“Being Erica” Means Doing it Again . . . Differently

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For years the television audience has been enthralled with shows about going back in time. In the 1960’s The Time Tunnel was a weekly favorite depicting a couple of guys who are supposed to a particular time and come home. They don’t. They just keep flipping around in different eras.

The Michael J. Fox (also a Canadian) movie Back to the Future revived this and Quantuum Leap brought it back to television. Both the movie series and television program had an underlying theme of trying to make things right.

In today’s television programming The Journeyman, an ill-fated show cut short by the writers’ strike and never revived, was a Quantuum Leap within San Francisco while Life on Mars puts the protagonist in a New York police precinct in 1973. In other words we like our time travel and we like to see how things could be fixed even though Einstein believed that even tiny, good changes in the past could directly affect future incidences in a not-so-nice manner.

CBC’s Being Erica is different from others in one major area: This time it’s a girl. Aptly-named Erica Strange (played by Erin Karpluk) is a underachieving, thirty-something, single-white-female who believes her so-so life is due to bad decisions she has made in her life. She goes to a therapist, Dr. Tom (played by Michael Riley) and during her sessions comes up with key moments in her life where, if a better decision had been made at each time, her life would be a bed of roses. However, Dr. Tom has the ability to transport her back to each of these moments so Erica can make hindsight fixes.

The moral is that Dr. Tom wants Erica to realize that it’s not what happened in the past it’s how she feels now about the decisions she has made. He even sends her back to a “perfect moment,” a sort of holiday from all the fixer-er-uppers she deals with week after week. The good news is that all this is put in a light-hearted atmosphere that can appeal to a wide spectrum of viewers.

Being Erica was first put up against heavy-hitters on the Monday night slot, shows like 24, Heroes and Two-and-a-Half Men. In February the sown was moved to Wednesday nights with the hokey, but wildly-popular, The Week the Women Went a lead-in show. Although still not a string performer we’ll have to see how the new spot helps the show.

This is not CBC’s first foray into the supernatural. From 1981-1987 the network had a hit with Seeing Things featuring veteran Canadian actor, Louis Ciccone. Although only 43 episodes were filmed it is still watched in many countries in syndication.

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