If you lived your middle school like most growing up watching the Disney Channel (or, perhaps you are a Canadian like me and watched Family Channel), you definitely grew up listening to the Jonas Brothers.
Remember that first time you heard the JoBros rendition of “Poor Unfortunate Soul” come on between Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens, and you thought to yourself “who ARE these guys?!”. The Jonas Brothers fandom only continued to grow as songs like “SOS”, “Year 3000”, and “Burnin’ Up” became the thing Disney fans looked forward to as their commercial break.
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Then, at the height of the Jonas Brothers fandom, in 2009 the brothers signed on for a Disney Channel show called Jonas, which would be loosely based on their lives. This would follow Camp Rock, where Joe, Nick, and Kevin, would share some on-screen time in the Disney Channel Original Movie alongside Demi Lovato.
The show would go on to last two seasons, and then, three years after its finale, the Jonas Brothers would announce that they would be pressuring solo careers and go their separate ways. Well, as the years have gone on, the Jonas Brothers have had time to reflect on the choices they made at the start of their career, and it seems like appearing in a Disney Channel sitcom wasn’t among the best.
Just as the brothers were returning to the stage, once again united, in 2019 they released a documentary titled Chasing Happiness, where they would go on to discuss their Disney Channel show.
Nick Jonas was the first to speak up about Jonas stating:
“It was a big regret. We shouldn’t have done that. It really stunted our growth. I feel like it was just a bad move. It was just not the time. Literally, we couldn’t evolve because of it.”
Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas both chimed in as well. Joe noted, “It just didn’t feel like us anymore. It felt young and we were becoming adults,” with Kevin agreeing that the show was just “not good”.
If you ever watched Jonas, you know that it was a highly animated show in terms of acting style, even for Disney, which is likely what Joe meant when he said that it felt too young for the direction they were headed in. It also seemed that when it came to music vs. acting, the three excelled as a band much more, so splitting their time at the peak of their career, it was likely tough to continue to grow in both categories.
That being said, it seems that Nick still remembers the show with a slight chip on his shoulder! The singer, recently married to Priyanka Chopra Jonas, took to posting a TikTok trend called:
Tell me you were on Disney Channel.
Tell me you were on Disney Channel. pic.twitter.com/34ijADjWfp
— NICK JONɅS (@nickjonas) April 2, 2021
Typically, this is where someone would note an iconic, line, scene, or moment that distinguishes them as someone who was inherently on the Disney Channel, but Nick joked, “See that’s the thing. Our show got canceled after just two seasons, and we didn’t have any famous quotes. So, how about this?”
Then, he pretended to draw the magical neon-lit Mickey Mouse ears that we all used to try and copy when we were kids. It seems pretty clear that Nick associates the show as irrelevant still, by stating that there was nothing “famous” about it.
However, even without Jonas, the brothers definitely got their start through Disney with their music videos, which is something that all of us JoBro fans are thankful for! The three recently went on their ‘Happiness Begins’ tour based on their new album before the pandemic, and as someone who attended, I can say that all these years later, hearing “Burnin’ Up” still doesn’t get old!
Did you ever watch Jonas on the Disney Channel? Did you like the show?