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‘Black Cake’: Glynn Turman & Sonita Henry Join Hulu Drama(8/10/22) Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Sonita Henry (Krypton) are joining the cast of Black Cake, Hulu’s drama from Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Turman will play Charles Mitch, a successful lawyer in Newport Beach, Calif. whose top priority is to honor the final wishes of his dear friend and client Eleanor Bennett after she loses her battle to cancer. As Charles works with Eleanor’s family to complete her requests, he is persistent to keep the family together while simultaneously working through his own private grief. Turman is a series regular.
Henry will recur as Mabel Martin, a well renowned food expert, who enjoys a successful and quiet life with her son and her beloved parents. When her world is upended by a shattering revelation, she’ll be forced to question everything she has believed about her family, sending her down a path that ultimately cracks open the pandora’s box of her own secrets.
Other cast members include Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi, Adrienne Warren, Mia Isaac and Ashley Thomas.
Based on the book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California. Cerar wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner on the series, which spans decades.
In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, Eleanor Bennett, a widow in her 60s, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin.
Credits for Turman include the upcoming Percy Jackson series as well as the upcoming final season of Queen Sugar. Henry recently starred in in AMC series The Chelsea Detective.
Turman is repped by Innovative Artists and The Rosenzweig Group. Sonita Henry is represented by 42 and Glaser Weil.
6th Annual Black Reel Television Awards Nominations(6/16/22) Black Reel Awards annually recognize the excellence of African Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film and television industry.
Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series
Epic Rights Named Worldwide Licensing Agent for New Kids on the Block(6/14/22) On the heels of their latest release, the high-octane anthem “Bring Back The Time,” and their North American Mixtape Tour, legendary multi-platinum pop artists, New Kids on the Block “NKOTB,” have appointed Epic Rights as their global licensing agent to develop a global merchandise program worldwide.
Since the band first debuted in 1984, NKOTB, consisting of brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood, have sold more than 80 million records. To coincide with the tour and multiple initiatives, starting in 2022 through 2024, Epic Rights will develop a robust licensing program for the band across multiple categories, including apparel, footwear, accessories, gaming, spirits, home décor, collectibles, and more. Initial product launch for some categories will hit retail shelves in holiday 2022.
“New Kids on the Block is one of the most successful pop boy bands of all time with multiple #1 hits and legions of fans just as eager to engage with them today as when they first started,” stated Lisa Streff, SVP, Global Licensing, Epic Rights. “With the Mixtape 2022 tour starting in May; a cruise in October; and other initiatives in the works, we have endless opportunities to create a distinctive line of merchandise that represents the band, featuring retro nostalgia from the 80s and 90s as well as products that speak to who they are today. We are so excited to add New Kids on the Block to our roster of amazing artists.”
NKOTB’s Danny Wood stated: “We can’t wait to get back on the road this summer and perform for our fans, old and new! With all of the exciting plans we have coming, we wanted to create a unique, fresh, and memorable product line, and Epic Rights is the premiere agency for artists who want to develop merchandise lines that speak to their fans. We are thrilled to begin the process with Lisa and the team to bring all of our ideas to life!”
NKOTB will hit the stage on the MixTape Tour 2022 to perform fan favorite #1 hits like “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step” while tour mates Salt-N-Pepa (“Push It,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man”), Rick Astley (“Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Together Forever”) and En Vogue (“Don’t Let Go [Love],” “Free Your Mind,” “Give It Up, Turn It Loose,” “Hold On”) keep the party going with music that catapulted them to stardom and solidified their places in music history.
NKOTB has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide — including back-to-back international #1 songs, 1988’s Hangin’ Tough and 1990’s Step By Step — and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You,” “Step By Step” and “Tonight.” The group which started with humble Boston beginnings grew to shatter concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year, in sold out stadiums throughout the world. Since reuniting in 2007, NKOTB have toured consistently to sold out arenas, have sold nearly 4 million tickets and have doubled their crowd sizes. The Boston natives have been bestowed with their very own, “New Kids on the Block Day,” an honor not many can claim, and have played Fenway three times before. The group solidified their place in Hollywood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since reuniting and will continue representing Boston on their journey long into the future.
For more information on NKOTB, visit www.nkotb.com.
Percy Adds Five(6/2/22) Disney+’s Percy Jackson TV series has added Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Glynn Turman (Fargo), Timm Sharp (Enlightened) and Virginia Kull (Big Little Lies) to its cast in recurring guest-star roles, our sister site Variety reports.
CBS Fall 2022 Schedule(5/19/22) CBS has unveiled its fall schedule and while there’s a few changes, it’s largely business as usual.
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‘Married… With Children’ Animated Series With Original Cast Heats Up TV Marketplace(5/13/22) Another classic 1990s comedy is making a comeback. An animated revival of Married… with Children headlined by the original series’ stars Katey Sagal, Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate and David Faustino is being pitched to networks and streamers and is getting strong interest, sources tell Deadline.
The new take on the 1987 Fox sitcom is written by Family Guy executive producer Alex Carter, who serves as showrunner. Sony Pictures Television, which owns and distributes the original series, has been working on the animated project for over a year and closed deals with the quartet of Married… with Children stars before taking it out.
While it is unclear yet where the animated Married… with Children would land, Fox, Hulu and Peacock are considered logical destinations.
Married… with Children, which aired from 1987-97 on Fox, is a signature series for the network. Considered one of the most influential TV shows in pop culture, it was one of the first original scripted series on the then-fledgling network, which helped put it on the map and establish its edgy comedy brand. What’s more, adult animation is in Fox’s DNA, and the network has several animated family comedies, most notably juggernauts The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Meanwhile, Hulu and Peacock are streamers that carry the original series, and adding the new installment would enhance their current collection and bring new viewers to the old episodes too. In addition to finding audiences on streaming, Married.. with Children also remains popular in syndication.
One of the longest-running live-action comedy series on network television, Married… with Children aired for 11 seasons. Created by Michael G. Moye and the late Ron Leavitt, the show follows the Chicago lives of Al Bundy (O’Neill), a misogynistic women’s shoe salesman; his lazy wife, Peggy (Sagal); and their children, Kelly (Applegate) and Bud (Faustino).
Talk about a Married… with Children followup has been around for years, with reports six years ago about Faustino pitching an idea to Sony about a divorced and struggling Bud moving back in the old house with his ex-wife and his best friend while Al and Peg live in Vegas after winning the lottery. Titled Bud, the potential spinoff reportedly came close to reality, backed by the original co-creator Moye as executive producer/showrunner and Sony TV, but ultimately did not move forward over objections from the son of the other co-original creator, Levitt. The other original stars are said to have been supportive of that project but in interviews, they have largely dismissed the prospect of a full-blown Married… with Children revival because of their busy schedules.
Gradually, the idea for an animated series emerged as it easily accommodates actors’ existing commitments and still could feature some signature elements of the original series, like its famous theme song, Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage.” Sony TV recently took the same route with another classic sitcom in its catalog, Norman Lear’s Good Times, which has an animated version in the works at Netflix.
Ed O’Neill To Play Donald Sterling In FX Limited Series About Disgraced LA Clippers Owner(5/5/22) Ed O’Neill is set to star opposite Jacki Weaver and Laurence Fishburne in The Sterling Affairs. The Modern Family alum will play the title role in FX’s six-episode limited series about the downfall of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling amid the team’s drive to win a championship under coach Doc Rivers.
The Sterling Affairs is written by Gina Welch based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast reported and hosted by Ramona Shelburne. The series tells the behind-the-scenes story of Rivers (Fishburne) and the Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Sterling, whose notoriously racist behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60-plus years, Shelly Sterling (Weaver), and his mistress, V. Stiviano.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force is producing. The Sterling Affairs will be executive produced by Welch, Jacobson, Simpson and Shelburne. Kevin Bray will direct the first block and serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Nellie Reed of Color Force and Rembert Browne will serve as Producer. The series will be produced by FX Productions.
O’Neill is known for playing the patriarch in two hit family comedy series, Fox’s Married… with Children and ABC’s Modern Family. For his role as Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, which ran for 11 seasons, O’Neill earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series. He was recently seen in the independent feature The Last Shift for Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa opposite Richard Jenkins, which premiered at Sundance 2020. O’Neill is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Pasha Lynchnikoff guests on S.W.A.T. 5/15/22(5/5/22) “Zodiac” – When a home invasion turns deadly, the SWAT team embarks on a race to track down priceless antique artifacts before any more lives are lost. Also, Leroy (Michael Beach) enlists Hondo’s help after an overdose hits close to home, on the CBS Original series S.W.A.T., Sunday, May 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
GUEST CAST includes: Michael Beach (Leroy), Carl Lumbly (Saint), Lombardo Boyar (Det. Rios), Pasha Lynchnikoff (Maxim).
Glynn Turman guests on FBI: Most Wanted(4/28/22) “Greatest Hits” – The team searches for a murderer recreating the chilling killings of a notorious ‘80s mobster, on the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, May 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
GUEST CAST includes: Wendy Moniz (Judge April Brooks), Jacob Harran (Georgie), Glynn Turman (Terry Daniels).
CBS RENEWS HIT DRAMA “BLUE BLOODS” FOR 2022-2023(4/26/22) CBS announced today that the venerable hit drama BLUE BLOODS has been renewed for the 2022-2023 television season and will return for the show’s 13th year on the Network. Additional renewals will be announced in the coming weeks.
“America’s favorite first family of law enforcement is back for season 13,” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “The Reagans possess an incredible bond with audiences literally everywhere and on every platform. And in its 12th season, with over 250 episodes, BLUE BLOODS not only continues to dominate in the ratings but excels at an exceptionally high creative level. Led by the incomparable Tom Selleck, this amazing cast skillfully brings universal and relatable personal storylines to life week after week, while executive producer Kevin Wade and the skilled writing team craft compelling episodes featuring the show’s trademark mix of family dynamics and police work. We look forward to many more Reagan family dinners next season.”
BLUE BLOODS is the #4 broadcast series, averaging 9.81 million viewers. It’s also Friday’s #1 program and the time-period (10:00-11:00 PM) winner in viewers. BLUE BLOODS has amassed 5.1 billion potential social media impressions so far this season. The series originally premiered Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, and has always maintained its #1 position on Fridays at 10:00 PM.
Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray star. Kevin Wade, Ian Biederman, Brian Burns, Siobhan Byrne-O’Connor, Dan Truly and Tom Selleck serve as executive producers. BLUE BLOODS is produced by CBS Studios.
BLUE BLOODS joins the previously announced renewals of THE AMAZING RACE, BOB ? ABISHOLA, CSI: VEGAS, GHOSTS, NCIS, NCIS: HAWAI’I, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION, SURVIVOR, S.W.A.T., TOUGH AS NAILS and YOUNG SHELDON.
Pasha Lychnikoff guests on FBI: International 4/12/22(4/4/22) “Left of Boom” – The Fly Team lands in hot water when Vo is found at the scene where a Hungarian gambling regulator was murdered, on the CBS Original series FBI: INTERNATIONAL, Tuesday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
GUEST CAST includes: Pasha Lychnikoff (Paul Kovács), Andrew Pifko (LTC Ákos Valkó), Kadia Saraf (Legat Erin Padilla).
‘80 For Brady’: Glynn Turman, Bob Balaban, Ron Funches & Jimmy O. Yang Board Tom Brady Film From Paramount And Endeavor Content(3/17/22) Glynn Turman (Women of the Movement), Bob Balaban (The French Dispatch), Ron Funches (Undateable) and Jimmy O. Yang (Space Force) are the latest additions to the cast of the upcoming film 80 for Brady, from Paramount Pictures and Endeavor Content. They join an ensemble that includes 7-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady, as well as Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field and Sara Gilbert, as previously announced.
The film is inspired by the true story of four best friends and New England Patriots fans who take a life-changing trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play, and the chaos that ensues as they navigate the wilds of the biggest sporting event in the country. Details with regard to the characters the newest additions to the cast will be playing have not been disclosed.
Kyle Marvin, who co-wrote and starred in Sony Pictures Classics’ The Climb, and is currently starring in Apple TV+’s WeCrashed, is directing. Marvin and partner Michael Covino wrote the latest draft of the script, from a draft by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins (Booksmart). Endeavor Content (The Lost Daughter, Cha Cha Real Smooth) developed the film with Brady and Academy Award winner Donna Gigliotti (Hidden Figures), with Paramount Pictures acquiring worldwide rights last month. Gigliotti and Endeavor Content are producing with Brady through his production company, 199 Productions, with Marvin and Covino exec producing under their Watch This Ready banner, alongside Jeff Stott.
Turman is an Emmy winner who currently stars in ABC’s historical miniseries Women of the Movement. He also recently starred in George C. Wolfe’s Oscar-winning Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the fourth season of FX’s Fargo. The actor will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix anthology series Cabinet of Curiosities, George C. Wolfe’s feature drama Rustin, Michael J. White’s comedic Western The Outlaw Johnny Black and Charles Murray’s thriller The Devil You Know. He’s also previously appeared in films including The Way Back, Bumblebee, John Dies at the End, Super 8, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Gremlins. Additional TV credits include Power and Power Book II: Ghost, Black-ish, Mr. Mercedes, Claws, How to Get Away with Murder, Graves, Queen Sugar, House of Lies, In Treatment and The Wire.
Balaban is an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee who most recently featured in Netflix’s Space Force, Paramount+’s animated series The Harper House, Netflix’s The Chair and Wes Anderson’s Searchlight pic The French Dispatch. He’s a frequent collaborator of Anderson’s, having also appeared in his features Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs, and of Christopher Guest’s, having starred in his films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Waiting for Guffman and Mascots. The actor has also appeared in such films as An L.A. Minute, The Monuments Men, Girl Most Likely, Howl, No Reservations, Lady in the Water, Capote, The Majestic, Gosford Park, Ghost World, Deconstructing Harry, Clockwatchers, Alice, Altered States and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Additional TV credits include Condor, The Politician, Broad City, Wormwood, Show Me a Hero and Seinfeld.
Funches is an actor, writer and stand-up comic who will next be seen in Disney+’s remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. He’s previously featured in such films as The One and Only Ivan, Sylvie’s Love, 6 Underground, Trolls and Trolls 2: World Tour, Once Upon a Time in Venice and Get Hard, appearing on the TV side in Bob’s Burgers, The Great North, A.P. Bio, Black-ish, Harley Quinn, Powerless, Drunk History, Undateable, Kroll Show and more.
Yang is a comedian, writer and actor perhaps best known for his turns as Dr. Chan Kaifang in Space Force, Jian Yang in HBO’s Silicon Valley and Bernard Tai in Crazy Rich Asians. He’s also previously appeared in films including Love Hard, The Opening Act, Fantasy Island, Like a Boss, The Happytime Murders, Juliet, Naked, El Camino Christmas and Patriots Day, appearing on the TV side in Fresh Off the Boat and more. He’ll next be seen in Jo Koy’s Universal film Easter Sunday, John Hamburg’s comedy Me Time and Anthony Stacchi’s animated pic The Monkey King.
Turman is represented by SMS Talent and The Rosenzweig Group; Balaban by Paradigm; Funches by CAA, Truhett Management and Cohen & Gardner; and Yang by CAA, Artists First and Schreck Rose Dapello.
'Reservoir Dogs' star Michael Madsen arrested for trespassing on private property(2/24/22) Michael Madsen was arrested for trespassing on a private property in Malibu.
The 64-year-old actor was led from his Los Angeles home in handcuffs for trespassing on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told DailyMail.com.
Law enforcement officials claimed that a local unnamed property owner had attempted to make a citizen’s arrest for trespassing and before getting in touch with the police, with the ‘Reservoir Dogs’ star being arrested shortly after 9 p.m. EST.
Records on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website show he was arrested on Thursday, with bail was set to $500, and that the acclaimed actual eventually being released on Thursday at around 7 a.m. EST.
Michael’s arrest comes just weeks after it emerged that his son Hudson – who had had recently completed his first tour in the U.S. Army and had a “strong” marriage with wife Carlie – died at the age of 26 in a “suspected suicide.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu said: “I can confirm Hudson Lee Madsen, 26, died by a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu.”
At the time, Michael said: “I am in shock as my son, whom I just spoke with a few days ago, said he was happy — my last text from him was ‘I love you dad’. I didn’t see any signs of depression. It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.
“He had typical life challenges that people have with finances, but he wanted a family. He was looking towards his future, so it’s mind blowing. I just can’t grasp what happened.”
‘Wahlburgers’ Reality Series Heads To AXS TV(2/1/22) AXS TV has acquired all 10 seasons of Wahlburgers, the Emmy-nominated reality series that aired on A&E from 2014-2019. Starring Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, Wahlburgers will premiere Sunday, February 27, with episodes airing weekly in a four-hour block, from 7 pm to 11 pm ET.
Wahlburgers takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the country’s most high-profile restaurant chains, as acclaimed chef Paul Wahlberg works to build a burger empire with the help of his own personal entourage led by his talented brothers Mark and Donnie, and their beloved mother Alma. The series provides an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of the Wahlberg clan as they balance busy kitchen life with the pressures of international expansion, menu innovation, and a side of friendly family drama. Despite the trials and tribulations of running a major chain, the Wahlberg boys keep their trademark charm and sincere love for each other intact—proving that the only thing thicker than the burgers is the brothers’ unbreakable bond.
The Wahlbergs were joined by numerous famous friends and celebrities over the years, including NFL greats Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman; actress, comedienne and host and Donnie’s wife, Jenny McCarthy; Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr; country music star John Rich; former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez; pro race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; golf great Bubba Watson; entertainers Joey Fatone and Penn & Teller; Entourage star Adrian Grenier; and New Kids On The Block members Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood.
The show received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program during its run.
