Season 4 of 'Being Erica:' 10 Things You Need to Know
by Annette Bourdeau, posted Sep 23rd 2011 3:00PM
It's about 4:00PM, and I'm watching Erica and Adam laugh over beers at a pub in Ireland.
Well, OK. Toronto is actually filling in for Ireland, and I'm watching Erin Karpluk and Adam Fergus film a scene for Season 4 of 'Being Erica.' Yes, all you Adam haters. He's back in Season 4, and happier than ever. And Adam Fergus, the affable actor who plays the handsome Irishman, hopes that those of you who didn't take to him at first have come around. "He challenges her, it's hard for audiences to get over that," he says.
There's still hope, though. Fergus says his Twitter mentions got friendlier and friendlier as Season 3 progressed. If he has his way, by the end of Season 4 everyone will be firmly aboard Team Adam. He's certainly got his work cut out for him. "People have very strong opinions about who they like for Erica," observes Karpluk, adding that people still ask her about Kai (Sebastian Pigott).
As they film Season 4, rumors have been swirling about international remakes of the popular Canadian show. "At first I was like, 'WHAT!'" says Karpluk, recalling the first time she heard about interest in a remake. After further thought, though, she had a brilliant idea: to remake the show with a male lead. 'Being Eric,' if you will. She even has the perfect actor in mind to fill her shoes: Geoff Stults ('She's Out of My League'). "He seems like an everyman," Karpluk reasons.
Fergus, for his part, has someone else in mind. "I should play Eric! Joking, joking," he says, laughing. "I think Erin is impossible to replace. She has a great comedic presence and can also do the dramatic side."
Karpluk is hoping to exercise more of her famous range in the near future as she plots her next move. Her dream gigs at the moment? She wouldn't say no to guest spots on 'Dexter' or 'Mad Men,' possibly as a psycho killer or raging mean queen. "I wouldn't mind doing a departure from Erica," she says.
In the meantime, Season 4 is about to kick off, and AOL TV got Karpluk and Fergus to spill a few beans about what to expect. Don't worry, no spoilers ahead. Just a lot of clues. And teasing. Bonus tidbit: Season 4 features a groovy '60s flashback!
1. This may be the last season. "The writers designed the series for a four-season arc," says Karpluk "We're savoring every moment in case this does prove to be the last season."
2. Big questions will be answered about 2019. "It's shocking," Karpluk reveals without elaborating further. (What a tease!)
3. The time travel is explained. "When we saw the scripts we said, "Oh, that's how it works!" says Karpluk.
4. Adam is finally satisfied with his life. "He's changed a lot," says Fergus of his character. "Last year, he found the woman he didn't think he could find."
5. Kai returns. Adam may have some competition: Kai is back. "I think it's great they're bringing Kai back," says Karpluk. We're guessing a lot of you Team Kai members do, too.
6. Dr. Tom (Michael Riley) becomes less mysterious. "You find out more about him as a person. I think it's so exciting," says Karpluk, adding that Dr. Tom is at the heart of at least one episode this season. And no, Erica will not become part of Dr. Tom's personal life. "The weirdest thing is when people think Dr. Tom and Erica will hook up."
7. Sam (Joanna Douglas) and Lenin (Brandon Jay McLaren) are still going strong. "Heading into Season 4 things are great," says Karpluk. "In Season 3 they kind of broached that hump -- the class issue. He called her on it."
8. Erica is finally able to help others. But just because she's a therapist doesn't mean she's super serious now. "I never wanted her to become Dr. Tom or Dr. Naadiah," says Karpluk. "She still has that quirkiness and vulnerability."
9. Erica's first patient will be revealed. And it's not who you think. "There's been so much speculation about the patient!" says Karpluk.
10. Erica ends up with... OK, we're not telling you everything you may want to know about the season. But Fergus certainly wouldn't mind if Erica wound up with Adam. "I think they're a great match because they're both such strong individuals," he says. "Hopefully they'll end up together."
Season 4 of 'Being Erica' premieres on CBC Television Monday, September 26 at 9PM ET/PT.