7 Dec 2010

Interview: Being Erica Writers Aaron Martin & Jana Sinyor ... PLUS! A DVD Giveaway

When you think about the main benefits of living in Canada, most people are inclined to mention things like the relatively low level of violent crime, universal healthcare, or the never-ending opportunities to make a beaver joke. These are all fine and dandy, but today I'm quite pleased to be Canadian because of the fact that we all apparently know one another. Don't believe me? Well, one day I happened to mention to a friend (hi Kendra!) that I liked a particular TV show, she then mentioned to me that she knew someone who worked on it, and less than a week later, I'm sitting in a cute Leslieville cafe with Being Erica writers and executive producers, Aaron Martin and Jana Sinyor.

I call it the Two Degrees of Kevin Canadian Bacon.

So, who exactly are these kind people who have generously allowed me to fangirl in their presence?

Jana Sinyor is the creator, writer and executive producer of Being Erica. Jana started out on small projects, including a brief stint working on Sesame Park before graduating from the Canadian Film Centre. Her agent's assistant later connected her with Aaron Martin who brought her on to story edit Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2002. She eventually became more involved in the series, notably penning "U Got the Look" - an episode known to fans as "The One About Manny's Thong." Sticking to the teen genre, Jana went on to create Dark Oracle, a show about 15-year old twins who realize they can distort reality through a comic book. After the show's cancellation, Jana was keen to do a show that featured time-travelling, but she originally envisioned the lead character as a 13-year old girl who went back in time through a painting in her grandmother's house. The owners of Temple Street Productions, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, encouraged her to craft a more adult show instead - and with their input, Being Erica was born.

Here's some pop culture trivia on Jana:
Favourite Female TV Character:
Buffy Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Favourite Male TV Character:
Jimmy McNulty from The Wire
Favourite TV Show (no longer airing):
A tie between Freaks and Geeks and Star Trek: The Next Generation
Favourite TV Show (still airing):
Doesn't have one. She actually (*gasp*) doesn't watch much TV nowadays ("I like hanging out with my family, my children, I like to sample lots of different ethnic foods, and I spend a whole lot of time reading what people online say about Being Erica.")
Most Overrated TV Show:
See above.
Reality Show She Could See Herself On:
Beauty and the Geek (as the geek)
Movie She Could Watch A Million Times:
Girl, Interrupted, Labyrinth, BBC's Pride and Prejudice
Favourite Time Travelling Story in Pop Culture:
The Time Traveler's Wife
Person Whose Brain She'd Love To Pick:
She said it would be impossible to pick one, so Aaron suggested she choose Justin Bieber.

Aaron Martin is the writer and executive producer of Being Erica. Also a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's writing program (class of '00), Aaron's career in television took off when he signed on to develop stories for Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001. He quickly rose up the ladder with the show, eventually becoming an executive producer for the series while continuing to write episodes. In 2007, he was ready to graduate from teenville and went on to create the college-based drama, The Best Years. Keen to work in the States (and he still is -*hint* *hint* - to all those network heads who surely read this blog), Aaron also wrote a pilot episode for NBC ("basically, it was Sleeping Beauty waking up in 2008 - sort of like Enchanted, but not.") however the writer's guild strike and the business being what it is derailed things. As luck would have it, he got a call from Jana who was looking for someone she could partner with to write Being Erica and he took up the opportunity.

Here's some pop culture trivia on Aaron:
Favourite Female TV Character:
Buffy Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica
Favourite Male TV Character:
Dexter Morgan from Dexter
Favourite TV Show (no longer airing):
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Rome
Favourite TV Show (still airing):
True Blood
Most Overrated TV Show:
Glee (he thought of that answer instantly, he truly hates that show)
Reality Show He Could See Himself On:
The Amazing Race
Movie He Could Watch A Million Times:
The Sound of Music
Favourite Time Travelling Story in Pop Culture:
A Wrinkle in Time
Person Whose Brain He'd Love To Pick
: Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams

So - onto the show! If you haven't been introduced to Being Erica, be sure to enter my contest for a chance to win Being Erica: Season One on DVD- details are after the interview. But in the meantime, here's the gist:

Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) is a woman in her early 30s who feels like a failure. Despite being smart, attractive, and educated - Erica's given up on her dreams of being a writer, has just been canned from a dead-end customer service job (which is a huge contrast to her younger sister's successful career as a surgeon), and has a string of unsuccessful relationships. The people around her seem to keep moving along while Erica seems ... stuck. Knowing what I do about people who have Masters degrees in English Literature (Erica's big accomplishment), that all sounds about right.

