â€œIâ€™ve never felt or looked better, you should see me,â€ she gushes over the phone when asked how sheâ€™s doing.
Ardenâ€™s just joking, of course, using her trademark self-deprecating humour to get through a long day of interviews promoting the upcoming third season of her comedy series, Jann. But all banter aside, the singer-songwriter-actor really is at the top of her game. She has a hit TV show, sheâ€™s recording a new album, and sheâ€™s planning an international tour for 2022â€”provided the world has â€œcalmed the f–k down by then.â€ Things are going well for her.
The same canâ€™t be said for Ardenâ€™s hilariously self-sabotaging TV alter ego.
In Jannâ€™s Season 3 premiere, airing Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, we find fictional Jann holed up in her house with her mom Nora (Deborah Grover), surrounded by pizza boxes and enough home spa products to fill an Amazon warehouse. Apparently, the events of last seasonâ€”firing her manager Cale (Elena Juatco), getting spurned by her girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor), and inviting Nora to live with herâ€”have caused the singer to embark on a months-long online shopping spree, responsibilities and utility bills be damned.
â€œThings are kind of falling apart at the seams,â€ Arden says of TV Jannâ€™s situation. â€œItâ€™s hard for me to manage my life even when Iâ€™m by myself, so add my mother living with me full-time, being newly single, struggling with my careerâ€¦itâ€™s just a lot of chaos.â€
And Jann isnâ€™t the only one spinning out of control. Caleâ€™s attempts to â€œgroundâ€ herself after getting sacked involve sleeping in the woods. She shows up on Jannâ€™s doorstep dishevelled with twigs in her hair, prompting Jann to ironically scream, â€œHow can anyone go so far downhill, so fast?â€ Meanwhile, Max (Zoie Palmer) and Dave (Patrick Gilmore) are finding it hard to run their household without Noraâ€™s help, resulting in piles of laundry and their kids dressing like â€œVictorian orphansâ€ for school picture day.
To get her life back on track, Jann hires personal assistant Trey (Tenaj Williams), commits to recording a new album from the heart, and starts dating a younger man (Charlie Kerr). Never mind that she poached Trey from Max and Daveâ€™s nanny interviewees, canâ€™t get funding for her record, and keeps running into Cynthia.
â€œThere are a lot of moving parts,â€ says Arden. â€œBut that makes it fun. Itâ€™s quite farcical.â€
We phoned Arden at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to learn more about Jannâ€™s Season 3 antics.
Season 3 brings some new people into Jannâ€™s life, including Trey, her personal assistant. Is she going to butt heads with him? Jann Arden: I think Jann butts heads with anybody who tries to come into her life. Jann wants help, but she wants it on her own terms. So I think Trey brings so much fun because he deals with Jann in a very matter-of-fact way. He doesnâ€™t put up with any crap. Plus, he really loves my mother, so they get along like a house on fire, and Iâ€™m kind of on the outside looking in. So I think youâ€™ll see that, not unlike Cale, heâ€™s constantly dealing with the complete lack of respect Jann has for the people around her. He and I together are very funny.
Speaking of Cale, it looks like getting fired has really sent her into a tailspin! I didnâ€™t expect that. JA: Well, sheâ€™s never been fired in her life, so she was probably raised by a Tiger Mother, perfectionism the whole way across. Sheâ€™s not used to not getting her way, sheâ€™s not used to any kind of failure. Itâ€™s an unacceptable outcome to do anything in her life without it turning out exactly the way it was in her head. And what she finds, as a lot of people do in life, is thatâ€™s not how it goes. You have to face obstacles, you have to change, you have to face adversity and challenges, and Cale is Failure 101. Sheâ€™s going down a road where she needs to figure out really what lifeâ€™s about, and I love getting to explore a character like hers because like you said, no one expects to see Cale go on a journey of self-discovery and trying different things.
Cynthia turned down Jannâ€™s marriage proposal at the end of Season 2, and Jann bounces back by dating a younger man later this season. I love the nonchalant way the show approaches her fluid sexuality. JA: It is what it is. Itâ€™s a fluidity, itâ€™s a person who absolutely dates whoever she wants and does what she wants and has no labels. And, you know, some people probably in the LGBTQ community would disagree with how weâ€™ve approached it, but this is completely my doing, this is how I wanted to approach it and not ever make it into an issue for anyone.
