Boy-bands seem eternal in our society. But Disney is taking this a little too literally with a new series about a boy band made immortal when they are bitten by a vampire. The series is called “Forever Boys.”
Just within the past decade a lot of very notable boy-bands have made their marks. The Jonas Brothers, Big Time Rush and One Direction. They are perhaps some of the more recognized modern group that come to mind.
Yet as popular as these groups are. It has actually been a while since we have really seen them take centre stage on screens. Big Time Rush’s series- of the same name- ended years ago. The Jonas Brothers have halted group activity before that. One Direction is the only currently thriving one.
And that seems to have been taken note by Disney as the house of mouse has greenlit a pilot for a new music driven series. The core, you guessed it. A boy-band, but this group has more bite to it than we have seen before.
And thanks to Variety we have finer details about the possible new series. Here is the official information.
The pilot, titled “Forever Boys,” will star the three members of the Hollywood Records band, Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge.
The potential series follows three brothers, played by the band, who were bitten by a vampire during their debut concert in 1957. After living in the shadows for over half a century to keep their vampire-identities a secret, they meet a music producer who convinces them to reemerge as a vampire boy band. Now, on track to become stars, the boys are excited to breathe new life into their music career while trying to live as normal teenagers.
Ricky, Emery and Liam are far from strangers to Disney’s networks. Each member of the group have appeared in on-screen before hand. Having various small rolls on some of Disney other popular series ranging from that of “Dog With A Blog” to “Lab Rats”. Plus the trio have lent their vocals to the opening theme from Best Friends Whenever. So Disney fans not only will recognize them from those appearances, but also have gotten to hear them all sing together.
And assuming the series does end up getting picked up by Disney Channel. It would debut sometime next year.
In a way I am a bit surprised that we are just now seeing someone developing a boy-band centric show. Never mind one about a fully formed band. As I had mentioned before it has been a good length of time since we had Big Time Rush or JONAS take centre stage. So it is nice to see that we do have something to fill that void.
I am very much so guilty of being a massive idol anime fan. There is a lot of idol shows that drive around male idol groups. In this current summer anime season there are literally two series of the like. And I may or may not have a lot of merchandise of my favourite members. Okay, completely do. But one day I will dig into the male idol series. So it is kind of awkward for me. Not simply because I have consumed a lot of series. But because I have seen the story and characters being done in a lot of ways. As I sit here I am wondering just how “Forever Boys” will distinguish themselves.
Then I recall the vampire aspect. Even though it is a new addition to a boy unit series it does seem slightly out of place. In a way it seems like it would have fit better back when there was a massive vampire trend about six or some years ago.
But I will reserve any major speculation until more information comes to light. (Yeah, pun somewhat intended.) With this, as well as new and rebooted series we have already covered. It looks like Disney is really starting a lot of new chapters next year.
Join the conversation: What are your early thoughts on “Forever Boys”?