After appearing over the last year in guest spots on CBC’s Workin’ Moms and SYFY/Space Channel’s Wynonna Earp, multi-platinum award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author Jann Arden is going to headline her own series. CTV, in association with Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Films, announced on Tuesday that production has begun on the first season of the new original comedy series JANN, starring Arden. In the six-episode series, Arden plays a fictionalized version of herself and will take 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.
Supporting cast for the series includes includes Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter, Lost Girl), Patrick Gilmore (Travelers; 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.
Produced by Project 10 (Spun Out, Spirit Unforgettable), and Seven24 Films (Wynonna Earp, Heartland) JANN shoots in Calgary until October 4, 2018, and is set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2018/19 schedule.
During the first season, Arden’s fictionalized version of herself is 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.
“Jann has a natural comedic brilliance and magnetic personality, and her fictional alter-ego is a highly relatable, lovable, flawed and emotionally messy character that audiences will love,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome JANN to CTV, and I can’t think of anyone better to play a fictionalized Jann than Jann Arden!”
“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 Arden is the celebrated multi-platinum award-winning artist who catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy featuring the hit single, “I Would Die For You”. A year later with Living Under June, she would have her career breakout hit, “Insensitive,” that would solidify her position in the music world. In November 2017, Arden released the Canadian best seller Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss, a book that shares insights, loss, irony, and yes humour, as mother and daughter face the journey together. Arden has released 14 albums with 19 Top 10 singles; her most recent album These Are the Days was released on March 16th, 2018. A proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, she has been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has been given the Vantage Women of Originality Award.
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JANN will premiere on CTV as part of the network’s 2018/19 schedule.
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