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The Naked Brothers Band
Naked Brothers Band Logo.PNG
The show's logo (2007-09)
Genre Mockumentary
Rockumentary
Documentary
Created by Polly Draper
Developed by Albie Hecht (Not credited)
Written by Polly Draper
Magda Liolis
Michael Rubiner &
Bob Mittenthal
Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi
Directed by Polly Draper
Melanie Mayron
Rosario Roveto, Jr.
Jonathan Judge
Mark Salisbury
Starring Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Allie DiMeco
Thomas Batuello
David Levi
Qaasim Middleton
Cooper Pillot
Jesse Draper
Michael Wolff
Theme music composer Nat Wolff
Opening theme "If That's Not Love"
Ending theme "Fishin' For Love"
Composer(s) Nat Wolff
Alex Wolff
Country of origin United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (+2 Specials)
(List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Executive Producer(s):
Polly Draper
Albie Hecht
Co-Executive Producer(s):
Michael Wolff
Bob Mittenthal (Season 3)
Producer(s) Produced by:
Ken H. Keller
Caron Rudner-Keller
Consulting Producer:
Tim Draper
Line Producer:
Caron Rudner-Keller
Coordinating Producer:
Kari Kim (Season 1)
Editor(s) Picture Editor:
Craig Cobb
Supervising
Sound Editor:

Louis Bertini
Location(s) Brooklyn, New York
Cinematography Director of Photography:
Ken H. Keller
Camera Operator:
Chris LaVasseur
(Season 1)
Ken H. Keller (Season 2-3)
Running time 23 min. (TV episodes)
1 hr. (TV movies)
Distributor Kidzhouse Entertainment
Worldwide Biggies
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 4:3 SD/ProRes 422 codec
Original run February 3, 2007 – June 13, 2009
Chronology
Preceded by The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie
Followed by
External links
Nickelodeon television series Official website
Nat and Alex Wolff Official website
Broadway Stages Production website
Worldwide Biggies Production website

The Naked Brothers Band is a 2007 Nickelodeon television series series created by Polly Draper.[1][2] The series stars Draper's sons Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, two prodigious brothers who portray themselves. It takes place in New York City where the siblings live. It's a rock-mockumentary—a parody shot in the style of a documentary—in which cameras follow the renowned outfit relentlessly as the band members encounter adolescence. Group members Thomas (Thomas Batuello) and David (David Levi) ridicules Nat and Rosalina (Allie DiMeco) about their relationship because they act nervous around each other. The show spoofs the actual band that Nat created in preschool with his best friends.

The title is derived from an incident when the brothers were very young; they arose from the bathtub shouting, "We're 'the naked brothers band!'" Michael Wolff is the music supervisor for the show. Wolff also appears in the series as his sons' inept accordion-playing father.[1] The series was adapted by the pilot episode The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which was originally an independent film before being taken up by the network; the series premiered on the network on February 3, 2007 and completed its run on June 13, 2009.[1] The series also features Qaasim Middleton, Cooper Pillot, Jesse Draper, and Michael Wolff.

Contents

Production

Development

Nat and Alex's mother, Polly Draper, explains the events that preceded the show: "Nat kept putting signs on his door: I want to be a child actor! I said, 'No, it's too brutal.'"[3] Early in 2007, Draper told The New York Times in an interview: "Nat decided he wanted to film his own sitcom, so we did a film called Don’t Eat Off My Plate...I pretended to interview his friends and do a documentary."[1] Nat asked to be allowed to record a studio tape with his brother Alex and his dad (Michael Wolff). While watching the recording of the video, Draper had the idea of making a mock documentary about the band, presenting them as music icons like The Beatles.[4] In a TV Guide interview in early-2007, Draper said, "What originally happened was that Nat and Alex had a band, and the idea evolved based on that. Spinal Tap meets The Little Rascals was my concept...I wanted it to be very Beatle-ish, have that Help! or A Hard Day's Night kind of feeling."[5] Draper subsequently wrote and directed The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which was designed as an independent family home-video.[4]