On the contrary, Nora is quite taken aback that Iâ€™m dating a man. Sheâ€™s like, â€˜I thought you were done with men,â€™ sheâ€™s almost discouraging me from having a boyfriend, which is kind of the antithesis of what you think our society sort of tells us we should be doing. So my motherâ€™s very much on Cynthiaâ€™s team. She would love to see us get back together. But I really find myself in sort of a throuple this yearâ€”I always think that word is so funnyâ€”but Iâ€™m literally playing two people, and I think that I can get away with it.
Noraâ€™s storyline is very personal to you. What is going to happen with her this season? JA: You know, the reason that obviously Nora is a character with Alzheimerâ€™s is because of my own mother. Even before we started the show, I said thatâ€™s just a storyline that we need to tackle. Of course, my motherâ€™s Alzheimerâ€™s stretched over a 10-year period, and it was a very slow decline, it wasnâ€™t rapid. So we feel that we have lots of time to uncover how dementia works, that itâ€™s definitely varying degrees. No, a person canâ€™t live by themselves, they canâ€™t really be left alone. Nora has moments obviously where sheâ€™s there and sheâ€™s funny, but she also has moments when she doesnâ€™t know where she is, she doesnâ€™t know why sheâ€™s doing things, and that is the very frustrating part of memory loss.
[Having a loved one with Alzheimerâ€™s] is not an easy thing, but itâ€™s doable, itâ€™s survivable. Youâ€™re never going to win against Alzheimerâ€™s, youâ€™re not gonna win the narrative, youâ€™re not gonna win the fight, theyâ€™re not gonna get better. And thatâ€™s hard for people to admit to. And thatâ€™s why those control issues come in all the time, and my characterâ€™s always dealing with that because I think I can control the outcome of whatâ€™s coming, and I wonâ€™t be able to. Itâ€™s gonna be really interesting to see that unfold.
Youâ€™re very active on Twitter and frequently tweet about issues that are important to you. Are your followers ever shocked at how socially aware you are compared to TV Jann, who is so overtly self-involved? JA: I donâ€™t think so. I think that people who have followed along with my career the last 30 years, certainly the last 10 years or so of being on social media, know what Iâ€™m all about. Thank God Iâ€™m not TV Jann, her decision-making drives me crazy. She always makes terrible decisions, but thatâ€™s what makes it funny.
In my life, Iâ€™m not going to be one of those people sitting on my hands waiting for other people to do the heavy lifting, whether thatâ€™s in womenâ€™s health issues or animal welfare issues or voting or being vaccinated and worrying about the people around you and not just yourself. I donâ€™t care. I block so many people every day, you have no idea. I donâ€™t care what other people think, but I do care about how they feel. And that is two different things. So Iâ€™ll always be outspoken. Iâ€™m gonna kick my clogs someday, and Iâ€™m just not gonna go and leave this world quietly. At all.
Jann airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV app.
A heartwarming comedy about fame, fortune, and a diva in denial, CTV Original comedy series JANN returns for its third season Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, beginning Sept. 20. Set and filmed in Calgary and featuring co-creator and star Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, Season 3 consists of eight half-hour episodes.
A star thatâ€™s fading and a family in need of help, Season 3 of JANN is a period of new beginnings as Jann (Arden) takes her life, career, and relationships into her own hands â€“ but will the same old antics ensue? After months without a manager and letting everything in her life (including paying the power bill) slide, she hires a personal assistant, commits to making a new album from the heart, and after her girlfriend refused her marriage proposal, starts dating someone newâ€¦a younger man.
As previously announced, joining the cast of JANN in leading roles this season are Canadian actors Tenaj Williams (BIG SKY, WYNONNA EARP) and Charlie Kerr (SUPERNATURAL, THE MAGICIANS). Williams stars as Trey, Jannâ€™s new personal assistant; while Kerr plays Nate, who finds himself in a love triangle with Jann and her ex-girlfriend Cynthia.
