Following yesterday’s news that has ABC developing a U.S. version of the Canadian hit BEING ERICA, it was only natural that our twitter stream flooded with suggestions as to who would be the perfect actress to take the reins from Canada’s Erica (Erin Karpluk). That said, despite some truly fantastic suggestion from the likes of @insidethetube, @tvdonewright and @ruebenrambling, who got the ball rolling with such deserving actresses as Shiri Appleby (LIFE UNEXPECTED), Autumn Reeser (NO ORDINARY FAMILY), and Katie Cassidy (GOSSIP GIRL) respectively, we’ve compiled what we believe to be, the definitive dream cast. See for yourself, after the jump.
“Erica Strange”: Not only does SMALLVILLE star Erica Durance have a proven track-record of mixing heartfelt and humor, she’s got the whole first name thing already down pat.
“Dr. Tom”: Assuming he’s actually capable of growing facial hair, Josh Malina would be a really interesting choice for Dr. Tom. Unless of course he’s too busy twittering, in which case Richard Schiff ankd/or a moustache-free Bradley Whitford would also fit the bill quite nicely.
Boss “Julianne”: If six seasons of stealing on GILMORE GIRLS taught us anything, it’s that nobody plays an antagonistic sidekick with a cold outer shell that will eventually warm up to a lovely leading lady like Liza Weil (Paris Geller). Plus, it saves us from writing our annual “why-isn’t-Liza-Weil-back-on-TV!” rant we post each and every pilot season.
Co-Worker “Brent”: Conniving metrosexual underling with a biting wit. Paging Michael Urie line one.
Best Friend “Jenny”: Since everybody knows, a US show is now only as good as it’s obligatory DEGRASSI alum, Paula Brancati should most definitely keep the role she originated on the Canadian hit.
Parents “Gary” and “Barbara Strange”: Neurotic Jewish divorced parents has real-life best friends Andrea Martin and Victor Garber written all over them!
Younger Sister “Samantha Strange”: Emily VanCamp or Amanda Bynes, take your pick.
Love Interest “Ethan”: With apologies in advance to the affable actor, nobody screams unadventurous object of the protagonist’s affection like all around nice guy Kerr Smith.
“Kai”: Perfectly timed for GLEE to officially jump the shark in a year or two will come the second season introduction that is the focal point of BEING ERICA’s second season. Rocker-turned-Barista Kai, to be played by none other than Darren Criss!