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Jonas LA ( formerly called Jonas) aired from May 2009 until October 2010 on The Disney Channel.
This series follows the Jonas Brothers through fun and unusual situations as they try to live ordinary lives. The series will also feature original Jonas Brothers songs created especially for the show. "JONAS" is set in the Jonas family's New Jersey home (a converted fire station on Jonas Street, the inspiration for their band's name) and at their private school, Horace Mantis Academy. Little brother Frankie also stars, and the family wouldn't be complete without The Big Man, the JONAS bodyguard.
A Review from Variety
The Jonas brothers Nick, Joe and Kevin star in the Disney Channel sitcom 'Jonas,' a series not unlike 'The Monkees' four decades ago.
By BRIAN LOWRY
Stripped to its core, "Jonas," the Disney Channel's new sitcom starring the Jonas brothers, is an efficient delivery system to expand the singing trio's exposure among barely pubescent girls, thus separating that prized demographic (and their parents) from hard-earned dollars. Those who do not swoon and emit piercing squeals at the sight of Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas will still find some amiable charm within this slick packaging, even if it's nothing that couldn't be mistaken for "The Monkees" four decades ago.
The series doesn't really require the brothers to act much, essentially playing slightly tweaked versions of themselves while engaging in a lot of fraternal teasing. That said, they handle their limited chores deftly enough, and each episode will allow them to do what they do best -- or are at least known for -- namely, adding to their playlist.
The surrounding cast includes their dad/manager (a safely bland John Ducey); a perky gal pal (Chelsea Staub) determined to cash in on their professional popularity at school with grand ideas like tear-away Velcro sleeves; and Macy (Nicole Anderson), a wide-eyed fan/fellow classmate who positively swoons in any of the brothers' presence. She is, of course, utterly adorable, providing a likable surrogate for those girls whose closest connection to Jonasville will come through a screen or crushing toward a stage.
In the premiere, serious-minded, dreamily intense Nick gets a crush on a girl (guest Bridgit Mendler), which prompts him to write her a song. His brothers join in singing this ditty with him (while she appears, mock musicvideo-like, in angel's wings), even though they worry about Nick's tendency to fall too hard, too fast in these situations.
Silliness ensues, from the brothers sliding down bat-poles into their studio (clever) to donning disguises so they can go to a club and watch her sing without disrupting things by attracting undue attention (not so clever).
Basically, "Jonas" reminds us that Disney can still work off the basic template of the Frankie and Annette movies, plugging in fresh talent -- crooning slightly different pop tunes -- to new generations of girls, whose mothers and grandmothers went through the same hormonal process with the Beatles and Elvis.
By that measure, the Jonas brothers are an inoffensive permutation on the theme, and -- unlike plenty of tween-oriented fare -- no reason for adults to adopt their own chastity pledge, as the Jonases have famously done. Indeed, watching the show might provide inspiration to immediately try breeding a trio of telegenic boys, if only to establish a nest egg for one's old age.
A Review from The New York Times
Television Review | 'Jonas'
The Private Lives of Pop Stars, Male Division
By JON CARAMANICA
Published: May 1, 2009
In the past year the Jonas Brothers, three charming, talented, aggressively hairstyled, purity-ring-wearing brothers from northern New Jersey, transformed from a middling tween-focused band into perhaps the most significant pop juggernaut since N Sync.
They had a hit album and tour, experienced public romances and breakups and, in an unanticipated twist, earned some respect. They played a bit awkwardly with Stevie Wonder at the Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine coordinated a surprisingly lively conversation between Nick Jonas, the band's main songwriter, and one of his idols, Elvis Costello.
But Jonas, the brothers new Disney Channel sitcom, which begins Saturday, is a calculated, perhaps fearful step backward, a reclamation of innocence. Here Kevin, 21, Joe, 19, and Nick, 16, play the Lucas brothers, pop stars in retreat, trying to maintain normal lives at high school while fame rages just outside the door.
And yet there's little innocent about Jonas, a blithe, thinly drawn, thus far unfunny show seeded with profound cynicism befitting a much older band. Nick chases a girl, Penny (Bridgit Mendler), a winsome blonde with a purple guitar who wants him only for his songwriting. And Stella (Chelsea Staub), the band's schoolmate and fashion designer, spends Saturday's episode designing tear-away Velcro clothing, a more economically efficient response to rabid shirt-grabbing fans. The show does neatly capture the many denizens of the rock star ecosystem. Here's Stella, the loyalist who styles the band, chatting with Macy (Nicole Anderson), a twitching, zealous fan-droid who shrieks on command:
What do you do, Stella asks Macy, just follow them around all day?
Replies Macy, indignantly, No, of course not! And then, with a tragicomic exhale and hopeful fluttering eyelashes, Why, do they see me?
In the band's music life, Nick gives off the savviest air, so it's disappointing to see him here reduced to playing a dullard, a romantic incompetent resigned to life in the bubble. Read the fan magazines, he says to Penny. I'm the serious one! Or, as Macy describes him: All that intensity!
