The Jonases Are Alright

After I saw the Jonas Brothers perform on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back (and had to admit that they sounded way better than TV On the Radio did the week before), I’ve been much more inclined to give them props. Not that millions of obsessed kids didn’t already get my attention.

Now the New York Post reports that the band’s Disney Channel show, JONAS, (due out in May) is taking cues from one of my all-time favorite series, Flight of the Conchords (New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk paradists).

I’m not sure Disney can quite capture the understated, un-self-aware styling of Conchords, but if JONAS comes close, I am sure lots of parents will be happy to tune in.

In the new series, brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick play fictionalized
versions of themselves,
balancing school and family with being teenage superstar musicians—complete with a number one fan, a la the Conchords' Mel. 

In the original concept, J.O.N.A.S. stood for Junior Operatives Networking As Spies and the boys were set to play secret agents under the guise of an up-and-coming rock band. But that was 2007, when they were up-and-coming.

“Having them play an up-and-coming rock band when they are the biggest musical artists around right now didn't feel honest," Adam Bonnett, senior vice president of original programming at the Disney Channel told The Post. The new format has also been compared to the Monkees show, which I really did love as a kid. So for now, Jonas fever shall continue, with my blessing. Not that any Jonas fans want my blessing, but still.

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