Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Being Erica Season Finale Airs Tonight

What bearing, if any, will tonight's Being Erica season finale number have on how many episodes will be ordered next season?
Officials at CBC have already indicated that fewer episodes of the rookie fantasy/drama will be ordered for next season. That means fewer than the 13 that will have aired this year, although how many fewer is still in question.
Last night's so-so showing for the Wild Roses finale leaves the future of that horse opera in doubt. CBC touted it in a colour ad in Tuesday's Toronto Star as "Wild Roses. Tonight, everything will end with a bang." Instead, it ended with a whimper with just 413,000 viewers tuning in opposite CTV powerhouse American Idol, off its season average of 471,000. Worse, just 44,000 of that total were women 18-49 according to BBM NMR overnight estimates. In Calgary, where it is set and produced, only 7000 viewers 25-54 tuned in. American Idol (40,000) and NCIS (31,000) scored much higher in the demo with no hometown connection.
Erica's finale finally deals with the storyline that most intrigued me when I interviewed star Erin Karpluk and the producers way back last November--the sudden death of Erica Strange's younger brother Leo (Devon Bostick). This was supposed to come up earlier in the series but was held back as a more impactful finale. The promo clips give away that time traveler Erica leaps back in time on the day of her brother's death and it looks like she can't quite keep her promise to Dr. Tom (Michael Riley) not to meddle in the lad's fate. It is a gripping and emotional premise, one that should bring out the best in Karpluk and this hot and cold series. Look for it tonight at 9 p.m. on CBC.
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