Wahlburgers replaces The Top Ten Revealed and Rock Legends, which have been airing Sunday nights on AXS TV and will wrap their seasons on February 20.
“This series captured an incredible moment for us as a family, and we all had such a great time getting to share our love for this business and each other with the world,” Mark Wahlberg said. “Wahlburgers resonated with so many people during its run, and it is still humbling to see how warmly viewers have embraced all the fun, drama, and craziness that make our dynamic so special. We are proud to have the show join AXS TV’s lineup, and look forward to welcoming their audience into the Wahlburgers family.”
“Looking back at this show is like exploring a time capsule that contains so many important memories for our family,” Donnie Wahlberg said. “It means a lot to us, and I know it’s come to mean a great deal to many viewers, as well. They can relate to the drama and dysfunction, but they also relate to the love and the humor that we all have for each other. It’s a really special thing, and I feel honored that we were able to touch so many lives. I hope AXS TV’s viewers have as much fun reliving these unforgettable moments as we did making them.”
“The Wahlbergs are one of entertainment’s most beloved families, amassing loyal fans across the realms of films, food, television, and music,” said Sarah Weidman, Head of Programming, Development and Multi-Platform Content for AXS TV. “Despite the success they have achieved, they are still the same humble boys from Boston at heart, and that undeniable charm shines throughout the hit Wahlburgers series. This show is the perfect complement to our programming roster, and I am confident our viewers are going to enjoy watching it on Sunday nights.”
Wahlburgers was produced for A&E Network by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. Executive producers include Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Donnie Wahlberg, 44 Blue’s Rasha Drachkovitch, David Hale and Sara Quick and A&E’s Devon Graham Hammonds.
Michael Madsen’s son Hudson dead in ‘suspected suicide’: report(1/25/22) Michael Madsen’s son, Hudson Madsen, has died at 26 in a “suspected suicide,” authorities told The Sun on Monday.
The outlet reports that the 26-year-old was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Hawaii’s island of Oahu.
“I can confirm Hudson Lee Madsen, 26, died by a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu,” a spokeswoman for the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu told The Sun.
Hudson was the godson of Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino. His father, Michael, 64, and Tarantino, 58, have collaborated on multiple films together, including “Reservoir Dogs” and the two-part “Kill Bill.”
Michael is also dad to sons Calvin, 25, and Luke, 16, whom he shares with his wife, “The Price of Air” actress DeAnna Madsen.
He also shares son Christian, 31, and Max, 27, with ex Jeannine Bisignano.
Hudson’s Facebook profile indicated that he lived in Wahiawa, Hawaii, with his wife, Carlie. According to photos posted to his social media pages, he served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Afghanistan.
A source told The Sun that Hudson’s mother, DeAnna, 61, was traveling to Hawaii to deal with the tragedy.
Chicago native Madsen was the subject of a biopic, “American Badass: A Michael Madsen Retrospective,” released in 2021 from Playmaker Pictures. Tarantino, John Travolta and Daryl Hannah are featured.
A rep for Michael Madsen did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Cinedigm Acquires Horror Pic ‘Incarnation’ Starring Taye Diggs, Jessica Uberuaga & Michael Madsen(1/12/22) Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to the horror film Incarnation starring Taye Diggs (All American, House on Haunted Hill), Jessica Uberuaga (Take Back) and Michael Madsen (Species, Hell Ride), with plans to release it in theaters and on VOD on February 18.
The first feature from director Isaac Walsh picks up with the young couple of Brad (Diggs) and Jess (Uberuaga) as they move to Los Angeles in search of a better life. When they stumble upon a hidden real estate gem, managed by the laid-back landlord Peter (Madsen), they are elated by their turn of fortune. But their ideal home is hiding a secret far more sinister than they could have ever imagined, for the very walls are alive with an ancient evil, and they soon learn that greed comes with a hefty price.
In the film written by Walsh and Tyler Clair Smith, Madsen takes over a role that was originally to have been played by Mickey Rourke. Mike Hatton produced the project, with Diggs and Uberuaga exec producing alongside Garrett Zinke, Ryan McDonald, Martin Andrew Lyon, Glen D Smith, Gary Smith, Gary Smith Jr, Asko Akopyan, Sandra Siegal, Eric Brenner, Lake Garner, Jerry Tankersley, Grant Guthrie and Michael Walker.
“The best horror movies tap into our basic human fears and desires. With ever-mounting suspense and surprising plot twists, Incarnation explores the nature of greed and how, if left unchecked, it can manifest into deadly consequences for an unsuspecting couple in their very own home,” said Cinedigm’s Chief Content Officer, Yolanda Macias. “We look forward to audiences experiencing this terrifying tale, led by the exceptional Taye Diggs, in theaters and on digital this February.”
“This project came together under extreme conditions during the height of the pandemic and I am proud of the work we accomplished,” added Walsh. “I couldn’t be more pleased with Cinedigm’s expertise in the genre and I’m grateful they’re releasing my debut feature.”
Cinedigm is an entertainment company founded in 2000 that also recently acquired North American rights to Boon—the sequel to the Neal McDonough thriller Red Stone, which it released last month in theaters and on VOD.
Cinedigm’s Vice President of Acquisitions Melody Fowler negotiated the deal to acquire Incarnation with Eoghan Burke, Vice President of Sales on behalf of 101 Films International, an Amcomri Entertainment Company.
AARP The Magazine Movies For Grownups Award Nominees(1/11/22) Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Jared Leto (House of Gucci), Timothy Spall (Spencer), David Strathairn (Nightmare Alley)
‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Renewed For Season 8, Kim Dickens Returns As Series Regular(12/6/21) AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead has been picked up for an eighth season, the network announced Sunday night on Talking Dead following the Season 7 fall finale of The Walking Dead spinoff. Popular former cast member Kim Dickens, who played Madison Clark in Seasons 1 through 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, is set to return. She will make her first appearance in the second half of Season 7, which debuts April 17, and will continue as a series regular in Season 8.
“If there were a Mt. Deadmore, Kim Dickens’ face would be on it. Madison Clark is a foundational character to TWDU — heroic, complex, an everyperson who becomes a warrior and then a force of benevolence,” said Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead Universe. “Kim Dickens’ raw talent, strength, and brilliance will electrify TWDU once more and we couldn’t be luckier to have her back.”
Fear the Walking Dead will join AMC’s biggest lineup of original programming ever in 2022, which also includes the final season of mothership The Walking Dead.
In the second half of Season 7, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that, has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for Padre, a mythical place no one is sure really exists. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey,) now the reluctant leader to Teddy’s former followers, is plagued by a mysterious illness and the repercussions of her past actions. Morgan (Lennie James,) trying to maintain hope that he will be reunited with his family, knows Alicia is key to their survival. With Alicia declaring war, Strand’s paranoia and personal vendettas grow, and with that, new threats emerge from all sides.
Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and is produced by AMC Studios.
Here is a Season 7 Part 2 promo: Video.
2021 American Music Awards: Kane Brown, New Kids on the Block and More to Perform(11/11/21) Even more star power is expected at the 2021 American Music Awards!
On Wednesday, it was announced that the ceremony is introducing a new segment called My Hometown that will have artists show fans where they were raised. Participating in the segment is 15-time AMA winner Carrie Underwood, who will join fellow 2021 nominee Jason Aldean for a special performance of their duet, “If I Didn’t Love You,” while also showcasing their hometown influence and Southern roots.
Additionally, five-time AMA winner Kane Brown will perform at Tennessee State University (TSU), a notable HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Brown will give fans a look into his Tennessee and Georgia roots and personal musical journey as an artist, culminating in a performance of his hit, “One Mississippi” at TSU.
And over in Boston, Massachusetts, the AMAs will have New Edition and New Kids on the Block sharing the stage for the very first time. Two-time AMA winners New Edition will make a much-anticipated return having last performed at the AMAs in 1997, while this will mark the return of two-time AMA winners New Kids on the Block, who last performed on the show in 2010.
But they won't be the only big-time artists at the AMAs. BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Bad Bunny and Megan Thee Stallion are all set to perform at this year's awards ceremony.
AMA winners BTS and Megan Thee Stallion, who are both up for three AMAs this year, will deliver the world premiere performance of their hit single, "Butter." The K-Pop group last performed at the AMAs in 2020 from Korea.
Rodrigo, who leads this year with seven nominations, is making her AMAs debut, while Bad Bunny returns to the AMAs for the world premiere performance of “Lo Siento BB:/.” The Latin superstar is nominated for five awards this year, and last performed "I Like It" at the AMAs in 2018 alongside J Balvin and Cardi B, who is hosting this year's awards show.
"When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited," Cardi shared in a statement announcing her hosting duties. "I'm ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this happen."
Check out all of this year's nominees, here. The 2021 American Music Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. It will air live on ABC and will stream the next day on Hulu.
‘Women Of The Movement’: ABC Sets Premiere Date, Shares Preview Clip For Limited Series(10/21/21) (Video) Women of the Movement is set to make its ABC debut in the new year.
ABC revealed that the limited series from creator-writer Marissa Jo Cerar will premiere Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Inspired by the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson, the six-episode limited series is set in 1955. It centers on Mamie Till-Mobley (Adrienne Warren), who risks her life to find justice after her son Emmett (Cedric Joe) is brutally murdered in the Jim Crow South. Unwilling to let Emmett’s murder disappear from the headlines, Mamie chooses to bear her pain on the world stage, emerging as an activist for justice and igniting the Civil Rights movement as we know it today.
The series also features Glynn Turman, Chris Joy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Tonya Pinkins, Ray Fisher and Timothy Hutton.
Women of the Movement is produced by Kapital Entertainment. Cerar serves as executive producer and showrunner. Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr., Dr. Marvel Parker, Ms. Ollie Gordon and Christopher Benson serve as consultants for the series. Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann (Kapital Entertainment) executive produce with Shawn Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (Roc Nation), Will Smith and James Lassiter (Westbrook), Rosanna Grace (Serendipity Group Inc.), Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton (Middleton Media Group), David Clark (Mazo Partners) and Gina Prince-Bythewood.
ABC also shared a new preview clip for the upcoming series, watch it above.
NKOTB to headline 2022 ‘MixTape’ tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue(10/4/21) Babies of the ’80s will be flocking to this new tour step by step, ooh baby.
Generation X is about to get their fill of nostalgia when New Kids On the Block comes back on tour next year.
The pop band will be taking the stage alongside ’80s and ’90s musical icons Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue for the Live Nation-produced “MixTape Tour 2022.”
The four acts will tour 55 cities across the nation starting in May 2022.
“We had a blast out on the first MixTape Tour in 2019, and can’t wait to take it to another level with our fans on the MixTape Tour 2022,” NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement. “Just like a mixtape, these shows are going to take audiences through all the emotions. To be able to have Salt-N-Pepa come back and now also have the iconic and legendary Rick Astley and En Vogue join the tour… we could not be more excited. Let’s GO!”
NKOTB appeared on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Monday with Astley, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue to announce the tour. The boy band last embarked on a MixTape Tour in 2019 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The concert also featured Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson as the other acts.
Concertgoers will be front and center to a bevvy of hits including “Hangin’ Tough,” “Step By Step” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff) from NKOTB, “Push It,” “Shoop,” and “Whatta Man” from Salt-N-Pepa and “Free Your Mind,” “Give It Up, Turn It Loose,” “Don’t Let Go (Love)” by En Vogue and Rick Astley’s hits “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Hold Me In Your Arms” and “Together Forever.”
The full list of tour dates for 2022 include:
Tuesday, May 10 Cincinnati, OH
Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
‘The Proud Family’ Revival Sets Lizzo, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Nas X & More As Guest Stars; Asante Blackk And Others To Recur(9/15/21) (Video Promo) Disney+ has set a stacked cast of guest stars and new recurring talent for The Proud Family revival Louder and Prouder, in commemoration of the original animated series’ 20th anniversary.
The guest-starring voice cast for the series set to launch on Disney+ in 2022 will feature A-listers from the worlds of music, film, TV and sports including Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Chance the Rapper, Normani, Leslie Odom Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, Debbie Allen, James Pickens Jr., Courtney B. Vance, Jane Lynch, Marsai Martin, Jaden Smith, Glynn Turman, Lamorne Morris, Brenda Song, Tina Knowles, Eva Longoria, Holly Robinson Peete, Al Roker, Bretman Rock, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Dominique Dawes, among others.
New recurring stars announced today include Asante Blackk (This Is Us) as Penny’s boyfriend, Kareem; rapper Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Maya’s gamer brother, Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins; Raquel Lee Bolleau (Real Husbands of Hollywood), who will reprise her role as Nubia Gross; and Marcus T. Paulk (Red Tails), who reprises his role as Penny’s classmate, Myron.
Airing on Disney Channel between 2001 and 2005, The Proud Family followed the misadventures of teenager Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) and her numerous eccentric family members. Louder and Prouder is currently in production at Disney Television Animation and will of course pick up the story of its central character, as it catches up with her parents Oscar (Tommy Davidson) and Trudy (Paula Jai Parker), her twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, her grandmother Suga Mama (JoMarie Payton) and dog Puff, and members of her loyal crew including Dijonay Jones (Karen Malina White), LaCienega Boulevardez (Alisa Reyes) and Zoey Howzer (Soleil Moon Frye), among others.
Other original cast members reprising their roles, as previously announced, are Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Mencia, Maria Canals-Barrera and Alvaro Gutierrez. Additional recurring cast members new to the world of The Proud Family include Keke Palmer, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and EJ Johnson.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is executive produced by Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, who served in the same capacity on the original series. Jan Hirota is producing, with Calvin Brown, Jr. serving as co-executive producer and story editor, and Eastwood Wong as art director.
All seasons of The Proud Family are currently available for streaming on Disney+. For a look at a 20th anniversary featurette unveiled by the streamer today, in which Louder and Prouder stars reflect on their draw to the original series, click above.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix Anthology Series Sets Essie Davis, Luke Roberts, Andrew Lincoln, F. Murray Abraham, Glynn Turman & Others To Star, Gets New Title(9/2/21) Netflix has announced cast members — along with the writers and directors — for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, its anthology series from the Oscar winner that’s set for next year.
Essie Davis, Luke Roberts, Andrew Lincoln, F. Murray Abraham, Glynn Turman, Ben Barnes, Elpidia Carrillo, Hannah Galway, Crispin Glover, Demetrius Grosse, David Hewlett, Tim Blake Nelson, Sebastian Roché, and Peter Weller have joined the cast. Other cast members are TBA. Panos Cosmatos, Jennifer Kent and Vincenzo Natali will write and direct single episodes of the series, which has been retitled from Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
See the list of confirmed episode actors, scribes and helmers below.
Production has begun in Toronto on creator, EP and co-showrunner del Toro’s collection of live-action stories that Netflix says is meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror. From macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque or classically creepy, the eight sinister tales — including two original works by del Toro — will be brought to life by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by the Shape of Water filmmaker.
Additional episode directors include Ana Lily Amirpour, Catherine Hardwicke, Guillermo Navarro, David Prior and Keith Thomas, and writers include Haley Z. Boston, Regina Corrado, David S. Goyer, Lee Patterson, Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Mika Watkins.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is created and executive produced by del Toro and executive produced by Oscar winner J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water), who also serves as co-showrunner, and Gary Ungar. Regina Corrado serves as co-EP.
Here is the list of cast and creatives set for Cabinet of Curiosities, along with the actors’ credits:
- Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life) star in an episode written (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro) and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
- Amadeus Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Luke Roberts (Ransom) will appear in an episode written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) (based on a short story by Michael Shea), and directed by David Prior (The Empty Man).
- Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Elpidia Carrillo (Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear The Walking Dead) and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle) star in an episode written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood; The Strain) (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro); and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)
- Crispin Glover (River’s Edge) and Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone) star in an episode written by Lee Patterson (Curve) (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) and directed by Keith Thomas (Firestarter)
- Peter Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness) stars in an episode directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), who also writes along with Aaron Stewart-Ahn
- Mika Watkins (Origin) writes an episode (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight); with cast to be announced
- David Hewlett (See) cast in an episode written (based on a short story by Henry Kuttner) and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal)
- Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor) serves as writer of an episode (based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll) directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) with cast to be confirmed.
‘Behind the Music’ Trailer: Duran Duran, New Kids on the Block, Bret Michaels Join Doc Series(6/23/21) (Video - USA Only) Paramount+ has released the trailer for its upcoming “Behind the Music” reboot, unveiling an even bigger lineup of musicians for the documentary series.
As the trailer reveals, Duran Duran, New Kids on the Block and Bret Michaels will get the “Behind the Music” treatment, joining previously announced performers Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, LL Cool J, Huey Lewis, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe.
The new series comes more than two decades after VH1’s original “Behind the Music” premiered in 1997. Each episode included one-on-one interviews documenting a different musician’s rise to fame and the hardships they faced along the way.
In the trailer for the 2021 reboot, which you can view above, “Behind the Music” offers even more personal reflections on the emotional twists and turns artists face in the music industry. The trailer teases insights on Fat Joe’s “painful betrayal,” while Lopez warns, “You are about to go on a ride you are not ready for.”
The first installment of the season will feature the episodes centered on Martin, LL Cool J, Lewis, Busta Rhymes, Duran Duran, New Kids on the Block, Michaels and Fat Joe. The second half of the series will include Lopez’s episode, as well as “other superstar names to be released at a later date,” according to Paramount+.
“Behind the Music” premieres on July 29 with two episodes featuring Martin and LL Cool J. The remaining episodes will be released every subsequent Thursday on Paramount+. Check out the new trailer above.
Alma Wahlberg Dies: Mother To Mark And Donnie Wahlberg Was 78(4/18/21) Alma Wahlberg, mother to actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a regular on the A&E reality series Wahlburgers, has died from an undisclosed illness. She was 78 and her death was confirmed Sunday on social media by her sons, although her date of death was not clarified.