In late-2005, Draper entered the film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won the audience award for family feature film.[1][6][7][8] Nickelodeon executive Albie Hecht, who was present in the audience,[1] bought the film for the network. Nickelodeon urged the family to start a television series based on the film, and Draper agreed. Tom Asheim, the general manager and executive vice president of Nickelodeon said, "At first, we were intrigued by the idea, but we weren't sure kids would get the vague-tongue-and-check-of-it. Then a bunch of us took it home to our own children and they loved it."[1] Draper recalled, "When Nickelodeon first asked us about doing a series, we said, 'How about a cartoon, so the kids could stay normal?' They said, 'No, we love your kids.'"[9] In mid-2006, the first season of the self-titled series began production.[1] Draper was the creator, head writer, executive producer, and frequent director of the series,[1][8][10] whilst Hecht was the executive producer and his production company Worldwide Biggies distributed the series.[1][8][11] Additionally, Kidz House Entertainment also distributed the series.[8]

Filming

The production studio entitled Kidzhouse Entertainment is located at Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[1] The giant studio is large enough that cast members played basketball with friends in a separate room when they are finished filming episodes.[1] Draper managed to keep an eye on her two sons. For example, when the cast was filming an episode that featured the band making a video, Nat, who didn't want to kiss in the scene because his crush Rosalina was watching, follows directions which he then explains to his mother.[1] That specific episode was titled "First Kiss (On the Lips, That is)", which was written by Michael Rubiner & Bob Mittenthal and directed by Draper's friend and Thirtysomething star Melanie Mayron.[citation needed]

As showrunner, Polly Draper's presence is evident. For example, during production for the fourth episode of the second season, as the boys played restlessly on a purple sofa, their mother (who wasn't directing the scene) admonished them by telling them: "Both of you, try to smile more."[10] In the third season of the series, Draper directed five out of thirteen episodes.[12] Occasionally, family disputes occur on set; for example, in July 2008—after filming for a long period of time on the set—when Draper gives one of the boys' an instruction, one of the siblings' irritatingly replies: "I know, Mom!"[12]

Post production

"I always hope that parents will enjoy the show as much as the children. I’m also very inspired by my son’s songs, so a lot of the feelings and thoughts in the episodes revolve around those. We treat this show like an adult comedy, not like a typical kids show. If a joke goes by unnoticed, that’s all right with us. With the third or fourth viewing, kids will pick it up, as opposed to most children’s fare, where most jokes are signaled and cued."
—Polly Draper[12]

Polly Draper—the brothers' real-life mother—was the creator, executive producer, head writer, and director of the TV show; their father, Michael Wolff (who was the band-leader and musical director for The Arsenio Hall Show, from 1989 to 1994), was the co-executive producer, music producer, and music supervisor of the TV show. Wolff starred as the siblings' inept father who plays the accordion.[1][13]

Tom Asheim—the general manager and executive vice president of Nickelodeon—said of the show: "This is our version of The Monkees. Nat Wolff wrote all the music, which I think distinguishes the show. Sometimes I think you get a sense from bands that they are [faking it] like Milli Vanilli. This really is by kids and for kids."[3]

Albie Hecht knew that the series would be a successful after watching The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie at the Hamptons International Film Festival.[1] In a New York Times article Hecht explains, "They're just real—real brothers, real friends; it's all the stuff kids do when they're hanging out on the playground. The idea that you're watching a documentary is so much fun. Then you put them into that fantasy of being a world-famous rock band, and that's the sauce that makes it work."[1] In October 2006, the online videos had been played 11 million times. Moreover, before the show's debut, "a fan recognized Nat and Alex in a Florida hotel. She sent them a note: 'Are you the Naked Brothers?' 'They were so excited,' Draper recalled. 'The show hasn't even aired yet and now walking down the streets kids are calling out their names. They can't believe it.' "[3]

