Sorry parents, but it doesn't look like the era of tween queens is going to die anytime soon now that Disney Channel's latest comedy Sonny With a Chance is the perfect fun and lively vehicle to showcase the talents of Demi Lovato.
The premise is simple: Allison "Sonny" Munroe (Lovato) has been posting her own comedy videos online and gets discovered by a Hollywood producer to become the newest cast member of the kids sketch comedy show So Random! When she and her mom move to Hollywood to pursue her showbiz dreams, Sonny encounters a wacky and oddly competitive bunch of fellow actors.
A couple episodes in, it's easy to see why Sonny With a Chance is so appealing:
She totes has cred for holding her own in the singing and acting departments against the Jonas Brothers in Camp Rock. Yes, she's pretty, but she plays the character warmly and quirkily enough for girls to identify with her, not resent her. Even if viewers don't want to be Sonny, they'll want to be her friend.
Sonny is living the Hollywood dream — the glamorous and the gory — for us all. Gorgeous weather and palm trees, (fake) celebrity hissy fits, backstabbing, limos, awesomely over-the-top dressing rooms and a world in which adults are largely absent or ineffectual.
The show is straight up goofy, and since the action is set around a sketch comedy show, you get lots of wacky costumes (bees!), catchphrases ("Who da mammal?") and slapstick. In one episode, the cast of So Random! challenges a rival show to a cutthroat game of musical chairs.
With the show set in Hollywood and around a sketch comedy show, there's clothes and costume changes galore. The constant fashion parade is fun for the eye, but story-wise, girls will also identify with Sonny's bullying at the hands of Tawni (Tiffany Thornton), the resident Mean Girl, and Sonny's like-hate relationship with the cute Chad Dylan Cooper (Sterling Knight), star of fictional nighttime soap MacKenzie Falls.
Overall, Sonny With a Chance isn't breaking new ground, but it's a positive and light-hearted show with a charming star that will at least break up the reruns of Hannah Montana and Suite Life on rotation.
For more, check out 25 Things About Me*, Demi Lovato.
What did you think of the show? Do you like Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato better?