You don’t have to be a fictional character to sell out an arena, but it might help. Miley Cyrus -- the ’tween sensation who plays Hannah Montana on the eponymous Disney Channel show -- sold out her Nationwide Arena gig in 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes!

Of course, Cyrus is just the latest in a long line of acts that were created for the airwaves. Some TV singers began as fictional characters who later hit the stage, while other serenading stars used their small-screen fame to launch would-be legitimate music careers. Let’s try to separate fact from fiction.

Made For TV 2ge+her The Banana Splits Blues Brothers The Brady Kids Tony Clifton The Heights The Monkees Hannah Montana O-Town The Partridge Family Rock Star Supernova

The Real Deal? Tenacious D Bay City Rollers The ‘Hoff Jennifer Lopez Ricky Nelson John Schneider William Shatner Rick Springfield Starland Vocal Band John Travolta Jack Wagner