest for the Convicted”
Jake must keep his loose-cannon bail benefactor in check while chasing a dodgy money trail; Leslie returns to work but with some conditions; Sloan’s decisions force Jake into making a deal with the devil. Guest stars: Aaron Abrams, Crystal Lowe, Sarah Power, Sean Panting, Steve O’Connell, Shawn Doyle, Ron White, Lola Tash, Jamie Spilchuk, Sam Kalilieh.

Link: Republic of Doyle a labour of love for Allan Hawco

From Annette Bourdeau of Huffington Post Canada:

Allan Hawco Reflects On Last Season Of ‘Republic Of Doyle’
For Allan Hawco, “The Republic Of Doyle” has truly been a labour of love. He has sacrificed sleep, among other things, to serve as the show’s writer, producer, showrunner and charismatic star for six exhilarating seasons. Continue reading.

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Review: Republic of Doyle revs for the last time

Jake Doyle has a way of attracting a lot of attention, and it’s mostly bad. So, as Republic of Doyle sets a course for its series finale, it’s no surprise that Jake is surrounded by danger and uncertainty.

“Dirty Deeds,” written by Allan Hawco, threw everything but the kitchen sink into the mix–and I believe there would have been one involved in the prison fight if it was possible–by having Jake in prison and surrounded by men he and Malachy had helped put in there over the course of their careers. Kudos to Hawco and the producers for snagging Jason O’Mara in the role of dim bulb but oh-so-good-looking Seth Rankin. Last seen on The Good Wife, O’Mara was able to flex his comedic muscles as he elicited Jake’s help in a tit-for-tat agreement: if Jake helped keep Seth’s girlfriend, Molly, safe outside of prison then Seth would hand over some of the diamonds he had stolen to pay for Jake’s bail.

Throw in Taylor Gossad (who wants Jake dead), a prison superintendent (played by Megan Follows) who wants Jake to find out how drugs are getting into the prison, and Jake’s plate is pretty darned full. Add in the fact no one knows where Sloan has gone with all of the Doyles’ money and Leslie is in a coma and things are looking dire for the bestubbled P.I.

Speaking of Leslie, she may have ultimately been saved from Taylor’s long, deadly reach, but what was the deal with the gift-wrapped box the killer was carrying when he entered her hospital room? Tinny was there to put the collar on him before he cut Leslie’s throat, but no reference to the package was made before the episode ended. I can only imagine it pops up in the coming weeks.

Placing Leslie in a three-week long coma was a ballsy move and I’m glad it didn’t last longer. That means things will move at a brisk pace; she’s awake and can finger Blake Brogan for the death of Mayor Clarke, so he’ll need to move fast to keep her quiet. Speaking of brisk pace, fingers crossed Jake gets out of prison soon too. Having him in there is a nice departure setting-wise, but a contained Jake is a less entertaining Jake. It means he’s tooling around St. John’s in the GTO.

Favourite quotes

  • “Seth Rankin, of the Rankins. Not the band.” Oh Seth.
  • “I had to hide the key in my bum to get it in here.” Oh, Seth!
  • “Stay out of trouble, which I know is like asking you to take a vow of silence.” Malachy knows his son all too well.
  • “Des, we’re not making out in front of a coma-striken Leslie.” Tinny, always the voice of reason.

Republic of Doyle airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Links: Republic of Doyle’s Mark O’Brien

From Samantha Sobolewski of the TV Junkies:

Q&A with Republic of Doyle’s Mark O’Brien
We caught up with the star a few months back in a phone interview before the show wrapped to talk saying goodbye to the series, his favourite ROD episodes, directing an episode in the new season and continuing to work in Newfoundland when Doyle and Doyle closes up for good. Continue reading.

From Adnan M. of The Arts Guild:

Mark O’Brien Discusses ‘Republic of Doyle’ Season 6 & Future Endeavors
Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mark O’Brien has spent a good chunk of his career perfecting his craft, juggling various different roles including director, writer and actor. Starting off in the world of theatre, he soon found his way into screen work, starring in a variety of critically acclaimed performances. Notable productions include Grown Up Movie Star, opposite Tatiana Maslany, and of course his iconic character on Republic of Doyle, Des Courtney. His directorial efforts can be seen in Republic of Doyle, as well as a number of shortfilms, recent of which is Sweetieface starring Katie Boland and himself. Beyond his work, O’Brien enjoys reading and playing hockey. Continue reading.