CALGARY (October 1, 2019) – CTV, in association with Project 10 Productions and SEVEN24 Films, announced today that production has begun on Season 2 of its hit MADE® in Canada comedy series, JANN. Filming in Calgary, Season 2 consists of eight, half-hour episodes, up from its six-episode first season.
Season 1 of the critically acclaimed comedy reigns as the most-watched Canadian comedy series of the 2018-19 broadcast year. Starring multi-platinum award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, Season 2 of JANN joins CTV’s mid-season schedule in early 2020.
Guest stars confirmed for Season 2 include singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan as herself, actress Elisha Cuthbert (THE RANCH, HAPPY ENDINGS, 24, The Girl Next Door) as school board parent Liz, and singer, host, and actress Keshia Chanté (SOUL, PRIVATE EYES), as up-and-coming singer Nia Taylor.
“Most days I have to pinch myself as this series has been such a wonderful surprise in my life,” said Jann Arden. “I work with incredibly gifted and creative people and we promise to bring more laughs and gut-wrenching moments this season than we did in our first season. Everyone is so excited to be filming and to get this party started!”
“Coming off JANN’s incredible first-season run, we can’t wait to give fans more from the breakout series they've quickly come to love,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We look forward to continuing our creative partnership with Project 10 Productions and SEVEN24 Films on this hilarious series anchored by Jann’s natural and relatable comedic brilliance and an incredibly talented and witty ensemble cast.”
In Season 2, Jann’s (Jann Arden) hilarious and self-deprecating, attention-drawing antics continue, as the series picks up immediately following last season’s cliffhanger finale. Viewers were left wondering whether Jann would embark on a tour or stay behind to help her mother Nora (Deborah Grover), who’s showing early signs of memory loss, and sister Max (Zoie Palmer), who was put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.
This season, Jann’s idea of thoughtfulness may be a little over the top, as she sets out to win over her family and ex-girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor – all while still attempting to regain her long-lost fame. Meanwhile, tensions rise with Jann and her new manager Cale (Elena Juatco), who lines up new music gigs that are outside of Jann’s comfort zone. Hilarity ensues throughout the season, as Jann also faces a number of musical rivals.
Returning cast starring alongside Arden in JANN are Zoie Palmer (PURE, 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 (DARK CARGO, SCHITT’S CREEK) as Jann’s manager Cale; Jason Blicker (F/X: THE SERIES, STATE OF GRACE) as Jann’s former 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; and Keaira Pliva (TIN STAR) as Jann’s niece Frankie.
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 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, Programming, CTV and Specialty. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is Executive Producer, and President, Bell Media.
Source: Numeris, BY 2018-19 (Sept. 25, 2018 – Aug. 25, 2019). Final data.