They had a hit album and tour, experienced public romances and breakups and, in an unanticipated twist, earned some respect. They played -- a bit awkwardly -- with Stevie Wonder at the Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine coordinated a surprisingly lively conversation between Nick Jonas, the band's main songwriter, and one of his idols, Elvis Costello.
But "Jonas," the brothers' new Disney Channel sitcom, which begins Saturday, is a calculated, perhaps fearful step backward, a reclamation of innocence. Here Kevin, 21, Joe, 19, and Nick, 16, play the Lucas brothers, pop stars in retreat, trying to maintain normal lives at high school while fame rages just outside the door.