If you’re anything like us, then you’ve been waiting to find out when the new comedy series JANN, starring multi-platinum award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author, and 2019 Order of Canada recipient Jann Arden would premiere ever since CTV announced it. Well, the good news is that we now know the six-episode series will premiere Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.
While Jann Arden is currently enjoying success in many different avenues, the fictionalized version of herself that she plays on JANN is no longer the household name she once was. Instead, she’s now dealing with the harsh reality that her former music career is slowly fading away. She plays corporate gigs and community events, like the local farmer’s market, and to make ends meet, Jann lives in the guest house on her own property, while renting out her actual big home to other, more successful people.
The series follows fictional Jann and her somewhat desperate (and hilarious) struggle to find a new audience. To get what she wants, she’ll take career advice from both her old-school manager, and a new manager who wants her as a client — a slick hipster who has fresh ideas that are scary to anyone older than 26.
As Jann is on her quest for renewed fame, she’s also dealing with obligations and pressures from her ‘real’ life. Her mom is beginning to show signs of memory loss and needs someone to look out for her. Her sister is newly (and angrily) pregnant and needs support too. Plus, Jann’s recent ex is moving on, and they’ve committed to being friends…though Jann is still hoping for more. Can Jann stage a comeback and be there for the people who love her?
“I have never been this excited about any other project in my life,” said Jann Arden. “This has been such a rewarding experience, working with the most talented actors in the business, and the most accomplished filmmakers, writers and producers. I think the show is hilarious and heartwarming all at once and I think all of my fans will truly enjoy the show and everything it has to offer.”
Starring alongside Arden inJANN are Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter, Lost Girl) as Jann’s sister Max; Deborah Grover (Anne with an “E”) as Jann’s mom Nora; Patrick Gilmore (Travelers, You, Me, Her) as Jann’s brother-in-law Dave; Elena Juatco (Open Heart) as Jann’s new manager Cale; Jason Blicker (F/X:The Series) as Jann’s long-time manager Todd; Sharon Taylor (Bad Blood) as Jann’s ex-girlfriend Cynthia; Alexa Rose Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Jann’s eldest niece Charley; Ceilidh MacDonald as Jann’s niece Sam; Keaira Pliva (Tin Star) as Jann’s niece Frankie, and Donna Godlonton as Jann’s neighbour Rhonda.
Guest stars in the inaugural season of JANN include Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Leslie Feist, Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiesza, and TV personality Rick Mercer.
On the series premiere of JANN titled “The Big House”, musician and former star Jann Arden is having a rough week in both her career and personal life. Her loyal manager screws up her chance at a huge gig, and her ex has decided to move on and see someone else. Things seem to be looking up when a slick new manager comes into Jann’s life, promising to reinvigorate her career. But that might prove challenging now that her mom, showing early signs of memory loss, is moving in with her. The episode is directed by Ron Murphy (Wynonna Earp) and guest stars Leslie Feist.
Encore presentations of JANN air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
For more about JANN, check out our interview with showrunner Jennica Harper.
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JANN premieres Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.