Alma Wahlberg grew up in the Dorchester area of Boston and married Donald E. Wahlberg in 1965. They had nine children and she also worked as a bank clerk and nurse’s aide. Alma and Donald divorced in 1982, and Donald died in 2008.
She became a public figure as a regular on the family’s reality show, Wahlburgers, which ran for 10 seasons from 2014 to 2019. She was featured in 27 episodes of the show, which focused on the family’s restaurant business. Alma was a greeter and hostess at her sons’ restaurants, including Paul’s Alma Nove, which was named after her.
“My angel. Rest in peace,” Mark, 49, wrote on Instagram with a photo of his mother in healthier times.
“It’s time to rest peacefully, mom,” Donnie, 51, wrote in a long post alongside a video obituary. “I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always.”
No information on survivors or a memorial was immediately available.
CBS Renews 5 Series, Including S.W.A.T., Blue Bloods and Magnum P.I.(4/15/21) CBS issued a flurry of early renewals on Thursday — five of ’em in total. Among the series scoring pickups: Blue Bloods (for Season 12), S.W.A.T. (for Season 5), Magnum P.I. (for Season 4) and Bull (for Season 6).
And as we reported here, NCIS will also be returning for a 19th season.
They join previously renewed dramas The Equalizer (for Season 2), FBI (Season 4) and FBI: Most Wanted (Season 3), as well as comedies Bob Hearts Abishola (Season 3), The Neighborhood (Season 4) and Young Sheldon (Seasons 5-7).
CBS series still on the bubble include All Rise, B Positive, Clarice, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Team, The Unicorn and United States of Al
Meanwhile, CBS is getting ready to bid farewell to Mom, NCIS: New Orleans and MacGyver. The cancellation of MacGyver — which was announced on April 7 — caught some by surprise, given CBS’ penchant for sticking with its reboots long-term. The final episode airs on April 30 and finds Mac and Riley (played by Lucas Till and Tristin Mays) waking up in a corn field with no memory of how they got there. The twosome then must unravel the mystery to find who took them and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, “no matter the cost.”
‘The Good Nurse’: Noah Emmerich & Kim Dickens Join Jessica Chastain & Eddie Redmayne Netflix Thriller(4/2/21) The Americans Critics Choice Award-winning actor and SAG Ensemble nominee Noah Emmerich and Fear the Walking Dead‘s Kim Dickens are boarding the Netflix feature thriller The Good Nurse.
The pic, which stars Jessica Chastain, Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Nnamdi Asomugha, tells the true story of nurse Charlie Cullen, who is widely believed to be the most prolific serial killer in recorded history, and his coworker who brought him to justice. Redmayne plays Cullen in what is Tobias Lindholm’s English-language feature directorial debut. The script is by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, based on the book by Charles Graeber. Denmark native Lindholm recently directed and wrote The Investigation for HBO Max and co-wrote Another Round, which is nominated for two Oscars. He previously directed and wrote A War, which received an Oscar nom for Best Foreign Language Film. Protozoa Pictures’ Scott Franklin and Darren Aronofsky and FilmNation Entertainment are producing.
Emmerich, in addition to playing FBI lawman Stan Beeman for six seasons on FX’s The Americans, also starred in the Netflix miniseries The Spy. He won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards for The Americans and was nominated in the same category in 2013. He also shared a SAG Ensemble nomination for TV Drama for the FX series. The actor is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Dickens co-starred in 2014’s Gone Girl and currently is shooting The In Between with Joey King for Paramount+. Along with AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, she also starred in Treme, recurred on Deadwood, House of Cards and Sons of Anarchy and currently can be seen in Robin Wright’s feature directorial debut Land. She is represented by Gersh and Anonymous.
‘Where The Crawdads Sing’: David Strathairn Joins Film Adaptation For 3000 Pictures, Hello Sunshine And Sony(3/17/21) Oscar nominated actor David Strathairn will join Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson in 3000 Pictures and Hello Sunshine’s film adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing, based on Delia Owens’ best-selling novel. Set up at Sony, the film is being directed by Olivia Newman from a screenplay written by Oscar-nominated scribe Lucy Alibar.
The story takes place in Mid-20th Century South and centers on Kya, a young woman who is abandoned by her family and has to raise herself all alone in the marshes outside of her small town. However, when her former boyfriend is found dead, Kya is thrust into the spotlight, instantly branded by the local townspeople and law enforcement as the prime suspect for his murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing for Hello Sunshine with Elizabeth Gabler, Erin Siminoff and Aislinn Dunster are overseeing the project for 3000 Pictures.
Selling nearly 8.5 million copies worldwide, Owen’s debut novel has spent an astonishing 124 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and has topped The New York Times Fiction Bestsellers of 2019 and 2020 for 54 non-consecutive weeks.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book in August 2018.
Strathairn most recently starred opposite Frances McDormand in Chloe Zhao’s critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated film Nomadland. He was Academy Award nominated for his portrayal of CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck and most recently recurred on Showtime’s Billions and starred opposite Peter Sarsgaard in series Interrogation. He will next be seen in Guillermo del Torro’s Nightmare Alley starring Bradley Cooper.
He’s repped by ICM Partners and Ryan Entertainment.
Sissy Spacek & Ed O’Neill To Star In ‘Lightyears’ Amazon Sci-Fi Drama Series(3/1/21) Oscar winner Sissy Spacek and three-time Emmy-nominated Modern Family star Ed O’Neill are set as the leads in Amazon’s sci-fi drama Lightyears, from writer Holden Miller and producer Daniel C. Connolly. Argentinian director Juan José Campanella will direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the series, a co-production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television. It’s scheduled to begin filming later this year.
This marks O’Neill’s return to TV following the end of Modern Family’s 11-season run last spring.
Written by Miller, Lightyears follows Franklin and Irene York, played by O’Neill and Spacek, a couple who years ago discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret ever since, but when an enigmatic young man enters their lives, the Yorks’ quiet existence is quickly upended…and the mysterious chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined.
Spacek’s Irene is a retired English teacher with a thoughtful, magnetic presence. As her health fades, Irene’s life with her husband Franklin increasingly revolves around visits to the chamber. For decades they’ve kept the chamber a secret, with Irene obsessing about the deeper meaning of their discovery.
Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen serve as executive producers, and Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Philip Martin (The Crown) also joins as executive producer and a producing director.
O’Neill’s Franklin is a former woodworker with a charmingly grumpy demeanor. After more than 50 years of marriage, Franklin still has a powerful devotion to his wife but doesn’t share her fascination with the chamber, a secret which weighs heavily on him. For her sake, he is willing to endure its presence in their lives, but his patience is wearing thin.
Spacek, who won an Oscar for her performance as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, most recently appeared on the big screen in The Old Man and the Gun and on television in recurring roles on Amazon’s Homecoming, Netflix’s Bloodline, HBO’s Big Love and Stephen King/J.J. Abrams’ Hulu series Castle Rock. Spacek is repped by MGMT Entertainment and UTA.
While he is best known for the two comedy series he starred in, Married… with Children and Modern Family, O’Neill has done extensive dramatic work on TV in such series as John From Cincinnati, The West Wing, Dragnet and Big Apple. O’Neill earned three Emmy nominations for his most recent TV role as patriarch Jay Pritchett on the long-running ABC comedy series Modern Family. He most recently was seen in indie feature The Last Shift, for Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa opposite Richard Jenkins, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Australia’s AACTA International Awards Nominations(2/12/21) The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the nominees for its 10th AACTA International Awards. Held in Los Angeles, the AACTA International Awards will produce a highlights package of acceptance speeches which will be available to watch on AACTA’s YouTube channel on March 6 Australia time and March 5 Pacific.
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor in Film
BAFTA Unveils Longlists For 2021 Film Awards(2/4/21) Nominations will be unveiled on March 9. The ceremony is scheduled for April 11, with its exact form still being decided as the pandemic situation rolls on.
SAG Awards Nominations(2/4/21) After today’s noms, final voting by the guild’s eligible members begins February 16 and runs through March 30. This year’s SAG Awards will air live Sunday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT simulcast on TNT and TBS.
Cast in a Motion Picture
DA 5 BLOODS
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
NAACP Image Awards Nominations(2/2/21) The nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are officially in.
Set to simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. ET, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across TV, music, film and literature.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
‘Queen Of The South’: Pasha Lychnikoff Joins Season 5 Of USA Series(2/1/21) Pasha Lychnikoff is set for a recurring role on the fifth season of USA’s Queen of the South, and also has joined David Leitch’s upcoming action thriller Bullet Train. Season 5 of Queen of the South is currently in production and is slated to return this spring.
Starring Alice Braga, Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.
Lychnikoff will play Kostya. Military bearing beneath his Saville Row suit, Kostya exudes power and confidence. Vicious, calculating and extremely dangerous, he is a man who watches his surroundings with icy intensity. An underworld oligarch and a war criminal, an enemy of the state, funneling billions into the Cold War Redux, he’s wanted by the CIA. However, he’s been a ghost – and so far – he’s been untouchable. A chess master playing many games at once in his head, he has remained out of reach. Kostya is insidiously ingenious and extremely deadly.
David T. Friendly serves as executive producer of the series alongside executive producers and co-showrunners Dailyn Rodriguez and Ben Lobato. The series is co-produced by 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios, and UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Lynchnikoff also has joined the ensemble cast of Leitch’s Bullet Train, based on Kotaro Isaka’s novel Maria Beetle, alongside Brad Pitt, Joey King and Lady Gaga. His other credits include Deadwood, Shameless, A Good Day to Die Hard, Ray Donovan and Siberia. His Lionsgate/Starz International show, Insomnia came out in January on Crackle in the U.S. He’s repped by Stewart Talent and Industry Entertainment.
Spirit Awards Nominations(1/27/21) BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Colman Domingo, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Orion Lee, First Cow
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Benedict Wong, Nine Days
Critics Choice Award Nominations(12/21/20) The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards unveiled its TV series nominees on Monday.
The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. March 7 on the CW, with Taye Diggs is set to return as host for a third time.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Daveed Diggs – The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
L.A. Film Critics Association Awards(12/21/20) Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Glynn Turman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Runner-up: Paul Raci, SOUND OF METAL.
‘Women Of The Movement’: Glynn Turman To Co-Star In ABC Limited Series(12/9/20) Emmy winner Glynn Turman has joined the cast of ABC’s limited series Women of the Movement, from creator-writer Marissa Jo Cerar and a producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan.
The six-episode limited series, set to premiere in 2021, centers on Mamie Till-Mobley (Adrienne Warren), who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till (Cedric Joe), following his brutal killing in the Jim Crow South.
Turman will play Mose Wright, Emmett Till’s great uncle. A sharecropper, minister, and proud family man, Mose’s testimony during Emmett’s murder trial was noted among the bravest moments of the Civil Rights Movement; it was one of the first times, if not the first, a Black man stood in open court in the South and accused a white man of a crime.
Niecy Nash co-stars as Alma, Emmett Till’s grandmother.
Women of the Movement is inspired by the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. Cerar serves as showrunner and executive produces with Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith via Roc Nation; Will Smith and James Lassiter for Overbrook; as well as Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann of Kapital Entertainment. Also executive producing are Gina Prince-Bythewood, who will direct the first episode, Rosanna Grace for Serendipity Film Group; Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton of Middleton Media Group; and David Clark via Mazo Partners. Kapital Entertainment is the studio.
This marks Turman’s return to ABC, where he recurred on How to Get Away with Murder. The role earned him his second guest actor in a drama series Emmy nomination; he won in 2008 for HBO’s In Treatment.
Turman has a major role opposite Chris Rock on the new season of FX’s Fargo and also co-stars opposite Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in Netflix’s acclaimed new movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He is repped by the Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent.
Glynn Turman fondly remembers co-star Chadwick Boseman(12/4/20) Glynn Turman describes his late co-star Chadwick Boseman as “quite a guy all around.”
Turman — who worked with Boseman on the new film adaption of August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — told Page Six that his memories of Boseman are “very fond.”
“Of course I’m very saddened, but I’m glad we had a chance to work together and that I got to know him outside of the play as well as work with him as a performer and see his beautiful technique and style of working,” Turman told us.
The Netflix film was the last project that Boseman worked on before tragically succumbing to colon cancer in August at the age of 43.
“He was the kind of guy you could hang out with,” Turman said. “A guy with a great sense of humor, didn’t take himself too seriously, was able to take a joke and dish out a joke. Found out he was quite a guy all around.”
At age 73, Turman is one of those actors whose face is instantly recognizable. His first performance was opposite Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee in the original Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Since then, he has appeared in dozens of films and television shows like “The Wire,” “Gremlins,” “Cooley High” and “Fargo.”
The New York native also played retired Army Colonel Bradford Taylor on TV’s “A Different World,” which ran from 1987 to 1993.
Turman says the character’s demeanor came in handy.
“I even stopped a fight in the streets of South Central that I saw going on,” he told us. “As I was driving down the street I saw some young cats on a basketball court and they were getting into it and I didn’t want to see this happen.
“I pulled the car over and I walked over and said, ‘Hey, hey, you guys cut it out’ … and then I said, ‘Look at me! Look at me! You know who I am?’ ‘Oh s–t, it’s Colonel Taylor, OK, OK!'”
Even though he was seriously considered for the role of Han Solo in “Star Wars,” Turman refuses to mull over it.
“If I were to do that … you can’t last in this business and endure it with your mind intact if you whimper about every role that you didn’t get,” he said. “That’s just the way you survive in this business. It’s like golf, you’ve got to forget the shots you just missed.”
Michael Madsen apologizes to wife at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony(11/17/20) Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen apologized to his wife at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday.
The 63-year-old and his third wife, DeAnna, took part in a socially-distanced event marking his long film and TV career.
Sporting a cut on his forehead, the actor said, “I hit my head the other day. I was in the hospital, and didn’t think I was going to make it.”
During his speech, he also addressed his wife: “I just noticed that my wife is sitting over there and I’m so happy that she showed up cause I didn’t think she was going to.”
He added, “My dear lovely DeAnna, I miss you so much honey, and I’m sorry for all the things that happened in the last few days.”
The actor became one of the few stars to be celebrated outside Hollywood’s historic Chinese Theatre in 2020 when he was saluted with a hand and footprint ceremony.
Actress DeAnna Madsen, centre, and guests wearing face masks attend actor Michael Madsen’s Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 16, 2020, in Hollywood, Calif. Photo by VALERIE MACON /AFP via Getty Images
Madsen was the first star to be honoured on Hollywood Boulevard since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, locking down the film industry for months.
The actor has more than 160 film credits to his name, including a handful of movies with director Quentin Tarantino like The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Reservoir Dogs.
Donnie Wahlberg leaves $2,020 tip again, this time on $35 bill(11/13/20) Donnie Wahlberg is continuing to shine a little light on the darkness that is 2020.
The “Wahlburgers” alum, 51, generously left a $2,020 tip on a $35.27 bill to his server, Denise Andrews, at Marshland Restaurant’s Plymouth, Mass., location.
“A very special thank you to our friend @donniewahlberg!” the restaurant’s Instagram account captioned a picture of the receipt. “When asked about it all he said was ‘who’s up next?!'”
The “Blue Bloods” star’s tip is part of the “#2020tipchallenge.”
The location’s owner, Marty Finch, later told People that Andrews divvied the hefty tip among her coworkers.
“Denise was very generous. She tipped out her fellow waitstaff and the guys in the kitchen, and she actually donated too,” he Finch said. “She’s working on getting two families turkey meals during the holidays, so she’s generous herself. Donnie said to pass it on, to keep this positive stuff going, so she’s trying to do that as well.”
Of the New Kids on the Block singer’s generosity, Finch added, “It was just very uplifting for everyone.”
In early January, Wahlberg left a $2,020 tip at an Illinois IHOP to kick the year off right.
Ed O’Neill got a huge pay raise and Porsche for re-signing on ‘Married … with Children’(11/2/20) Ed O’Neill says he’s won the lottery twice.
He starred in two long-running sitcoms, “Modern Family” and “Married … with Children,” that paid for a family home in Hawaii.
But the 74-year-old actor recently told Page Six that he only really began to make serious change on “Married … with Children” after the eighth season when his then-manager — the legendary Bernie Brillstein — negotiated a sweetheart deal.
O’Neill remembers that Brillstein explained they had Columbia TV, which produced the bawdy comedy, at a disadvantage because all the other cast had re-signed except him and he couldn’t be replaced.
He says that while Columbia exec Gary Lieberthal had offered him a huge amount, it wasn’t what he and Brillstein felt was fair for his portrayal of famed hapless shoe salesman Al Bundy. And when they let Lieberthal know that, he blew a gasket.
“Wha the f—k are you talking about?” Lieberthal allegedly bellowed three times after being told O’Neill wouldn’t sign.
The “Little Giants” actor claims that Columbia even had disgraced private investigator Anthony Pellicano trail him around when he claimed that he had a “bad back” and was unable to film the sitcom.
About a week later, O’Neill says he received a call from his manager letting him know they settled on an amount — only it wasn’t enough for Brillstein, who decided that O’Neill needed a new car thrown in too.
“You know the kid drives a Mustang, it’s not even a convertible,” O’Neill remembers Brillstein saying to Lieberthal. “The number one guy on your number one show in a f–king Mustang in your parking lot? Looks bad.
“Gary said, ‘What does he want, a Corvette?’ Bernie said, ‘I think he likes German cars. They got that Porsche dealership on Burbank, you know where it is. There’s a black Porsche coupe with wire wheels, they were a Carrera 4, they were brand new. It was 95,000 then.
“‘It’s on the showroom floor. Hey, take him over there on Monday. Have him come in early, drive him over, get him that car. Be that guy Gary, be that f–king guy.’”
