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JONAS
JONASlogo.jpg
JONAS logo
Format Teen Sitcom
Comedy
Created by Michael Curtis
Roger S. H. Schulman
Starring Kevin Jonas
Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas
Chelsea Staub
Nicole Anderson
John Ducey
Opening theme "Live To Party", performed and written by Jonas Brothers
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21 (that have aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Curtis
[Roger S. H. Schulman
Camera setup Film, Single-camera setup[1]
Running time approx. 22–23 minutes
Production company(s) It's a Laugh Productions
Mantis Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run May 2, 2009 – present
Chronology
Preceded by Jonas Brothers Living The Dream (2008–2010)
External links
Official website

JONAS (previously promoted as J.O.N.A.S.) is a Disney Channel Original Series created by Roger Schulman and Michael Curtis, starring the Jonas Brothers. The first preview of JONAS was aired on Disney Channel on December 23, 2008, during Disney Channel's Totally New Year.

The pilot was filmed in October–November 2008, stated by Bridget Mendler and was released May 2, 2009.[2] The series premiered on Disney Channel on May 2, 2009, and became available on demand starting April 25, 2009.[3]

On November 9, 2009, it was announced that JONAS was picked up for a second season.[4][5] The series re-entered production on February 16, 2010 and is expected for a premiere on Disney Channel sometime in Summer 2010.

JONAS is the first Disney Channel Original Series (DCOS) since Phil of the Future not to be filmed before a live studio audience or to have a laugh track.[6] The series was the first on the network premiere on a Saturday night, part of a deliberate strategy by Disney to open up the night to original programming and compete with Nickelodeon's traditional dominance of the evening.[7] The series is set in New Jersey and shot at Hollywood Center Studios.[1][8]

Contents

Conception

Kevin, Joe, and Nick are also members of the Grammy-nominated American boy band Jonas Brothers. The Jonas Brothers first appeared as actors on the Disney Channel as guest stars on the August 17, 2007 episode of Hannah Montana.[9] Shortly after, development for a TV series and Disney Channel Original Movie called Camp Rock starring the Jonas Brothers began.

The potential TV series was entitled J.O.N.A.S., an acronym which stood for "Junior Operatives Networking As Spies". In the show, the band played concerts as a cover while working as government secret agents to save the world. At the same time, they tried to hide their double lives from their mother and Frankie.[10] Meanwhile, Stella, ignorant of the Jonas' double lives, dated each of the famous brothers without informing the others and reported the details in her teen magazine column. Said Staub, "So pretty much the entire show, it's all of us lying to each other, and kind of everything backfiring, and us getting caught in awkward situations."[11] She described the concept as, "like The Monkees and a little of bit of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. There's going to be fun action sequences and still be a sitcom".[12]

The J.O.N.A.S. pilot was shot in 2007, but the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike impeded progress. Instead, Disney Channel filmed a mini reality show, the 2008 Disney Channel Original Short Series Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, which followed the Jonas Brothers on a concert tour and premiered May 16.[13] A few weeks later on June 20, 2008, the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock, in which the brothers starred as the fictional, non-fraternal band "Connect Three", debuted.[14] The Jonas Brothers also released Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, a Disney Digital 3-D concert film.[15] "After this rush of releases, the Jonas Brothers became too popular to imagine them as anything but more dramatic versions of themselves," explained executive producer Michael Curtis.[16] "The spy concept was very big and very ambitious and it started to not feel quite right. As the band got bigger and bigger, doing a show that captured more of their real lives and trying to turn that into a more grounded, real version of what they might be doing became more interesting to do and more fun to do." [17]. “It is now about us being a band and balancing a normal life,” Nick Jonas told Access Hollywood.[18] The title of the series changed from J.O.N.A.S. to JONAS, dropping the acronym but remaining in all capitals.[19]

Producers have drawn connections between JONAS and productions by earlier bands. Show creator and producer Roger S. H. Schulman claims that "It's hard not to make parallel comparisons to The Beatles in 1962 and 1963 when you see the kind of response that the Jonas Brothers' fans have to them," and describes the 1964 A Hard Day's Night and 1965 Help! as "very much a template" for the series.[17] Producers and critics have also compared the series to The Monkees, a popular but short-lived mid-60s television comedy also following a real life band. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January 2009, Gary Marsh, entertainment president of Disney Channel Worldwide, described Jonas as a cross between The Monkees and Flight of the Conchords.[17] The Chicago Sun-Times remarks that Joe Jonas parallels "goofy Micky Dolenz", Kevin Jonas "quirky Michael Nesmith", and Nick Jonas "dreamy Davy Jones".[20] The Jonas Brothers reportedly watched episodes of The Partridge Family and The Monkees "for literally three days straight" for inspiration.[18]

