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'Being Erica' renewed for season 3, but sans boyfriends!

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Image Credit: Temple Street Prod/SoapNetThe folks on Lost will be time-jumping no more in less than two weeks, but PopWatch’s other favorite time-traveling series will be back. Canadian broadcaster CBC and SoapNet simultaneously announced today that Being Erica has been renewed for a third season! The series will return with 13 episodes this fall on CBC before premiering in early 2011 on SoapNet.

Last season’s finale found Erica struggling with her feelings for fellow time-travel therapy patient Kai and the gnawing feeling that boyfriend Ethan was holding her back. In any other series, Ethan or Kai would have been Erica’s soulmate, but the show boldly had Erica end up single again after breaking things off with Ethan. Meanwhile, Kai returned to the future where he was from, leaving present Kai with no memory of Erica. Judging from the CBC’s press release, it seems the guys are not only out of Erica’s life, but also out of the show:

“Season two left Erica with no boyfriend, no job and a personal life in shambles. In season three, we find a newly single, more confident Erica on the path to forging a new identity for herself as she becomes the person she’s always wanted to be. Popular returning characters include Dr. Tom (Michael Riley), Erica’s ex-boss and new business partner Julianne (Reagan Pasternak), mother Barbara (Kathleen Laskey), father Gary (John Boylan) and sister Samantha (Joanne Douglas).”

Both Ethan (Tyron Leitso) and, less surprisingly, Kai (Sebastian Pigott) are missing from that list of returning characters. While it certainly makes sense for both guys to exit the series story-wise, I do wonder if Ethan’s departure is a little hasty. Before he was Erica’s boyfriend, he was her best friend for over ten years. It would be interesting to see the show explore the question of whether you can be friends with your ex and what happens after the breakup when your ex was your friend first.

In non-romantic entanglements news, I can’t wait to see more of Julianne and her growing friendship with Erica, but I hope we haven’t seen the last of River Rock Publishing’s cast of characters, especially Brent. They’d make great rivals for Erica and Julianne’s new start-up publishing company.

PopWatchers, are you disappointed Ethan and Kai won’t be back? Are you looking forward to a newly single Erica venturing out on her own? And how happy are you that the show will be back?

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