When she was introduced to Canadian television audiences last January, Erica Strange of the CBC comedy/drama Being Erica was being pretty unhappy. Thirty-something, single, and recently fired from her subsistence customer service job, she met Dr. Tom, a supernatural therapist who promised to send her back in time to correct past mistakes. Being Erica‘s second season is now in full swing — the sixth episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. — and while most of the time it is fluffy rather than groundbreaking, it might just be the most realistic portrayal of a woman in her thirties on television today. Unfortunately, that could also be its downfall.
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U OF T – “Race down in your jammies. Just slide on your bunny rabbit slippers and come on down,” says Andy Barrie, the locked-out host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. It is 6am on Sept. 23, and he’s calling listeners to the parking lot outside CIUT, the University of Toronto’s campus radio station, where locked-out CBC employees have been producing Toronto Unlocked for the last three weeks. This morning’s chilly party celebrates the last episode of the morning show. A large, brown-paper sign taped to the side of CIUT reading “Toronto Unlocked” is, we are told, the work of a paintbrush-wielding CBC staffer. It is cold, windy and dark — not bunny rabbit slipper-friendly weather.