Being Erica? Probably not for long.Posted: 14 February 2009
The CBC has done it again: a mid-season schedule tossup that moves Being Erica from Monday to Wednesday, Fifth Estate from Wednesday to Friday (in what I’ve called the CBC’s “graveyard” where shows go to die) and Just for Laughs from Friday to Monday. Last year, jPod and MVP switched places, and both were cancelled after their seasons were finished.
What does this mean for any of the shows affected? I have a feeling Fifth Estate is too well-established to languish on Fridays, and since Just for Laughs is, well, Just for Laughs, then the odd one out will likely be Erica.
Despite myself, I like Being Erica. I don’t want to overthink any of the possible butterfly effects that could have resulted from Erica’s going back to certain points in her life, and evidently the show doesn’t either. Case in point: episode #4, where Erica goes back to 1st-year university and does a weirdly-effective spoken-word version of Britney Spears, four years before anyone’s ever heard of Britney Spears. But the idea of going back and re-living a point in the past, no matter how pivotal it is in the overall scheme of things, is quite interesting. It also helps that Erin Karpluk is quite a cutie!
So what does the timeshift mean for Erica Strange? If we look to precedent, then the inevitable will happen. And, knowing the CBC, they’ll keep Sophie (possibly the network’s lowest-rated prime-time series) for another season just to rub it in.
(PS. I don’t think there could ever be a series called Being Eric. Not that I don’t have those moments I could back to; there just aren’t that many in terms of decisions made and regretted.)