Nat explained that "It's all based on reality. It's not like work. It's things we might say or do or want to say or do. I like the feeling of creating something that wasn't there. If we have another season, I'm totally getting ideas."[1] Nat also says that "We have actually become way better friends working together." Alex responds, "We have?"[1]

Editing

"I have to watch all of the dailies to find the gem among the performances. Since I have been doing the show for so long, I know what the producers are looking for and have become good at finding it rather quickly. When I see these moments, I start my cut of the scene with them and work backwards. It does take a lot of time and creativity to make things look good."
—Editor Craig Cobb[12]

Craig Cobb was the picture editor for the series; he was also the assistant editor for Sex and The City.[12][14] Cobb worked with Louis Bertini, the supervising sound editor of the series, who had been the editor for Sex and The City.[12][15]

"The truth is that a number of us who've worked on both Sex and this show will tell you that there's not a big difference. The approach and constriction of the audio elements that we bring to Naked Brothers is rather similar because of the New York ambiance—except that the sound effects for this show have a larger cartoon element. However, both shows are not sitcoms, so there’s no laugh track."—Louis Bertini[12]

"The biggest challenge is staying true to the script while also trying to capture the magic on set, which often is not written down. Then, you have this added layer of music that you have to bring into it. Remember, the kids are not actors. It's a real challenge. You have to use a use a lot of different thought processes to make this show work."[12] Cobb also explains that "Unlike with shows that use experienced actors, I can’t depend on them to do exactly what they are supposed to do. That’s when the magic happens and it's what makes this show really shine. Sometimes it's often messy to get to that point, but in the end it's well worth it."—Craig Cobb[12]

When an episode completed filming, Cobb edited on the Final Cut Pro application, which normally took four days to complete.[12] Bertini—who spent the same amount of time editing—then converted unnecessary script and added sound effects.[12] Cobb says, "The 16:9 SD workflow was the plan for the 2008 season, but that has changed. We're working in 4:3 SD with the ProRes 422 codec, so we're cutting in a broadcast-quality format that we'll later output without having to recapture all the footage."[12]

According to Cobb, "There are many issues to consider. If I were able to cut it 16:9, I would be able to keep an eye on the outside edges of the frame. Since I only cut it in 4:3, I don’t get to see what's going on in the entire frame. Therefore, should an HD version be required, potentially a lot of adjustments will have to be made in the final edit." Cobb explains, "Occasionally, we've had to look at the 16:9 footage to reposition a couple of shots and I’ve seen light stands and such that will have to be removed somehow in a 16:9 version of the show. However, everything has been shot in 16:9 HD, so we will never have to stretch any images to fill the 16:9 frame."[12]

Music

Nat and Alex write and perform all of the show's songs, and their father serves as the series' music supervisor.[10][12] The series' music editor, John Davis coordinates the songs' musical numbers.[12]

Season synopses

Season 1: 2007

George Lopez guest stars in episode "Nat is a Stand-Up Guy."

The first season's plot introduces 11-year-old Nat Wolff and younger brother, 8-year-old Alex Wolff, members of the world-famous rock band, The Naked Brothers Band. The band features the lead singer-songwriter and keyboardist Nat Wolff; drummer Alex Wolff; 11-year-old guitarist Qaasim Middleton; 11-year-old keyboardist David Levi; 11-year-old cellist and bassist Thomas Batuello; 13-year-old Allie DeMeco who plays Nat's crush Rosalina; and, 11-year-old band manager Cooper Pillot. In the first season the second TV movie Battle of the Bands, aired on October 6, 2007. The first season featured guest appearances by rapper Snoop Dogg, actor/comedian George Lopez, and actor-musician Keli Price. The first season aired 13 episodes.

Season 2: 2008

Rosalina (Allie DiMeco) and Nat become a couple in TV movie Polar Bears.

