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So, you're a hot young Canadian actor. You're all set to write, produce and star in your very own TV series, 'Republic of Doyle'. You're raring to go. But then a hurricane blows the roof off your set. One of your lead actors is hospitalized. You come down with swine flu. And the only way you can write the show is from your bed, because you're under quarantine.
Now at this point, you might think the TV Gods were against you, and that show... well, she ain't getting made.
All that happened to Allan Hawco. But he powered through, because that's what he does - he makes things happen. When he and his buddy found themselves bitching one night about the theatre business, they stopped whining and started The Company Theatre - now one of the most acclaimed ensembles in the country.
But back to 'Republic of Doyle'. Not only is the show a hit, it's going strong: two years ago, Allan lined up some pretty cool guest stars for the third season: Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe was on the season's premiere episode, and Allan's fellow Newfoundlander, Gordon Pinsent returned as Doyle's nemesis.
Allan originally envisioned Gordon to play the role of his dad, but Gordon couldn't swing it with his schedule. One thing he could swing, though: presenting Allan with Playback's 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award this past fall.