Unlike his bothers Mark and Donnie, Paul Wahlberg is more likely to be behind a stove than in front of a camera.
Yet it’s a change that he’s quickly acclimated to with the new TV show Wahlburgers, premiering Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. on A&E.
“This is not anything I’ve ever been used to,” chef Paul Wahlberg said in a phone interview. “It’s been a challenge to keep moving with everything.”
A short teaser online showcases snapshots of the three Wahlberg brothers as they own and operate the Hingham-based Wahlburgers restaurant.
According to Paul Wahlberg, the show mainly highlights the Hingham locale, with mentions of expansion plans in Canada.
“[It’s] the day to day and the high jinks that go on with Mark and his buddies,” Wahlberg added. “… Right now, in the beginning, it’s about the business and all the stuff that goes on. Side stories revolve through each one.”
Mother Alma Wahlberg will appear in the show along with three of her sons, Wahlberg said. Numerous restaurant employees and even customers will also appear on screen.
Filming itself was sporadic. Crews would catch pieces of restaurant activity some days, and film lengthy interviews on others, Wahlberg said.
Yet in the two months since filming began, crews have already filmed majority of the show’s first season, Wahlberg said, leaving the chef to go back to his passion.
“The most important thing for me is the restaurant. Having them run and run properly,” Wahlberg said. “The other stuff is nice, but it’s a nice addition to the business. It’s a bit of a distraction.”
Though the kitchen may have been crowded during filming days, Wahlberg was complimentary of the crew. He added that it was nice to spend time with his brothers, even if, as executive producers of the show, they were in charge.
“They have been telling me what to do for a long time,” Wahlberg said with a laugh. “I do as I’m told, which is fine. It’s been a great experience.”
Unlike many Wahlberg movies, which often host premiers at the Hingham location, there aren’t any concrete plans for the premier of the TV show.
“I’ll probably be working,” Wahlberg joked.