The Naked Brothers Band
Empty8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27
There isn't much to recommend in Nick's new "TEENick mockumentary" series, "The Naked Brothers Band," a rather flat "sort-of" documentary following the antics of two brothers who start a rock band. Nick kicks off the half-hour live-action series with a made-for-television movie focusing the lives of Nat and Alex Wolff, the two teens in question, as they make their way toward stardom. The series means to be tongue-in-cheek, and cheery to boot, but it comes off as being lots of noise with hardly an original idea to hold it together.
Polly Draper ("thirtysomething"), who directs the movie opener for the series, is the offscreen mother of Nat and Alex, and her offscreen husband (and the kids' real-life dad), composer Michael Wolff, also gets in on the onscreen action, acting as silly as everyone else in the series. The show follows not only the kids' experiences starting a rock band, but also documents (or mockuments) their everyday teenage experiences with home life, school and friends. Frankly, it's more noise for kids to watch, and a way to fill up space without doing much for kids' brains or imagination. The actual series begins Feb. 3.