Nellie Andreeva

Canadian series imports by U.S. networks have been hot for the past few years, starting with the writers strike. Are Canadian formats next?  Canadian-based Temple Street Prods. today announced that ABC is developing an American version of their popular Canadian drama Being Erica.  Maggie Friedman (Eastwick) is writing the adaptation for ABC Studios and will executive produce, with Temple Street co-presidents David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg also exec producing. The one-hour series explores the life of Erica Strange, a woman who has been given a wonderful gift. In each episode, Erica goes back to relive a regret from her past, in order to come back and make a positive change in her present. Being Erica airs on CBC where it premiered in 2009. The series has been sold through international distributor BBC Worldwide to more than 150 countries, including the U.S. where it has been running on ABC’s sibling cable sibling SoapNet, a channel that will be replaced by Disney Jr. in 2012. The third season of Being Erica launches on SoapNet on Jan. 26. Temple Street Prods. and Friedman are with CAA.

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