Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Well, I am working on getting some screen captures done of the
Dr. Quinn episodes that Erika starred in but it is taking longer
than I thought since my computer is not being very helpful! In the
meantime here is the most asked question about Erika and why she
was gone from Dr. Quinn in season three:
Why Erika had to leave Dr. Quinn:
Since Erika was a minor, her father controlled her contracts and
finances. When the time came for contract renewals, he didn't agree
with the salary she would be paid, so he gave her an ultimatum:
refuse and hope for more money, or accept and forfeit all of his
support. Since Erika didn't have any other options, she had to refuse.
As a result, she was forced to leave the show, and Jessica Bowman
became "Colleen Cooper."
Here is the official press release from producers of the show:
(February 7, 1996)
Over the past several months we have received numerous letters regarding
the re-casting of "Colleen" on our show. When this change
occurred, we released a statement to the affect of, "Unwilling
to commit to 5 years, Erika Flores is leaving the series to pursue
other interests." Well, its now over one year and, the fact
remains that Erika Flores left the show to pursue other interests.
Now, what are those other interests? I can tell you its primarily
school. She's auditioned for movies, but her primary focus, to our
knowledge, is school. After all, she's only 16 years old. The events
leading up to her decision to leave the show did include CBS's request
that she sign a 5 year contract. Erika did not want to commit to
that extended period of time, and CBS would not allow it (all the
series regulars, including Jane Seymour, are required to sign a
5 year contract.) We, as producers of the show, were able to convince
CBS to double Erika's salary in an attempt to keep her on the show.
But she still was unwilling to commit to 5 years. This being the
case, we had no other choice but to replace her. I hope that this
will help clarify your questions about Erika Flores. She remains
a very close friend of the show, often visiting the set for lunch,
and we wish her all the best in her future pursuits.
(Producer, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") © 1996 CBS