From a media release:
Production is underway on the original scripted comedy series Second Jen. The 30-minute, 6-part series from Don Ferguson Productions (DFP) began shooting July 5 in Toronto. Production continues until July 28, 2016. The series will roll out as a digital-first release on Citytv.com in August and join the City and Omni Television 2016/2017 prime-time schedule in the fall.
Second Jen is an ensemble comedy about two second-generation Chinese and Filipino-Canadian millennials experiencing all of life’s “firsts”. Caught between cultures and generations, two best friends move to their own apartment to prove to their immigrant families, and themselves, that they can make it on their own. Together, Mo and Jen straddle the gap between adulthood and childhood, between taking on family tradition and creating their own. With each step towards independence, Mo and Jen learn the sobering truth about growing up – everyone is faking it.
The series stars co-creators Amanda Joy (Devil’s Mile, Anxietyville) and Samantha Wan (Sudden Master, Ruby Skye P.I.) as best friends Mo and Jen, with Al Mukadam (Spun Out, Miss Sloane) as Lewis and Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Nate. Rounding out the cast are: Atticus Mitchell (Fargo, Young Drunk Punk) as Mo’s boss Garth; Nile Seguin (Winnipeg Comedy Festival, In The Ladies Room) as Mo’s co-worker Alister; and Janet Lo (Madam Mao, Pay the Ghost), Richard Tse (Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, Payday) and Timothy Lai (Heroes Reborn, Rookie Blue) as Jen’s mom Bunny, dad Harold and brother Eric.
The series is written by Amanda Joy, Samantha Wan, Kevin Wallace (Air Farce, Comedy Bar) and Carly Heffernan (The Hour, SketchersonsTV) and directed by Romeo Candido (Ang pamana: The Inheritance, Prison Dancer: The Musical).
Second Jen is produced by Don Ferguson Productions (DFP) in association with Rogers. Helming the project is showrunner Jeff Biederman, who also acts as executive producer alongside Don Ferguson, Lucy Stewart and Kevin Wallis. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content and Colette Watson is Vice President of Television and Broadcast Operations.
Photo by Oz John.
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