After a particularly heinous day, she meets Dr. Tom (Michael Riley), a man who offers to become her therapist and help her work through some of the issues she's having. Little does she know, Dr. Tom is no average shrink. When, as instructed by Dr. Tom, she compiles a list of her regrets in life, Erica suddenly finds herself transported back to high school - living in her teenage body but equipped with her present-day, 32-year old mind - and just in time to relive or fix one of the humiliations on her list. As you can imagine, things don't go too smoothly. Despite this, when Erica returns to the present, she agrees to continue therapy with Dr. Tom - an opportunity that includes going back in time to address the rest of her regrets (if that were me, you didn't ask? First stop would probably be Picture Day, 1986). By revisiting different points in her past (everything from her disappointing Bat Mitzvah party to a pivotal moment at a dot com venture), Erica inevitably learns lessons that apply to her current situation and she eventually begins to craft the life she wants (but not without its share of ups and downs, of course). The show is a one-hour drama-comedy-sci-fi series, all set in Toronto.

Schooled? OK, on with the interview, already!

Jen: So, you went from a story about a time-travelling 13-year old to a show about a time-travelling 32-year old. Was it tough to make that leap?
Jana: Once it was presented to me, I realized that I was really interested in this thing where you hit your late thirties or your late twenties and if you haven’t succeeded with the job, the family, the partner – you feel like you’re failing by not hitting certain milestones by a certain age. The idea of a woman who is funny and smart and attractive and educated who seems to have all these things going for but feels like she’s failing because she hasn’t achieved things in the way she and society have told her she must achieve, felt really universal to me and interesting and something I was seeing happening all around me. So, we married that to the time travel concept and it really went from there.

Jen: It seems like every time Erica goes back to fix a regret, she doesn’t necessarily accomplish what she thinks she’s going to do. Often times, the original end result occurs anyway, just sometimes in a more round-about way. Is that a statement on fate?
Aaron: We play with fate a bit – show some alternative realities – like Adam has one where he’s married to Beatrice and Erica has one where she’s rich. But mainly, we’ve written things that way because we want the dramatic thrust of the show to focus on the present than the past. So, it’s not about going to the past to fix your problems, it’s about going back to the past to learn from your problems, and bringing those lessons to fix her current issues.

Jenprah Winfrey: Perhaps that’s why a lot of people relate to the show – because, like Erica, they can’t or don’t actually change their pasts, they can only face their mistakes, try to learn from them and move forward.
Aaron: Right. Your life is going to be limited if you let your regrets define you. Instead, you have to learn from them, put those hang-ups behind you and move on.

Jen: Has that really resonated with viewers?
Jana: Oh, yah. We hear it all the time. That’s the major feedback we get from the show.

Jen: I’ve heard people describe watching Being Erica like it’s as if they’re getting their own little therapy session.
Jana: I’ve heard that too. People have told me that the show has changed their lives – and it’s lovely. People get very heartfelt about it. They really relate to Erica. Like, some people have told me the show has helped them solve their own problems, and some people wish their own therapist was more like Dr. Tom.
Aaron: We also strive to entertain people, of course. *Laughs* But one thing that has always been really important to us is that the show feels realistic, even with this time-travel element to it.

Jen: Where do you get a lot of your viewer feedback?
Aaron: Our friends are very vocal. They watch and they definitely let us know what they think of it.
People e-mail. People Facebook.
There’s a LiveJournal site we look at. Television Without Pity. Twitter.

