From a media release:
TAKE THE SHOT PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES START OF PRODUCTION ON REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, A NEW ONE-HOUR COMIC DRAMA SERIES FOR CBC TV
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 â€“ 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 â€œhot copâ€ 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).
ABOUT TAKE THE SHOT PRODUCTIONS:
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).
NEWFOUNDLAND SUPPORT FOR REPUBLIC OF DOYLE:
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.