Dorchester-bred triple threat Donnie Wahlberg spent most of Sunday morning in the North End, shooting scenes for the second season of “Boston’s Finest.” After he wrapped for the day, Wahlberg sat in his trailer on Cross Street and talked about what sets the reality series apart from others like it.
“We are the first show ever to go not only on the job with them but also into their lives to see what makes them tick, what drives them, what makes them want to do what they do,” said Wahlberg, who executive produces the reality series.
Wahlberg praised the Boston Police Department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings, and said he is glad that people are more familiar with the everyday heroics performed by the first responders of this city.
“I mean, it took a tragic event obviously for people to sort of get an awareness,” he said. “But now that that’s happened and the world knows more of them, I think it’s going to do wonders for this show.”
Not only is Wahlberg at the helm in the editing room for “Boston’s Finest,” he’s also gearing up for the fourth-season premiere of the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods,” he and his brothers are preparing to open a second Wahlburgers restaurant, in Canada, and he just finished touring with the New Kids on the Block in August.
When he isn’t working — which is rare — he said he spends a lot of time with his two sons and hangs out with fellow workaholic and girlfriend, “The View” cohost Jenny McCarthy.
“As far as personal life, I just make time. I am sort of a workaholic, but it helps to be hanging out with one. It makes it a little easier,” Wahlberg said of his relationship with McCarthy. “I went on ‘The View’ so that was one way to hang out. Maybe I’ll get her on ‘Blue Bloods’ and hang out there, maybe we’ll do some talk shows together. We’ll figure it out.” . . . In other “Boston’s Finest” news, Terrique Chambers, who was featured on the TNT show, hosted the inaugural Autism Crossfit event to benefit Autism Speaks on Saturday night. He and his wife, Scherlaine, who are advocating for the cause on behalf of their son Jaylen, were supported at the event by Teamsters Local 25 and “Boston’s Finest” friends such as Manny Canudo, Sjye Robinson, Myles Lawton, Greg McCormick, Greg Eunis, Winston DeLeon, Julio Perez, Jenn Penton, Jenn Powers, Brian Albert, and Kevin Albert.