Jen: The Internet isn’t always known to be the friendliest place. How do you deal with criticism?
Jana: Well, sometimes you get consensus. Like, sometimes nearly everyone feels the same way about something and when that happens, you have to pay attention to that, I think.
: A good example from this year was episode seven, “Jenny From the Block.” It got a really big, positive response, which surprised us because we thought it was the weakest episode of the season. For a lot of people, it was their favourite. And that really made us think.
: We reconnected this season with what people really liked about the show to begin with. Seeing the response to that episode helped us. But it’s often very individual. Like, there’s the whole Kai / Adam situation this year. Some people really love Adam, some love Kai. Some people really want Erica to be single.

Jen: The show has been picked up by a few international distributors and networks – has the knowledge that it’s being seen elsewhere, like Britain and Brazil and the States, impacted the show at all?
Aaron: We only get notes from the CBC, and that’s really all we concern ourselves with. The thing is, different countries and cultures respond differently to some of the subject matter – so from what I understand, they’ll sometimes edit the show quite a bit before it airs there. Degrassi was the same thing. It was often too much for American broadcasters, and yet, it was what got us a lot of attention down there.

Jen: Has there been any pressure to turn down the “Torontoness” of the show?
Jana: No, no, no. If anything, we crank it up. Toronto is a huge part of our show. We go out of our way to mention things like the 401 or Scarborough Town Centre or Casa Loma. The show is aggressively Toronto.
We purposefully set a lot of scenes in highly identifiable areas of Toronto. We want to make Toronto look beautiful. It’s not just a stand-in for an American city. It’s one of the biggest cities in North America.

Random Comment: Want more proof of my Two Degrees of Canadian Bacon theory? Erica’s home – an apartment building on Palmerston – is actually where my friend (an old high school boyfriend, to be precise) and his girlfriend live. They feel slightly ripped off that inside of their apartment is nowhere as roomy as the one on Being Erica.

Jen: Being Erica is being remade for a British audience. Do you have any input in that? Do you want any? Are you OK with having your character in someone else’s hands?
Jana: Nope – no real input. It’s being made for that other culture so I think it really does have to handled by someone who is immersed in that culture. I mean, if being Erica was being made for Egypt, should I really have input in how the portrayal is done? Our Erica is distinctly Canadian. I couldn’t imagine someone writing her, on a Canadian show, for a Canadian audience, who didn’t thoroughly understand what it’s like to be Canadian. So, when it comes to adapting the story for other markets, I think the same is true

Jen: Not only are you writers, but you’re also executive producers. What does that mean when it comes to what you do on the show?
Aaron: We’re show runners – but we don’t have anything to do with the money side of things. Basically all creative decisions get filtered through us.
We’re the creative gods of the show, to put it really crassly and bluntly, but that’s the best way of explaining it. We direct the show creatively in every sense. What the sets are going to look like to what people are going to wear – we don’t buy the wardrobe or anything, but we are the creative vision.

Jen: As much as that’s in your control – have there been things you’ve had to fight for creatively? Have any of your stories or suggestions received pushback from Temple Street or the CBC?
Aaron: When we do some of the more out-there stories, there’s always some concern about what we’re doing – and we ensure them that they can trust us that we’re not going to make it weird and unwatchable.
But we’ve always felt very supported – really the most in my entire career.
Oh, yes, by far.
Like, they let us do things that they’re afraid of, it’s clear that they’re afraid.
Definitely stuff that you wouldn’t do on broadcast in the US. And this is a network, broadcast show, just in Canada, and they let us do things like …
Anal rape.
Finding your boyfriend masturbating.
Stuff that’s typically more cable.

Jen: I did noticed way more swearing and sexuality this year than in previous seasons.
Jana: The swearing was from Adam probably.
It’s kind of hard to have a character like that without a swear word or two in there.
We write them as real people – and real people curse. Real people are sexual. If we didn’t have any of that in the show, we wouldn’t be writing honestly about these characters.

