A widowed woman is a local rockstar, but she can no longer escape her past or identity with avoidance and sarcasm as it crashes into her.
Meet Carol Morgan, a widowed woman in her late 50s to mid 60’s with an edge that defies her age. A die-hard rocker, fiercely obsessed with Joan Jett, Carol's persona is more akin to a local rock legend than a grieving widow. Her life is loud, much like the electric guitars she adores, and it’s how she escapes reality yet shines bright - a constant, chaotic melody that drowns out her past.
In each episode of Being Joan, we are invited into Carol's world where she grapples with her two fiercest adversaries: herself and the inexorable force of change. Living without her husband has left her aching, and the only remedies that seem to work are hefty doses of coffee, rock and roll, and the company of her beloved 'gays' - her sensitive and doting gay brother-in-law, Martin, and her independent and no-nonsense lesbian daughter, Bailey.
Much like the snappy wit of "Will and Grace" meets the poignant moments of "Mom", Being Joan strikes a chord between humor and heart. Carol's days are characterized by indulgence - excessive partying that often paints the town red and romantic escapades with men who are far too young for her. Yet, it's not purely hedonistic; it's her attempt to resurrect a version of herself that could dance around life without feeling the weight of her sorrow.
While Carol throws herself into this reimagined rockstar lifestyle, her dreams grow vivid and intense. Night after night, she envisions herself as her icon, Joan Jett, living a life of rock'n'roll rebellion. These dreams, however, quickly start to feel like a train speeding off the tracks, as they become increasingly obsessive and bleed into her waking life.
But as the series unfolds, shocking truths emerge. A painful past that Carol has tried so desperately to keep at bay, with sarcasm as her shield, starts to crash into her present life. It becomes clear that she can't continue to use her relationships with Martin and Bailey as crutches to avoid facing her grief and her own identity. These truths act as a wake-up call, forcing Carol to confront and reevaluate her life.
Being Joan isn't just a series about a widow in the throes of a mid-life rebellion. It is an intimate, poignant, and often hilarious journey of a woman learning to navigate life after loss, fighting to reclaim her identity, and discovering that moving forward doesn't mean letting go of who you were—it means embracing who you can become.
Through love, loss, laughter, and a killer soundtrack, Carol learns that while she might never be Joan Jett, she can find a way to be unapologetically Carol Morgan.
Centered around a strong, complex, and unconventional female character in her late 50s to mid 60’s, Being Joan breaks away from the typical young and polished protagonists, giving a fresh and authentic perspective that can resonate with a broad and underrepresented audience.
The series masterfully balances raw emotional themes of loss and identity with sharp, witty dialogue and comedic elements, offering a rich and layered viewing experience that can both entertain and deeply move its audience.
With key characters including Carol’s gay brother-in-law and lesbian daughter, the show offers meaningful and prominent LGBTQ+ representation, reflecting diverse modern family dynamics and relationships with depth and authenticity.
The show’s music—anchored by Carol’s obsession with Joan Jett—provides a unique, rhythmic backbone to the series. This rock and roll heartbeat could make the series particularly appealing to music enthusiasts and offers rich possibilities for a memorable soundtrack.
Carol's journey from a life of avoidance to one of self-acceptance and growth offers an inspiring narrative of redemption and personal evolution. This positive transformation arc can captivate viewers who enjoy stories of profound character development.
With a diverse cast of characters in varying stages of life, from Carol to her younger romantic interests and her adult daughter, the series is poised to engage a wide range of viewers, making it a versatile option for producers aiming for broad appeal.