Critical reception

JONAS has received mixed reviews since its premiere in May 2009. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly called the show "The Monkees for millennials" and enjoyed the featured Jonas Brothers music. Variety magazine reviewer Brian Lowry believed that Jonas Brothers' adorers would be pleased with the result, and that those who are not fans would still find an amiable charm within the series.[21] Paige Wiser of the Chicago Sun-Times found the series better than Hannah Montana, but commented that Nick Jonas' reserved nature made him the weak link of the premiere episode and that the boys' amateur acting is "endearing until they play a scene opposite someone with real comedic timing – like John Ducey."[22] The New York Times' John Carmanica was also disappointed with Nick's performance, particularly because, according to Carmanica, he gives off the savviest air in the band's off screen life. Carmanica also criticizes the series' script as blithe, unfunny, and "seeded with profound cynicism", and criticized the unbelievable fraternal interactions and Kevin Jonas' acting.[23]

Cast

The Jonas season one cast
From left to right: Chelsea Staub as Stella Malone, Joe Jonas as Joe Lucas, Nick Jonas as Nick Lucas, Nicole Anderson as Macy Misa, and Kevin Jonas as Kevin Lucas.

Main cast

Kevin Lucas (Kevin Jonas)

Kevin is the oldest of the brothers and is usually seen as wacky, wild, and goofy. Kevin is known to think outside of the box and always thinks of wacky animals, like an otter that can play the trumpet or a bear in a bikini. Kevin often comes up with plans that are insane or impossible but occasionally also has some good ideas. When he lies, his voice tends to be high pitched. He owns a full moving rack of guitars and likes woodland creature stuffed animals. He does back-up vocals, one-time lead vocals and Lead Guitar in the brother's band JONAS. He had a crush on a girl that he met in Scandanavia but then met a new girl from France after this romance did not work out. This suggests that he likes foreign girls.

Joe Lucas (Joe Jonas):

Joe is known as the teen heartthrob of the group. Joe will go to any lengths to get a girl to like him. He and Stella know that they like each other but decide not to go out because they don't want to mess up their friendship if they break up. But he still has feelings for her, and is always trying to spend time with her, unless his brothers annoy him to measures, to which Joe avoids Stella. Because of this, he often flirts with Stella as a result of falling in love with her. In the episode "Double Date" he and Stella kiss and soon become a couple. He tends to be goofier than Nick but not quite as out there as Kevin. Joe likes stuffed animals that make noise. He sings Lead Vocal and plays Keyboards and Rhythm Guitar for the brothers' band JONAS. He often has a hammerspace pocket or backpack, when looking for stuff. He always carries a blue panda pencil with him. Joe tends to have stage fright when he is playing as someone else.

Nick Lucas (Nick Jonas):

Nick is the calm and collected member of the band. He is known to have many short-lived relationships, and his family has criticized him for falling in love too fast. Nick is the most serious of the group, sometimes losing patience with Kevin's antics. Nick likes stuffed animals that swim. Nick is the band songwriter and performs lead vocals, drums, piano, and Rhythm guitar for JONAS. When he was a baby, according to his family, he never smiled. He claimed he was waiting for his teeth to come in. (However, when asked by Joe what his excuse is now, he did not have a comment.) Nick is also the mastermind of creative plans gone awry. He is also seen baking many times in the show and Kevin is unable to resist his blue cookies.

Stella Malone (Chelsea Staub):

Stella is JONAS's stylist. She is best friends with Macy and is Joe, Nick and Kevin's childhood friend, she has known the boys since she was three. Stella and Joe know they like each other but they decide not to date because they don't want to mess up their friendship if they break up, but still considers a romance with him because she gets jealous if she sees Joe with another girl. In a recent episode, Stella might have discarded her feelings for him when she pictures how their relationship might turn out. In the episode "Double Date" she and Joe kiss and soon become a couple. Stella created an automated outfit selector called the StellaVator and is constantly trying to adapt clothes to JONAS's hectic lifestyle. She gets annoyed when her outfits get ruined, which happens more than she'd like. She is addicted to texting. Stella also helps Macy talk to JONAS without hurting them or fainting. Unlike her best friend who is wonderful at sports, Stella is horrible at them. She is, however, an excellent seamstress, one time creating a dozen girls' volleyball uniforms in a very short span of time.

