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Even more surprising than the lukewarm reception, however, is the fact that the band members agreed to do the show in the first place.
While Team Cyrus is clearly trying to move Miley away from "Hannah Montana" through a series of Top 40-friendly singles and implicitly incestuous photography, the Brothers Jonas seem to be stepping backwards with a cable show that will keep their current demographic thriving but do little to expand it.
If only it were possible to sell a lot of records despite subpar singing voices...
The five main episodes are presented in 1.33:1 fullscreen, while the two bonus episodes (profiled below) appear in anamorphic widescreen.
Audio quality is consistently pleasing, though sound emanates primarily from the front center channels.
The surround channels offer little reinforcement, barely joining in the mix when music is playing.
The bonus features are also presented in widescreen.
There are exceptions to the rule, though, and several of the band's tunes have not only made it big in the mainstream, they've caught critical favor too. Granted, these aren't intended for radio release and they're in keeping with the spirit of the show, but they're also pretty forgettable.
TV-G 1.33:1 Fullscreen (Original Broadcast Ratio), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; Closed Captioned; Extras Subtitled Single-sided, dual-layered disc (DVD-9) / Originally aired May 2 - June 14, 2009 Suggested Retail Price: .99 / DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009 White Keepcase By Aaron Wallace Singers they sort of are, actors they are not.
Still, in the three years since their debut album hit shelves, the Jonas Brothers have become the kind of pop sensations that attract multi-platform media attention.
That's a shift in the right direction -- the only problem is that "Jonas" retains the flimsy, generic plots and the goofy, unimpressive acting that defines the majority of Disney Channel programming.
The result is an uncomfortable contrast between style and tone.