CBC renews 'Republic of Doyle'

Crime series stars Allan Hawco

TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Friday renewed the Newfoundland-based comic drama "Republic of Doyle" for a second season.

The crime series from creator Allan Hawco and Take the Shot Productions features the Newfoundland actor playing the titular role of detective Jake Doyle, who runs a detective agency with his father Malachy, played by Irish actor Sean McGinley.

"Republic of Doyle" seizing the public broadcaster's last 9 p.m. slot will mean the axe for the action drama "The Border" from White Pine Pictures after three seasons. The Sofia Milos and James McGowan-starring drama about an elite Toronto immigration and customs tactical team also airs on ION Television stateside.

The renewal of "The Republic of Doyle" also means no series pickup for the CBC pilot "Tangled," a one hour action adventure from Shaftesbury Films.

Kirstine Stewart, executive director of network programming at the CBC said increasing competition among indie producers for CBC program slots reflects increasing primetime bench strength at the public broadcaster.

"It's a good position for the CBC and for the industry. We're building something together and Canadians are watching," she said.