Sunday, June 7, 2009

Canadian Television - woo

If you need me, I will probably be ensconced in the cbc website watching the first season of Being Erica (warning, a video will start playing almost right away. It might be loud). I remember seeing ads for it a few months ago, and thinking that it looked vaguely funny, but recently a few people whose taste I trust have said good things about it. I woke up super early this morning and needed a way to pass the time, so I went online and watched the first episode. And then the second, and then the third.

The premise is slightly ridiculous (woman time travels to change the events in her life she regrets), but the show is really well done. The writing is quick and funny, and Erica (played by Erin Karpluk) is the same. She's 32, single (and searching), in a dead-end job (and quickly out of it), and she feels like a failure. I love the character because she never comes across as pathetic or desperate - she's just searching for her right path, with a lot of meandering (can I relate? Yes).

Canadian TV and movies often get a bad rap, and a lot of the time it's deserved; I hate to say it, but it's true. That said, there is some amazing stuff out there. If you live outside of the US and ever find yourself frustrated by the fact that the content on is not available in whatever country you live in, check out some of the Canadian (or wherever you live) TV websites. I still curse the skies (and NBC et al.) occasionally when I can't watch a particular clip that's been featured on a blog or somewhere like that, but it's nice to have an alternative.

Before the show aired, Being Erica did some kind of blog promo thing - so I am putting up one of the clips that is especially dear to my heart.


Saf said...

Hahahaha! Dear to my heart too! I have let a mouse run me out of my house before. At 5am. When I was in second year. And (more) scared of everything.

EK said...

Being Erica is online now?! Hurray! I wanted to watch it when it first came out but it wasn't online and I think the boys were ensconced in EVERY common room.

Slings and Arrows is awesome! When Canadian TV is good, IT'S GOOD.

Ange Friesen said...

Saf: This doesn't surprise me. Yes it does, actually, a little.

La Canadienne: YES! I am not a fan of the boys being ensconced in every common room. I think we should be totally sexist and have a boy common room and a girl common room. Or a sports common room and a... good show common room. And people of either gender can be in either place as long as they abide by the restrictions placed on what they can watch there.

And yes, Slings and Arrows is awesome.


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