Jann Arden, the fast-talking, slow walking queen of Canadian comedy, song, confessional memoirs, and business news, is about to become the talk of the town if the gang at CTV wins the day.
The voluble multitasker makes her debut March 20 in Jann, a six-part fictional comedy series that undoubtedly wll have her fans falling down laughing as their gender opposites roll their eyes in disbelief.
The network is now hyping the show in advance of its TV debut on various digital platforms that include CTV.ca and CTV’s YouTube™ page, Crave, in addition to Bravo.ca and TheComedyNetwork.ca.
In the series, she plays a fictionalized, self-deprecating version of herself: a singer-songwriter of a “certain age” in severe denial of the harsh reality that her former music career is slowly (okay rapidly) fading away.
But it’s not just Jann’s career that’s on life support – she’s newly single (don’t remind her), her sister may disown her, and her mother may be showing early signs of memory loss. Jann's personal life is in shambles, and she's convinced that the cure-all is to enlist a new manager to help rebrand her image.
Filled with plenty of LOL moments, she embarks on a quest to return to greatness and go viral but instead gets tangled in the pressures of her ‘real’ life. Jann is at the crossroads between who she was and who she wants to be.
Can Jann stage a comeback, reclaim fame…and be there for the people who love her? In Episode 1, titled The Big House, musician and former star Jann Arden is having a rough week in 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.
Ron Murphy, best known for Trailer Park Boys, directs the first episode that guest stars Leslie Feist.
Jann, the real-life character, hosts the 2nd night of CTV's telecast of the Canadian Screen Awards, on March 27 at 7 pm. Fellow Canadian comic Aisha Alfa hosts the first night and both nights are to be streamed on CTV’s Facebook and YouTube pages.