Because this premiere episode centers on Nick, Joe and Kevin have more room for tomfoolery, and it's welcome. The show's most credible moments come when the two oldest brothers needle the youngest about his crush; that sort of kid behavior never ages. But Nick has the air of an adult squeezed into children's clothing and behavior a glum, frustrated pop star playing a glum, frustrated pop star. Maybe he has never watched The Monkees.
The stench of obligation is overwhelming, except around Kevin, the least essential band member, but here on equal footing. In Camp Rock, last year's Disney Channel hit movie, which starred the brothers, Joe was the lead, a bratty pop star in need of reform, a clever tweak to the group's angelic image. In the initial, scrapped version for this show, the Jonas Brothers led double lives as spies, which, while a mockable conceit, at least was a conceit.
That this show lacks any such twist is less forgivable given that it's not the Disney Channel's first foray into the double consciousness of teen-pop fame. Hannah Montana,' the Miley Cyrus vehicle, is about a pop star who leads a dual life. But while Ms. Cyrus grew up in, and through, Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers are already famous well beyond tweens. Their audience is wider and smarter and probably expects more than this noxious, awkward mix of art, commerce and romance.
Are you saying the song's available? Nick asks Penny about the song he wrote for her, which she unsuccessfully used to woo another boy.
It's completely unattached, she replies.
In that case, Nick proposes, I think we have a demo to record. All that intensity. Sigh.
Disney Channel, Saturday nights at 8, Eastern and Pacific times; 7, Central time.
Created by Roger S. H. Schulman and Michael Curtis; Mr. Schulman and Mr. Curtis, executive producers. Produced by It's a Laugh Productions.
WITH: Kevin Jonas (Kevin Lucas), Joe Jonas (Joe Lucas), Nick Jonas (Nick Lucas), John Ducey (Tom Lucas), Chelsea Staub (Stella Malone) and Nicole Anderson (Macy Misa)
A Review from The LA Times
The pop-star brothers get their first sitcom on the Disney Channel.
May 02, 2009|ROBERT LLOYD | TELEVISION CRITIC
It's funny to say this about a group whose original guiding force is still only 16 years of age, but "Jonas," the Jonas Brothers sitcom that premieres tonight on the Disney Channel, feels long in coming.
It is not just because I am old enough to confuse them with Hanson, a similarly gifted, similarly sibling trio who captured the hearts of tweens and more open-minded pop critics back around the turn of the century. It's just that the way things usually work with Disney, the music career is erected on the back of the TV one, and the Jonases, already multi-platinum millionaire pop stars with a Rolling Stone cover (and a "South Park" takedown) in their pocket, would normally be in their third sitcom season by now. (Technically, it is their second series, if you want to count the interstitial "Living the Dream," made up of bite-sized clips of the band on tour. And there is also last year's TV movie "Camp Rock," but they were already mega by then.)
Indeed, the show was delayed by the 2007-08 writers strike. Originally, Nick, Joe and Kevin were to play secret agent types -- the title was to have been rendered "J.O.N.A.S." for "Junior Operatives Networking As Spies" -- and although tonight's opening episode finds the brothers in disguise, it's only so they won't be recognized by their fans when they go to a coffeehouse to check out a girl Nick likes.
As brought to term, "Jonas" is a classic high school comedy (with musical interludes) and, like fellow Disney teencoms "Hannah Montana" and "Sonny With a Chance" (featuring "Camp Rock" costar Demi Lovato), it stars stars who play stars.
To ensure that no one mistakes this for a documentary, the Jonases have become the Lucases -- Jonas is now merely the name of their band. For balance, they've been given two comical female friends with whom there is no question of romance, one (Chelsea Staub as Stella) their teenage wardrobe mistress and the other (Nicole Anderson as Macy) a full-time fan whose love for all Jonases/Lucases precludes her falling for any particular one. There are parents, but, as in most such series, this is fundamentally a world without adults.
There's nothing to complain about here, and much to like. Some may find the brothers' music a little too perfectly coiffed, a little too automatically urgent. But they are less manufactured than many young pop sensations -- they write almost all of their songs -- and have absorbed the moves of generations of rock elders, which they recycle with enthusiasm. They're bona fide pop stars still young enough to be playing at being pop stars.
As actors, they're more contained -- natural and brotherly (naturally).
"You're just going to make fun of me," says Nick (the "serious one"), who has a problem.
"Nick, we're your brothers," says Kevin (the crazy one), as Joe (the cool one) completes the thought: "We're going to make fun of you no matter what it is."
The pop sounds notwithstanding, "Jonas" is less hysterical, in the behavioral sense, than most teen series, its tone whimsical and gently surreal. That the show -- whose various directors encouragingly include Savage Steve Holland, of the great "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and Roger S.H. Schulman, from "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" -- is shot single-camera gives it a little extra weight. And if, like the Jonases' music, it doesn't exactly break new ground, it covers the old ground with assurance.
To watch some clips from Jonas LA go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jonas+la+episodes&aq=f
For The Jonas Brothers Merchandise Site go to https://www.jonasbrothersmerch.com/
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4trXrrgY_tI
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