Everything about Republic of Doyle, eh?

Link: Decision to end Republic of Doyle an emotional one

From Laura Kane of the Canadian Press:

‘Republic of Doyle’ star Allan Hawco and cast on the final season
Allan Hawco says the decision to end “Republic of Doyle” was an emotional one. The star and creator of the hit CBC series says that mid-way through the last season, he realized they had “reached their conclusion creatively.” “It’s a tough thing to come to grips with, because you can put the blinders on and push past, and try to keep going for as long as you possibly can. But we felt like creatively we were all at the wall,” the Newfoundland-born actor said in a summer interview. Continue reading.

Link: Republic of Doyle bids farewell

From Richard Ouzounian of the Toronto Star:

The last days of Republic of Doyle
More than a hundred people stood jammed together, waiting for, but also dreading the words they were about to hear. “Cut. And that’s a wrap. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the Republic of Doyle.” First there came a giant sigh, like a hundred balloons deflating all at once. Then came clapping, loud and rhythmic. And above it all were whistles and cheers with, indeed, an undercurrent of barely repressed sobbing. Continue reading.

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Link: That’s a wrap on Republic of Doyle

From CBC:

That’s a wrap: Republic of Doyle ends shooting of final season
The tires on Jake Doyle’s GTO will screech for the last time on Wednesday, as shooting for the final season of the hit series Republic of Doyle will come to an end. The Gemini-nominated show debuted in January 2010, and on Oct. 15, the sixth season will premiere on CBC Television. Continue reading.


Fall time is primetime…ish

The days are getting short, the leaves have started to change, the kids are back in school (except here in BC). Calendar be damned, it’s fall, and with it comes the new television season.

For Canadian TV, this is also the damned if you do, damned if you don’t season.

Do you put your original programming into the mix with the American shows and their massive marketing machine, or do you test  just how little scripted content is required by the CRTC anyway?

Do you even have a spot left in your schedule after buying from all the US networks and trying to maximize your purchases by airing shows on your channel at the same time as the US channel, therefore allowing you to put your own ads into the US feed as well?

If you’re Global this fall, you don’t.  They have no original scripted series in primetime this season. That seems an extreme reaction to the problem to me. Boo, Global.

CTV has a prime spot left for their million-plus-viewers-club medical drama Saving Hope, premiering September 22 before settling into its regular Thursday timeslot at 9 pm — for the first five weeks, nestled after aging but compatible Grey’s Anatomy.

City brings back Package Deal on Friday nights starting September 12. Not exactly a plum timeslot but it does get it away from stiff American competition and gives City something other than The Bachelor Canada (premiering September 18) and a little series called Hockey Night in Canada to promote.

CBC, of course, is where the CanCon action is this fall. Unless you’re looking for hockey (though they get to air some games despite not earning revenue from them. Sweet deal, huh?).

Due to shorter seasons for many series and a lot of scheduling real estate to fill given budget cuts and hockey losses, their fall season mostly starts in October, and reruns and the odd non-Canadian show as usual supplement the originals.

Returning shows include Heartland and Canada’s Smartest Person on September 28, Murdoch Mysteries on October 6, Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes on October 7, and Dragons’ Den and Republic of Doyle on October 15.

The new shows are where it gets interesting. CBC is taking some risks with the dark serialized drama Strange Empire by the writer of the very dark Durham County and premiering October 6. What sounds like a cross between Heartland and The Week The Men Went very much isn’t — in an 1869 frontier town, women struggle to survive after most of the men are gone. 

Sci-fi drama Ascension is another outlier, both in content and in its later premiere date of November 25. The six-episode series likely won’t be able to rely on a compatible lead-in but hopefully the sci-fi crowd finds it on this unexpected channel.

In scripted series beyond the major broadcast networks, Teletoon is airing new series Clarence and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island starting September 4, Haven returns to Showcase with a two-hour premiere on September 18,  Transporter: The Series returns to The Movie Network/Movie Central on October 5, and APTN has Blackstone returning on November 11 and Mohawk Girls debuting on November 25.

An upside to Canadian TV is that none of these series will be cancelled before the end of their current seasons, even if some of them on the private broadcast networks might get shuffled around to make way for changing US network schedules. So go on, get hooked on Saving Hope or Strange Empire: they’re here for the season.