ABC to adapt Canadian series ‘Being Erica’

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ABC is developing a U.S. version of Canadian hit “Being Erica,” which currently airs on Alphabet sister cabler SoapNet.

Maggie Friedman (“Eastwick”) will write the U.S. version and exec produce. David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, who head up Toronto-based Temple Street Prods., which produces the original series, will also exec produce. ABC Studios is behind the U.S. adaptation.

“Being Erica” centers on a woman who travels back in time to relive a regret from the past and manages to correct those wrongs in the present. Show, created by Jana Sinyor, debuted on CBC in 2009.

“Being Erica’s” first two seasons aired on SoapNet, and a third season, which bowed this fall in Canada, is set to run on the channel starting Jan. 26, 2011. (Any future Canadian seasons may have to find a new home, however, as SoapNet will be replaced at the end of 2011 by Disney Junior.)

“We are extremely proud of the way ‘Being Erica’ is making its mark in the international television market,’ Fortier and Schneeberg said.

“Being Erica” airs in nearly 160 countries, including the U.K., Australia and Spain, in addition to the U.S.

Format deal is unusual, as the networks — including ABC — have been more interested as of late in airing actual co-productions from Canada, such as “Flashpoint,” rather than remaking shows from our neighbors to the north. But ABC likely believed that the original “Being Erica” had already been too widely seen here, particularly among target young female viewers, to simply import on ABC.

Temple Street Prods. and Friedman are both repped by CAA. Temple Street’s other credits include “Canada’s Next Top Mode,” “Queer As Folk,” “Darcy’s Wild Life” and “Wingin’ It.”

Here’s a primer on the Canadian series, via SoapNet:


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