In the second season, Nat is 12 and Alex is 9. Band members Rosalina (Allie DiMeco) is 14; and Qaasim, Thomas, David, and Cooper are 12. The second season started off with the third TV movie Sidekicks. During the second half of the season, the band went on tour. The second season ended on June 6, 2008 with the fourth TV movie Polar Bears, which was about Alex—who watched Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth—causing Alex to become obsessed about Polar Bears because he became concerned about all the Polar Bears dying from the result of Global Warming. Meanwhile, Nat and Rosalina become a couple in the TV movie. Guest stars include musician Joel Madden, skateboarder Tony Hawk, actor/comedian George Lopez, and drummer/composer Phil Collins. The second season aired 15 episodes.

Season 3: 2008-09

Nat asks "Psycho Girl" (Lizzie Menney) to leave the stage during Kristina's audition in the TV movie Naked Idol.

In the third season, Nat is 13 and Alex is 10. Band members Rosalina (Allie DiMeco) is 15; Qaasim, Thomas, David, and Cooper are 13. The third season began with the fifth TV movie Mystery Girl, which premiered on October 18, 2008. Mystery Girl movie featured celebrity guest star actress Miranda Cosgrove, star of the hit Nickelodeon TEENick series, iCarly. The third season featured many celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Natasha Bedingfield, Dave Attell, David Desrosiers (Simple Plan), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach), Leon Thomas III, and Victoria Justice (from Zoey 101 and Spectacular!). The new season showed the band as they made their first motion picture, starting with the premiere. Also, in the third season, Rosalina has left for her around-the-world cruise. Immediately after her return, she left both Nat and the band, forcing them to find a new bassist. Kristina Reyes was cast as the band's new bassist; however, the band allows Rosalina to rejoin, although they also retain Kristina. The third season aired 12 episodes.

Cast

Main cast

  • Nat Wolff starred as himself, and was the lead singer-songwriter and keyboardist for the band. Nicknamed "The Girl Magnet", he switched to guitar for songs such as "Taxi Cab" and "Curious". His crush on the band's bassist Rosalina, inspired his love songs. In the second season, Nat and Rosalina went to the prom together, then on a double date, and in the finale TV movie of the season called Polar Bears, Nat and Rosalina finally became a couple. However, in season three their relationship faced many complications when Rosalina went on a six month around-the-world boat cruise.
  • Alex Wolff starred as himself, and was the drummer for the band. He switched to keyboards for songs, "Changing" and "Why", which he sang and composed. He also wrote and sang other songs, such as "I Could Be", "Alien Clones", and "Three is Enough". In the show, he is in love with Jesse and considers her to be his girlfriend, but Jesse calls him, "my little boyfriend" and Alex always disapproves of her dating other men including the Timmerman Brothers.
  • Thomas Batuello starred as himself, and was the cellist for the band. In the show, Thomas is a prankster with David. In the first season, he and David claimed not to like girls, but in the second season's episode of Cleveland, he became jealous of how all the girl fans attract Nat. In the first season, he would often tease Nat and Rosalina about their crush. After Rosalina left for her six month cruise around the world in the third season, Thomas became the band's temporary bassist.
  • Allie DiMeco starred as Rosalina, and was the former bassist for the band, and then played guitar with Qaasim. She is Nat's love interest and the inspiration for many of Nat's songs such as "Girl of My Dreams" and "Beautiful Eyes". In the Sidekicks movie, Nat and Rosalina go to the prom together, and in the episode Three is Enough, they go on a double date with Cooper and Miss Scoggins. Rosalina and Nat finally get together as a couple in the movie Polar Bears. In the third season, Rosalina wins a violin competition and subsequently leaves for a sixth month cruise around the world which sometimes creates problems in her relationship with Nat. In fact, when she returns from her cruise, she breaks up with Nat and quits the band after a heated fight. The band then conducted a national competition to replace Rosalina, and they choose a new bass player, Kristina. Just as the new band begin to get along, Rosalina asks to rejoin the band, so she is kept in the band as second guitarist.
  • David Levi starred as himself, and was the keyboardist for the band and often joins in on Thomas's pranks. He also has a dog named E.T.
  • Qaasim Middleton starred as himself, and was the guitarist for the band. In the show, he is known for being very intelligent and a good flirter with girls.
  • Cooper Pillot starred as himself, and was the band's manager. In the show, Cooper has a crush on a girl named Patty Scoggins. He is known for wearing a suit and glasses.
  • Jesse Draper starred as Jesse Cook, and was the band's tutor and babysitter. In the show, Jesse is not very intelligent, so Rosalina and Qaasim help her grade the band members' assignments. She calls Alex her "little boyfriend" and wears several different kinds of tattoos. She is dating the Timmerman Brothers—Donnie, Johnny, and Billy.
  • Michael Wolff starred as Dad (also known as "Mr. Wolff" or "Sonny"). Mr. Wolff is Nat and Alex's dorky accordion player dad, who always embarrasses his sons; for example, he sometimes tries to appear in the band's music videos. He has performed at the Hoboken Rathskeller restaurant. He was dating a woman named Betty, but she later dumps him for his twin brother Miles.

