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Detective Murdoch tracks a Doyle to The Rock

- November 19th, 2013

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It appears Jake Doyle merely is sticking to his mischievous and irascible roots.

At least, that’s what is suggested in a new episode of Murdoch Mysteries, airing Monday, Nov. 25 on CBC.

Private investigator Jake Doyle, played by Allan Hawco, is the lead character on another CBC series, Republic of Doyle, which is set in modern-day Newfoundland. Murdoch Mysteries, of course, is set in Toronto in the early 1900s.

But lo and behold, in this special episode of Murdoch Mysteries – which is titled Republic of Murdoch – there’s someone on the run from the law who looks an awful lot like Jake Doyle. It is, in fact, Jacob Doyle, one of Jake’s ancestors, played by Hawco in a guest-starring role.

So how many generations separate Jacob and Jake? Er … um … when I became a TV critic they told me there wouldn’t be any math. About 110 years worth, whatever that works out to be, keeping in mind that people tended to become parents at younger ages in the olden days.

Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) wind up following Jacob Doyle to the “Colony of Newfoundland,” which was not yet part of Canada. My God, how well-staffed was the Toronto police back then that they could afford such a foray, in terms of both money and manpower? Anyway, it turns out Jacob Doyle’s reputation already is well established.

The head of the local Newfoundland police grants Murdoch “limited” powers to arrest, since Murdoch is from “another country.” But Murdoch is told he is free to arrest Jacob Doyle “as many times as you please.”

The modern-day Jake Doyle actually is more misunderstood than menacing, more greedy than grimy. Without revealing too much, let’s just say his ancestor Jacob might travel those rocky paths, too.

So Jake Doyle can’t help the way he is. It’s in his genes, dammit. He should use that the next time the cops hassle him.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

 

Match Batch: Panelists announced for The Comedy Network’s Match Game

- September 13th, 2012

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It probably would take less time to list all the people in the world who AREN’T on the Comedy Network’s new version of Match Game, than to list the people who are.

Then again, Match Game is airing Monday to Friday each week, starting Oct. 15. That’s a lot of matching to be done, and we don’t mean wardrobes.

Darrin Rose is the host, we knew that. But the Comedy Network announced on Thursday that comedians Sean Cullen and Debra DiGiovanni will be full-time panelists. You know, the Richard Dawson and Brett Somers of their generation (Dawson and Somers are pictured above and below, respectively).

As for the other panelists dipping in and out on a day-to-day basis, the lengthy list includes Janeane Garofalo, Scott Thompson, Tom Green, Kevin McDonald, Keshia Chante, Caroline Rhea, Amanda Tapping, Greg Grunberg, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jonny Harris and, of course, Colin Mochrie.

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