‘Republic of Doyle’ headed for U.S.

Daniel MacEachern
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The cast of “Republic of Doyle” will get air time in the U.S. now that the show will be distributed by Trifecta Entertainment of Los Angeles. — Submitted photo

With “Republic of Doyle” about to start filming its fifth season, the show will soon start appearing on American television screens.

Trifecta Entertainment of Los Angeles has made a deal to distribute the show in the United States, and the show’s star says the deal will help the provincial government recoup its investment.

“We’re super excited about it, and this is really, really big news,” Allan Hawco, producer and actor who plays the show’s Jake Doyle, told The Telegram on Tuesday. “A sale in the U.S. is huge because it means that when the show goes into syndication — the United States is our biggest market and we hadn’t sold there yet. It’s only happened right now, essentially, because we got ordered for Season 5; that brings us into syndication numbers — that means the show will be playing all across the United States, likely for years, an unquantifiable amount of years, which is very exciting.”

Broadening the audience for the show is how its funding partners — including the Newfoundland and Labrador government and CBC — make their money back, and profit, said Hawco.

“But eventually, if the show does half decent in years to come, the return on the investment on the province, from the CBC, all the shareholders get a portion of any profits that will eventually come.”

Despite the size of the U.S. market, Hawco said he was happy making a show just for Canadian audiences.

“When we started designing the show, I stayed away from trying to partner with an American network, because I didn’t want to bastardize or water down the Newfoundland or Canadian content. I wanted to make this show real and truthful to the place, obviously while spinning it with the mystery, detective elements,” he said.

“I didn’t want Jake carrying a gun, or etc. etc. etc. I didn’t want American influence to be dictating the creative.”

Work on the show’s fifth season — extended to 16 episodes, more than the 13 of the last few seasons — began late last fall, with shooting to start in May. Season 4 wraps up Sunday night with two new episodes back to back.



Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: CBC, The Telegram

Geographic location: United States, Los Angeles, Republic of Doyle Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Dick Smith
    October 04, 2015 - 14:13

    Saw it today for the 1st time(10/4/15. The episode was season3 #1. Don't know how long it's been on here in Boston. Very good how. Hope to see more episodes. It was on at a bad time. Sun aft at 1pm opposite 2 NFL games. Not as well made as that terrific Canadian show Flashpoint but close.

  • Chris
    October 06, 2014 - 00:37

    I'm in Toronto and Republic of Doyle runs on WUTV Fox 29 Buffalo every Sunday at midnight. It's not bad but compared to similar American action series it's kind of boring, it lacks real action we are all used to by watching CSI Miami-like tough cops and PIs.

  • BBrooks
    October 03, 2014 - 15:43

    I find this amusing: “I didn’t want Jake carrying a gun, or etc. etc. etc. I didn’t want American influence to be dictating the creative.” He or Mal end up with one in hand most episodes, so there are always the same ridiculous standoffs as you'd see in any show in the US. It is funny to see the Doyle's carrying bats or pry-bars to a gunfight, though.

  • jayson
    April 28, 2014 - 02:12

    Seriously dont know how anyone likes this show. By far the worst show ive ever seen in my life. Id rather watch infomercials for a week straight than watch one episode of this trash. Poor poor acting terrible script. All around garbage.

  • Yolanda
    March 20, 2014 - 20:06

    Republic of Doyle has been airing in the USA since September 2013. In many local TV markets it airs very late night. Please check your local listings and call the TV station to upgrade the show to a better time period.

  • Patti
    January 15, 2014 - 23:17

    I saw this show for the first time - in the middle of the night in the USA.... it was GREAT!! I hope it comes to the USA for normal time slots!!! Great Show!!!

  • sharon acosta
    January 11, 2014 - 22:17

    I am excited about republic of doyle coming to us. i am alans cousin, i live in n,c, my grandmother mrs min and his grandfather uncle bill were brother and sister he comes from a wonderful family and it doesnt surprise me that he is so successful. sharon mccue acosta

  • Pam Hynes
    October 22, 2013 - 09:38

    Thank-you! Hopefully we will start getting some more Canadian shows here in the states!

  • Curt
    September 11, 2013 - 00:14

    Please tell me what network/channel is going to carry ROD in the States!!! Been listening to my family rave about it for years and I can't wait to see it!!

  • Donna
    August 23, 2013 - 18:18

    Thanks for remaining true to your'e Newfoundland and Canadian roots. With so much American content on TV, it's great to see a show that relies on it's great writing rather than gratuitous violence. Great cast of characters!

  • Ian
    June 02, 2013 - 12:12

    Can you get the BBC to buy it and show it on mainstream television in the U.K. I'm sure it would be a big hit over here. Due South was huge and well liked.

  • jimmer
    April 23, 2013 - 16:13

    sorry, but the show is terrible

  • Don Lane
    April 23, 2013 - 07:23

    way to go guys we all love the show in this house never miss it. congradulations hope it runs another 10 years.I am origanaly from Bell Island so all of the scenes of the show are just great and familier looking. Keep up the great work.

