Fil-Canadians star in new TV series on Asian millennials

WATCH: Trailer for “Second Jen,” a new Canadian TV series. SECOND JEN


TORONTO, Ontario — Get set to tune in and watch “Second Jen,” a groundbreaking Canadian comedy series about two best friends, second-generation Asian millennials, both named Jen.

Amanda Joy (nicknamed Mo) plays a Filipino Canadian millennial who experiences lots of life’s firsts with best bud Samantha Wan (Jen), a Chinese Canadian.


They move into their own apartment, get their first jobs and experience their first loves.  They strive to prove to their protective immigrant families–and themselves– that they can make it on their own.

The six-part, 30-minute coming-of-age comedy premieres Thursday, October 27, at 8:30 p.m. on City.


Mom Maryjun (Caroline Mangosing), Mo/Jen (Amanda Joy), director Romeo Candido and Jen (Samantha Wan) discuss approaches. INQUIRER/Marisa Roque

“Second Jen” stars co creators Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan and features Al Mukadam as Lewis and Munro Chambers as Nate.

Atticus Mitchell is Mo’s boss, Garth, Nile Seguin is Mo’s co-worker Alister.  Caroline Mangosing plays Mo’s mom, Maryjun.

Janet Lo, Richard Tse and Timothy Lai play Jen’s mom Bunny, dad Harold, and brother Eric.


Mo (Amanda Joy) and Garth (Atticus Mitchell) in a scene at the back of the video store in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. INQUIRER/Marisa Roque

The series is written by Amanda Joy, Samantha Wan, Kevin Wallace and Carly Heffernan.  Romeo Candido is the director.Don Ferguson Productions is the producer of “Second Jen” in association with Rogers Media.

Leading the project is show runner Jeff Biederman, who also acts as executive producer alongside Don Ferguson, Lucy Stewart and Kevin Wallis.



Caroline Mangosing (Maryjun) is a first-generation Filipino Canadian multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur based in Toronto. She was the founding executive director of Canada’s first and only Filipino arts and cultural center–Kapisanan Philippine Center for Arts and Culture (Toronto, 2007-2015). INQUIRER/Marisa Roque

From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is vice president of Television Programming and Content, and Colette Watson is vice president of Television and Broadcast Operations.

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TAGS: “Second Jen”, Amanda Joy, Asian millennials, Canadian channel City, Canadian TV comedy series, Caroline Mangosing, Romeo Candido, Samantha Wan, television comedy
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