ABC Creating a U.S. Version of Canadian Hit, ‘Being Erica’

Being Erica, a Canadian show on CBC is getting re-vamped for American audiences.

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ABC is currently developing a pilot for the U.S. version of Being Erica, even though SOAPnet just picked up the original Canadian version.

CBC’s Being Erica, revolves around a woman, Erica Strange (played by Erin Karpluk), who goes back in time to right her wrongs. The show premiered on CBC in 2009 and is currently in its third season. SOAPnet picked up the original series, which will begin airing on January 26th.

“We have done a deal whereby ABC has acquired the rights to make a U.S. version of Being Erica and they are busy writing the pilot with Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier as executive producers. Together with ABC, Ivan and David are working with writer Maggie Friedman to write the pilot. We are very flattered that ABC has taken interest in Being Erica,” says a CBC spokesperson.

Unlike other co-productions between Canada and the U.S., such as Flashpoint and The Listener, Being Erica is being completely re-done by ABC. Variety reports that ABC producers thought the original CBC series had been too popular in the U.S. to just have the original moved to the network.

This is pretty interesting, how will they Americanize this show? Regardless, this just goes to show that us Canadian folks have great ideas!

Do you watch CBC’s Being Erica? Thoughts?

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