Found this article on CBC.ca - as of April 5, Alan Hawco didn't know.
Wow, I can't believe the amount of hate most of those people commenting have for this show. In fact, I can't believe the general amount of hate AND the complete and utter lack of people talking about this show in general. I'm new to the show/late to the party, so maybe my opinion isn't as valid, but I don't think a lot of people really get the tone of this show. There seem to be an awful lot of people who have decided what kind of a show it is and complaining about the lack of realism. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought it was meant to be a silly little hot mess of a show? I have no problem suspending my disbelief for fun. I can't help but compare this show to USA network's Psych (in fact, in an attempt to describe this show to my two favorite TV-lover friends, I described it as basically what Psych would be if Shawn and Henry Spencer ran around being PIs). Both shows are primarily action-comedy with the dash of drama every now and then, delightful characters, recurring 'bad' guys, and a PI-cop unrequited romance, complete with cute blonde detective (with a surly partner in tow).
But enough about that, Republic of Doyle is great. I watched a few episodes in season 2 here and there but I didn't pick it up officially until episode 2 of this season and they still haven't left my DVR. I often find myself rewinding scenes to catch fun lines a second time around.
I gotta say, though, it really blows watching shows that NOBODY else is watching. When the finale rolled around and the GTO blew up then Des (DES!)... Oh man, I actually yelled and then really wished I had a viewing companion to be outraged with me that we have to wait until next year to see this resolved. I suppose that's the effect of not only being the biggest TV freak you know, but also picking a show on the CBC to obsess over. If I have my way I will make sure at least ONE other person I know has heard of this show before next season...