Jen: When you’re writing an episode together, how does that normally work? Is one of you more of a dialogue person and the other is more of a story person? Or are there certain characters that you each kind of own?
Aaron: When it comes to co-writes, we both have strengths and weaknesses so we balance each other out. Like, I’ve never written a voiceover for the show. I don’t know how to write them – Jana writes all the voiceovers.
And I don’t do the comedy. Like Julianne and Brent and Friedken and all that – that part of the show is very much Aaron’s voice. It works well to write about the things that you have the experience in or that you relate to. It makes the process go faster and better. When we’re co-writing, we’ll skip scenes – like the super emotional scenes he’ll usually leave for me, and the comedic scenes, I’ll leave for him. When we’re writing individually, we usually really struggle with those scenes that are outside our usual expertise, and half the time the other comes in and rewrites it anyway.
Lots of times I’ll write a very female-centric scene like a guy, and Jana will be like, “this is NOT how a woman would say that!”
For me, the same thing goes for comedies … and sometimes the guys.
Yes – I’ll tell her, “those guys are emoting too much. Use less words.”
But we’re both getting better and learning from each other.
We both write much better because of this show.

Jen: Which character is the most fun to write for?
Aaron: Julianne. She just says what’s on her mind.
That’s for him. Julianne’s really hard for me. I guess Erica is the most natural character for me to write – because we’re somewhat similar, I can draw from a lot of my own thoughts. I also like writing Dr. Tom, even though he’s probably the toughest character to write for. When you do a good job with a Dr. Tom scene, it’s really rewarding.

Jen: What makes writing Dr. Tom so tough?
Jana: He’s really different from anyone on the show.
That was the hardest person for me to write for at the start. He’s always talking in metaphors. He often has to get a point across without actually saying it outright to Erica. It can be hard to do that.
He’s sometimes sarcastic, sometimes mean, sometimes compassionate – and always holding something back.

Jen: Is there a character you relate to the most on the show?
Aaron: I love Julianne. I pick her. *Laughs*
Well, Erica – in many ways, obviously. She’s my age, she grew up in the same part of the city I did, she’s Jewish like me. On a superficial level I have a lot in common with her.
But there’s a lot that Jana is that Erica isn’t. By the time this show came around, Jana had already had kids, she had a good career – sort of the anti-Erica.
In terms of writing her, though, and understanding what she’s thinking – I get it. If you’re going to write a show, make the lead a character that’s the easiest for you to write.

Jen: Jana, are you often asked if you’re Erica?
Jana: YES. It’s probably the question I get the most. I’m not Erica. Everyone, please stop asking me that. *Laughs*

Jen: Have you ever pulled directly from your lives or from conversations you’ve had with friends and family? Are any of the stories in Being Erica mostly true ones?
Jana: Oh, yes. We’ve even used peoples’ actual first and last names in the show.

Both Aaron and Jana look at each other and laugh. There’s clearly a few inside jokes going on within the scripts of Being Erica.

Jana: Well, we tend not to do things so that they’re so specific that they and their entire families will recognize it’s them. Actually, a lot of the time people think we’ve been inspired by their lives when we actually had no idea that what was happening in the show was something they also experienced. It goes back to the universality of a lot of the issues we explore in Being Erica.
But, everyone’s named after someone we know, even if it doesn’t match their character. I used Kendra (our mutual friend) for Claire’s best friend who brings stripper poles to parties.

I laugh, envisioning our Kendra doing the same - especially seeing as she's been invited to a cocktail party we're throwing this month.

Jana: And Ivan and Dave – our gay couple on the show who own Goblins? They’re named after our fellow executive producers from Temple Street, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier.
A lot of people now think they’re a couple. *Laughs* They’re close, but not that close. They’re both married with children.
Well, there’s also Brent. That was the most extreme one we did – and we so did not ask for his permission, in fact, we kind of made fun of him. Brent - the real one - is a very well known talent agent in the industry. And he’s a gay straight man.

Jen: Ok! I need clarification! Brent is STRAIGHT?
Jana: Yes. He’s a straight man.

I’ve only just met Jana, so I’m not sure if that's sarcasm I'm reading.

Jen: No, really? Like, he’s straight-straight? Because I never, ever would have thought that.
Aaron: He is 100% straight. We’ve shown him hitting on women throughout the show – just in a very gay way.

Jen: Ok – I’ll take your word on that. Besides developing characters, you’re also developing the big story. When you establish the show’s arc – do you do that together?
Aaron: Yep – we’re doing that right now, actually, for season four – should we have one.

