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.
Allan Hawco says he had a panic attack at the CBC upfronts when announcing this coming season would be the last for Republic of Doyle. “That day was the hardest for me, because once you say it out loud it’s real,” he said in an interview at yesterday’s Vancouver media and fan event with some of the cast from the show.
He and co-creator Perry Chafe had started to worry they would run out of fresh stories and were happy to get a final season of 10 episodes to wrap things up on their own terms. Hawco points out a sixth season wasn’t a sure thing, nor was it a given that CBC would allow them to bow out after that.
He’s been filming The Book of Negroes and Hyena Road, but Caught was recently announced as the next project where he’ll produce and write — though that news going public caught him unprepared. “It’s still a ways away,” he says. “The announcement came out that I was starring in a new series and I was thinking, ‘Wait, I haven’t written it yet.'” Based on a book by Newfoundland writer Lisa Moore, the series is another collaboration with CBC.
Doyle costar Sean McGinley — who is not from Newfoundland himself — was the one who’d pushed Hawco to read Moore’s writing, and who points out that Republic of Doyle has now left the province with more of the “infrastructure and body of experience to tell their stories to the world.”
Born and raised Newfoundlander Marthe Bernard agrees, adding that there has always been a strong voice and strong arts community there, which has been shown to the world in a big way in recent years.
“As soon as a cab driver picks up someone from the airport, they want to go to The Duke,” laughs Lynda Boyd.
“I should’ve bought shares in that bar,” Hawco interjects.
The final season of Republic of Doyle begins tonight on CBC.
Dragons’ Den, CBC – season premiere
Two new Dragons breathe fire into the Den. A married couple vow they’ll get a rise out of the Dragons; an entrepreneur hopes he has enough material to write the Dragons into his next chapter; and a major solution to a minor problem heats things up between the Dragons.
Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Dirty Deeds”
Jake must fight off his enemies while trying to solve a case for a hapless inmate as he struggles to come to terms with what happened to Leslie. The Doyles adjust to life after Jake’s daughter stole their life savings. Guest Stars: Jason O’Mara, Megan Follows, Jason Gray-Stanford, Sean Panting, Joel Thomas Hynes, Arnold Pinnock, Karen Cliché, Paul Wilson, Chris Eustace.
From James Bawden:
Last Chance To Catch Republic Of Doyle
“This is it. Doyle’s end. I’m sad but I’m proud –you know, all at once.” Star and creator Allan Hawco told me he’d decided to end CBC-TV’s quirky hit Republic Of Doyle during the middle of last season. Continue reading.
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.