That Monday morning, O’Neill drove a Porsche Carrera 4 off the lot.
“Married … with Children” ran for eleven seasons and went off the air in 1997.
Ed O’Neill admits he’s crap with computers ahead of online show(10/29/20) Ed O’Neill is lucky that James Spader is busier than he is.
The “Modern Family” actor stepped into a role originated by Spader on Broadway for a special online performance of the David Mamet play “Race.”
“I’ve been friends with Dave Mamet since 1980,” O’Neill told The Post. “We met in New York all that time ago. I’ve done several plays with him over the years and I got a call from his Girl Friday.”
The theatrical event, directed by Phylicia Rashad and also starring David Alan Grier, is being held online only — much to the 74-year-old actor’s confusion.
“I didn’t even know what they were talking about,” he said. “How do you do a play on Zoom? But she said, ‘It’s for charity and James Spader couldn’t do it and Dave suggested you.’ ”
It turns out O’Neill is kind of a novice when it comes to his computer, admitting it “was not easy to do at all.
“I thought it would be a staged reading but in this case, they said, ‘No, we want you in your costumes and looking like you’re not reading it.’ ”
The actor spoke to The Post from his house in Hawaii where he has been holed up since March. When asked if the home was paid for with “Married with Children” or “Modern Family” moolah, he replied with a laugh, “Both!”
“Race,” which benefits the Actors Fund, premieres on Broadway’s Best Shows Thursday, Oct. 29 and will be available until Monday, Nov. 2.
To learn more about the Spotlight on Plays series, visit Broadway’s Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.
CBS Trims Episode Orders As Broadcast Series On All Nets Face Abbreviated Runs In COVID Impacted 2020-21 Season(10/27/20) The coronavirus pandemic cut short the 2019-20 seasons of most broadcast series as production shut down in mid-March. Now the continuing effects from the pandemic are altering the course of the 2020-21 season, with late launches and shorter runs for scripted series.
CBS has trimmed the orders to its scripted series from CBS Studios from full-season 22 episodes to 16-18, including the NCIS franchise, Blue Bloods, Bull, The Neighborhood, SEAL Team, Magnum P.I. and Bull. (The Unicorn, which had a 13-episode initial order, will remain at 13). The network is still in conversations with outside studios, including Mom, Young Sheldon, Bob Hearts Abishola, B Positive and All Rise producer Warner Bros TV; Universal TV, which is behind the FBI franchise; and S.W.A.T.‘s Sony Pictures TV. Those series also are expected to end up producing seasons in the 16- to 18-episode range.
This is not limited to CBS. With the broadcast scripted series’ start of production staggered and delayed by the pandemic leading to late-October/November season launches, most network scripted shows will air abbreviated seasons. In addition to scheduling — the late show premieres means that networks will need fewer episodes to get through the end of the broadcast season in May — the increased cost of production also is believed to have played a role in these decisions. Implementing COVID-19 safety protocols adds hundreds of thousands of dollars to the production budget of each episode this year.
While some comedy series could get to a traditional full season order — ABC’s black-ish and Fox’s Last Man Standing, for example, are currently picked up for 21 episodes each — most drama series are expected to air 18 or fewer episodes this season.
Here are the modified 2020-21 episode orders for CBS scripted series from CBS Studios:
BLUE BLOODS (16)
MAGNUM PI (16)
THE NEIGHBORHOOD (18)
NCIS: LA (18)
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (16)
SEAL TEAM (16)
Michael Madsen Joins Horror ‘Jungle Room’(10/24/20) Reservoir Dogs and The Hateful Eight star Michael Madsen is to lead horror pic Jungle Room, which is now underway in the U.S. The Verdi Productions movie follows a group of college students who spend a night at an old, eerie manor, only to realize that a terrifying stalker is watching their every move as he plans to repossess an ancient Native American artifact located inside. David Gere co-directs with Daniel Dahlstrom and also stars with Chelsea Vale and Joey Ambrosini.
SiriusXM and CNN Expand Broadcast Relationship with Launch of "CNN Originals" Channel on September 18(9/16/20) SiriusXM and CNN announced today the launch of CNN Originals, a new channel showcasing the premier non-fiction series from CNN and HLN. The programming will be available 24/7 on SiriusXM channel 121 starting September 18.
For nearly a decade, CNN Original Series has developed some of the most prestigious programming on television, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Additional critically acclaimed series include This is Life with Lisa Ling, the 'Decades' series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, and many others. SiriusXM subscribers will now be able to hear these programs plus more from the CNN Original Series vault every day.
Listeners will also gain access to docuseries from HLN Original Series that focus on stories within the crime and mysteries genre. Some of the thrilling and addictive programming includes Forensic Files II, Very Scary People hosted by Donnie Wahlberg, and How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.
"CNN and HLN Original Series offer a mix of historical, culture, crime and mystery non-fiction content, so there's something for every kind of SiriusXM listener," said Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase and introduce our informative and entertaining series to a whole new audience."
"CNN and HLN have created an incredible catalog of docuseries, and we are proud to offer them, in addition to future programs, as a full-time channel to SiriusXM subscribers," said Megan Liberman, SVP of News, Talk & Entertainment for SiriusXM.
In addition to the new CNN Originals channel 121, SiriusXM simulcasts both CNN (channel 116) and HLN (channel 117). CNN International is also available through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, online at www.siriusxm.com/player, and select SiriusXM radios on channel 454.
‘Blue Bloods’, ‘SEAL Team’, ‘Charmed’ Among Latest CBS TV Studios Series Greenlit To Restart Production, ‘Evil’ Pending(9/4/20) Most of the remaining CBS TV Studios series sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic have received a green light to return to production.
The list includes CBS stalwart Blue Bloods, which is heading into Season 11, and SEAL Team, which will start filming its fourth season, as well as the CW’s Charmed and Nancy Drew.
Also greenlighted to resume production are new Showtime drama Your Honor and CBS summer adventure drama series Blood and Treasure, which needs to finish its second season. Both were deep into production when the shutdown halted all filming in mid-March.
I hear a production green light is imminent for two more CBS TV Studios series, CBS drama Evil and Disney+ comedy-drama Diary of a Female President.
Blue Bloods and Evil film in New York, SEAL Team and Diary of a Female President shoot in Los Angeles, and Charmed and Nancy Drew are based in Vancouver. Blue Bloods, Evil and SEAL Team are all on CBS’ fall schedule.
CBS TV Studios has been actively making production restart plans for their series. The greenlight decisions are being made in batches as shows are deemed ready to start filming with COVID-19 safety protocols. They are followed by a specific start date assigned to each show. I hear Your Honor is targeting a Oct. 7 return.
The newly greenlighted series are expected to start production in the next few weeks, with late September and early October dates most likely.
CBS TV Studios’ flagship CBS drama NCIS and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles were the first ones to get return-to-production dates, September 9 and September 3, respectively.
Bull and Magnum P.I. followed in penciling in return dates, September 25 and September 14. Of the next group, NCIS: New Orleans is eyeing a September 21 start for its seventh season; The Unicorn is looking to start filming Season 2 on October 12; and The Neighborhood is on track to have its first Season 3 table read September 16.
All series will be filmed with strict COVID protocols. It is unclear yet how the pandemic-related changes would impact Blue Bloods’ signature family dinner scene and whether it would go virtual in the era of COVID.
Additionally, CBS TV Studios recently hired 21CP Solutions, a law enforcement and public safety advisory group, as consultants on the studio’s police and legal dramas for this coming season. The group includes former senior law enforcement officials, civil rights scholars, lawyers, academics and community thought leaders in police reform and public safety.
The Wahlbergs do their part to feed essential workers in NYC(5/10/20) Wahlburger and Del Frisco’s are working together to feed healthcare workers and first responders in the Five Boroughs, we’re told.
The Boston-based burger chain — run by Wahlberg brothers, Mark, Donnie and Paul — has been shipping its patties to the Midtown steak house to be cooked up, and New York’s Bravest have been helping to deliver the meals. “They wanted to honor the hospital workers and first responders,” Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, told Page Six.
“We’re somewhat used to getting accolades, so it was nice to help champion for someone else and give them the credit they deserve.” The meal deliveries started in Manhattan last week and end in Staten Island on Monday. “Not being able [to have our restaurants] fully operational these past several weeks has been heartbreaking for our entire organization,” Mark said in a statement, “But that hasn’t stopped our commitment to supporting the communities we serve however we can.”
CBS Renews 18 Series, Including Freshmen ‘FBI: Most Wanted’, ‘Bob ? Abishola’, ‘All Rise’ & ‘The Unicorn’(5/6/20) CBS has renewed 18 more series for 2020-21 including the majority of its drama lineup and a trio of comedies.
The broadcaster has picked up dramas All Rise, Blue Bloods, Bull, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Seal Team and S.W.A.T., comedies Bob ? Abishola, The Neighborhood and The Unicorn, news programs 60 Minutes and 48 Hours and reality series Undercover Boss.
They join previously renewed for next season Evil, Chuck Lorre’s Mom and Young Sheldon — both in the middle of two-year pickups — Survivor and The Amazing Race for a total of 23 shows, scripted, reality and newsmagazines.
Separately, the network has cancelled four shows: midseason sitcom Broke, Patricia Heaton’s Carol’s Second Act, Edie Falco’s Tommy and Matt LeBlanc’s Man with a Plan.
As the COVID-19 production shutdown continues, the move is a major statement by CBS that it is keeping faith with its current series in challenging times when all but one of its pilots were not filmed because of the pandemic. ViacomCBS oin Tuesday announced a two-day virtual upfront for advertisers. CBS is presenting on May 19 and plans to unveil “the fall programming lineup.”
There has been speculation that the network will rely heavily on returning series for its fall roster, with as little as 1-2 new series launched at the start of the season, which may be delayed because of the pandemic.
CBS said today that it will announce new series in the coming weeks. The network has started to narrow down the field by passing on The Lincoln Lawyer series from David E. Kelley and comedy pilot Fun. Among the rest, the multi-cam B Positive, the only completed broadcast pilot this season, and drama The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah have been garnering a lot of buzz.
CBS typically gives its reliable franchises early renewals in March-April but this season is a bit different. In addition to dealing with COVID-19, the network’s parent company merged with Viacom, which also led to delayed decisions.
Many of the renewals are no surprise, regardless of the current global pandemic, with shows such as most watched drama NCIS always likely to return, alongside number one new comedy Bob ? Abishola and number one new drama FBI: Most Wanted. CBS also boasts the most watched comedy series, Young Sheldon (all in total viewers, most current).
‘NCIS’ Franchise Stars Mark Harmon, Scott Bakula, LL Cool J & Chris O’Donnell Close New Deals To Return As All 3 Series Are Renewed By CBS
Also no-brainers for renewals are FBI, which has emerged as CBS’ second most watched series behind NCIS, the other NCIS series, Friday stalwart Blue Bloods and Monday anchor The Neighborhood. There was some question mark as to whether both S.W.A.T. and SEAL Team would return, but both action dramas are back alongside solid Friday entries Magnum P.I. and MacGyver.
CBS is bringing back four freshman series, aforementioned FBI: Most Wanted and Bob ? Abishola, as well as drama All Rise, coming off a buzzy remotely shot COVID-19 episode, and comedy The Unicorn.
Both CBS’ entire lineup of Monday shows – The Neighborhood, Bob ? Abishola, All Rise and Bull – and all of its Tuesday dramas – NCIS, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted – are returning.
Seven of CBS’ returners top 10 million viewers (most current), the currency used by the network: NCIS, FBI, Blue Bloods, Young Sheldon, Bull, 60 Minutes and FBI: Most Wanted. The latter is one of a number of freshman series being brought back, a list that also includes All Rise and The Unicorn.
The mass renewal comes as a number of CBS veterans are ending this season including Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary and Criminal Minds as well as sophomore series God Friended Me.
“Thanks to these exceptional shows, we’re going to win the current season by 1 million viewers,” said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment. “Next year, we’ll have these strong returning series as our foundation…and Super Bowl LV too. It’s a well-balanced lineup across Entertainment, News and Sports that will put us in an incredibly stable position for 2020-2021.”
All Rise follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. The series, which aired a virtually produced social-distancing episode on May 4, also stars Wilson Bethel, Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles. Showrunner Spottiswood, Len Goldstein, Michael Robin and Dee Harris-Lawrence — who also serves as co-showrunner — are executive producers for Warner Bros Television.
Blue Bloods returns for season 11. Starring Tom Selleck as New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the series from CBS TV Studios, is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Sami Gayle, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray also star. The cast recently reunited for a virtual Dinner with the Reagans A Blue Bloods Special video amid the coronavirus-forced production shutdown.
Procedural Bull comes back for a fifth season. Created by Dr. Phil McGraw and Paul Attanasio, Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull is co-produced by CBS TV Studios in association with Stage 29 Productions. Glenn Gordon Caron, Attanasio, Dr. Phil McGraw and Jay McGraw executive produce.
Dick Wolf dramas FBI and FBI: Most Wanted are back for a third season and a second season respectively. The mothership FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Missy Peregrym, Ebonée Noel, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza and John Boyd star. Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Terry Miller, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Created by René Balcer, FBI: Most Wanted is a high-stakes drama that focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau’s Most Wanted list. Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television produce in association with CBS Television Studios. Dick Wolf, René Balcer, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski executive produce.
Action drama MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 show, returns for a fifth season. It stars Lucas Till in the titular role, along with Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Lionsgate Television. Peter Lenkov, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Terry Matalas executive produce. Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) joined as executive producer/co-showrunner in season 4. He replaced Craig O’Neill as co-showrunner alongside creator/executive producer/showrunner Lenkov.
Magnum P.I. is back for season three. The rebooted action drama, which stars Jay Hernandez in the Tom Selleck role, comes from Peter Lenkov, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV, is set in Hawaii and follows Hernandez’s Thomas Magnum, a private investigator and former Navy SEAL, who solves crimes in the state, after returning home from Afghanistan and repurposing his military skills. Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill also star. Peter M. Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers.
Flagship drama series NCIS returns for an 18th season, spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans are back for a 12th and seventh season respectively. Created by Donald P. Bellasario, NCIS stars Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, along with Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham, Wilmer Valderrama, Maria Bello, Brian Dietzen and Diona Reasonover, with Rocky Carroll and David McCallum. Belisarius Productions produces in association with CBS Television Studios. Bellisario executive produces with Frank Cardea, Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon and Scott Williams. NCIS: Los Angeles stars Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa and Renée Felice Smith. NCIS: Los Angeles is produced by CBS Television Studios and executive produced by R. Scott Gemmill, John P. Kousakis and Frank Military. NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula, Vaness Ferlito, Necar Zadegan, Rob Kerkovich, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Charles Michael Davis and CCH Pounder. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios. Christopher Silber, James Hayman, Adam Targum, Chad Gomez Creasey and Mark Harmon executive produce.
Military drama series SEAL Team is coming back for a fourth season. Starring David Boreanaz, SEAL Team follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous missions that our country can ask of them. Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré and Judd Lormand also star. SEAL Team is produced by CBS Television Studios. Spencer Hudnut, Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and David Boreanaz executive produce.
Police drama series S.W.A.T. breaks down the doors for a fourth season. Inspired by the classic television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as the locally born and raised sergeant tasked with running a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit and Amy Farrington also star. S.W.A.T. is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Allison Cross, Craig Gore, Billy Gierhart, Andy Dettman and Michael Jones Morales executive produce.
Bob ? Abishola, from Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros Television, has received a second season. The comedy is a love story about a middle-aged compression-sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over. Undaunted by Abishola’s lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob is determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America. The series stars Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Vernee Watson, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe, Jr. and Gina Yashere, who is also a co-creator, writer and producer. Chuck Lorre and Al Higgins are executive producers and co-creators, while Yashere is also a co-creator, writer and producer and Eddie Gorodetsky exec produces. It is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.
The Neighborhood returns for a third season. The comedy was created by Jim Reynolds and hailing from CBS TV Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Tackling the culture clash of gentrification, The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin Butler, an opinionated new neighbor of Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield). Dave’s the friendliest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Beth Behrs plays Dave’s wife Gemma, and Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan co-star. Reynolds executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Kapital-based producer Wendi Trilling via her TrillTV and Cedric and Eric Rhone of A Bird and a Bear Entertainment.
The Unicorn is also back for a second outing. Starring Walton Goggins, from Kapital Entertainment and CBS Studios TV, the single-camera comedy is centered around a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade’s amazement, he’s a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he’s the perfect single guy – a “unicorn”: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he’ll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life… and love… a second time. The series also stars Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss and Devin Bright. Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed and John Hamburg are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
‘Blue Bloods’ Donnie Wahlberg Hosts A Reagan Family Virtual Dinner Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic – Watch(5/3/20) (Video) Blue Bloods‘ Reagan family is known for their family dinners, where each Friday they catch up with each other and with what’s going on in each other’s lives. With production shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cast has reunited for a virtual Dinner With the Reagans A Blue Bloods Special video.
“I want to welcome you to our first ever, and hopefully last ever virtual Blue Bloods family dinner special,” says star Donnie Wahlberg, who led the Zoom get-together.
Wahlberg started by introducing the Reagan family cast members, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynihan, Len Cariou, Vanessa Ray, Anthony Terraciano, Sami Gayle, and Will Estes, joined by Blue Bloods showrunner Kevin Wade, who are all self-isolating at their respective homes.
Wahlberg wondered how the show will handle the crisis that’s happening in real-life when production gets back up again for the coming season, which has not been formally picked up by CBS, and if it’s something that might be explored in a storyline going forward. “I’m not sure how we go back to the show without addressing it on some level, or do you just run away from it?” he asked.
Said Wade, “I don’t think you can run far away from it, it’s something I’ve been talking about with our writers, with (showrunners) Warren Leight from Law & Order(:SVU) and Glenn (Gordon) Caron from Bull and with a lot of people, just how do you go back embrace it and yet how not have it drive the show, because at the end of the day we were never sort of making a documentary of life.”
The current reality will find its way onto the show. For instance, the series’ signature family dinner scene, in which family members sit inches away from each other at the table, presents its own production challenge for the CBS drama in the era of social distancing.
Wahlberg noted that one of the great things about the show is “we get to explore what’s really going on, but we’re not bound to it.”
Added Wade: “Everything that you see on TV is all about people stepping up, and public service and sacrifice, and the people, the nurses and doctors who come from all over the country here to New York City, we wouldn’t be doing our show right if we didn’t find some way to pay respect to that from our characters.”
Watch the 10-minute video above.
Neal McDonough Signs With Buchwald(4/24/20) (Video) New Kids on the Block have recruited Boyz II Men for new dance anthem House Party to benefit coronavirus relief efforts.
The iconic boy band teamed up with the legendary R&B group on the track, along with Jordin Sparks, Big Freedia, and Naughty by Nature, to raise funds for No Kid Hungry, a charity campaign launched by officials at the Share Our Strength organization to provide assistance to those adversely affected by COVID-19.
“I was inspired. People need to be entertained, to feel light, to be happy,” New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg said of the song in a press release. “If we can do even the smallest thing to lift someone’s day we will do that. And in doing so, we will also donate all net proceeds to benefit No Kid Hungry. All we want to do is give back in the best way we know how.”
Donnie’s brother Mark Wahlberg and country singer Carrie Underwood are among the other famous stars appearing in the music video for House Party.
New Kids on the Block have also put a tour package up for auction to help with pandemic relief, with bidding open until May 8. Fans can bid here.
Glynn Turman guests on Black-ish 4/14/20(1/1/20) “Earl, Interrupted” – Dre realizes he needs to intervene when Pops starts to go overboard while partying and gambling with old friends to mask his heartbreak. Meanwhile, Bow pawns school drop-off onto Junior so that she can avoid an annoying parent on “black-ish,” TUESDAY, APRIL 14 (9:30–10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
ABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy and Jeff Meacham as Josh.
Guest starring is Keith David as Loose Craig, Glynn Turman as Billy Blade, and Wanda Sykes returns to her Emmy® Award-nominated role as Daphne. Matt Braunger also guest stars as Jeremy.
“Earl, Interrupted” was written by Christian Lander and directed by Pete Chatmon.
Donnie Wahlberg leaves $2,020 tip at St. Charles IHOP(1/1/20) A server at the IHOP in St. Charles got quite the surprise Wednesday when actor and New Kids on the Block performer Donnie Wahlberg rang in the new year by leaving a $2,020 tip.
Wahlberg's wife, "Masked Singer" judge Jenny McCarthy, posted a picture of their $78 lunch bill Wednesday on Twitter with $2,020 written on the tip line.
"@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is. #ihop #2020tipchallenge," McCarthy tweeted.
Wahlberg wrote "Happy New Year" and "2020 Tip Challenge" with a smiley face at the bottom of the receipt.
Wahlberg and McCarthy live in St. Charles. McCarthy was born in Evergreen Park and attended Mother McCauley High School in Chicago.
Jenny McCarthy reveals life-changing Christmas gift from DonnieWahlberg (11/26/19) Jenny McCarthy got emotional as she revealed the best holiday gift she ever got from husband Donnie Wahlberg.
“Before I met Donnie, it was really difficult … Being a single mom is so difficult and then a single mom with [a kid] with special needs adds another whole difficulty to the basket,” McCarthy told Page Six while discussing their partnership with French’s last week. “One Christmas, early on, Donnie handed me one of the greatest gifts ever, which was, I don’t even know how to explain it, but basically that he was taking care of Evan’s college tuition.”
McCarthy, 47, said that she broke down when Wahlberg gave her that gift.
“I lost it because, you know, I was so worried if I would have enough money by the time he’d be able to go [to college] and you know, [Wahlberg] kind of covered the bills and therapy and we only had just met,” she said. “It wasn’t even something like, ‘Oh, it’s five years, here’s something,’ it’s like, ‘I see that you’re hurting in this area of your life. I love Evan, and I want to do this for you both.'”
McCarthy was having trouble holding it together as she recalled the kind gesture.
“I’m just still so grateful. It’s so wonderful. It shows you what kind of human being he is too to just recognize something like that in a single mom and her son,” she said. “Thank you, Donnie. It was really sweet.”
Wahlberg, 50, agreed that his favorite present isn’t something that can be wrapped in a bow.
“Probably the best gift I think we can think of, and this might sound sappy, is that we each have given an additional parent to our kids,” Wahlberg told us. “You know, our sons have grown up together in our homes with us and Jenny’s really a wonderful stepmom to my son and I’m stepdad to her son, and giving them a unified family Christmas after years of being single parents, I think that’s really the best gift we can give each other.”
The couple also shared they would be sticking to a shared family tradition: making a French’s green bean casserole.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Donnie and I grew up with it, loved it, because we both grew up on a budget,” she said. “It was just something our families both had to have at our dinner table. So we continued the tradition with our combined families.”
And while McCarthy takes care of the kitchen, Wahlberg is in charge of the “stealing of the crispy fried onions.”
“I’m not really allowed in the kitchen during Thanksgiving. I just go in and pick at everything and that’s kind of what I did my whole life so it really works perfectly,” he said. “So we have to buy extra crispy fried onions because I pretty much eat them like potato chips while she’s making the casserole.”
‘The Expanse’ Season 4 Trailer: Amazon Explores A New Universe(11/18/19) (Video) The trailer for Season 4 of The Expanse has just just arrived from the show’s new mission control, Amazon Prime Video, which imported the acclaimed franchise after Syfy cancelled it after three seasons. The Hugo Award-winning series will premiere as an Amazon Prime Original on December 13 with a significant upgrade in visual effects, if the trailer is any indication.
The Season 4 synopsis: “The Expanse begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets, which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources, but also marked by the ruins of a long dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians, and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and use its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.”
Naren Shankar returns as showrunner for the series, which is based on the novels of James S.A. Corey and developed and scripted by the Academy Award nominated writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Fergus Ostby, and Shankar are EPs, as do Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, and Dan Nowak. Shankar serves as showrunner for all seasons. The Expanse season 4 is produced by Alcon Television Group.
‘Fargo’: Glynn Turman To Recur In Season 4 Of FX Series(9/3/19) Glynn Turman (Mr. Mercedes) is set for a recurring role opposite Chris Rock on the upcoming fourth season of FX’s Fargo.
The fourth season is set in Kansas City in 1950. The city will serve as the crossroads and collision point of two migrations, Italians coming from Italy and African Americans fleeing the south to escape Jim Crow, both fighting for a piece of the American dream as two controlling crime syndicates. They are at an uneasy peace controlling an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest son.
Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his youngest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his enemy’s son as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money.
Turman will recur as Doctor Senator.
Turman is a 2019 Emmy nominee for his guest acting role as Nate Lahey Sr. on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. He won his first Emmy in 2008 in the same category for his role on HBO series In Treatment. Turman recently appeared in the Netflix film Sextuplets, and also co-stars on the upcoming season of Mr. Mercedes. He just wrapped filming on the Denzel Washington-produced Netflix adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Up next, he has The Way Back with Ben Affleck. Turman is repped by SMS Talent and The Rosenzweig Group.
‘Modern Family’ Star Ed O’Neill & Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd Launch Spy Podcast Series ‘The Undercovers’(8/28/19) Modern Family pair Ed O’Neill and Christopher Lloyd have partnered on a high-profile spy podcast. O’Neill, who plays Jay Pritchett in the long-running ABC comedy, which was co-created and is exec produced by Lloyd, are behind The Undercovers.
They are two of the most significant names in Hollywood, alongside the likes of Rami Malek, to move into the podcasting format, which has been increasingly gaining traction with top creatives.
The Undercovers combines the truth about what it’s like to be an undercover agent with the drama of being a covert operative. It is produced for DAX (Digital Audio Exchange), the digital audio advertising platform that is a division of European radio group Global Media.
Season one, which is narrated by O’Neill, tells the real-life story of Agent Follis, a former USMC investigator and DEA Special Agent who was undercover for more than 27 years. He is credited with bringing to justice scores of high-value domestic and international drug traffickers and narco-terrorists. He traveled throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Jakarta, China, Mexico, Afghanistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, France, and Pakistan, consistently receiving awards and distinctions, including the Attorney General’s Award for Valor, a U.S. Congressional Proclamation of Bravery and Distinction, and appointment to the Department of Justice Senior Executive Service (SES).
The season tells the tale of Follis in the Golden Triangle as he infiltrates the world’s biggest opium and heroin trafficking enterprise, gaining the trust of its leader and then taking him down, while nearly losing his life. It also includes grisly murders, betrayals, kidnapping, assassinations, lies, and the treachery of double-agents at the highest levels of government. It tells the true stories, told by the agent who was there in the field, for months, facing the targets of his work every single day.
Lloyd produces the six-part series with a creative team that also includes Jeff Schmidt, sound designer of podcasts including Dirty John and Dr. Death, Mark Ramsey, the creator, writer and host of podcasts including Inside Jaws, screenwriter Paul G. Cuschieri (Cut Throat City).
It is set to launch later this year.
Michael Madsen Cops Plea Deal in DUI Case(8/16/19) Michael Madsen just cut a deal in his DUI case ... and he'll spend a few days in jail.
Michael pled no contest Thursday to one misdemeanor count of driving with a .10% blood alcohol content and was sentenced to 4 days in jail and 5 years probation. He's also been ordered to complete community service in the hospital morgue program.
TMZ broke the story ... the veteran actor was busted for DUI back in March, after cops say he crashed his Land Rover into a pole in Malibu. Police say Michael reeked of booze, and he was arrested after bombing a field sobriety test.
The "Reservoir Dogs" star was eventually hit with misdemeanor DUI charges ... and it even cost him a movie gig.
Michael's been down this road before ... he was also busted for DUI in Malibu way back in 2012, when his BAC was twice the legal limit. He entered a 30-day rehab after that bust, and the judge also ordered him to get outpatient treatment.
Donnie Wahlberg reflects on his all-consuming 'Sixth Sense' journey playing Vincent Gray(8/5/19) (usatoday.com) There are some roles actors will do anything to pull off.
For Donnie Wahlberg that was Vincent Gray, the disturbed former mental patient who propels 1999's "The Sixth Sense" into darkness after he breaks in and kills his former psychiatrist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), before shooting himself.
The 28-year-old Wahlberg, who jumped to fame as a founding member of New Kids On the Block, had to fight to convince writer/director M. Night Shyamalan that he could take on the pivotal part – Gray serves as the tragic predecessor to Cole Sear (11-year-old Haley Joel Osment), who sees "dead people."
Shyamalan's leap-of-faith casting compelled Wahlberg to take an all-consuming journey, losing 43 pounds, to enter Gray's disturbed mindset.
As "The Sixth Sense" turns 20 on Aug. 6, the three-minute Gray scene remains utterly unforgettable, more so in light of how perfecting it haunted Wahlberg.
"This was a game-changer for me. Every day for years people would say, 'Dude, I didn't know that was you,' " says "Blue Bloods" star Wahlberg, now 49. "At that time, I did exactly what I needed to do for the role. I had to look like I was going through hell. I went to a really dark place."
Here's Wahlberg's story:
He cried when he read the 'Sixth Sense' script
Wahlberg, who starred as a kidnapper in 1996's "Ransom," picked up the "Sixth Sense" script during a 1998 flight and was consumed as he turned the pages. "I totally started crying on the plane," he says. But he was convinced there was not a part for him, especially not heroin-abusing, emaciated Gray.
"Nothing about me was right for the part, except for my total enthusiasm for the script," says Wahlberg, who was too old for the character and too physically fit. ("I was really working out at the time.") But he flew to New York City to meet with Shyamalan, even just to profess his script love.
The director calculated that conceivably Gray could be 20, a workable number. After another meeting six months later he offered Wahlberg the part. When his agent balked at the low pay offer for the day of filming, Wahlberg overruled him.
"I said, 'I don’t care, I’d do it for free,' " says Wahlberg. "So I took the part and I subsequently fired my manager for telling me to pass."
Wahlberg wanted to play Vincent nude
During a film workshop with Willis and Olivia Williams (Malcolm's wife, Anna), Wahlberg proposed playing Gray nude rather than the goth clothing detailed in the script.
"If Vincent is coming to stop his suffering and end his own life, then why is he wearing anything? To me, he strips down and is in the bathroom fully naked, clothes on the floor," says Wahlberg. "Bruce thought that was awesome and pitched the idea to M. Night, who was like, 'That's insane. I love it.' "
Wahlberg now had to fully look the part. "I had to become emaciated and change my physical appearance."The actor went mad method preparing
Wahlberg left his then-wife, Kimberly Fey, and two kids, moving to a sparse New York City apartment to get into the Vincent Gray mindset, bringing no credit cards.
"I starved myself. I would fast for two days then only eat steamed cabbage and drink beet juice. I would chew gum all day and I would literally walk around the streets to burn thousands of calories. I didn’t shower for weeks," says Wahlberg. "I just wasn’t taking care of myself and I was a loner. That was as close as I could come to this guy. I definitely had to suffer in the only way I could."
"I was so hungry. I was depressed," he says. "I cut off my life to get ready for the role."
Five weeks later, he showed up to "The Sixth Sense" set having dropped 43 pounds to a scary 139. "I passed Night and he didn’t recognize me. He just walked right past," says Wahlberg.
Sent to wardrobe, the actor found out that the film would be rated PG-13, so that would require clothes after all.
"I was like 'Oh (expletive), I just lost 40 (expletive) pounds. And now I have to just wear clothes.' I was so conflicted," says Wahlberg. He struck a quick compromise: wearing Vincent's "tidy-whitey" underwear.
"I asked to make (the underwear) look like I hadn’t changed them in, like, two years," he says. "They soiled them up. That became the wardrobe."
The scene wowed Willis, Shyamalan
Shooting the first take where Vincent confronts his former doctor, Wahlberg was told to cut before Vincent's final act – putting the gun to his own head. But "out of my mind" in emotion, he pulled off the whole scene. To perfection.
"I fell on the floor, and I remember Bruce was like, 'Whoa!' and I was bawling my eyes out. M. Night came running over and was hugging me. He was like, 'That was so unbelievable.' I was thinking that I’m done. And M. Night was like, 'OK. Can you do it again?' I was like, 'What?' "
In his consuming preparation, Wahlberg had forgotten the filmmaking process, which required a full day of specialty shots. "I thought I had to nail it in one shot," says Wahlberg. "But I had, like, eight hours of work ahead of me."
He pushed through and Willis gave a speech thanking him at the end of the day. Wahlberg still looks in awe at pictures from that time. ("I looked like a crazy person.")
He has never had to dig that deep for a part since. But Vincent Gray lives on with "The Sixth Sense."
"The movie is such a great source of pride for me. Not just my work but to be part of that group," says Wahlberg of the film that would go on to earn six Academy Award nominations. "Everyone brought it so hard for that movie."
Richard Jenkins Heads Cast On Indie Comedy ‘The Last Shift’(7/18/19) Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Birgundi Baker are starring in The Last Shift, an Andrew Cohn-directed comedy that is shooting in Chicago. Also in the cast are Allison Tolman and Ed O’Neill. Pic is a co-production between Park Pictures, Bona Fide Productions and Whitewater Films, latter of which produced O’Neill’s series Modern Family. Cohn (Medora) wrote the script.
Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Sam Bisbee, Alex Lipschultz and Bert Kern produce.
The Last Shift follows Stanley (Jenkins), an aging fast food worker, who’s approaching his final graveyard shift after 38 years. When he’s asked to train his young replacement Jevon (McGhie), Stanley’s final weekend takes an unexpected turn.
“In writing The Last Shift, I wanted to update an old and familiar genre in a fresh and surprising way,” Cohn said. “I’m grateful that Park Pictures and Bona Fide saw the same opportunity to explore these complex issues of race, class and authority in an honest and authentic manner.”
‘Briarpatch’: Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular(6/8/19) Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a series regular in Briarpatch, USA Network’s crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, UCP and Paramount Television.
Written by Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Rosario Dawson), a tenacious and highly skilled investigator working for an ambitious young senator in Washington, D.C. When her 10-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury.
Dickens will play Chief of Police Eve Raytek, an authoritative firecracker who is committed to finding out who killed Allegra’s sister. She’s a boot-stomping good old girl who’s used to operating in an all-male environment. She knows how to do a shot, read a room and get things done.
Gersh-repped Dickens reprised her Deadwood role as Joanie Stubbs in the new HBO movie, appeared in The Highwaymen, was a regular on Fear the Walking Dead and Tremé and recurred on House of Cards and Sons of Anarchy.
Briarpatch is executive produced by Greenwald, Esmail through Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. Production starts this month in Albuquerque.
VANESSA RAY AMONG COVER STARS FOR THE SPECIAL “BLUE BLOODS” ISSUE OF WATCH! MAGAZINE, ON NEWSSTANDS NOW THROUGH MID-JULY(5/21/19) The special BLUE BLOODS issue of CBS’ Watch! magazine features covers with four of the hit series’ beloved stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Vanessa Ray. This May/June issue, on newsstands now through mid-July, also includes a nostalgic look back at decades of show-stopping moments from past Tony Awards broadcasts, a celebration of 30 seasons of heart-stopping action on THE AMAZING RACE, a Q&A with ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT co-host Kevin Frazier, “24 Hours With... Heather Tom” (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), a guide to superb summer fashions, and much more!
It’s been exactly eight years since Watch! featured multiple covers of BLUE BLOODS cast members shortly after the end of the popular show’s freshman season. For the newest BLUE BLOODS issue, Moynahan, Wahlberg and Estes were once again photographed by David Needleman, and Vanessa Ray (who joined the series in season four as Estes’ character’s cop partner, who just became his wife in the high-rated ninth season finale) was a welcome cover addition.
When the cast members gathered for their shoots – Moynahan and Wahlberg one day, and Estes and Ray the next – their kinship was palpable. They were playful and supportive of each other and enjoyed reminiscing about fun/special times they’ve shared with their entire TV family. This fall, BLUE BLOODS’ Reagan clan will return for its 10th season, premiering with its 200th episode – and, as usual, Watch! will be along for the ride!
Wahlberg, styled by Watch! style director Sasha Charnin Morrison, was a bundle of positive energy and cheerful collaboration at the photo studio. While being interviewed by Fred Schruers during a break at the shoot, Wahlberg talked about the evolution of his BLUE BLOODS character, how he and Bridget have had a “parallel journey as friends and have been there for each other,” how Tom Selleck encourages the improvising Wahlberg does during the dinner scenes (“What a great thing that the head of the table trusts me. It means the world to me.”), and his continued appreciation for the role: “I never could understand when an actor would say they got burnt out on a TV show…We fight so hard to get these jobs. I worked for years just to get an acting gig, and I’m hearing of actors quitting shows because they’re bored. And I think, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’”
Moynahan’s modeling background was evident as she posed with a soulful vitality in an array of feminine formal dresses and tailored looks, also selected by Morrison. During her interview with Chip Brown, Moynahan discusses her childhood and early career, the inspiration for her second book, Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes, a charity benefitting girls that’s receiving some of the book’s proceeds, and the boots that helped bolster her battered confidence 12 years ago, when she was the subject of a tabloid press frenzy. She also talks warmly of her BLUE BLOODS experience (“The show feels like family now”) and some of the particularly emotional moments the show and actors have tackled this past season. “There’s a level of vulnerability in some performances,” she says. “Vulnerability has a stigma of being weak, but it’s inspiring.”
Estes and Ray, both styled by Christina Pacelli, each got a kick out of the glamorous shoot and offered each other heartfelt compliments about how the other looked in various ensembles. Interviewed together by Jessica Shaw, the TV couple talked about their first auditions for their roles, their initial reactions to hearing their characters would couple up (Estes: “We were nervous about what it was going to mean once we were together”), how their off-camera conversations often make it into the scripts, having some street cred with New York City police officers (Ray: “It is fun to live in New York City and hear cops in a grocery store or something going, ‘Hey, Janko [their characters’ combined name from fans on social media].’ For them to recognize anything that we do is the best thing about this job.”), and how one day in the makeup trailer military veteran Tom Selleck ended up teaching Ray how to salute and stand at attention for her role.
Also, in honor of CBS’ THE 73rd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® broadcast on June 9, writer Melissa Rose Bernardo provides a nostalgic Tony Awards Viewers Guide, which includes Tony Awards trivia, a look back at the top 10 favorite Tony telecast performances, five sensational song-and-dance moments by Tony hosts, a look at some of the most infamous Tony snubs – and 10 winning looks on past Tony red carpets.
Additional stories in the issue include:
Phil Keoghan, host of THE AMAZING RACE for 18 years, reminiscing about 30 seasons of racers and milestones for the show, which is currently in its 31st season.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT co-host Kevin Frazier relaying to Brantley Bardin how he couldn’t help feeling like a regular fan while spending time with a certain legendary musician, how he’s learned to face the fact that not every interview will be perfect nor will every star love chatting with him, and how lucky he feels to be married to someone who balances what he does. “I’m interviewing celebrities while she’s out there defending people [as a Los Angeles public defender] on the worst days of their lives.”
“24 Hours with…Heather Tom,” taking readers through a typical day for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL star (who is also a rising TV director, interior designer, wife and mom).
A summer fashion guide based on the vastly different signature styles of the four female characters on Pop’s hit series SCHITT’S CREEK, plus separate stories on must-have colors and looks for the season.
CBS SUNDAY MORNING executive producer Rand Morrison talking about creating a blend of news, culture and quirky human interest stories. Says Morrison, “I love this show. It’s like being given a gift…We have 90 minutes. We can do almost anything, in a way that we can be proud of and our audience is happy with. We have 6 million viewers. So how can you complain?”
GOD FRIENDED ME star Suraj Sharma sharing how – and why -- he’s rediscovering the power of martial arts.
Novelist Mary Beth Keane talking about the inspiration for her newest book, Ask Again, Yes, and what she hopes readers will take away from it.
CBS Sports lead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, recalling highlights of past PGA Championships.
Sofia Pernas, star of CBS’ new globe-trotting adventure series BLOOD & TREASURE, revealing some of her favorites styles, designers, beauty products and accessories.
Also, CBSWatchmagazine.com continues to complement the print magazine’s articles while still showcasing its own unique content, including photos and videos that are original to Watch!
Glynn Turman in The Red Line 5/19/19(5/4/19) “This Victory Alone Is Not the Change We Seek” – Tia receives a financial windfall from an unlikely source, putting her back in the race for alderman against Nathan Gordon. Also, Paul makes a profound and life-changing revelation about himself, on part two of the two-part finale of THE RED LINE, Sunday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Corey Reynolds (Harrison Brennan), Glynn Turman (Nathan Gordon)
‘Wahlburgers’ Renewed For 10th & Final Season By A&E(4/26/19) (Video) A&E has picked up a tenth season of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers, which will be the last for the two-time Emmy-nominated reality series. Season 10 of the series from 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, will premiere Wednesday, May 15 at 9 PM on A&E. You can watch the promo below. It will be followed by new series The Employables at 10 PM.
The final season will continue to chronicle the lives of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg as they balance family and their rapidly growing business, which has become one of the fastest growing and most popular restaurants in the country.
Starting with one original location in Hingham, Massachusetts, Wahlburgers, the booming restaurant chain owned by Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, now has over 30 locations across the country. This season celebrates the success the Wahlberg brothers have worked so hard for, as they embark on a new frontier across the pond. Mark and Paul make their way to Germany, where they continue to work with the military to open restaurants in U.S. bases around the world. Matriarch Alma gets her own moment to shine when she is interviewed by a national morning show about her life as a mother of famous sons. Meanwhile, Donnie is under massive pressure to deliver on his promise to open his own Wahlburgers location in his hometown of St. Charles, Illinois. The series culminates with the brothers’ biggest challenge yet as they work to fulfill Alma’s dream of finally opening their namesake restaurant in their childhood hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts. After years of hard work and personal sacrifice, the Wahlberg family finally returns home to where it all began.
“Creating the Wahlburgers restaurants has been an incredible experience and we are so grateful to have shared it with A&E viewers these last nine seasons,” said Mark Wahlberg.
“It’s been an amazing journey that has brought us closer together as a family and launched our little business to heights we never could’ve imagined,” said Donnie Wahlberg.
“We are so appreciative to the Wahlberg family for opening up their hearts and lives to the A&E viewers over the years,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “We are so excited for the fans to see what the brothers have been cooking up for the final season.”
“It has been a true pleasure to bring the Wahlberg family into the homes of our viewers over the last nine seasons,” said 44 Blue Executive Producer Rasha Drachkovitch. “The goal in making Wahlburgers was to not only entertain, but also to remind people about the power of family and the joy a little laughter can bring to tough situations. With this final season, our hope is that everyone takes a bit of Donnie, Mark, Paul and Alma along with them.”
Wahlburgers is produced for A&E Network by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Donnie Wahlberg executive produce with 44 Blue’s Rasha Drachkovitch, David Hale and Sara Quick.
Michael Madsen Charged with DUI in Malibu Arrest(4/24/19) Michael Madsen's looking at the possibility of doing time now that he's been charged with DUI for his March arrest in Malibu.
The L.A. County District Attorney's Office has just charged Madsen with 2 misdemeanors for DUI -- but the complication for him is this is his second DUI within 10 years. That fact means Madsen could face anywhere from 4 days to 364 days in county jail ... IF he's convicted and the judge opts to throw the book at him.
Practically speaking ... he'll likely strike a plea deal, but even so he'd be sentenced to at least the 4 days. His best hope is the judge letting him off with time served.
TMZ broke the story ... the veteran actor of Quentin Tarantino flicks like 'Kill Bill,' 'Hateful Eight' and "Reservoir Dogs" smashed his Land Rover in Malibu last month. It was a single-car crash in which he hit a pole. His BAC was .10.
Madsen's first DUI bust came back in 2012.
He has a hearing set for next month.
Glynn Turman in The Red Line 5/12/19(4/19/19) “One Day We May Be More than a Body” – Daniel, reeling over disturbing information he discovered about Harrison, seeks comfort from his colleague – and Jira’s teacher – Liam Bhat. Also, Jira causes waves when she speaks up in defense of Tia during Tia’s debate with incumbent Alderman Nathan Gordon (Glynn Turman), on THE RED LINE, Sunday, May 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
‘Very Scary People’ Gets Second Season on HLN(4/16/19) Very Scary People, which chronicles the lives of the most frightening individuals in recent history, is getting a second season on HLN. Donnie Wahlberg hosts.
Season one, which began March 17 with a look at John Wayne Gacy, has six two-hour episodes. Charles Manson, the NorCal Rapist and Rev. Jim Jones are also profiled on the show.
HLN said the series is on pace to be its highest rated original series in terms of total viewers and in the demo. One episode remains.
Wahlberg stars in CBS drama Blue Bloods and in A&E unscripted series Wahlburgers.
Nancy Duffy, VP of program development for CNN, is the executive producer of Very Scary People.
HLN is part of CNN.
Blue Bloods Is Coming Back for Season 10 and So Is Tom Selleck's Sweet 'Stache(4/12/19) It looks like Tom Selleck's sweet mustache will remain gainfully employed. CBS has renewed cop drama Blue Bloods for Season 10, with Selleck set to return — which means those awesome upper-lip whiskers will be sticking around onscreen for a while longer. Call your parents, because they must be over the moon about this news.
Selleck stars on Blue Bloods as Frank Reagan, New York Police Commissioner and patriarch of a multigenerational family of police officers. This elite crop of law enforcement officials includes eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a war veteran and a hardened detective who likes to bend the rules to crack his toughest cases, and Erin (Bridget Moynahan), who, as the only woman in the group, developed a thick skin which that makes her an adept assistant district attorney. There's also the resident "golden boy," Jamie (Will Estes), who graduated from Harvard Law — but rather than become an attorney, he gave that all up to continue the family's tradition of working in law enforcement.
With Blue Bloods set to enter its 10th season this fall, the show will also reach a huge milestone: its 200th episode. It's an impressive feat when you consider that the series airs on Friday nights, which is generally a dead zone for network shows. Kudos!
In addition, CBS has also renewed Young Sheldon, God Friended Me, Mom, FBI, Criminal Minds, The Neighborhood, Magnum P.I. and NCIS for another season.
Glynn Turman on The Red Line 5/5/19(4/12/19) “For We Meet by One or the Other” – After hearing Paul’s testimony about Harrison’s shooting, Daniel has an angry outburst that puts his lawsuit against Paul at risk. Also, Jira’s first meeting with her birth mother, Tia, doesn’t go as she expected, on THE RED LINE, Sunday, May 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Glynn Turman (Nathan Gordon), Enuka Okuma (Suzanne Davis), Sebastian Sozzi (Diego Carranza)
Glynn Turman in The Red Line 4/28/19(4/8/19) “We Must All Care” – Three very different Chicago families journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives, on the series premiere of THE RED LINE, Sunday, April 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series will air in two-hour installments across four consecutive Sundays. Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aliyah Royale, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Vinny Chhibber and Michael Patrick Thornton star.
On the north side of Chicago, Daniel Calder is a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, Dr. Harrison Brennan, an African American doctor who was shot while unarmed by a white cop. As Daniel tries to comfort their grieving daughter, Jira Calder-Brennan, the two butt heads when she decides she needs more support than her father can provide. She seeks the understanding of someone who knows what it’s like to grow up as a young black woman, and searches for her birth mother to learn more about her personal history, culture and community. Daniel seeks comfort in his colleague – and Jira’s teacher – Liam Bhatt. On the south side, Tia Young scours news of the shooting, torn between her political ambition of running for alderman and risking it all to comfort the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen. Tia’s husband, Ethan Young, a red-line train operator and devoted father to their 6-year-old son, champions her running for office, but cautions her about connecting with Jira. On the west side, police officer Paul Evans must face the reality of his actions and intentions in the fatal shooting of an innocent man and worries about his fate amidst the public and legal fallout. His police partner, Victoria “Vic” Renna, and his brother, Jim Evans, a volatile former cop confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the line of duty, cause more harm than good in their attempts to help him. As the stories of the Calder, Young and Evans families converge, they each discover that it’s impossible to ignore issues of race; it’s important for each of us to explore how our backgrounds and internal biases affect how we act; and we must open our eyes and see that we’re all human and all deserving of the same dignity.
GUEST CAST includes: Corey Reynolds (Harrison Brennan), Glynn Turman (Nathan Gordon)
Michael Madsen Arrested for DUI After Wrecking His SUV(3/26/19) Michael Madsen is behind bars ... after wrecking his Land Rover in Malibu, he got arrested for driving under the influence.
The veteran actor of Quentin Tarantino flicks like 'Kill Bill,' 'Hateful Eight' and "Reservoir Dogs" got into a single-car crash, hitting a pole, Sunday around 8 PM ... according to law enforcement sources. We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies responded and, when they arrived, immediately suspected Madsen had been boozing.
We're told Madsen smelled of alcohol, so he was given a field sobriety test and, according to law enforcement, it didn't go well -- his BAC was .10.
The legal limit is .08, so Madsen was arrested for misdemeanor DUI. His bail has been set at $15k.
Madsen was also busted for DUI in Malibu back in 2012, when his BAC was twice the legal limit. He entered a 30-day rehab after that arrest, and the judge also ordered him to get outpatient treatment.
New Kids on the Block return to charts(3/22/19) Newly released 30th Anniversary Edition of Hangin’ Tough enters Billboard’s Pop/Catalog Albums charts
Multi-platinum-selling pop supergroup New Kids On The Block are back on the charts this week as NKOTB’s newly-released Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition) enters Billboard’s Pop Album and Catalog Albums charts at No. 1 while breaking into (at No. 18) the Top 20 of the current Billboard 200.
Released on March 8th by Sony Music Entertainment, the expanded 30th anniversary edition of Hangin’ Tough includes all ten original tracks from NKOTB’s career-making breakout album (first released by Columbia Records in September 1989) in addition to five hard-to-find extended versions and 7? remixes (three previously unreleased in the U.S.), and three brand-new tracks recorded by the reunited band especially for this collection. The original Hangin’ Tough peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September 1989 and has spent 133 weeks on that chart.
The new tracks on Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition) include the latest NKOTB single, “80s Baby” (featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Naughty By Nature) and “Boys In The Band,” the group’s infectious musical tribute to the history of the “boy band” phenomenon personified by NKOTB.
Thirty years after New Kids On The Block first dominated the world’s pop charts, the group got together to lens a fun-packed music video for “Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem).” Directed by John Asher, the video takes a new generation of music fans on a journey through the history of boy bands featuring pop-culture music icons Lance Bass, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson, and Bell Biv Devoe of New Edition (plus a special appearance by Joey McIntyre’s son Griffin). “New Kids On The Block are giving the youth of today a much-needed boy band history lesson in the group’s clever new video for ‘Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem),” wrote Rania Aniftos in Billboard while Justine Browning previewed the video for Entertainment Weekly, observing, “With the re-issue of their hit record Hangin’ Tough approaching, the group went back to school to revisit their early years as teens idols for the brand new track ‘The Boys in the Band (The Boy Band Anthem).’ Warning, it’s an earworm.”
As Donnie Wahlberg said of track and video, “I wrote the lyrics to the song as an homage to boy bands, but you can’t truly pay tribute to boy bands, visually, without a little self-deprecating humor. Nobody has thicker skin than boy band members.”
Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition) is available digitally and on CD, in a collectible 2 LP picture disc vinyl package, and as a NKOTB.com exclusive cassette. Commemorative Hangin’ Tough album and merch packages, including limited edition autographed items are also available.
NKOTB’s breakthrough album Hangin’ Tough produced hits like “Please Don’t Go Girl,” which became the group’s first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” a global hit that reached No. 3 on the charts, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” which became the group’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by the album’s title track which also went to No. 1, and “Cover Girl,” a fan favorite that hit No. 2 on the charts.
In addition to popular sales success, Hangin’ Tough garnered critical acclaim, won two American Music Awards (Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group) while earning a a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video, Long Form (now called Best Music Film). With sales of more than 14 million copies worldwide and certified 8x RIAA platinum in the US, Hangin’ Tough remains NKOTB’s best-selling album to date.
Following the release of Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition), NKOTB will embark on their epic 2019 The Mixtape Tour with very special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany. Kicking off May 2nd in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continuing through more than 50 North American cities, The Mixtape Tour will include stops in Boston, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and LA’s famed Hollywood Bowl.
Glynn Turman Joins ‘Claws’(2/27/19) Glynn Turman (How to Get Away With Murder) is set for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of TNT’s comedic drama Claws. The series follows the rise of five treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisans of Manatee County salon. The hit dramedy stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Jack Kesy, Kevin Rankin, Jason Antoon, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Suleka Mathew, Harold Perrineau and Dean Norris. Turman will play Calvin, Desna and Dean’s estranged father who comes back into their lives to make amends after turning his life around from drug addiction. Turman his continuing role on How To Get Away With Murder and in his upcoming roles on The Red Line for CBS, in the Netflix feature Sextuplets as well as alongside Ben Affleck in Warner Bros’ The Has Been for director Gavin O’Connor. Turman is repped by The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent.
‘Mr. Mercedes’: Gabriel Ebert & Rarmian Newton Set As Regulars, Glynn Turman To Recur In Season 3 In AT&T Audience Network Series(2/20/19) Gabriel Ebert (Ricki and the Flash) and Rarmian Newton (Rise) are set as series regulars and Glynn Turman (How To Get Away With Murder) will recur on the upcoming third season of AT&T Audience Network’s critically praised drama series Mr. Mercedes, from Sonar Entertainment. Production on the Stephen King adaptation is underway in Charleston, South Carolina.
Season 2 took place a year after Brady Hartsfield’s (Harry Treadaway) thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio. Since the incident, Hartsfield had been hospitalized in a vegetative state. Retired Detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) did his best to move on from his Brady obsession, teaming up with Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe) to open Finders Keepers, a private investigative agency. But when unexplainable occurrences began to affect hospital staff members attending to Brady, Hodges was haunted by the feeling that Brady was somehow responsible.
Ebert will play Morris Bellamy, intelligent, well-educated if not middle class, a volatile and charismatic wolf in sheep’s clothing. When he was younger he had ambitions of becoming a famous writer but ended up with a much less exciting life in Ohio.
Newton plays Peter Saubers, 16, smart and personable, he’s a junior in high school and on the college track. From a seemingly happy home, but that picturesque Midwestern life was derailed when his father was disabled during the Mr. Mercedes massacre.
Turman recurs as Judge Bernard Raines, the no-nonsense judge presiding over Lou Linklatter’s murder trial, he suffers no fools and takes no prisoners. He is none too pleased with the lawyers working on this case who seem hell bent for trial.
David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) returns for Season 3 to oversee the writer’s room and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) to direct. In addition to King, Kelley and Bender, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni of Sonar Entertainment, and Shane Elrod and Kate Regan of AT&T Audience Network will continue to serve as executive producers.
Ebert appeared in recent guest-starring roles on Instinct and The Blacklist and in features Ricki and the Flash, and upcoming The Devil All The Time. He’s repped by UTA.
Newton was one of the leads in NBC’s Rise and recently recurred on Tell Me A Story at CBS All Access. He’ll next be seen in a recurring role on AMC horror drama series NOSA42. He is repped by Gersh, Active Artists Management, Atlas Artists and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Turman can currently be seen on How To Get Away With Murder and in upcoming roles on The Red Line for CBS and in the Netflix feature Sextuplets as well as alongside Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros. film The Has Been for director Gavin O’Connor. Turman is repped by The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent.
HLN True-Crime Show Stars Asked If Evil Exists: “Yes. Our 45th President,” Hill Harper Responds – TCA(2/12/19) CNN’s HLN network came to TCA on Monday to talk about its latest news-headlines-by day, true-crime-by-night iteration. Donnie Wahlberg came too, because the Blue Bloods star will headline HLN’s new Very Scary People debuting March 17.
"Are you the Masked Singer,” was the first question he took, which maybe is not what HLN was looking for when deciding to make a rare TCA appearance (mostly, news programs shun the event).
Wahlberg’s wife Jenny McCarthy is a judge on Fox’s hit mystery-singers competition series, and a prevailing theory is that Wahlberg is one of the masked competitors.
“I can’t answer that,” Wahlberg responded coyly. “There’s a list of boy band-ers alleged to be The Rabbit, and I’m on the list. I think I’m trending behind Joey Fatone and Joey McIntyre.”
“My wife signed a non-disclosure and if it’s me I don’t know yet,” he joked.
Speaking of headline, one TV critic asked the beauty pageant question – “is there evil” – to the hosts of HNL’s primetime shows.
“Yes. Our 45th president,” Hill Harper responded, as TV critics gasped.
Some of HLN’s primetime hosts also star/starred in primetime procedurals. Those guys were asked if they’re worried about being pigeonholed.
“I sell hamburgers too,” Walhberg reminded. Conceding they’re not actual law enforcement, he argued, “but when you work on a show like Law & Order or Blue Bloods for years, if you care about your job, you focus on the police work and it brings a lot of insight to this.”
‘Interrogation’: David Strathairn To Star In CBS All Access True Crime Drama Series(1/29/19) David Strathairn (McMafia) is set for a lead role opposite Peter Sarsgaard in CBS All Access’ straight-to-series true-crime drama Interrogation.
Co-created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, Interrogation is an original concept based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective.
Strathairn will play the father whose settled, suburban life is blown to pieces when his 17-year-old son is charged, convicted and sent to prison for an unimaginable murder.
Based on the series’ unusual structure, CBS All Access will release the first nine episodes of the series to watch in any order, and the conclusive season finale will be released at a later date.
Strathairn won a supporting actor Emmy for his performance in HBO’s Temple Grandin and was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. He had a starring role in AMC/BBC limited series McMafia and most recently recurred on Showtime’s Billions and Syfy’s The Expanse. He’s repped by ICM Partners and managed by Madeline Ryan.
Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’(10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.
Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).
Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.
Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.
Glynn Turman on How to get Away With Murder 11/1/18(10/16/18) “We Can Find Him” – Annalise receives a call from Governor Birkhead, and she’s forced to weigh an interesting offer, while Bonnie reunites with her sister looking for answers from what happened years ago. Connor and Oliver try to keep their cool while their mothers are in town helping with wedding plans, and Tegan surprisingly enlists Laurel’s help on a big case at the firm, on “How to Get Away with Murder,” THURSDAY, NOV. 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“How to Get Away with Murder” stars Academy Award®-winner Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Detective Nate Lahey, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino, Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom, Conrad Ricamora as Oliver Hampton, Rome Flynn as Gabriel Maddox, Amirah Vann as Tegan Price and Timothy Hutton as Emmett Crawford.
Guest starring is John Hensley as Interim D.A. Ronald Miller, Glynn Turman as Nate Lahey Senior, Laura Innes as Governor Lynne Birkhead, Jessica Marie Garcia as Rhonda Navarro, Elizabeth Morton as Julie Winterbottom, Violet Hicks as Skyler Winterbottom, Matthew Alan Brady as Cody, Mia Katigbak as Joanna Hampton, Cynthia Stevenson as Pam Walsh, Daniel Dannas as Sexy Freddy and Eddie Jackson as prison guard.
“We Can Find Him” was written by Tess Leibowitz and directed by Jonathan Brown.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Strathairn To Star In ‘Walkaway Joe’ From SwingLake Entertainment(10/12/18) Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) and David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum) are set as leads in SwingLake Entertainment’s Walkaway Joe, which is being helmed by first-time feature director Tom Wright. Julian Feder and Julie Ann Emery also star in the pic that began production last month in St. John’s Parish, Louisiana.
Written by Michael Milillo, the story follows Dallas who takes to his bicycle to find his pool-hustling father who abandoned his family. Enter Joe Haley, a drifter wrestling with a past he’d rather forget. Feeling responsible for the boy’s safety, Joe reluctantly takes him in.
Producers are Rachel McHale, Minor Childers, and Milillo.
Strathairn is repped by ICM and Madeline Ryan; Morgan by UTA and attorney Stuart Rosenthal; Feder by Open Entertainment, INC. and The Savage Agency; Emery by Innovative Artists and Rohner Walerstein.
Wright, as an actor, has appeared in such films as Barbershop, Transformers: The Last Knight, as well as the Showtime series Ray Donovan. He’s repped by Pakula/King & Associates and Lighthouse Entertainment.
Pasha Lychnikoff on Magnum P.I. 10/29/18(10/11/18) “Death Is Only Temporary” – An aging tycoon, Henry Brown (Ben Vereen), asks Magnum to find his lost love who he says just recently contacted him – the only problem is she died 30 years ago. Also, Rick and TC meet a fellow vet who is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life, on MAGNUM P.I., Monday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Christopher Thornton (Kenny “Shammy” Shamberg), Ben Vereen (Henry Barr), Pasha Lychnikoff (Victor Chenko)
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Keegan Allen, Holland Roden To Star In Untitled Social Media Thriller(9/12/18) Pretty Little Liars alum Keegan Allen will star in an untitled social media thriller film along with Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden, Ronen Rubinstein, Denzel Whitaker, hip hop recording artist Siya, social media star George Janko and Pasha Lychnikoff. The pic, from writer-director Will Wernick, is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a social media personality who, along with his close friends and millions of online followers, travels to Moscow to capture new content for his successful vlog. Pushing the limits to excite and engage his growing audience, the group enters a cold world of mystery and excess at every turn, blurring the lines between game and danger until all of them must fight to survive.
Allen will lead the film as Cole Turner, the spontaneous, exuberant and confident young vlogger who has spent the bulk of his life online, escaping from his painful childhood and striving to catapult himself to the highest level of social media influence.
Sonia Lisette, Kelly Delson, Jeff Delson, and Wernick are producing.
Kim Dickens To Star In Showtime’s ‘Queen Fur’ Drama Pilot; Five Series Regulars Cast(8/22/18) Fear the Walking Dead alum Kim Dickens has been tapped to star opposite Lily Mae Harrington In Queen Fur, Showtime’s drama pilot from writer Eileen Myers (Masters of Sex). Michael Mosley (Seven Seconds), Jon Foster (Like Father), Joshua Mikel (The Walking Dead), Keith Machekanyanga (Timeless) and Spencer Howell (Ithaca) also have been cast as regulars should the pilot go to series.
Created, written and executive produced by Myers, Queen Fur is set in a small town in Central Florida – a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy (Harrington) – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.
Dickens will play Macy’s mom, a former local beauty queen.
Mosley will play Todd, a local gun salesman. Mikel is Ryan, an associate of Todd. Foster will play Rob, Macy’s older brother, an ex-Marine plagued with anxieties. Machekanyanga will play Ralph, a small time criminal who fancies himself an entrepreneur. Howell is 9-year-old Jim, the youngest member of Rita and Macy’s family.
Queen Fur is a co-production of Showtime and Sony Pictures TV. Sian Heder (Orange Is the New Black) will direct the pilot. Deb Spera (Army Wives) will serve as an executive producer with Myers.
Dickens is coming off her role as Madison in Fear the Walking Dead. She shared in a SAG award nomination for Deadwood and has also starred or recurred in film and TV projects including House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, Gone Girl, Treme, Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, among others. She’s repped by Gersh.
Mosley is set to reprise his role as Preacher Mason Young in season two of Netflix’s Ozark. He most recently starred as Detective Joe ‘Fish’ Rinaldi in crime-drama, Seven Seconds alongside Regina King, also for Netflix. His other credits include a starring role on USA Network’s Sirens and a recurring on ABC’s Castle. He’s repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
Mikel played Jared in seasons 7 & 8 of The Walking Dead and is set for a recurring role as Steven Conners in Black Lightning. He’s repped by J Pervis Talent Agency.
Foster starred in Accidentally on Purpose, Windfall and Life As We Know It, and has also appeared in the films Rampart, Brotherhood, Stay Alive and The Door in the Floor.
Machekanyanga’s credits include NBC’s Timeless and lead roles in Hyde Park’s independent feature Followers and AFI’s Outdooring. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Principal Entertainment Group.
Howell first appeared on screen in the Meg Ryan-directed Ithaca.
‘Weird City’: Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Laverne Cox Among Guest Stars Set For Jordan Peele Sci-Fi Anthology On YouTube(7/28/18) Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Laverne Cox and LeVar Burton have been tapped to guest star on Weird City, YouTube’s upcoming half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology from Oscar and Emmy winner Jordan Peele and Emmy-nominated writer Charlie Sanders.
Co-written by Peele and Sanders, Weird City is an anthology set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertain to present- day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.
Weird City is produced by Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic and Raskal Productions. Jose Molina (The Tick, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will also serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld who will executive produce through Monkeypaw, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni through Sonar Entertainment, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller through Mosaic and Keith Raskin and Linda Morel through Raskal Productions.
The six-episode series will debut exclusively on YouTube Premium in 2019.
Glynn Turman, Stephanie Turner To Topline ‘Justine’(3/19/18) Glynn Turman (House of Lies, Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder) is set to co-star in Stephanie Turner’s directorial debut drama, Justine, which she also wrote and is starring in. It follows Lisa Wade (Turner), a single mom who is forced to move in with her father-in-law after the death of her husband. She takes a job as a caretaker to a young girl with Spina Bifida, in what turns out to be a racist household. At first an unlikely pair, the two become friends and ultimately help one another grow and change. Turman will portray Papa Don, Lisa’s father-in-law, a former Navy cook whose Marine son was recently killed in the line of duty. He has to put aside his grief in order to raise his two grandchildren, who have been neglected by their mother following her loss. Producers are Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) and Angie Edgar along with Football Brat Productions, while Turman will serve as executive producer. Turman, who will next be seen in Paramount’s Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, is repped by SMS Talent. Turner is repped by Alchemy Entertainment.
Donnie Wahlberg’s still got his ‘New Kids’ skills(3/4/18) Fotogs outside of Katsuya Hollywood challenged New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg, 48.
“He was getting into his [SUV] and was closing his door as they challenged him” to dance. “He jumped back [out] and proceeded to dance to ‘The Right Stuff.’”
The singer then “took a camera and started filming the paparazzi. Everyone was loving it.”
We’re told that Larry David was also inside the eatery, dining with a group of eight that included Jon Hamm and Doc Rivers.
Pasha Lychnikoff Joins ‘Last Moment of Clarity’(2/28/18) Pasha Lychnikoff (Shameless and Ray Donovan) has signed on for Last Moment of Clarity, the first feature for writer/director brothers Colin Krisel and James Krisel. Currently filming in Virginia, the pic stars Samara Weaving, Carly Chaikin, and Zach Avery and follows Sam (Avery) who, after witnessing the murder of his fiancée Georgia (Weaving), re-emerges in Los Angeles, reconnects with his old friend Kat (Chaikin), and together they try to avoid the Albanian mafia while uncovering the truth about Georgia. Andrew Levitas of Metalwork Pictures is producing along with Stephen Israel and Allan Loeb. Levitas’ Rogue Black shingle is financing the project. Lychnikoff will play Karl, a mob flunky who is obsessed with finding Sam and exacting vengeance for his brother. Additionally, Lychnikoff’s upcoming slate includes Matt Ross’ Siberia, starring Keanu Reeves. He’s repped by INSURGE-Ent.
Pasha Lychnikoff on MacGyver 3/2/18(2/6/18) “Hammock + Balcony” – MacGyver, Leanna, Riley and Bozer pose as honeymoon couples at a resort in order to gain information about a Serbian war criminal from his newly married son. Also, Bozer wonders if Matty knows about his relationship with Leanna, and Jack recruits Elwood (Billy Baldwin) to help him break into Matty’s home, on MACGYVER, Friday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
REGULAR CAST: GUEST CAST: Billy Baldwin (Elwood Davis), Reign Edwards (Leanna), Pasha Lychnikoff (Boris).
Donnie Wahlberg happy to expand his waistline, pick up some Patriots fans – Twin Cities(2/3/18) (twincities.com) Among other things, Donnie Wahlberg plans to loosen his belt while in town this weekend for the Super Bowl.
“Once (New Kids on the Block) tours stop, I start eating whatever I want,” said the 48-year-old Boston native during a phone interview Wednesday from the “Blue Bloods” set. “I have a 32-inch waist on tour and when it’s done, I go up to 36 inches. I’m still around a 34 now, and I’m going to be eating this weekend.”
Wahlberg will host the 15th annual “Leather and Laces” party Friday night in downtown Minneapolis with his wife, Jenny McCarthy. He’ll also sit in with her Friday morning at Radio Row at the Mall of America for her SiriusXM radio show. “I help her out, because she doesn’t know much about football,” he said with a laugh.
“Leather and Laces” refers to the leather and lace of a football, not what attendees are expected to wear, said Wahlberg, who is hosting it for the third time. “There’s no real secret to it, it’s just a really great party,” he explained. It attracts various NFL stars and will feature a performance from rapper/singer Flo Rida. “I’m bringing some friends and special guests. Naughty by Nature is going to be there for an impromptu show.”
Wahlberg emerged in the early ’80s as the first recruit of what would become the multi-platinum boy band New Kids on the Block. After the hits dried up, Wahlberg transitioned into acting and landed roles in “The Sixth Sense,” “Ransom” and several of the “Saw” movies. He has also worked extensively on television and, since 2010, starred in the CBS drama “Blue Bloods” alongside Tom Selleck.
In 2008, New Kids on the Block reunited and have since successfully filled arenas with tours that are nostalgic, goofy and quite fun. “We enjoy it,” he said. “I do most of the creative direction for each tour. It’s a process finding (the balance) between campiness and sincerity and trying certain things without going overboard.”
One of Wahlberg’s ideas, which has become standard at NKOTB shows, is the live camera in the group’s backstage dressing room, one of the reasons he needs to stay trim while on the road. “I don’t want the show to stop. If we have to leave the stage, why not take the audience with us? It’s like when we go to the secondary stage. We could sneak down a hallway in the dark, but we march right through the audience. That has a big impact and brings everyone a little closer to the action.”
It was through NKOTB’s touring that Wahlberg found an affinity for the Mall of America. (He was delighted when he learned it was the location of Radio Row.)
“My son (Elijah) has been with me on the last three tours and one of the stops we always plan is the Mall of America,” he said, adding that his visits are typically low key. “I think if Jenny and I were to walk through the mall, it’s pretty easy to pick up on us both. But if it’s me and the kid, I throw on a hoodie and shades and can be pretty much incognito.”
Wahlberg is about to have another reason to like the mall. In 2011, he opened the casual dining restaurant Wahlburgers with his brother Paul (a chef) and Mark (aka Marky Mark and actor). It has since expanded into a chain and spawned an A&E series that wrapped its eighth season in September. A Wahlburgers is set to open at the Mall of America in the spring. “I was hoping to host an event there, but it’s not open yet,” he said. “I’ll probably do a walk-through, though.”