Recurring stars

  • Tim Draper played the role of [Joe] Schmoke, the principal of Amigos School. He is Polly Draper's brother and Jesse Draper's father.
  • Daniel Raymont played the role of the Director in the first season, and the role of Wing in the second season.
  • Catherine Curtain played the role of Betty, Sonny's crazy ex-girlfriend, and a house cleaning specialist. She plays in Sonny Wolff's two-member band "The Hunnie Bunnies", although the other characters don't like their music. In season two, during the episode Uncle Miles, Betty left Sonny for his brother jazz musician Miles Wolff. She returned in the third season's episode Valentine Dream Date.
  • Emily Richardson played the role of Patty Scoggins, Cooper's crush.
  • Teala Dunn played the role of Juanita, Alex's friend and crush.
  • Billy Draper played the role of Billy Timmerman, one of the members of the dorky and unsuccessful band The Timmerman Brothers. He also played the role of Jesse's clueless boyfriend. He is Jesse Draper's brother and Tim Draper's son.
  • Adam Draper played the role of Donnie Timmerman, one of the members of the dorky and unsuccessful band The Timmerman Brothers. He also played the role of Jesse's clueless boyfriend. He is Billy Draper's brother and Jesse Draper's brother.
  • Coulter Mulligan played the role of Johnny Timmerman, one of the members of dorky and unsuccessful band The Timmerman Brothers. He also played the role of Jesse's clueless boyfriend. He is Jesse, Billy and Adam Draper's cousin.
  • Eleanor Draper played the role of Tessy, Jesse's sister and a dancing girl in the music videos. She is Jesse, Billy, and Adam Draper's sister.
  • Lisa Mulligan played the role of Bessy, Jesse's sister and a dancing girl in the music videos. She is Jesse Draper's cousin and Coulter Mulligan's sister.
  • Kristina Reyes starred as herself. Kristina first appeared in The Naked Brothers Band TV movie Naked Idol when she was chosen to be the new bass player because Rosalina quit the band. Initially, Nat and Kristina did not get along because Nat was still upset about his break-up with Rosalina, and about losing her as a bassist for the band. However, Nat and Kristina eventually became friends. Kristina told Nat she was inspired to play the bass after hearing Nat's song "Rosalina", which she considered the most romantic song she'd ever heard, so she aspired to be like Nat and to play in his band. In the Naked Brothers Band TV movie The Premiere, Rosalina hopes to return to the band and they must decide whether to keep Kristina or to have Rosalina back. The band decides to keep both Kristina as the group's bassist, and Rosalina as the group's second guitarist.

