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Jonas Bros. Talk About Growing Up and Getting Out This Summer

When "Jonas L.A." launches June 20, fans will see that the Disney Channel series has matured — along with the superstar trio of brothers who give the show its name.

"I think the evolution of who we are, growing up in general, is really cool," says 22-year-old Kevin, who married wife Danielle last December. "It really adds to our characters, and people can relate to it because they see our regular lives. Trying to keep us the same — still being in high school — wouldn't have worked," he notes, referring to their TV counterparts.

Nick, 17, who went out on a tour of his own last year with his The Administration band, adds that he and his brothers "looked at all the things we had coming up individually and as a group, and took the time to make sure our focus was still there and drive was still there" when it came to a second season of "Jonas."

They're pleased enough with the results that when asked whether they might even go on to a Season 3, Joe, 20, who famously dated Demi Lovato, answers, "We might. We don't know yet. It depends on how the second season goes, I guess."

We meet with the Jonases in their suite atop the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, escorted in by none other than famous bodyguard Big Rob. There's a panoramic view of Los Angeles on one end of the suite's vast living room, and giant-screen monitors on the other. As we arrive, the brothers look like they're having a blast playing NBA basketball with 11-year-old Disney Channel/Xbox 360 sweepstakes winner Gavin Liddell — and treating him, his mom, dad and little sister like esteemed guests.

The brothers make an entrance by helicopter on the rooftop of this very hotel in "Jonas L.A.," they let us know. Everything's been kicked up a few notches. "It's pretty amazing. It's taken on a life of its own," says Kevin.

Joe notes that seeing the first episodes all put together "was really exciting."

Their whole summer looks to be really exciting as well. With their "L.A. Baby" lead-off single from their forthcoming album out, they have their three-continent summer tour launching in July (with Lovato and other "Camp Rock" talent on the bill) — all part of the ramp up to their highly-anticipated "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" debuting Sept. 3 on the Disney Channel.

"We are really excited about the tour," says Nick, "looking forward to getting out there and starting up again. We love touring, and when we're out on the road, it just feels like home."

"Whenever we go off and do individual projects or acting individually, I think it's important to focus on the fact we are still a band, and that comes first," Kevin adds, "and we always come back to this. We really want to pursue this as the main focus, and that's really nice."

DADDY'S HOME: Sam Jaeger, who plays stay-at-home dad Joel Graham on NBC's so-very-good and so-very-renewed "Parenthood," is using his hiatus to play stay-at-home dad for real. Jaeger and his wife have a 7-week-old son — who's in his arms throughout our conversation — in addition to her 15-year-old daughter.

He already knows that Season 2 will crank up production mid-July, and that it will bring "a few more hiccups" in his character's relationship with attorney wife Julia (Erika Christensen).

"We'll see how the relationship changes if two people are not on the same page about their roles in the family," he says. "Michael Chabon, in his book, 'Manhood for Amateurs,' talks about how he was at a grocery store, and someone told him what a great dad he was, just by watching him with his son. What an interesting exchange it was, and what would it take for a woman to get the same compliment? It doesn't take much to be considered a great, or even a good father, the expectations unfortunately are so low," notes Jaeger, as he gives his son a bottle. "I really do want to be a great father to my boy and my girl. It's certainly not easy, but it's one of those challenges that I'm really excited about in this life."

The handsome Jaeger hopes the network shows some repeats of "Parenthood" episodes this summer since "a lot of people have just discovered the show. Hopefully, they'll build on that. It's interesting, the kind of outreach the show has. I was walking home and I heard, 'Are you on 'Parenthood?' and it was a teenage girl who'd run after me to have her picture taken with me. The show casts a wide net; it's not just for thirtysomething women."

THE INDUSTRY EYE: With the Internet abuzz about Dwayne Johnson joining Vin Diesel and Paul Walker — caro pra chuchu! — for "Fast and Furious 5," we get word that the film team is busy casting seven Brazilian characters. Actors have to be fluent in Portuguese.

Encouraging news for those who are feeling exhausted by TV scandal, sleaze and brainlessness. Casting notices have gone out for well-groomed, articulate, telegenic doctors, personal finance experts, relationship and lifestyle authorities — with undeniable credentials — to populate programs on OWN. That's the Oprah Winfrey Network, you'll recall, which debuts in January 2011.

Christian Slater and Eva Longoria Parker head up the low budget feature "Without Men." Nice duty. It's planned as a three-week shoot in scenic Santa Barbara, Calif.

To find out more about Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith and read their past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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