Also returning alongside Arden this season are Zoie Palmer (PURE, Spiral) as Jannâ€™s sister Max; Deborah Grover (My Next Door Nightmare, THE SURREALTOR, GOODWITCH) as Jannâ€™s mom Nora; Patrick Gilmore (Travelers; You, Me, Her) as Jannâ€™s brother-in-law Dave; Elena Juatco (Escape the Field, SCHITTâ€™S CREEK) as Jannâ€™s fired manager Cale; Jason Blicker (UMBRELLA ACADEMY, Finding Hannah) as Jannâ€™s former manager Todd; Sharon Taylor (BIG SKY, Bad Blood) as Jannâ€™s ex-girlfriend Cynthia; Alexa Rose Steele (Friends Who Kill, Vicious Fun) as Jannâ€™s eldest niece Charley; Ceilidh MacDonald as Jannâ€™s niece Sam; and Keaira Pliva as Jannâ€™s niece Frankie.
On the Season 3 premiere of JANN, titled â€œHelp Wantedâ€ (Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), after months without a manager, Jann (Jann Arden) realizes she needs to take control of both her life and career â€“ starting with hiring a personal assistant. But instead of advertising for one, she sits in on her sister Maxâ€™s (Zoie Palmer) nanny interviews to poach the best one for herself. Meanwhile, Jannâ€™s ex-manager Cale (Elena Juatco) shows up and itâ€™s clear being fired by Jann has broken her.
Seasons 1 and 2 of JANN are currently available for streaming on CTV.ca, the CTV app, and Crave, and in the United States on Hulu, in anticipation of the Season 3 premiere.
To date, the series has received seven Canadian Screen Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Comedy Series. JANN continues to be led in Season 3 by EmmyÂ® Award-winning producer Andrew Barnsley (SCHITTâ€™S CREEK); Ben Murray, President of Project 10; Tom Cox and Jordy Randall of Playbackâ€™s Production Company of the Year: SEVEN24 Films (HEARTLAND, WYNONNA EARP), and Randy Lennox. Season 3 is directed by Ron Murphy. JANN Co-creators are Jann Arden, Jennica Harper, and Leah Gauthier. Jann Arden and showrunner Jennica Harper are the recipients of a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for Best Comedy Series.
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 created by Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper who also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning.
CTV, in association with Project 10 Productions and SEVEN24 Films, announced today that production has begun in Calgary on Season 3 of hit original comedy series, JANN. Starring multi-platinum award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, Season 3 consists of eight half-hour episodes.
Joining the cast of JANN in leading roles this season are Canadian actors Tenaj Williams (BIG SKY, WYNONNA EARP) and Charlie Kerr (SUPERNATURAL, THE MAGICIANS). Williams stars as Trey, Jannâ€™s (Jann Arden) personal assistant; while Kerr plays Nate, who finds himself in a love triangle with Jann and her ex-girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor).
Season 3 of JANN is a period of new beginnings as Jann takes her life, career, and relationships into her own hands. She hires a personal assistant, commits to making a new album from the heart, and, after her girlfriend refused her marriage proposal, starts dating someone newâ€¦ a younger man.
Returning cast starring alongside Arden are Zoie Palmer (PURE, Spiral) as Jannâ€™s sister Max; Deborah Grover (My Next Door Nightmare, THE SURREALTOR, GOODWITCH) as Jannâ€™s mom Nora; Patrick Gilmore (Travelers; You, Me, Her) as Jannâ€™s brother-in-law Dave; Elena Juatco (Escape the Field, SCHITTâ€™S CREEK) as Jannâ€™s fired manager Cale; Jason Blicker (UMBRELLA ACADEMY, Finding Hannah) as Jannâ€™s former manager Todd; Sharon Taylor (BIG SKY, Bad Blood) as Jannâ€™s ex-girlfriend Cynthia; Alexa Rose Steele (Friends Who Kill, Vicious Fun) as Jannâ€™s eldest niece Charley; Ceilidh MacDonald as Jannâ€™s niece Sam; and Keaira Pliva as Jannâ€™s niece Frankie.
Nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards in 2020 including Best Comedy Series, JANN continues to be led in Season 3 by EMMYÂ® Award-winning producer Andrew Barnsley (SCHITTâ€™S CREEK); President of Project 10, Ben Murray; and Playbackâ€™s â€œProduction Company of the Yearâ€, SEVEN24 Films (HEARTLAND, WYNONNA EARP) Executive Producers Jordy Randall and Tom Cox. In 2020, Jann Arden and Jennica Harper were the recipients of a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for Best Comedy Series.
Seasons 1 and 2 of JANN are currently available for streaming on CTV.ca, the CTV app, and Crave, and in the United States on Hulu.
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 created by Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper who also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning.