In JANN, Jann Arden 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?
Starring alongside Arden in JANN are Zoie Palmer (SEX AFTER KIDS, DARK MATTER) 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.
Musician and former star Jann Arden is having a rough week in both her career and personal life. Her loyal manager Todd (Jason Blicker) messes up her chance at a huge gig, and her ex Cynthia (Sharon Taylor) has decided to move on and see someone else. Things seem to be looking up when slick new manager Cale (Elena Juatco) comes into Jann’s life, promising to reinvigorate her career. But that might prove challenging when her mom Nora (Deborah Grover), who’s showing early signs of memory loss, moves in with her. The episode is directed by Ron Murphy (WYNONNA EARP, TRAILER PARK BOYS) and guest stars Canadian indie-pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Leslie Feist.
S1 - Episode 2
"Go With The Flowga"
Jann (Jann Arden) is recording a “We Are the World”-style charity song about empowering young women. But when she learns she has merely a small part in the chorus of the single, with her voice drowned out by other singers, Jann demands a full solo part in the song. And she doesn’t care which of her managers, new or old, helps her get it! This episode guest stars Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiesza.
S1 - Episode 3
"Weeknd at Charley's"
When Jann’s (Jann Arden) university-aged niece Charley (Alexa Rose Steele) calls asking for her help with something, Jann and her mom Nora (Deborah Grover) immediately rush to campus. But before Charley can make her request, Jann gets distracted by adoring young fans on campus, who are excited her song has been recently sampled in a hot new single by The Weeknd.
S1 - Episode 4
"Major Party Foul"
When Jann (Jann Arden) learns her sister Max (Zoie Palmer) is planning a 75th birthday party for their mom (Deborah Grover), Jann can’t help but take over the party planning. She even blackmails an old friend into performing at the party – Rick Mercer. The party goes well until conflicts between Jann and Max come to a head, nearly ruining the night and deeply upsetting Nora. Will the sisters come together to set things right? This episode guest stars TV personality Rick Mercer.
S1 - Episode 5
"You've Been Soft Served"
Jann (Jann Arden) and Max (Zoie Palmer) finally get a true diagnosis for Nora (Deborah Grover) — their mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. As they try to grapple with the future, they find themselves united for the first time in a long time. Meanwhile, the rivalry between Jann’s two agents, Todd (Jason Blicker) and Cale (Elena Juatco), comes to a head as Cale secures Jann a spot on a national tour. Unfortunately, it’s with Jann’s nemesis, Sarah McLachlan.
S1 - Episode 6
"WWJD (What Will Jann Do?)"
On the season finale of JANN, Jann (Jann Arden) tries to convince her old guitarist to join her on her upcoming tour, but things get complicated when old feelings come to the surface. Then, when her mother Nora (Deborah Grover) is left alone and has a scare, and her sister Max (Zoie Palmer) is put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, Jann’s tour plans are threatened. Can Jann leave town when her family needs her most?