CBC comedy "Erica" off to strong start

Tue Jan 6, 2009 9:24pm EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Local competition is growing for once unassailable U.S. network series in Canadian primetime.

On Monday night, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. comedy "Being Erica" bowed at 9 p.m. with 575,000 viewers, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research.

That's a strong opening, given that it aired against the World Junior Hockey Championships on the Sports Network, which saw 3.7 million viewers tune in to see Canada defeat Sweden -- the most-watched program on Canadian TV since last September.

"Being Erica" -- about a young woman, played by Erin Karpluk ("The L Word") who can travel back in time to revisit things that caused her regrets -- has been picked up in the United States by ABC's SoapNet cable channel.

On Tuesday, the CBC will launch the primetime soap "Wild Roses," a sexed-up "Dallas" set in oil-rich Calgary.

And Friday night, CTV will air the second-season opener of "Flashpoint," a homegrown cop drama that airs on CBS, while rival Global Television will debut the hidden camera pranks series "Howie Do It," a simulcast and co-production with NBC that stars Howie Mandel and was shot in Ontario.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter