‘Wahlburgers’ Premiere: 5 Things to Know About the Wahlberg Family's New Reality Show

'Wahlburgers' Premiere: 5 Things to Know About the Wahlberg Family's New Reality Show

A primer on the Artist Formerly Known as Marky Mark's latest venture

“Wahlburgers,” the new A&E reality series about Mark and Donnie Wahlberg‘s efforts to help their brother Paul with his restaurant business premiering Wednesday night, offers a new, more intimate look at the famous clan.

Here's a fistful of facts about the new series. Take notes.

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1. The Wahlbergs Are a Rags-to-Riches Story, Yo
Sure, these days Mark Wahlberg might be a star of the big screen, and Donnie Wahlberg is holding his own on the CBS drama “Blue Bloods.” But before that, and before even Donnie's meteoric rise to stardom in New Kids on the Block, there were some humble beginnings. “We had nothing,” family matriarch Alma says early on in the first “Wahlburgers” episode. “I didn't know if they knew they had nothing, but I didn't feel that way. I  thought we had everything.” School clothes were hand-me-downs, and Easter clothes were bought with loans — at one time, with the assistance of a loan shark,  Alma claims.

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2. Those Wahlberg Kids? Total Mama's Boys
Mark Wahlberg might cut an imposing figure on screen, but at the heart of it he and his brothers want nothing so much as to please Alma, and what she says goes.
“None of us do anything without our mama's backing,” Donnie emphasizes at one point. “She is the matriarch, she is the guiding light, man.” “You gotta listen to mom, gotta listen to what she says,” Paul notes, when his mother pushes an assistant — the daughter of one of her friends — on him.

3. We Meet the Real Johnny Drama
“Entourage” fans know Johnny Drama as the struggling actor and massage-parlour enthusiast portrayed by Kevin Dillon. But on “Wahlburgers,” the audience meets the man that the character is based on, who's known Mark since his teens. No, he doesn't remotely resemble Dillon.

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4. Donnie Wahlberg Likes Boobs as Much as the Next Guy
Well, he is dating Jenny McCarthy, after all. But when he discovers that Paul has named a burger after him called Donnie Double D, the former boy-bander protests. “I like boobs as much as the next guy, but I don't want it to be the name of my hamburger,” Wahlberg scoffs.

5. Mark Wahlberg Is Ambitious (Duh)
While Paul agonizes over opening a second location of his restaurant, emphasizing quality over quantity, the “Lone Survivor” scoffs at his brother's hemming and hawing, saying that he has bigger plans. “The plan was always to build a franchise, and Paul is very precious with every piece of meat that he flips, every piece of cheese that he lays on that burger, he wants it to be special. But I want to build multiple restaurants, and the train has left the station.” As if he really needs a ground-beef empire on top of his acting and producing success.

“Wahlburgers” is produced by 44 Blue Productions in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, and Donnie D Productions. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Donnie Wahlberg serve as exec producers, while the executive producers for 44 Blue are Rasha Drachkovitch and Jym Buss, and the executive producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham. The series premieres Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.

  • jackie

    Loved it..wish them luck with the ratings.

  • http://www.davids.com/ dhlawrencexvii

    Wasn't it Marky Mark, not Donnie, that was with NKOTB? The article says, “… and before even Donnie’s meteoric rise to stardom in New Kids on the Block, there were some humble beginnings…”

    • Chris

      Nope, Mark was never in the group, Donnie was.

      • NKOTB4eva

        Actually, Mark was a New Kid too but left before they got really big. He was replaced by another kid that Joey ultimately replaced. I know waaaaaaay to much abut NKOTB. Donnie has always been a NKOTB member.

  • Maryloo

    No, pretty sure it was Donny. My daughter loved them at the time. Then Mark got popular for other songs. But that was later. I get them confused too.

  • Luckie

    Donnie was in NKOTB and Mark was the lead singer for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

  • Retania Harmon

    I wish the best for Johnny if he us anything like his brothers Donnie and . His restaurant us going to be successful.and the shown iS going to be successful. Goodluck

    • Kathleen

      Who's Johnny, Retania?

  • Kathleen

    Watched the show last night. It was aired on the History channel. I fell in love with Paul and Alma! I believe it will be a huge success along with Wahlburgers! This article has a tone of sarcasm throughout–so a little envy on the part of the writer, hmmm?

  • Oceanside Gal

    I'm wondering where are the other siblings? How come they are not incorporated into the show or even mentioned besides in the showing opening segment?

  • Jeannie Barron

    I watched the episode where Donnie help Paul celebrate hi birthday. Donnie you moved me so. I grew up in a family of 6 kids and my dad divorce my mom. This was a special episode. Love your family.

  • abdwin000

    I love this show. A real sense of family and a morality that tv has been missing. Famous but not fame whores! I love this and duck dynasty. Can actually watch a show with my kids without thinking please dont turn out this way babies!

  • Cheryl thomas

    I love the show and watch it regularly and also watch blue bloods and love that and watch lone survivor what a terrific movie. Thanks wahlberg family for sharing your life with us. Cheryl in vancouver Washington

  • Jack Sparrow

    This punk Mark stabbed a Vietnamese guy in the eye and blinded him. And now he flies private jets??? He's a coke addict at age 13 and be arrested from the BP's 20x he's a loser…..

  • Raidergirl209

    I love it! Wasn't too much of a marky mark and the funky bunch(?) back in the day, but I love him as an actor, really good! He seems like a Great and funny person. And Donnie, let's just say I'm an old NKOTB fan. The show is real and I wish them all nothing but the best. However, I wish you had a Whalburgs in the Westcoast or at least close to my area. :)