Aaron shows me a piece of lined paper where he’s drawn a line to represent the series continuum, with characters jotted down and ideas of what will happen along the way. I’d officially make the worst spy ever because I really didn’t catch anything besides – sarcastic spoiler alert – the names “Erica” and “Dr. Tom”. Way to go, Jen.

Jen: How far along have you thought about the show? Have you pretty much plotted out Erica’s entire journey?
Aaron: There’s been one thing that we’ve known all along, and that’s the end point – how the series will wrap, but that’s mainly it. Her life is evolving and we follow Erica and what makes sense for her. Like, at one point, when we started the series, we thought she wanted to become an author herself, and it doesn’t feel like that anymore.
Plus, you get inspired by certain performers or by things you see happening around you, or by things that we become interested in, and we put those in the show. So, we’re really not locked down, season to season, except in the most broad strokes way.
The ultimate goal is for her to be happy and fulfilled.
We’re committed to seeing her evolve and grow and become braver, stronger, happier.

Jen: It sounds like her journey might be cut short, though. In season three, Kai returns from the future and vaguely references that in 2019, there will be a major disaster to hit Toronto, one that causes many people die. Is it Rob Ford’s doing?
Jana and Aaron: YES. *Laugh*

Oh, jokes are fun. It’s a joke, right?

Jana: We can’t reveal much about that yet, obviously. Aaron and I are talking now about what happens and how, but should we have a season four, it will be explained then.

Jen: Does that mean you’re not sure about a season four? I see you’re working on it, so ... ?
Aaron: We’ve got eight scripts that we’re working on now and we’re operating as if the show will come back, but we won’t know officially until January. So, for us, it’s still at the story and idea stage.

UPDATE (02/14/2011): Being Erica has officially been renewed for a fourth season!

Jen: The third season finale is this Wednesday. Will it be a cliffhanger? Will we get some answers?
Jana: You’ll just have to wait and see. 
Jen: That’s the worst. 
Aaron: I think the finale explains a lot.
Jen: Oooh!
Jana: And asks more questions.

Being Erica's season three finale is Wednesday, December 8th, 9PM EST on CBC. A Being Erica holiday special - sadly not in claymation - will be airing on December 15th, 9PM EST on CBC. Viewers in the US can look forward to the season three premiere of Being Erica on Wednesday, January 26th at 11PM EST on SOAPNet.

Now, the prize giveaway! If you comment below (about anything you want) - you're automatically entered in a draw for a chance to win Being Erica: Season One on DVD. When you comment, please be sure to include something in your message (your e-mail, log in to Blogger) so that I can track you down should you win. PLUS! You can also enter (or get a bonus entry if you already commented) if you tweet a link to this blog post (Such as: "Check out this DVD giveaway and interview with the writers from Being Erica: http://bit.ly/gUDuWm")! One winner will be selected randomly from all entries. Contest closes on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 9PM EST. Good luck!

UPDATE: And the winner has been announced!


Carrie D.,  6:02 pm, December 07, 2010  

I love this show! It's so neat that you got to talk to the writers! I already have Season 1 (and Season 2) on DVD, so no contest entry for me - just wanted to comment that I enjoyed this article!

Beccy Schtyk 7:08 pm, December 07, 2010  

Thanks for this interview. It's the most thorough I've read with the writers and I like the 'favourites' questions you ask them. I also love the fabulous fifties chic look of your blog! I'll come back for more. I won't do the contest entry as I already have season 1 of DVD and I'm outside Canada so the zone prob wouldn't fit. Happy holidays!

hippychic 7:22 pm, December 07, 2010  

Great interview, Jen! I haven't yet seen Being Erica, but one of my favorite series was Slings and Arrows. Are Canada and the US dvds zoned compatibly? If not, I will Netflix.

Hayley,  7:26 pm, December 07, 2010  

Thanks for posting this <3

Beccy Schtyk 7:30 pm, December 07, 2010  

P.S. I've written two reviews of Being Erica on my blog but no interviews!

Jen 8:22 pm, December 07, 2010  

Dr. Beccy - will have to check our your reviews!

Yes - to clarify - the DVDs are Region 1 - which means they work on standard DVD players in the US and Canada.

