Updated: April 19, 2012
CBC announced just this morning...
REPUBLIC OF DOYLE will be back for a 4th Season!
More on this as the story develops. SABS
Posted: April 11, 2012
SPOILER ALERT – this post contains Season 3 finale plot details – so if you haven't seen it yet click here – watch it and then come back for the post....please.
Whadda ya at? It's Wednesday – Doyleday as it were...and there's nothing left but the crying.
The tears are for the end of another awesome season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE and the many months waiting for its return next January (a point we'll get to in a minute). So in lieu of watching – I thought it would be good to reflect on the year that was Season 3.
Funny to think about it now – because when I interviewed Allan Hawco at St.John's Harbour last summer...he really did give me a lot of clues as to how the season would unfold... (watch here and you'll see what I mean)
Let's start with the subject of Leslie...
Well, we definitely saw a harder side to the Sargent this season. With the exception of a few fleeting moments of affection in Ep. 306 The Dating Game and a wild dream sequence in Ep. 308 Two Jakes and a Baby
Leslie did her best to keep it all 'business' and 'bad cop' this season.
That didn't stop me from waiting for the moment they'd reunite however – so it's no surprise my favourite moment of the season happened during the last scene of Episode 309 Mirror Mirror.... remember the French bit....have mercy!
Yes, love was on the back burner for Jake this season, but not for Des... and his Doctor friend. So let's move on to Des...
I asked Allan about the character... “will there be an even bigger role for Des in Season 3” and Allan replied “oh yeah...Mark (O'Brien) is a real delight to write for... he's one of my favourite actors”
Well he wasn't kidding. Des was definitely front and centre this season – between the kidnapping and the kissing, the criminal Dad, the cranky boss and the crazy comebacks, not to mention the web show – it was a big year for Jake's sidekick – and judging by the twitter stream every Wednesday – fans LOVE him! #DESrocks.
Another thing fans love is Jake's car... in a separate video interview entitled “Allan Hawco Clears Things Up” recorded on the same day...I asked Allan about the GTO.
You see, last year we had a lot of folks find our site after searching for info about Jake's wheels in one form or another – so I asked “how many GTOs are there?” he answered 3 ½ GTOs.
When I pressed him for clarity – he told me there were 2 blue – one for stunts, and one for 'other stuff', there was another one for spare parts and the other was a shell “in case I want to blow it up” he said.. and so they did...BIG TIME!!!
I asked him about guest stars and he said there would be many. Matter of fact on the day we met for that interview they were in the midst of shooting parts of Episode 301 The Streets of St.John's which was loaded with stars like Alan Doyle, Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand and Russell Crowe – and the next episode featured Shannon Tweed.
The season saw the return of Gordon Pinsent as Maurice Becker, Victor Garber as Garrison Steele, Nicholas Campbell as Martin Poole, Shawn Doyle as Carl Maher, Mark Critch as Ned Bishop and, in the last 20 seconds, we saw Paul Gross return as Tinny's Dad – have mercy!
Which brings me to my last point...in most shows the last shot of Tinny and Kathleen would have just left them holding the picture – yes, we would see Tinny's reaction - but there would be no reveal of the father's face until the next season. Same with Mal and Rose... in the remaining seconds of the show we see them walking out of the jail – arm in arm...again - most finales would have left them behind bars and left us wondering 'how are they ever going to get out'.
Again going back to my pre-season interview I asked Allan about all the 'cliffhanger business' at the end of Season 2... and he said “you never really set out to make a cliff hanger a cliffhanger – you're just trying to tell the most interesting story”.
Well – really when you size it up – this finale left us with only one cliffhanger – Des. His GSW (gun shot wound) did not look good as Ron Hynes sang “Atlantic Blue”
Will he make it? Odds are YES... but his remarks about “being ready to get shot” etc., earlier in the episode and the bomb-diffusing bonding he and Jake did - really do give you reason to pause...and cause to wonder – is something bad going to happen to our pal Mr. Courtney?!
We don't know now...but will we ever?
You see... in the most ironic twist of all - comes the cliffhanger no one saw coming... #CBCcuts.
Cuts in federal funding means CBC will be making cuts of its own – with respect to TV shows Executive Vice President of English Services, Kirstine Stewart wrote the following “On Television, there will be more repeats, as we need to commission six fewer original primetime series and fewer specials (more details to come as a part of our season launch on May 10th) to deal with our budget shortfall.” (source)
#1. There will be a public outcry of crazed proportions from Canada's East Coast and way beyond
#2. Jake Doyle will return...some how, some way, he'll be back! He'll just be driving another car.
For more SABS stories on Allan Hawco check out Third Time's a Charm, an ALL NEW INsights IN 10 (REDUX) plus "Love & Savagery" Sentiments, Season 3 Feature Interview (Video), Honoured with Gascon-Thomas Award, Outstanding Achievement, Allan Hawco Clears Things Up (Video) , Friday Favourite Four, Hawco in the GTO (Video) and the original INsights IN 10 (Video)
For more SABS features with Mark O’Brien check out Award Winning & Working ON???, Chat & Cheers 2012, INsights IN 10 Redux, A LOVE STORY,AFF Spotlight on KATHY, #FFF Friday Favourite Four, Mark O’Brien on “Kathy”, Please Help Mark O'Brien Make His Movie, our feature interview Chat & Cheers and his INsights IN 10
Check out our feature interview with Krystin Pellerin “A Lot of Stuff” plus her “Insights IN 10” , #FFF (Friday Favourite Four) and Gemini Nominee KRYSTIN PELLERIN , THE PELLERIN POST 2012 - Good To Be Back, When You're Green You Grow , You Can't Take it With You 2011 - The Pellerin Post: Premiere Edition , A Time and a Pace , Character Profile , First & Third , Ready, Set...Perform, You Act, You Learn You Grow , Finding Focus and Closing the Season
Check out our feature interview with Marthe Bernard feature interview. You should also check out her INsights IN 10 (funny stuff!) her #FFF Friday Favourite Four, BEATDOWN Creates a Buzz and her card in "The Best Christmas Present I Ever Got"
For all things REPUBLIC OF DOYLE visit www.cbc.ca/republicofdoyle