Republic of Doyle starts production

From a media release:


Take the Shot productions is pleased to announce that principal photography for REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a new one-hour comic drama series for CBC Television, will commence on location in St. John’s, Newfoundland on July 6, 2009 for 12 episodes of its inaugural season.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, created by and starring Newfoundland native Allan Hawco (Movie Network’s ZOS: Zone of Separation, CBC’s H20, Trojan Horse and Above and Beyond) as Jake Doyle, revolves around a dysfunctional family trying to make it all work as they run a very strange business – a Gumshoe racket in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The series combines the retro crime vibe of classic Rockford Files and the contemporary dramatic/comedic edge of Rescue Me and Californication, producing a blend of intriguing episodic mysteries and ever-churning relationship turmoil.

Award-winning renowned Irish actor Sean McGinley (Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring, Bleak House) co-stars as Jake’s father and business partner Malachy Doyle, opposite Lynda Boyd (Robson Arms, The L Word) as his girlfriend Rose. The series also features Rachel Wilson (75 El Camino) as Jake’s tempestuous ex-wife Nikki; Krystin Pellerin (The Tudors) as the “hot cop” Constable Leslie Bennett and Jake Doyle love-interest; Marthe Bernard (Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With) as Malachy’s rebellious teenage granddaughter; and Mark O’Brien as Des, a street graffiti artist-turned Doyle apprentice.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE Executive Producers Allan Hawco, John Vatcher and Michael Levine are joined by Rob Blackie (Producer), Denis McGrath (Co-Executive Producer) and Ray Sager (Co-Producer). The series is written by Perry Chafe, Shelley Eriksen, Allan Hawco, Matt MacLennan, Malcolm MacRury and Jesse McKeown. MacRury and Chafe also co-created with Hawco. Directors on the series include Mike Clattenburg (Trailer Park Boys, jpod), Steve DiMarco (Heartland, Jeff Ltd.), Jim Allodi (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Rent-a-Goalie), Phil Earnshaw (Ghostly Encounters, Being Erica).


Take The Shot Productions is comprised of Republic of Doyle’s Executive Producers Allan Hawco, John Vatcher and Rob Blackie. In 2004, Allan Hawco and John Vatcher first came together to create Making Love In St. Pierre, starring Hawco as lead actor, and directed and produced by Vatcher. Making Love In St. Pierre won the Audience Award at the Nickel Independent Film and Video Festival. Since 2004, Allan and John have continued to collaborate on various independent projects. In 2008, Rob Blackie joined Take The Shot, bringing his production expertise to Republic of Doyle. Blackie has produced documentaries for CBC such as Playing The Machines (2009) and has also worked as a freelance producer and production manager on such projects as John Smith’s Love & Savagery (2009).


The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been a strong advocate for the production team, and for the project since the beginning. The Department of Tourism and Culture, through The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, provided initial development financing for the show and provided the initial seed equity to help make the show happen.


23 thoughts on “Republic of Doyle starts production”

  1. Just watched some shooting of this new series on George Street here in St. John’s, NL. I was on the Green Sleeves deck. Quite the production and some little cuties walking around. Looking forward to seeing the final production.

  2. I was one of many extras for the bar scene shot yesterday at the Martini Bar. Seems like it may be a good show. Any ideas of when it will air?

  3. They are heavy at in here on Cochrane St and Gower Street. Looks interesting………..

  4. I was an extra yesterday for their club/bar scene, it was such a fun experience and hope to get to do it again for them. Had such a fun time, looks like it’s going to be an awesome show.

  5. I worked as a bacgrounder on the first episode being shot as well, had a great time and everyone was a great bunch. Looking forward to seeing it air. Got to meet some great people and be invovled in some interesting scenes :)

  6. can’t wait to see this show. i’v been waiting for something like this in st. john’s. It airs in January

  7. Watched some of the filming from Signal Hill and really enjoyed the sexy blonde missus walking the walk!!! Hope to see her in some of the show.

  8. Can’t wait to see episode #7…..

    Atlantic Wave Limousine and a hot blonde will be seen there briefly…..!

    Thank-you to Rod Jerrett and the cast, for the opportunity, it is appreciated!

    All of you, who I met, were fantastic !

    Will be watching in January!

  9. I just finished watching the second episode of Republic of Doyle . It is by far the best comedy/drama that has come on the TV scene in years. I hope it will be around for a long, long time. The humor is so spontanious and not put on like so many TV comedys are now. The banter between the father and son is hilarious. In fact Alan Hawco acts the part of a “pest” so well. Keep it up and I sincerely hope this program will be around for a very long time.

  10. Just watched an episode. It was funny and so cool to see familiar faces, Greg Malone, Mary Walsh…and the sights of St. John’s. I’ll be watching more episodes and hope it has great success ..and can’t wait to see Jake Doyle brought down to size! Bravo!!

  11. Great Show. Someone told my husband about it and now our family don’t miss an episode. Especially when you are living in Calgary. It’s great to see home again, even if it is on a tv show.

  12. We are planning a family vacation to St. Johns’s and wanted to attend a filming session this summer and was wondering if there was a filming schedule?

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