Katharine,  9:13 pm, December 07, 2010  

How fun! I had heard of this show but never tuned in. Maybe now's my chance to become a fan? It sounds really interesting!

My e-mail is shallowhippie [at] gmail [dot] com.

HereiGo 9:20 pm, December 07, 2010  

So flattered I'm mentioned! Nice work, Jen. No pole for the cocktail party, as you wish.

psychsarah,  7:45 am, December 08, 2010  

This post is so much fun! It's neat to hear the writer's take in things. I came to the show a bit late, so I'd love to get the DVDs from season 1 to fill in the blanks.

Also I live the idea of degrees of Canadian Bacon :)

(my email is my username @ hotmail.com)

Vanessa S. 9:07 am, December 08, 2010  

Great interview! I started watching Being Erica partway through season 2, and love it. I can't wait until the finale tonight!

my email address is:
loch.nessa [at] gmail [dot] com

Di Smith 9:46 am, December 08, 2010  

Brilliant interview. I've never been able to pin myself down and actually watch the show (don't get me started on how to work that freakin' PVR), so a DVD set would be grand. I'm at ddfencegirl {at} gmail {dot} com.

Modern Suzie 12:06 pm, December 08, 2010  

I've never watched this show but it sounds interesting. I've also just recently found your blog and frankly it's awesome.

Katie Gregg 12:42 pm, December 08, 2010  

I've never heard of this show, but now I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

LeeLeeL,  2:23 pm, December 08, 2010  

Thanks for the reminder about the season finale! I hadn't heard there would be a Christmas special either - so that's great!

My e-mail is my name at hotmail.

Unknown 3:17 pm, December 08, 2010  

This show sounds epic! My husband and I don't have cable, so we rent TV show seasons to watch together. We'll hafta check into this show :)
BTW, love your blog!! A wonderful way to waste time at work....hehe :)

email: arkansasgirl430 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Anonymous,  4:43 pm, December 08, 2010  

I cannot believe that Brent is straight. That guy is gay-gay-gay.

Terri G,  8:36 pm, December 08, 2010  

Love BE and so glad to see such an in-depth interview! Thanks Jen!

Unknown 8:49 pm, December 08, 2010  

I've never seen this show! I don't get soapnet on my stupid cable. I'm in the US. :( :)

Kathy G.,  9:31 pm, December 08, 2010  

Watching it now! So glad it looks like there's a season 4 (HOPEFULLY!!!!!). Please enter me in the draw - kathy.gallen at gmail

Victoria Trglavcnik 9:35 pm, December 08, 2010  

I LOVE this show! I love the story, and love that its set and filmed in Toronto.

elsewise 9:51 pm, December 08, 2010  

I'm in absolute awe of how Being Erica can consistently churn out such solid episodes. As I was lamenting on Twitter (I'm @elsewise), I'd LOVE to own the DVDs. I bought the Season 1 DVD set and cd soundtrack as a gift for my mom when they first came out, but I should've bought another set for myself!

Unknown 10:01 pm, December 08, 2010  

Great show and great interview. I love this show so much and have always liked the fact that it is filmed in Toronto.

mrsbingley 10:15 pm, December 08, 2010  

Great interview, Jen! Thanks for posting this and letting us know about your contest.

I would LOVE to have the DVD set so I could re-watch to my heart's content :)

Katie 11:01 pm, December 08, 2010  

I read this interview right before watching tonight. I actually yelped when Samantha's husband called Erica "Sleeping Beauty" - - - seeing as that was what Aaron Martin had pitched for a show (which I only found out from reading this post). So neat!!

Dazed 11:10 pm, December 08, 2010  

I have to admit, I have never actually watched this show. A consequence of not owning a TV, I suppose, combined with just not bothering to track it down online.

Now that I read the first half of the interview (don't want to spoil it for myself), I may just have to check out Season One DVDs.

Great interview, Jen; I'll read the rest of it another time.

paiiige 11:17 pm, December 08, 2010  

oh! i would looooooove to win the DVD set as i haven't watched the first season (thanks, wiki, for filling in Leo-related gaps and such) so i need to catch up! also: this could lead to more amazing "omgomgomg" tweets before season 4 returns...

