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Republic of Doyle

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tvmaster2, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Active Member

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    anyone seen this show added to a local network in their area? It's kinda like 'Castle', except shot in and around St. Johns, Newfoundland. Colorful visuals, great cast and the wonderful Newfoundland/Labrador accents.
    Russel Crowe (and several character actors you may recognize) have done guest shots. A local station, KCODT Orange County, Ca. just picked it up.
    Anywhere else in the U.S.?
    It's pretty fun...useless, but fun.
     
  2. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    We are airing it in Utah on our secondary channel, KMYU 2.2.

    Not in the best time slot though, middle of the night on Saturday IIRC.

    Little I've seen of it, it looks pretty good, Canada has a pretty good track record when it comes to producing good TV.

    It started in 2010 in Canada and is currently in the middle of season 5.
    Syndication started with ep#1 and I think is now around ep#4 or 5.


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  3. tvmaster2

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    It looks great in HD, not as good in SD. But yeah, the thing I like about Canadian produced shows is that they tend to actually shoot them in the city they are located in - Toronto, Vancouver, the Prairies, Calgary and this one, in super-cool but tiny St. Johns.
    Flashpoint and Rookie Blue are totally Toronto, and if you know the city, they don't try and hide it, although they don't say it either - weird.
    Reelz Channel has also picked up a good psych-police drama called 'Cracked'
    have a look at that as well.
    And...they tend to swear on Canadian OTA TV as well - so that's fun
     
  4. Bob Coxner

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    If you want Canadian swearing go with Trailer Park Boys. Most F-bombs per minute ever and most inventive swearing you'll ever hear. Was also shot in the area where it's set - Nova Scotia. Not to mention that it's one of the funniest tv shows ever.

    I just checked and my local CBS station is now carrying Doyle. However, it doesn't look like they think much of it. It's on at 2:35am on Sunday mornings.
     
  5. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Active Member

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    Loved Trailer Park Boys - F$%#ing funniest show in a long time. The Christmas Special is folklore.
    Tivo some Doyle episodes and tell us what you think
     
  6. StacieH

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    We are watching Season 3 now on DVD and will probably get Season 4 for Christmas. Season 5 started airing in Canada while we were in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago. My husband is from Newfoundland, by the way.

    It's a fun show. Reminds me of some of the campy 80s detective shows. Some episodes are really good, some not so much. But we still watch it to see St. John's.

    Our NBC affiliate is airing it here at 1 a.m. I recorded the first episode, just to see how it looked. But since we have all of them on DVD, I haven't bothered since.
     
  7. StacieH

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    Two years ago when I was in St. John's, my sister in law took me to the house that they use for the exterior shots of the Doyle home. The GTO was parked outside and there were some crew members around. One of them took a picture of us with the car.

    I've also been in the Duke of Duckworth (years ago, before the creation of the show). They rebuilt the interior of the pub in a warehouse after the first season. Other locations mentioned in various episodes are real (Halliday's Meat Market, Ziggy Peelgood's chip trucks, etc.).

    And lastly (and I posted about it when we were there), we saw Allan Doyle of Great Big Sea at a restaurant while we were there a couple of weeks ago. Allan has been in several episodes, and GBS sings the theme song.
     
  8. tvmaster2

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    cool - post that picture if you don't mind your likeness - or blur your face :)
    The reason Russel Crowe was on S04E01 is that Allan Doyle and him are mates - I believe Doyle produced Crowe's album. Crowe got him a part in 'Robin Hood' if I recollect..

    It's great that CBC shoots real, street shots, as opposed to how Hollywood does it, on a soundstage in Ca. made to look like Cleveland...lol
    Glad this show is getting some traction finally
     
  9. unitron

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    Greenville, NC's WNCT is running it about 1 or 2 in the morning late Sat, early Sun, but I didn't spot it until the second episode.

    I've recorded it every week since but haven't watched yet.
     
  10. tvmaster2

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    it's good to see it is available in so many different markets, albeit some crap time slots. thank goodness for dvr's and word of mouth.
     
  11. Bob Coxner

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    I watched my first episode and really enjoyed it. It has a Psych vibe to me. Both have a wisecracking lead, both have a wise father who is a retired cop and both leads have the hots for a detective. Plus they're both filmed in Canada. :)

    By setting my VPN to connect to Toronto and using the CBC Player http://www.cbc.ca/player/ it looks like I should be able to watch all of the old episodes online.
     
  12. tvmaster2

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    different is good! I need a good VPN service as well...which one do you use? Some say they have servers in the target countries, but when you investigate down a few layers that's not always the case.
     
  13. Bob Coxner

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    I've been using Witopia for a couple of years and have had very good experiences. They're also very reasonable in price. www.witopia.net They have a 30-day money back guarantee.

    They have 57 servers in 35 countries. I can't say I've tested every country but the ones I have accessed have worked fine. I normally use it mostly for the BBC iPlayer, via their servers in the UK.

    I wasn't even aware there was a CBC Player until I started searching for sources for Republic of Doyle. It seems to have all the current CBC programs (and their previous episodes) available. Unfortunately, I can't find Corner Gas on it but I guess that's because it was a CTV show. I would love to find that one.
     
  14. tvmaster2

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    thanks...I'll check that out. 'Cracked' and 'Arctic Air' are two other CBC shows that are pretty good. 'Corner Gas' you can find cheap on Amazon on DVD sometimes - funny show. Global also has a player, but it's really restrictive and may use some form of GPS sensing to keep non-Canadian eyeballs out. I'd be interested if Witopia could get through their security
     
  15. Bob Coxner

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    I just checked Global. You have to be a subscriber to a Canadian tv service to use it. It's like HBOGo. So, a VPN won't be of any help unless you're a Canuck who subscribes to a Canadian cable/satellite service and who is currently outside of Canada.
     
  16. AeneaGames

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    And add Murdoch Mysteries to that list!

    I get my Canadian shows using magical means though, works a treat.
     
  17. tvmaster2

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    with all the crap on the 500 channels we get, it's amazing there's so little of this good, Canadian programming made available to Americans.
     
  18. StacieH

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    Here's a fun interview with Alan Hawco. No spoiler alerts....

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKft5IBTolk[/media]
     
  19. tvmaster2

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    hehe...love Mercer, especially 'The Rant'
     
  20. Edmund

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    Republic of Doyle season 1 is now on Acorn tv, season 2 is coming in August.
     

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