  • kathy
    April 20, 2013 - 17:05

    Bravo! we are all excited for you all. The United States Folks will love you just as much as we Canadians do, eh!

  • debbie buchholz
    April 18, 2013 - 09:03

    I cannot wait ... love love love the show...living in VA and can only see it when my cousin from NL sends me the season videos I am soooo very proud of my fellow canadians/Newfoundlanders .. congrats to the cast and crew :)

  • Maureen Weaver
    April 18, 2013 - 03:39

    Fell in love with this show while living in Canada, but have moved back to the US. I'm so excited. I've bought the first three seasons on DVD so I could share it with my American friends. This is fantastic news!!!

  • R Ryan
    April 18, 2013 - 02:44

    I can never get back that 1 hr I spent watching one episode of "Doyle" :( The writing /acting is amateurish & basicly degrades themseves as Nflders.

  • John
    April 18, 2013 - 00:23

    This is grear news so all newfoundlands in the us will be to sea how great this show is

  • derek
    April 17, 2013 - 21:43

    Great program that my family enjoys each week. The Sunday slot, however, has not been a good choice for ROD. Many episodes were pre-empted on Sundays due to the Grammies, Oscars, Super Bowl, Canadian Television Awards....among others. Hence, a big disruption in the flow of the program. I hope they go back to Wednesdays for next season.

    • a business man
      April 25, 2013 - 10:30

      Good post, but in all seriousness, some people might be okay with other provinces getting cheap energy at the expense of Newfoundland taxpayers. I am one of those people because I have business interests in Nova Scotia and I stand to get cheaper energy at the expense of Newfoundland. As a taxpayer and voter, I support this because it benefits me. I understand why many would oppose this, but those who oppose must do something about. I will not spend my time doing anything about it because even though I know it is wrong, it is still in my best interests.

  • Isabel Croke
    April 17, 2013 - 20:15

    Congratulations!! A great advantage for Doyle and our province. I know people in the states who love the show and will be so excited that they will now be able to see it.

  • Marty
    April 17, 2013 - 19:55

    Great, maybe now they won't need the Provincial government to continually provide major financial input. Never did understand how that came about.

    • Tori
      April 19, 2013 - 08:35

      The show makes NL look great and brings a lot of tourism to the province. It's like advertising :)

    • n. trumble
      May 04, 2013 - 17:27

      Loved this show from the beginning! Sense of humour is wonderful! Using the beautiful Province almost like a character on the show works so well! Placing it in Ottawa for a few sessions (last show of the season hints at this) would be very interesting. I love all the weird Canadian characters too - Gordon Pinsent, Paul Gross, the guy from Quincy and the one from Murdoch Mysteries - and others whose names I can't recall. Have loved them all forever - wonderful actors! Allan Hawco is amazing!

  • daphne hatcher
    April 17, 2013 - 14:40

    Can't wait ,I am from newfoundland but live in Kentucky can't wait.Everyone tells me its a great show

  • Peggy Bohus
    April 17, 2013 - 13:57

    Yeaaaah! Love the show!!! The fact that it is so "Newfoundland" makes it more special for me. Makes me want to go visit your beautiful unique province again and it might be on our travel schedule this summer. Congratulations to all involved.

  • catherine altini
    April 17, 2013 - 13:34

    Good news for those of us from away. I've seen the past three seasons thanks to my brother Brian,who sends the cds of the show to me. We love the scenery as well as the show itself. Makes me homesick, by.

  • just me
    April 17, 2013 - 12:00

    this is great but i think in order to promote our provinence for tourism the writers and producers should keep things more local ,like more local actors . and promote local towns and bussinses,just one example a couble shows back des was imatating a utility worker from our local electrical provider ( atlantic electrical,) i think we all pay our bills to NL POWER. keep story lines about places here in newfoundland ,just as was the first few seasons .

    April 17, 2013 - 11:40

    CONGRATULATIONS REPUBLIC OF DOYLE !! FANTASTIC !! Lets show them our talent and our scenery.

  • saelcove
    April 17, 2013 - 10:24

    It,s all about tourism craig, how much will it cost

  • Anne Tenaglia
    April 17, 2013 - 09:40

    ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou from Doyle-starved fans in Philly.

  • dan
    April 17, 2013 - 09:28

    Excellent news congrats to all!

  • Blazing Horizon Cottages. com
    April 17, 2013 - 09:13

    This is all good ....super for the tourism and we will look forward to seeing it when visiting US in the winter.

  • craig
    April 17, 2013 - 08:54

    That is excellent news. Should also promote our tourism with the excellent shots of views that they show of St. John's and recently Brigis. Way to go.

    • Robert Ryan
      April 17, 2013 - 12:30

      Finally... as a Newfoundlander living away I am super excited to get to see this show... family and friends have all told me about how great it is and I have never been able to see a single show... can't wait..

    • Robert Ryan
      April 17, 2013 - 12:32

      Finally... as a Newfoundlander living away I am super excited to get to see this show... family and friends have all told me about how great it is and I have never been able to see a single show... can't wait..