'Jonas L.A.' canceled: What should the Jonas Brothers do next?
Image Credit: DisneyBreaking the hearts of many tweens around the world, Disney has pulled the plug on the Jonas Brothers’ series Jonas L.A. Reports began circling over the weekend, after the show’s director Paul Hoen tweeted “Sadly no more Jonas L.A.” on November 6 (Hoen has since deleted the tweet). Disney confirmed with EW that there are no more new episodes of the show in the works. “The series has concluded as scheduled after two very successful seasons, and all original episodes of its second season have aired,” said a spokesperson for the network in a statement to EW. “The Jonas Brothers are currently busy wrapping up their 40+ city concert tour and will soon be back in the studio working on music projects for Disney’s Hollywood Records. We look forward to working with them on new projects in the future.” Over the course of this season’s 13 episodes, Jonas L.A. averaged 3.7 million total viewers, landing the series in the Top 5 programs for the tween demographic (ages 9-14).
So what’s next for the JoBros? Sure, they’ve proven they can draw sell-out crowds and sell millions of albums, but as the brothers grow up — and inevitably experiment with news styles of facial hair — will they still have a place at the kids’ table? In addition to their music, all three have been quietly pursuing other projects: Kevin was married last year, Nick released a solo album in January and later took to the stage in Les Misérables in London’s West End, while Joe has been flying solo on television shows like Hot in Cleveland and 90210.
The end of Jonas L.A. is just another bump in a slew of successful Disney Channel franchises. Miley Cyrus’ Hannah Montana is scheduled to end next spring, while Demi LoVato‘s Sonny With a Chance could potentially be put on hold, which may signify the end of the current Disney Channel era. The network has watched its former tween stars like Shia LaBeouf and Hilary Duff successfully transition into more adult roles (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gossip Girl), but will each of the Jonas Brothers do the same? Should Nick take on more musical theater? What about Joe becoming a regular on a teen soap or tackling a gritty indie movie? Can the Jonas Brothers step outside of their current Disney images, or will they perpetually be those cute boys next door who you could always call to help put together a bookshelf?
Will you miss Jonas L.A., PopWatchers, or is it time for the brothers to say goodbye to the Mouse House for good?