Hazleton Area Business Citizen March 2014 | Page 21

Promoting a free market in the Greater Hazleton Area The Review Alexis J. Neapolitan, Jr. TV Shows Under The Radar Tucked away during the graveyard hours of television programming, WDAU (22) is showing “Republic of Doyle” at 2 a.m. on Sunday mornings. It just happens to be one of the most entertaining shows now airing on television. “Republic of Doyle” is a Canadian comedy-drama series set in Newfoundland. It made its debut on January 6, 2010 on CBC Television. The show is the extremely creative brainchild of Allen Hawco, who stars, writes, and executive produces as well. The series stars Hawco and Sean McGinley as father and son private investigating partners who concentrate on cases in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Their investigations involve them in a wide array of legal situations on both the right and the wrong side of the law. What sets “Republic of Doyle” apart from other shows is its originality of setting, story, characters, and pacing. Hawco and his show’s co-creators, Malcom MacRury and Perry Chafe have outdone themselves with plot creativity and strong continuing character development in every episode. Jake Doyle (Hawco) is a thirty year old man who lives with his father Malachy because his ex-wife has kicked him out. He is a private investigator working with his father, Mal, and his father’s wife, Rose. Malachy Doyle, frequently referred to as Mal, or Skippy, or Poppy, serves as partner in Doyle and Doyle (their business partnership). In addition to the two main characters, there are six secondary roles as well as occasional guest appearances. WDAU is running episodes of the serie ́