CTV’s New Original Comedy JANN Gets Extensive Digital Premiere Ahead of March 20 Broadcast
Toronto — March 4, 2019
– First episode of JANN now available across multiple Bell Media digital platforms including CTV.ca, CTV On Demand, Crave, CTV’s YouTube™ page, and more ahead of CTV’s television premiere –
TORONTO (March 4, 2019) – The wait for CTV’s newest original comedy series JANN is over. The network announced today that it has pre-released the debut episode of the Jann Arden starrer in an extensive preview across Bell Media’s digital platforms, and beyond.
Beginning today (March 4), the first episode of JANN is available on CTV digital platforms such as CTV.ca and CTV’s YouTube™ page, Crave, in addition to Bravo.ca and TheComedyNetwork.ca and their respective corresponding apps, as well as MUCH.com and MTV.ca, ahead of the series’ television premiere (Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV). Canadians can also now stream the premiere on iTunes or with Crave on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV,and on CTV On Demand (set top box) with applicable TV service providers.
CTV also announced today that viewers will be treated to a number of digital extras for the series. In addition to bonus content featured on CTV.ca and SnackableTV the network’s social accounts (@CTV) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will roll out a series of exclusive video features throughout the season, providing fans with a social extension of the series featuring unforgettable moments with Jann and the cast. The variety of exclusive social and digital content includes behind-the-scenes blooper reels, outtakes, and a feature with Jann Arden titled PB&J (PEANUT BUTTER & JANN), where Jann answers various questions about her new series while eating spoonfuls of peanut butter, and more – giving viewers a glimpse into what they can expect from the first season of JANN. CTV.ca will include sneak peek clips weekly, and new episodes of JANN will also be available on demand on CTV.ca and the CTV app following their broadcast premieres.
In the six-part, half-hour comedy series, 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?
In Episode 1 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, TRAILER PARK BOYS) and guest stars Leslie Feist.
Starring alongside Arden in JANN are Zoie Palmer (SEX AFTER KIDS, DARK MATTER); Deborah Grover (ANNE WITH AN “E”); Patrick Gilmore (TRAVELERS; YOU, ME, HER); Elena Juatco (OPEN HEART); Jason Blicker (F/X: THE SERIES); Sharon Taylor (BAD BLOOD); Alexa Rose Steele (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION); Ceilidh MacDonald; Keaira Pliva (TIN STAR); and Donna Godlonton.
Set and filmed in Calgary, JANN was co-developed by Bell Media and Project 10 Productions and is produced in association with Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Films.
JANN is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley and Ben Murray for Project 10 Productions, and Tom Cox and Jordy Randall for Seven24 Films. Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper created the series and will also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning. For Bell Media, Chris Kelley is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Director, Comedy Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.