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.)
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