THE SHOW "Jonas"
WHEN | WHERE Premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel. Currently available on programming services carrying Disney on Demand.
REASON TO WATCH The boys! The band! The series!
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Kevin, Joe and Nick Lucas (Kevin, Joe and Nick You-Can-Guess-Who) are bros and members of a world-famous rock band by night, but by day, just regular teen guys with regular teen-guy problems (girls).
For instance, in Saturday's opener, "Wrong Song," Nick is crushing on Penny (Bridgit Mendler), but can't be certain whether the feeling is mutual. Meanwhile, Joe and Kevin give him grief over his latest puppy- love infatuation. At school, the Horace Mantis Academy, they have pals like Stella Malone (Chelsea Staub), who will remind some viewers of Ashley Tisdale's Maddie Fitzpatrick from "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." Brash, opinionated and animated, Stella is their reality check and comic foil. Dad and band manager is Tom (John Ducey).
By the way, the youngest Jonas, Frankie, is expected to turn up at some point, but was a no-show in the pilot.
BOTTOM LINE The Jonas Brothers may be able to sell millions of records, write and perform catchy songs, perform at the Grammys, be friends with Demi Lovato and - for all I know - do a thousand other things really, really well. But here is something they cannot do really well: Act.
Oh sure, vindictive critics will say they've seen cinder blocks with better technique, but I'll just say that it's a good thing they've got that other gig. Oh sure, "Jonas" will be a hit, and (oh sure) it's harmless and sweet natured, and the guys are perfectly likable. Also, musicians on sitcoms are as old ("The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," "The Monkees") and new ("The Naked Brothers Band," "Hannah Montana") as the medium itself. None have been penalized by fans for skip- ping their Stella Adler classes.
Over time, the bros may even learn how to graduate from "wooden." Meanwhile, enjoy the songs - there's a new one in the premiere, and Disney promises all the tunes will be original for the series.