Doyle renewed, Border cancelled

The end of White Pine's action drama frees up Grace Park for CBS' redo of Hawaii Five-O.

The Newfoundland-based dramedy Republic of Doyle will return to the CBC for a second season.

The CBC is, however, jettisoning The Border after three seasons, and denying a series pickup to the Tangled pilot from Shaftesbury Films.

The Border will fall off the grid as Republic of Doyle grabs the CBC’s last available 9 p.m. drama time slot. The Ron James Show has been renewed and both the Men with Brooms sitcom comedy Insecurity earned series pickups.

The end of The Border also means Vancouver’s Grace Park, who played a US homeland security agent on the homegrown drama, can make a clean transition to CBS’ Hawaii Five-O remake, where she’s being cast as Kono Kalakaulau, the niece of squad member Chin Ho Kelly.

Republic of Doyle debuted on Jan. 6 on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Series creator Allan Hawco and Sean McGinley lead the comedy drama as father-and-son private detectives who crack cases, and occasionally heads, in St. John’s, NL.

Kirstine Stewart, executive director of programming at the CBC, attributed the current stability of her prime-time schedule to an embarrassment of program riches from the indie sector.

‘Our working relationship with the Canadian indie producers is very strong and attracting a lot of great, creative programming,’ she told Playback Daily.

‘It’s a good position for the CBC and for the industry, we’re building something together and Canadians are watching,’ Stewart added.

From Playback Daily