The only shows to beat it at all on Friday were CTV’s still potent Flashpoint at 10 p.m. (1,563,000) and CTV’s National news at 11 (1,430,000). Remarkably, Camp Rock 2 beat even Flashpoint among viewers 18-49, making it the No. 1 show in Canada in the demo Friday night.
If you missed it, an extended version of the movie, with two extra music numbers, drops Tuesday Sept. 7 on Blu-ray and DVD. The Mouse House didn’t get where it is by Goofing off.
I was on the set so long ago now I can’t remember—almost a year ago. The folks at Family Channel kept a tight lid on the shoot. Nobody was supposed to spill the beans that the Jonas kids were even in town until well after they had fled the scene. (That kinda backfired: by the time the movie rolled around, I couldn’t land a print assignment. The people I usually pitch to had their own Jonas updates and my set visit was stale.)
It was a pretty late set visit. I recall it began around 11 p.m. A rustic, Muskoka-like lodge set was built on a converted downtown Toronto warehouse that had been converted into a soundstage. Along with a few other journalists, I was checked past an outside security tent and brought onto the set. Inside the Jonas brothers and their co-stars Demi Lovato and others were in rehearsal.The many kids in the cast kept it fun and lively despite the late hour.
One by one I was able to chat with the three lads. Kevin, the oldest (23) was about to wed former hairdresser Danielle Deleasa, which he went on to do last December; Joe and Nick were his best man. The boy was very excited and spoke about how they were all going to live in the same house and, well, I wanted to slap him upside the head but what can you do.
|Kevin, Nick and Joe with "Bonus Jonas" Frankie|
Their kid brother, Frankie (left with the dudes), known as the “Bonus Jonas,” was scooting around the set, acting like an eight year old should, although maybe not at midnight. He had a part in the movie. These kids have had extraordinary lives, meeting presidents, performing to screaming pre-teens across Europe, getting merchandised to the max.
I spotted their dad Paul Kevin on the set. Mom Denise was also at the overnight shoot. The family that makes millions together, I guess, stays together.
On my way out I approached Jonas Sr. just to talk dad-to-dad and let him know he should be proud of the way his sons conduct themselves. “Their life must be one crazy fishbowl,” I said. “Isn’t every teenagers?” said Mr. J.
Which is true, I guess, but still, has to be the fishbowl experience at warp speed.
|Lovato recently on Good Morning America|