Kristina 12:56 am, December 09, 2010  

Definitely one of the best shows to come from Canada in a long time!
Wonderful job on the article.

Anonymous,  9:14 am, December 09, 2010  

I love this show! Thanks for that eye opener about Brent - explains allot! I hope they bring it back for the 4th season and I'd definitely be interested in seeing what the British version is like.

fuzzy o'wuzzy,  12:28 pm, December 09, 2010  

This was a fantastic read, Jen but never Jenn. I love hearing about the behind the scenes stuff of shows I like. No need to enter me in the draw, though, I've seen season 1 and I think the DVDs deserve to go to someone who hasn't seen it yet.

Ian 12:38 pm, December 09, 2010  

Great interview and it is a really great show! One of the best from Canada!

Ryan 2:35 pm, December 09, 2010  

Thanks for the great interview with Jana and Aaron. Some excellent insight into the minds behind such a powerful show.

Cross our fingers for Season 4 and some further explanations!

Rebeka 3:13 pm, December 09, 2010  

Hi, I've been quietly reading your blog for a few weeks, after an online friend linked to your 50's housewife project. I've been meaning to comment and introduce myself, especially as I also live in downtown Toronto.

I've never seen Being Erica but it sounds like I need to fix that, so please enter me in the contest!

calendarfish -at- gmail -dot com

Melonbobber 4:11 pm, December 09, 2010  

I absolutely love this show -- great intelligent writing. I would love to win a copy of season 1 dvds. I use Gmail and my username is melonbobber.

amandaemanuele 7:57 pm, December 09, 2010  
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amandaemanuele 7:59 pm, December 09, 2010  

My favourite time travelling movie is "Somewhere in Time" starring Christopher Reeve!

Anonymous,  8:58 pm, December 09, 2010  

So does the season continue with the holiday special? Or is it separate and yesterday's show as the finale?

Shay 9:03 pm, December 09, 2010  

(Blogger hates me. Third attempt!)

The show sounds more interesting than I thought. T'would be cool to win.

Unknown 12:44 am, December 10, 2010  

I missed it!! ): can i enter anywayy?
I <3 Being Erica! It's the best show I've seen in a while.

Jen 1:13 pm, December 10, 2010  

Thanks for commenting and entering in the draw, everyone!

Agreed with all, definitely hope a Season 4 happens (but it seems likely!).

Re: Season Finale vs. Holiday Special. From what Jana and Aaron told me, the episode on the 8th was the season finale, and the show on the 15th is a special (CBC approached them and asked them to do one - so it wasn't in the original plans). I'm not sure if that episode will continue where the one on the 8th left off, but I'm sort of guessing it doesn't.

Andreia 9:10 pm, December 14, 2010  

love the show!
I'm just very annoyed with the comments in the internet announcing that the show is going to end at the season 4. That is not true, right?
It can't be. That's the best serie i've been seen in years!

By the way, great interview! thank you ;)

//from Brazil

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Anonymous,  10:17 pm, January 17, 2011  

Thank you Jen for your fabulous interview! I loved hearing about Jana and Aaron's collaborative writing process. I confess that I've only watched a couple of episodes this season. I DIDN'T MISS A SINGLE EPISODE OF SEASON ONE and watched much of season two on PVR. I've been inspired by the story and gone through a few kleenex boxes while watching! Liza

Anonymous,  9:26 am, February 10, 2011  

If you're a Dr Tom fan you might be interested in my interview with Michael Riley. Thanks. http://thinkoutsidethevortex.blogspot.com/2011/02/michael-riley-interview.html?spref=fb

SatoM 2:13 pm, August 09, 2013  

I have really enjoyed watching Being Erica and have appreciated its unique and thoughtful perspective. I have a question though-- why have the writers consistently made the grammatical error of confusing "I" with "me" in the object position? Erica is supposed to have a master's degree in English. Why would the writers have her say "this is between Dr. Tom and I" and the like. I have found that consistent error to be jarring in an otherwise very well-written show.

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Unknown 11:52 am, August 15, 2018  

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