Another Jonas Brother Heads to Prime-Time TV

Back in August, Joe Jonas entered the world of prime-time sitcom acting -- with a guest spot on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. Now his brother Nick Jonas is following suit, with a stint on another half-hour comedy. Is this a good thing? Let's discuss.

Nick's first big guest role won't be a huge dramatic stretch. A stadium-filling music star himself, he's playing a rock idol with a gig at Sunshine Arena, the fictional sports-and-concert venue at the center of ABC's Mr. Sunshine (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET). Ben (Matthew Perry), the arena's manager, must cater to this idol's every whim -- which, as you can see from this sneak peek, includes getting him phone numbers of hot teenage girls.

Nick's acting is perfectly believable. (For an example of a non-actor who is perfectly unbelievable, click here to see Bristol Palin's cardboard-stiff delivery on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.)

Perhaps Nick's a natural, or perhaps he's just been adequately primed for this by his band-related dabbling in TV. In August 2007, Nick and his brothers, Joe and Kevin, filmed a guest spot on Hannah Montana. Then they spent two seasons starring in their own Disney Channel series, Jonas (and later called Jonas L.A.), about their escapades as regular guys who happen to be in a platinum-selling, globe-trotting pop band. (Think The Monkees for a really new generation, or just watch this clip.)

An acting career seems the obvious next step for Nick Jonas, and, frankly, for any of The Jonas Brothers. It's a well-trodden path: From Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber, dreamy teen pop singers almost always graduate to acting. (Timberlake's biggest splash so far has been the Oscar-nominated The Social Network; Bieber's already done two guest spots on CSI.)

One notable exception is Hanson, the trio of brothers who were, basically, The Jonas Brothers of the late nineties. They released their eighth studio album last summer, and while they've never reclaimed their top-of-the-charts popularity, they're still making a good living off their music. Their decision to stick with music, despite the fickle nature of the business, lends them an air of integrity -- proof that it was always about the music, not the fame.

If The Jonas Brothers altogether abandon pop music for acting, no one will blame them. But history will show that Hanson, and not this other band of brothers, was the real deal.

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