Macy Misa (Nicole Anderson):

Macy is JONAS's friend and the president of their fan club. Macy tends to faint or hurt JONAS by accident when she gets near them. She often refers to each boy as "(first name) of JONAS." When she dated a boy (Randolph) who was not a JONAS, she tried to make him into a JONAS, even calling the boy "Nick" as a "nickname." She is very athletic and plays on a number of sports teams, and she also works in her mother's thrift store, called Misa's Pieces. Macy is a terrible singer but has decided not to stop. Macy's obsessed fangirl attitude about JONAS seems to be changing into a real friendship with the boys, Macy hasn't fainted or hurt the boys at all in recent episodes. Also, seen in the episode "Frantic Romantic" she and Stella attended a Hollywood Private Party with the boys.

Tom Lucas (John Ducey):

Joe, Nick, Kevin and Frankie's father and the manager of JONAS. He is sometimes the voice of reason when his boys have crushes on girls. In his downtime, he often plays hide and seek with Frankie. He is usually nervous when famous people interview the band. It is also shown that he likes woodland creature stuffed animals that can swim and make noises.

Recurring

Sandy Lucas (Rebecca Creskoff):

She is their mother and Tom's wife. She's down to earth and always proud of her sons, despite their mistakes. Mrs. Lucas just wants to have a regular family but has acknowledged that it may not be possible with famous children. She is mostly an off-screen character.

Frankie Lucas (Frankie Jonas):

He is their younger brother. He is constantly trying to get in the JONAS spotlight. Frankie hopes to get a chance to perform with the band, but his brothers don't think that is likely. Frankie can move very fast and is an expert at hide-and-seek, and getting his way.

The Big Man (Robert Feggans):

He is the bodyguard who escorts the band everywhere.

Van Dyke Tosh (Chuck Hittinger):

He is Stella's occasional love interest, which habitually makes Joe jealous. Van Dyke asks Stella on a date in the episode "Double Date" which causes Joe to crash their date.

Mrs. Snark (Tangelina Rouse):

The biology/drama teacher who loves Joe, Nick, and Kevin. Much to Joe's chagrin, she often gives them preferential treatment in school, sometimes causing tension between the boys and other students. Her niece is a huge JONAS fan.

Amy Shay (Jenna Heart)

She wins a contest to meet JONAS but get a little out of hands

Table of recurring characters

  • This table includes characters who appear in more than 1 episode
Character Played By Appearances First Appearance
Sandy Lucas Rebecca Creskoff 4 "Groovy Movies"
Frankie Lucas Frankie Jonas 9 "Groovy Movies"
The Big Man Robert Feggans 5 "Keeping It Real"
Van Dyke Tosh Chuck Hittinger 3 "Fashion Victim"
Mrs. Snark Tangelina Rouse 2 "The Three Musketeers"

Casting

Demi Lovato and Nicole Anderson also auditioned for the role of Stella, but were rejected in favor of Chelsea Staub.[24][25] According to Staub, her previous work with director Sean McNamara helped her land the role.[11] After the series plot changed, producers decided to create a best friend for Stella and offered Anderson, Staub's real life best friend, the role of Macy.[26]

Jonas was intended to star Kevin, Nick, and Joe Jonas, who lend their first names to their television counterparts. The role of Frankie Lucas was also created with Frankie Jonas in mind. In addition, Robert "Big Rob" Feggans, the Jonas Brothers real-life head of security, plays The Big Man, the JONAS bodyguard.[17]

Awards

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show JONAS Won[27]
Choice TV Breakout Star Female Chelsea Staub Nominated[28]
Choice TV Breakout Star Male Frankie Jonas Won[28]
Choice TV Actor Comedy Jonas Brothers Won[28]

Media

Soundtrack

JONAS
Soundtrack by Jonas Brothers
Released July 19, 2010[citation needed]
Recorded 2008[citation needed]
Genre Pop
Label Walt Disney Records
Jonas Brothers chronology
"Jonas Brothers Live CD+DVD"
(2009)
"JONAS"
(2010)
"Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"
(2010)
Singles from JONAS
  1. "Keep It Real"
    Released: September 8, 2009

Tracklisting

A soundtrack release has been confirmed that will release on July 19, 2010 by Walt Disney Records. It will feature 11 songs from Season 1 (including two songs on two episodes yet-to-air).