Special appearances

The series had many cameo appearances and are listed below:[1][16][17][18][19]

Cast Role Season Episode
Snoop Dogg Himself 1 VMA's #1
George Lopez Himself 1
2
2
Nat Is A Stand-Up Guy #3
Everyone's Cried At Least Once #22
Polar Bears #26-28
Keli Price Bobby Love 1 Battle of the Bands #11-12
Joel Madden Himself 2 The Talk Show #18
Tony Hawk Himself 2 The Bar Mitzvah #19
Phil Collins Himself 2 Polar Bears
Joel Madden Himself 2 The Talk Show #18
Tony Hawk Himself 2 The Bar Mitzvah #19
Phil Collins Himself 2 Polar Bears #26-28
Miranda Cosgrove Herself 3 Mystery Girl #29-30
Natasha Bedingfield Herself 3 Christmas Special #34
Whoopi Goldberg Herself 3 Christmas Special #34
Leon Thomas III Leon Williams 3 Christmas Special #34
Victoria Justice Herself 3 Valentine's Dream Date #35
The Premiere #38-39
David Desrosiers Himself 3 Naked Idol #36-37
Tobin Esperance Himself 3 Naked Idol #36-37
Dave Attell Himself 3 Naked Idol #36-37

Crew

  • Polly Draper: creator, show runner, executive producer, head writer, screenwriter, director
  • Albie Hecht: developer and executive producer
  • Michael Wolff: co-executive producer, music supervisor, and music producer
  • Bob Mittenthal: co-executive producer; screenplay and story writer
  • Timothy Draper: consulting producer
  • Ken H. Keller: producer, director of photography, camera operator, and post production supervisor
  • Caron Rudner-Keller: producer and line producer
  • Melanie Mayron: director
  • Jonathan Judge: director
  • Magda Liolis: screenplay and story writer
  • Michael Rubiner: screenplay and story writer
  • Craig Cobb: editor
  • Michael A. Levine: music producer
  • John M. Davis: music editor
  • Louis Bertini: supervising sound editor
  • Dan Merrill: camera PA

Episodes

Media

Soundtrack

Video games

Television airings

Region Network(s) Series premiere
United States United States Nickelodeon, The N February 3, 2007
United Kingdom United Kingdom Nickelodeon UK May 29, 2007
New Zealand New Zealand Nickelodeon New Zealand February 23, 2008
Germany Germany Nickelodeon Germany October 20, 2007
Spanish America Nickelodeon Latin America July 21, 2007
Netherlands The Netherlands Nickelodeon (Netherlands) April 2007
Brazil Brazil Nickelodeon Brazil 2007
Israel Israel Nickelodeon Israel 2009

TV movie premieres and releases

Season Title Episode # First Air Date DVD Release
1 "The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie" Pilot January 27, 2007 April 3, 2007
1 "Battle of the Bands" 11-12 October 6, 2007 September 4, 2007
2 "Sidekicks" 14-15 January 21, 2008 No Release
2 "Polar Bears" 26-28 June 6, 2008 June 17, 2008
3 "Mystery Girl" 29-30 October 18, 2008 No Release
3 "Operation Mojo" 31-32 November 22, 2008 No Release
3 "Naked Idol" 36-37 March 14, 2009 No Release
3 "The Premiere" 38-39 April 11, 2009 No Release

Season premieres and releases

Season Episodes First Air Date Last Air Date Release date
Season 1 13 February 3, 2007 October 20, 2007 January 8, 2008
Season 2 15 January 21, 2008 June 6, 2008 October 21, 2008
Season 3 12 October 18, 2008 June 13, 2009 No Release

Awards and reception

Awards and nominations

The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie won the audience award for a family feature film at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival.[1][6][7][8] Hecht says, "I could see there was an audience for this. They're real kids, real brothers, making real music."[20]

