Canadian broadcaster launching 'Wild' series

MONTREAL — Canuck pubcaster CBC is set to launch two Canadian-made hourlong skeins in January — the dramady “Being Erica” and Calgary-set drama “Wild Roses.”

“Being Erica” is about thirtysomething woman Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) whose life is changed when she meets a mysterious therapist (Michael Riley) who is able to get her to re-live the moments she most regrets in her life. It will bow Jan. 5.

“Wild Roses,” which debuts Jan. 6, is the tale of two families in Alberta, the wealthy McGregors and the debt-ridden Henrys.

Last January, CBC premiered a slew of new series for the winter season, notching some of its strongest ratings in years.

Kirstine Layfield, executive director of network programming at CBC, said most of the returning shows on the fall schedule are doing well, with the thriller “The Border” and business-themed reality show “Dragon’s Den” pulling in better numbers than before.

Layfield said it’s difficult to compare ratings fall-to-fall, because CBC’s programming was disrupted by election coverage this season.

Over the past two seasons, CBC has moved away from its previous focus on movies and miniseries to air more series, and it’s paying off, Layfield said.

“We’re developing a better relationship with our viewers,” the CBC exec maintained. “The characters are not so disposable. People are invested in them.”

Also coming in January is the second season of CBC’s version of the format “The Week the Women Went” (a big hit for CBC last winter); long-running consumer investigation show “Marketplace”; and “Fashion File.”

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