Everything about Being Erica, eh?

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Daegan Fryklind

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Women Behind Canadian TV: Daegan Fryklind
“One of the things about being a female showrunner and working with the team of producers here at Bitten is that they were interested in having female representation in the story department–obviously we have a female lead on the show–but I’ve been grateful and blessed in this room, and with these producers, that I’ve never felt like my gender was the reason they picked me. None of the people in the story department have been picked based on gender. It’s based on ‘Can you deliver a good script?’ I’ve never felt like J.B. [Sugar] or the producers at eOne or Hoodwink have diminished my capacity based on the fact that I’m female. I have had that experience in the past and you really do feel the difference.” Continue reading.


Canadian Screen Award nominations announced


From CBC:

See all television Canadian Screen Award nominations here. Selected nominations:

Best animated TV show:

Almost Naked Animals
Producing Parker
Rated A for Awesome

Best comedy:

Good God
Kenny Hotz: Triumph of the Will
Less Than Kind
Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mr. D

Best dramatic miniseries:

Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2

Best drama:

Arctic Air
Bomb Girls

Best international drama:

The Borgias
The Crimson Petal and the White

Best music, variety or sketch comedy:

2012 MuchMusic Video Awards
Battle of the Blades
Canada Sings
The JUNO Awards 2012
Rick Mercer Report

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

The Haunting Hour
That’s So Weird
What’s Up Warthogs

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series:

Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All
Canada’s Handyman Challenge
Dragons’ Den
The Real Housewives of Vancouver
Redemption Inc.

Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series:

Less Than Kind, “Reparations and Renewal” – Jenn Engels
Less Than Kind, “March Fourth” – Mark McKinney, Garry Campbell
Less Than Kind, “Play it Again, Sam” – Mark McKinney
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, “Two Girls, One Tongue” – Charles Picco
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Bridges” – Matt Watts

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series:

Lost Girl, “Into the Dark” – Emily Andras
Continuum, “A Stitch in Time” – Simon Barry
Flashpoint, “Day Game” – Aubrey Nealon
Rookie Blue, “A Good Shoot” – Greg Nelson
Being Erica, “Dr. Erica” – Jana Sinyor, Aaron Martin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role:

Almost Heroes – “Terry and Peter vs. Season Finale” – Ryan Belleville
Mr. D, “The Basketball Diaries” – Gerry Dee
This Hour Has 22 Minutes, “X mas Special” – Shaun Majumder
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Sleeping with People” – Bob Martin
I, Martin Short, Goes Home – Martin Short

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role:

Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Heights” – Jennifer Irwin
This Hour Has 22 Minutes, “X mas Special” – Cathy Jones
InSecurity, “Agent Ex” – Natalie Lisinska
Less Than Kind, “The Fwomp” – Wendel Meldrum
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, “Endings” – Tommie-Amber Pirie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:

Flashpoint, “Day Game” – Enrico Colantoni
The L.A. Complex 2, “Don’t Say Goodbye” – Andra Fuller
Combat Hospital, “Triage” – Elias Koteas
Combat Hospital, “Reason to Believe” – Luke Mably
Blackstone, “Hitchin” – Steven Cree Molison

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role:

Saving Hope, “Heartsick” – Erica Durance
Being Erica, “Please, Please Tell Me How” – Erin Karpluk
King, “Lori Gilbert” – Amy Price-Francis
Haven, “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” – Emily Rose
Bomb Girls, “Armistice” – Meg Tilly


Jana Sinyor on the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and saying goodbye to Being Erica

Jana Sinyor (Being Erica, Dark Oracle) is one of the speakers at the upcoming Toronto Screenwriting Conference on March 31 and April 1. She tells TV, eh? about her unconventional path to screenwriting, her learning curve on Being Erica, and the project she has in development with ABC now.

First, tell me about the Toronto Screenwriting Conference –- what do you hope to convey there, and what do you hope to get out of it? What role do conferences like this play in career development?

I plan to show up and have an interesting panel discussion with a bunch of people I respect. I hope it will be a lot of fun.

As for what role conferences play in career development, for me, they were extremely important. I remember attending Nuts And Bolts — a weekend conference put on by WIFT-T when I was just starting out — and then later I went to a screenwriting weekend conference that was put together by the WGC. Both events were very important in that they connected me with people I would later work with. I learned a lot from the panels, talked to lots of different people — and felt that attending helped me better focus, better zero in on what I wanted to do and what steps I was going to take to get there.

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Remembering Being Erica

From Chandler Levack of AV Club Toronto:

  • Remembering Erica
    With December 2011’s series finale, Being Erica was canceled after four seasons. And with this being the first non-Erica year in a while, it might be a good idea to look back at the show’s success. The show has done surprisingly well for a CBC export, airing in nearly 160 countries and with green-lighted U.S. and U.K. interpretations. The concept was irresistible: Erica Strange was a guilt-ridden Canadian Jewish girl who looked like Jennifer Aniston. And she was able to do things like take back her own virginity from the douchebag who sexually assaulted her and relive her “perfect summer day” on Toronto Island. Whenever Erica was sent down the rabbit hole to save her dead brother from a fire and allow him to live, or to un-kiss the best friend who now won’t speak to her, it didn’t take a physicist for viewers to dream up their own Dr. Toms. Read more.