Production has begun on the inaugural season of CTV’s new original comedy series Jann. Starring multi-platinum award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, the six-episode comedy series takes viewers on Jann’s quest for renewed fame in the wake of a waning career, while also dealing with the obligations and pressures of her real life.
A comedy series with heart that bridges fame and family, the supporting cast joining the series includes Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter), Patrick Gilmore (You, Me, Her), Deborah Grover (Anne with an “E”), Alexa Rose Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Jason Blicker (F/X: The Series), Sharon Taylor (Bad Blood), and Elena Juatco (Open Heart), with surprise celebrity cameos as well.
In Jann, Arden plays a fictionalized version of herself: a singer songwriter of a "certain age" dealing with the harsh reality that her former music career is now on a slow, relentless slide into obscurity. But it’s not just Jann’s career that’s on life support—she’s newly single, her sister may disown her, and her mother may be showing the early signs of dementia. Although Jann's personal life is in shambles, she's convinced that the cure-all is to rebrand her image in order to reclaim her celebrity status, so she embarks on a quest to return to greatness but gets tangled in the pressures of her ‘real’ life. Jann is at the crossroads between who she was and who she wants to be—if she can just figure out what’s really important.
“Having the opportunity to get Jann on its feet is completely surreal for me and I’m grateful to all the people that have been working tirelessly for the past three years to bring this series to life,” said Arden. “I think people are going to laugh a lot and find a little piece of themselves in the brilliant characters we’ve created. This show is unique in every possible way and I have the best production companies in the business working to bring Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast some top-shelf entertainment!”
Jann shoots in Calgary until October 4, 2018, and is set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2018/19 schedule.