Track Title Episode lead Vocals
1 "Give Love a Try" "Wrong Song", "Karaoke Surprise" and "Exam Jam" Nick & Joe Jonas
2 "Pizza Girl" "Pizza Girl" Jonas Brothers
3 "Keep It Real" "Keeping It Real" and "Exam Jam" Jonas Brothers
4 "Work It Out" "Band's Best Friend" and "Beauty and the Beat" and "Exam Jam" Jonas Brothers
5 "Why" "Fashion Victim" Jonas Brothers
6 "Blue Danube" (Rock Version) "That Ding You Do Jonas Brothers
7 "Love Sick" "Love Sick" and "Exam Jam" Jonas Brothers
8 "Time Is On Our Side" "Forgetting Stella's Birthday" and "Exam Jam" Jonas Brothers
9 "Scandinavia" "Cold Shoulder" and "Exam Jam" Kevin Jonas
10 "Live to Party (Original Theme)" "all episodes" Jonas Brothers

DVD Releases

Title Release Date Episodes
JONAS: Rockin' The House September 22, 2009 (USA) Wrong Song, Groovy Movies, Pizza Girl, Chasing the Dream, Band's Best Friend, Cold Shoulder, Beauty and the Beat
Bonus features are five episodes from the series plus two never-before aired episodes and a special feature titled You've Just Been Jo' Bro'd: Surprising Chelsea Staub.
I Heart JONAS January 26, 2010 (USA)[29] Karaoke Surprise, Love Sick, Frantic Romantic, The Three Musketeers, Forgetting Stella's Birthday, Double Date, Fashion Victim.
Bonus features are seven episodes from the series and a special feature titled You've Just Been Jo' Bro'd: Surprising Jordin Sparks.

Video Game

Disney Interactive Studios released a video game based on the series for the Nintendo DS on November 10, 2009.[30]

Episodes

Season Episodes First Air Date Last Air Date
1 21 May 2, 2009 March 14, 2010
2 TBA Summer 2010 TBA

International release

Country / Region Channel Series Premiere
United States Disney Channel May 2, 2009
 Canada Family Channel June 12, 2009
United Kingdom Disney Channel UK and Ireland June 15, 2009 (Sneak Peak), September 11, 2009[31]
 Ireland
 Australia Disney Channel Australia & New Zealand June 15, 2009
 New Zealand
 Argentina Disney Channel Latin America July 12, 2009 (Advance), July 17, 2009 (Premiere)
 Chile
 Peru
 Mexico July 12, 2009 (Advance), July 20, 2009 (Premiere)
 Colombia
 Venezuela
 Brazil
 Paraguay September 18, 2009
 Italy Disney Channel Italy
 Hungary Disney Channel September 19, 2009
 Slovakia October 31, 2009
 Czech Republic
 Romania Disney Channel Romania September 19, 2009
 Bulgaria Disney Channel Bulgaria
BNT 1 August 22, 2009
Arab League Arab World Disney Channel Middle East October 10, 2009
 Israel Disney Channel Israel September 9, 2009
 Denmark Disney Channel Scandinavia October 2, 2009
 Sweden
 Norway
 Finland
 The Netherlands Disney Channel (Benelux) Only on UPC October 3, 2009
 Belgium November 1, 2009
 Germany Disney Channel Germany October 16, 2009
Super RTL April 28, 2010
 Greece Disney Channel Greece November 7, 2009
ERT February 3, 2010
 France Disney Channel France September 9, 2009
NRJ 12 2010
 India Disney Channel India November 30, 2009
 Pakistan Disney Channel Asia August 9, 2009
 Sri Lanka
 Philippines
 Bangladesh
 Brunei
 Hong Kong
 South Korea
 Malaysia
 Singapore
 Thailand
 Vietnam
 Turkey Disney Channel Turkey October 10 (Ekim) 2009
 Poland Disney Channel October 10, 2009
 Portugal Disney Channel Portugal September 13, 2009
 Japan Disney Channel Japan September 13, 2009 (Advance), September 20, 2009 (Premiere)
 Spain Disney Channel Spain August 29, 2009
 South Africa Disney Channel South Africa October 10, 2009
Russia Russia Disney Channel Russia March 1, 2010

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