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Mark and Donnie Wahlberg to star in new A&E reality TV series

Posted by Emily Wright  November 12, 2013 10:28 AM

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"Boston's Finest" look out, Donnie Wahlberg is stepping out of the producer's seat and in front of the camera for a new A&E reality series alongside his brothers, Mark and Paul.

Donnie announced the new show while on "The Arsenio Hall Show" on Monday night, saying that the family has signed on to be the subject of an unscripted series for A&E, which will be focused on and named after their Hingham-based restaurant, Wahlburgers.

"Most people -- a lot of my fans know that we have a restaurant called Wahlburgers that my brother Paul is the creator of, Mark and I are co-owners with him, and my mom works there, but we're also doing a reality show which no one knows about -- this is the first time I'm going to be talking about it -- it's on A&E," Donnie told Hall. "I think it premieres Jan. 22 after Duck Dynasty. My brother Mark and I, my mom and my mother are all going to be in the show and it's going to be incredible, it's going to be a lot of fun, it's about our business."

The show will bring the Dorchester boys back to the Hub area for filming with their local celebrity chef brother, Paul. Other faces that can be expected during the show's run: the Wahlberg's mother, Alma, and members of their entourage.

The New Kid on the Block noted that the name "Wahlburger" wasn't always a compliment.

"They called us that as kids," Donnie said. "You know they teased me, they said 'Hey, Wahlburger' if they weren't calling me junior jailbird because of my older brothers being inmates all the time, they called me 'Hey, Ronald Wahlburger.' So we got the last laugh and opened a burger joint with the name and it's doing great."

The show premieres on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Wahlberg touched on his other reality project, "Boston's Finest," which premieres on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. on TNT.

"We did season one before the Boston marathon bombings which was really incredible to be a part of Season 1, but most of the officers in our show were there as first responders the day of the marathon," Donnie said. "They were there when the two terrorists were brought to justice, they're just amazing men and women."

He lightened up the mood by saying that the police department weren't always so fond of his family.

"[The officers] grew up in the same streets that I did and my brothers did," Donnie added. "Probably half their brothers and uncles and grandfathers and dads used to arrest my brothers, but they're just such brave people and it's been an honor to work with them on the show and I can't wait for Season 2, i think it's going to be better than Season 1."

Check out the video for more from the interview.

In other Wahlberg-related reality show news, there may be a NKOTB TV show in the works.

TV Guide Network is proposing a series following the New Kids as they venture through the open seas on a cruise ship with some of their biggest fans, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Donnie will have his hand in producing this feature, too, reports the post.

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