After the first season, Draper received a nomination for the season's third episode, "Nat is a Stand-Up Guy", at the 2008 Writer's Guild of America for Children's Episodic and Specials.[21] The following year at the end of the second season, Draper won the Children's Script — Long Form or Special at the 2009 Writers Guild of America for the finale TV movie Polar Bears, which was the only one nominated in the category.[22] In 2007, Nat was nominated for Best TV Actor at the 2007 UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.[23] In 2008, Nat performed at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards; the following year he was nominated there for Favorite TV Actor.[24]

Reception

"The songs, actually written by Nat, may not top the charts, but they're far more tolerable than Kidz Bop and are hard to shake once the show is over. Amazingly, all of the kids here real musicians. If Draper really wants to create a show business legacy, she should sell her secrets on how to get kids to practice their musical instruments."
—Laura Fries from Variety[8]

When the film premiered on the network, it was seen by an average of 2.7 million viewers; it placed the top 10 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan children's non-theatrical DVD charts.[25][26] The band's hit song "Crazy Car" sold more than 100,000 downloads online; it was placed on the top 100 Billboard Charts for seven weeks and the track was featured on the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice, Vol 3.[26][27]

The family had encountered an incident in the past; the family had to change their phone number because fans were calling their house relentlessly.[9][10] Draper recalls, "Little girls would call and say, 'Helloooo, is Matt there? We just love him.' The only thing that's comforting is, they're pretty harmless at that age."[9]

Ronnie Sheib from Variety praised the film, stating that it is: "Convincingly faithful to kids' rhythms and speech patterns, and featuring several catchy if one-chorus numbers, this bouncy, feel-good kid pic, with targeted release strategy, could rock peers and parents alike."[2] Tami Horiuchi from Amazon.com said that the film is a "funny spoof of the Hollywood rockumentary genre is so over-done that some viewers might find it distasteful, offensive, and/or inappropriate for children" and recommends an age group between the ages of 9-13.[28] Commonsense Media suggests that the film is age appropriate for children 10+ and gave it a two out of a five star rating.[29] Felicia R. Lee from The New York Times called, both the film and the television series, "an ebullient mock documentary."[1]

The premiere of the series acquired the channel as favorable for children aged 6–11; Nielsen Media Research calculates—of in that age range—approximately 1.3 million people have watched the first 10 episodes of the series.[10] It was one of the quickest starts in about three decades for the network—giving the channel the most favorable ratings in seven years.[10][30] The series is in a popular category, along with Disney Channel's Hannah Montana and Cory in the House.[10] By October, 2007, Nick.com's message boards had 5.3 million pages viewed, causing online madness.[26] The show has three video games online that have been played about 24 million times.[26] In addition, fans have downloaded over 800 thousand podcasts.[26]

Due to the success of the television show, on October 8, 2007, the band had an autograph signing in Times Square at theVirgin Megastore and released their first debut album.[26] In addition, the band's first music video released, was for their song, "If That's Not Love".[26]

References

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  2. ^ a b "DVD Review: 'The Naked Brothers Band Movie'". zap2it.com (Tribune Media Services). April 3, 2007. http://www.zap2it.com/dvd/zap-dvdreview-nakedbrothersbandmovie,0,2461054.story. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
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  4. ^ a b Jacques Steinberg, Polly Draper, Michael Wolff, Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff. (January 2008). Arts & Leisure Week: The Naked Brothers Band. [webcast]. The New York Times. http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=107592@wcbs.dayport.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  5. ^ Walsh-Boyle, Megan (February 2, 2007). "Polly Draper: The Naked Brothers' Mother Returns to TV". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/news/polly-draper-naked-38977.aspx. 
  6. ^ a b Scheib, Ronnie (November 1, 2005). "Hamptons: The Naked Brothers Band". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117928753.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&p=0. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b "IMDb: Hamptons International Film Festival: 2005". Internet Movie Database. October 23, 2005. http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Hamptons_International_Film_Festival/2005. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Fries, Laura (January 25, 2007). "Naked Brothers Band". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932570.html?categoryid=32&cs=1&query=Kidzhouse+Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
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