It’s not just the Mall of America, however, that’s special to Wahlberg. “The New Kids always sort of felt we wanted to do really well in the Twin Cities. When we were younger, we knew that’s where Prince was from, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. We’re all huge fans of those guys. We would hear stories that Prince was coming to see us but would be in disguise. We didn’t know if it was true, but we knew we really had to be on our game.’
Speaking of games, Wahlberg said coming from Boston means following all of the city’s sports. “You grow up with all four sports team. We have four seasons and we roll with every team. If you’re a Boston sports fan, you’re equally passionate about the Sox and Celtics.”
Wahlberg does go to a lot of basketball games, because, logistically, they’re the easiest for him to attend. “I’m a huge Celtics fan, but football has always been a much more emotional sport for me, going back to when I was a kid. I’ve cried over the Patriots and some heartbreaking losses. I’ve never cried over basketball.”
As of now, Wahlberg is 3-2 for Patriots Super Bowls he’s been able to see in person, and he’s hoping for another win on Sunday.
What should locals know about Patriots fans?
“We’ve been there before, we’re happy and excited. We know how to take it all in and pace ourselves and not do anything to ruin the game,” he said.
So they won’t be throwing any beer cans or batteries?
“I don’t think you’ll be seeing any of that. It’s a delicate thing. I understand that Minnesota fans are not happy about the experience in Philadelphia. I’ve never had a bad fan experience in Philadelphia, but if Minnesotans are cheering for the Patriots because of the way things went in Philly, we’ll happily take them on. Everyone else will be cheering against us, so we’re very grateful if one more state will help us out.”
If you go
What: The 15th annual “Leather and Laces” party, co-hosted by Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 700 Fifth St. N., Mpls.
Tickets: $25,000 (VIP cabana for 15)-$350 (general admission) via www.leatherandlaces.com
Donnie Wahlberg and David McCallum to Narrate 75th Anniversary of D-Day Film(1/16/18) Actors Donnie Wahlberg (Band of Brothers, Blue Bloods) and veteran actor David McCallum (Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Great Escape) will lend their voice to a 75th anniversary of D-Day film focused on the 2nd Ranger Battalion’s critical mission of climbing the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc on D-Day and knocking out German gun positions.
The Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc will mark the 22nd film focused on the personal stories of World War II produced by Tim Gray Media and the World War II Foundation and also the fifth collaboration with Executive Producer David F. Alfonso and TGM/WWII Foundation.
Previously, David F. Alfonso has served as Executive Producer on the films Dick Winters: Hang Tough, Above and Beyond, Remember Pearl Harbor narrated by Tom Selleck and D-Day: Over Normandy narrated by Bill Belichick. Alfonso was also a key contributor to the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France, which was dedicated on June 6, 2012 behind Utah Beach.
When he is not backing the efforts of the World War II Foundation, David is the Executive Chairman at Empire, a private investment firm focused on acquiring business units from public and private corporations. In the past twenty years he has acquired a diversified group of 60 global companies, which in aggregate generated revenues over $5 billion annually, and employed over 15,000 people throughout the world.
“David is first and foremost, an historian when it comes to World War II,” said Tim Gray, Founder of the World War II Foundation. “He has been a key supporter of our efforts because he believes, as we all do, that these stories need to be preserved for a global television audience so people don’t forget what the World War II generation accomplished. They saved the world, “Gray continued.
“I am happy to be a part of this special film recognizing the 75th anniversary of D-Day and especially, the contributions and bravery of the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe-du-Hoc,” David F. Alfonso said. “It is one of the most incredible stories of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion and we have two great narrators to bring the story to life,” said Alfonso. “The veterans interviewed for this film are now all gone, but their stories will live on in history.”
The Quick Overview:
The incredible story of the U.S. Army Rangers who assaulted the 100-foot-high cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc on June 6, 1944, where 6 German cannons were supposed to be located and taken out.
Documentary to include:
-Interviews with D-Day and Pointe-du-Hoc survivors.
-Exclusive Drone footage of the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc and rare archival video.
-Exclusive Drone footage of the English Channel approach to Pointe du Hoc and of the seaward side of the cliffs themselves.
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Wahlberg family burger chain facing financial troublesMark Wahlberg’s family burger chain Wahlburgers closed its Coney Island location this month, but sources exclusively tell Page Six that location’s not the only one in trouble.
The company has said the Brooklyn location will reopen, but there have also been problems launching a Times Square location.
“They have not been paying their bills,” says a source of both shops. “They were on the verge of being locked out of Coney Island” for not paying rent.
We hear Wahlburgers is behind on rent on its 8,300-square-foot location at 725 Eighth Ave., owned by Thor Equities.
The burger spot took the space in 2015, but has yet to open. “They’re having trouble opening in Times Square. There’s some financial issue,” a source says.
Another source says staffers at the Coney Island location were stiffed and “they have not been paying their bills.”
A rep for the chain commented:
“Wahlburgers required its Coney Island restaurant to close due to a number of factors. The same franchise group was in the process of developing a space in Times Square. In both cases the franchisee was not operating in compliance with Wahlburgers business practices and brand standards.”
The rep added, “Ownership is in the process of restructuring their business and bringing in new management to ensure that Wahlburgers Coney Island maintains the brand’s values and high criteria as both a restaurant and a workplace. We are committed to the revitalization of Coney Island and reopening there, in addition to bringing Wahlburgers to Times Square, when we’re confident the leadership, staff, and resources are in place to uphold Wahlburgers’ commitment to excellence in all regards. We have no further comment.”
A rep for the Times Square landlord declined to comment.
‘Blue Bloods' set for Paleyfest NYMonday, October 16: “Blue Bloods,” 8:00 pm
Panelists: Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Len Cariou, Will Estes, and Kevin Wade (Executive Producer); Moderator: Vladimir Duthiers, CBS Correspondent
David Strathairn Joins The Expanse in 'Significant' Season 3 RoleAlphas alum David Strathairn has closed a deal to join Season 3 of Syfy’s The Expanse, Alcon Television Group announced on Friday.
The Academy Award-nominated actor will play “a substantial character with a significant arc,” the production house revealed. No further details were disclosed.
Oscar-nominated for his role in 2005’s Good Night, and Good Luck, Strathairn’s previous TV credits include The Blacklist, Billions, Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Sopranos, in addition to his aforementioned run as Alphas‘ Dr Rosen.
Based on the novel of the same name written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S. A. Corey, The Expanse is currently filming Season 3 in Toronto, to premiere in 2018.
Donnie Wahlberg Shows Love for Waffle House Staff With $500 Late-Night TipCurrently on the Total Package Tour with New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg stopped for a late-night snack at a Waffle House in Edgewood, Maryland, on Monday and ended up surprising the staff with a $500 tip.
Wahlberg even shared a selfie with two employees on Twitter, thanking them for their "awesome service."
Jessica Reed, an employee who works the morning shift at the Waffle House, told People, “There were two servers and a cook, and he left a $500 tip for the three of them to split, They took a picture together and he was apparently really awesome.”
One of the employees who was there for Wahlberg's 3 a.m. meal tweeted a picture of the $62.75 bill with his generous tip, including a smiley face and a heart.
@DonnieWahlberg is the best!!!! #FaveWahlberg -- pic.twitter.com/u8yPpJ1cer
— Lisa (@BronxBombers46) June 26, 2017
‘My Dinner With Hervé’: David Strathairn Cast In HBO MovieDavid Strathairn has been cast opposite Peter Dinklage in My Dinner With Hervé, Sacha Gervasi’s HBO movie.
Directed and written by Gervasi based on a story he wrote with Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both. Strathairn will play Marty Rothstein, Hervé’s longtime agent.
In addition to Dinklage and Dornan, the cast includes Mireille Enos, Oona Chaplin and Harriet Walter.
Gervasi, Dinklage and Steve Zaillian executive produce with Richard Middleton, Ross Katz and Jessica de Rothschild, with Garrett Basch and David Ginsberg co-executive producing.
My Dinner with Hervé marks the second project on which Gervasi and Strathairn have worked together. Strathairn appears in Gervasi’s upcoming film November Criminals, which will be released in November. Also upcoming for Strathairn is drama thriller Fast Color in which he appears opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw. On the TV side, the former Alphas star recently guest-starred in Billions and recurred on Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Blacklist. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Madeline Ryan/Ryan Entertainment.
Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nick Cannon, Jesse Williams and More to Present at First-Ever NBA AwardsThe 2017 NBA Awards on TNT is already turning out to be a star-studded event.
Hosted by Drake, ET can exclusively reveal that presenters will include Chadwick Boseman, Monica Brown, Nick Cannon, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grant Hill, Dirk Nowitzki, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jussie Smollett, John Wall and Jesse Williams. More celebrities attending the show are Chris Tucker, Baron Davis, Hill Harper, Reggie Miller, Von Miller, Isiah Thomas and Donnie Wahlberg.
Model Damaris Lewis will serve as the trophy presenter for this year’s event, and Nicki Minaj will be performing. ET previously confirmed that the Inside the NBA studio team including Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal will also be in attendance.
The NBA Awards on TNT is the NBA's official annual award show to honor all the league's top performers on one night, and will be presented live from New York City on Monday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. Awards presented throughout the night will include Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year.
Earlier this month, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to defeat LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but it was Curry's adorable daughters with wife Ayesha -- 4-year-old Riley and 1-year-old Ryan -- who stole the show.
ET spoke with Ayesha, who's made a name for herself in the food and cooking world, last November, when she got candid about her husband's skills in the kitchen!
Donnie Wahlberg is co-narrating the upcoming ESPN ’30 for 30? on the Celtics-Lakers rivalryKevin McHale won’t be the only one featured in the upcoming ESPN documentary on the Celtics-Lakers rivalry who is known for his time on the block.
Dorchester-born actor, burger mogul, Boston sports fan, and ’90s boy band member Donnie Wahlberg is co-narrating the five-hour film, Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, the network announced Wednesday. According to ESPN, Wahlberg will narrate the Celtics portion of the documentary, while fellow ’90s hip hop talent-turned-actor Ice Cube will serve as narrator for the Lakers.
The two-part documentary, which is part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, will air on ESPN on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14 — the two days between what would be Games 5 and 6 of the NBA Finals.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Finals, Best of Enemies focuses on the peak of the heated Celtics-Lakers rivalry. However, the film begins by tracing the interwoven history of the two historic teams from the 1960s through the heydays of the 1980s. In a statement, directer Jim Podhoretz said they found the players they interviewed “to be totally engaged.”
“The vivid details that they recall, the candid feelings, their hatred, their joy and their vulnerability are all out there for people to see,” Podhoretz said.
According to ESPN, the film includes interviews with “key figures in the rivalry.” In December, Podhoretz told Sports Illustrated that he had already conducted long interviews with Danny Ainge and Cedric Maxwell and expected to secure sit-downs with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson can be seen in a brief trailer released by ESPN.
(Video) Here’s a breakdown of how the film will unfold over the two-night debut, according to ESPN:
Night One: Parts One and Two of the film not only trace the history, but also present a fabulous cast of characters who would change the NBA and open America’s collective mind. At the center of it all in the 1980s was a pair of brilliant basketball talents – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers circled each other for four years until they faced off in an epic NBA Finals in 1984.
Night Two: Part Three picks up the story right after the thrilling 1984 NBA Finals and then explores the saga from 1985 to 1987 as the teams’ disdain for each other gradually turns to respect. The Celtics and Lakers – Bird and Magic in particular – transformed the fans’ view of the game from simple black-and-white to full-blown Technicolor. By the end of their last battle of that era in 1987, while there was still animosity, they had also developed a hard-earned respect for each other. In the final analysis, it was a rivalry that forced America to no longer view the league in black and white.
Keanu Reeves Starring Thriller ‘Siberia’ Rounds Its CastMatthew Ross’ romantic thriller Siberia starring Keanu Reeves has added Pasha Lychnikoff (Shameless, Ray Donovan), Ana Ularu (Inferno, NBC’s Emerald City) and Molly Ringwald to its cast as production commences. Written by Scott B. Smith based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel, the pic follows Lucas (Reeves), an American diamond merchant, who travels to Russia and falls into an obsessive relationship with Katya (Ularu), a Russian cafe owner, in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade. Hamel and Reeves of Company Films, Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany, Dave Hansen and Braden Aftergood are producing. Cassian Elwes helped arrange financing and is executive producing with Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz; Simon Williams of Ingenious; Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann of Film House; Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Zeal; and Phyllis Laing and Jeff Beesley of Buffalo Gals. Lychnikoff, repped by INSURGE-Ent, will play Boris Volkov, chief antagonist to Reeves’ character. Ularu is repped by UTA, Ringwald is with Barking Dog Entertainment and Untitled. IM Global is handling international sales.
CBS RENEWS 18 SERIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASONCBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America’s Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date.
The shows renewed to date include 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, 2 newsmagazines and a roster of hit programs across every night of the week. They also include the #1 scripted program/comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 drama NCIS; the #1 new series BULL; the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT; and the #1 newsmagazine 60 MINUTES.
In addition, 5 freshman shows are part of the Network’s early renewals, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MACGYVER, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS.
Following are the renewed series to date for the 2017-2018 season:
THE BIG BANG THEORY
KEVIN CAN WAIT
LIFE IN PIECES
MAN WITH A PLAN
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
CBS will finish the current season as America’s Most Watched Network for the 14th time in 15 years. The Network will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint & Others Join Drama Thriller ‘Fast Color’David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney and Christopher Denham have signed on to drama thriller Fast Color opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The pic is directed by Juila Hart and produced by La La Land Oscar nominee Jordan Horowitz under his Original Headquarters banner and LD Entertainment Jackie producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Filming is underway in New Mexico.
In Fast Color, Mbatha-Raw plays Ruth, a woman who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Now, years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Toussaint will play Bo, Ruth’s mother. Strathairn is Ellis, the sheriff of the small town where Ruth grew up. Sidney stars as Lila, Ruth’s daughter, while Denham will portray Bill, leader of the rogue government organization determined to capture Ruth.
Toussaint is a SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award winner and NAACP Image Award nominee for her turn as inmate Vee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. She also appeared in Selma and is starring in the second season of Fox’s Rosewood. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Frontline Management and attorney Nina Shaw.
Strathairn won a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFA and Indie Spirit noms for his turn as Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. He next will be seen in the AMC/BBC drama McMafia. Strathairn is repped by ICM Partners and Ryan Entertainment.
Sidney most recently was seen in Denzel Washington’s Fences playing Raynell and in Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures, which won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble. She’ll next be seen in Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. She is represented by Abrams Artists and LA Management.
Denham stars on Showtime’s Billions and has been seen in such pics as Money Monster, Shutter Island, Duplicity and Argo. He is with UTA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
CAA represents domestic distribution rights to Fast Color.
New Kids on the Block Are Back for 'One More Night' in New Video(Video) New Kids on the Block are back after a four-year hiatus with the new Thankful EP that's due out in May and its first single, "One More Night," suggests the group will be sticking around for a little longer than that.
In a new music video -- premiering here exclusively with Billboard -- Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood all spend some serious time pining before its time to get to business and hit the stage.
In this instance, as the iconic quintet sings the longing pop track, it seems what its members missed most of all were the bright lights and audience's affection.
Thankful will be released May 12.
Glynn Turman Joins ‘Brothered Up’ CBS Comedy PilotGlynn Turman (House Of Lies) has booked a series regular role opposite Romany Malco in Brothered Up, CBS’ multi-camera buddy cop comedy from CBS TV Studios. Written and executive produced by Mark Gross, with sitcom veteran James Burrows directing and exec producing, Brothered Up centers on Calvin (Malco), an emotionally guarded African-American cop who is partnered with Farooq (Adhir Kalyan), an emotionally available Pakistani cop. Together, they’re forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood. Turman will play Frank, Calvin’s retired-cop father, who’s landed at his son’s house where he’s crashing until he meets a potential fourth wife. Turman, who won an Emmy for his turn in HBO’s In Treatment, played Jeremiah Kaan on House Of Lies and recently recurred on Queen Sugar. He’s repped by SMS Talent.
Wahlbergs embroiled in food fight(bostonglobe.com) Boston’s famous Wahlberg brothers, who founded their own burger chain to much acclaim, are being sued by their business partners and longtime family friends, who say they were shut out of plans to expand the Wahlburgers restaurant chain.
William “Billy” Leonard and Edward St. Croix allege in a lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Plymouth County Superior Court, that Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg left them out of plans to develop Wahlburgers into a franchise operation even though they were central players in the creation of its Hingham flagship.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The 33-page complaint offers all the drama — and possibly more — than an episode of the reality TV show “Wahlburgers,” which is now in its seventh season of chronicling the family’s business escapades.
“Ultimately, the three Wahlberg brothers — whose interpersonal relationships are dysfunctional — wound up as the sole managers” of the enterprise, the lawsuit states. “They then stole the most valuable franchise opportunities for themselves.”
A spokeswoman for Wahlburgers Corporate Headquarters issued a statement Wednesday calling the complaint “frivolous and unsubstantiated.”
“It’s obvious that this lawsuit, with its unbridled litany of false and misleading claims, was concocted to further the plaintiffs’ own personal agendas at the expense of the truth, the Wahlberg family and other investors,” the statement read. “Family, fairness, and integrity are at the core of the Wahlburgers brand, and we are prepared to protect the values for which we stand.”
Leonard, one of the plaintiffs, grew up in Dorchester with Mark Wahlberg, who made a splash early in his career as the rapper “Marky Mark” and now works as a successful Hollywood actor and producer.
Leonard’s ties to the family ran deep. He was a minority owner in Wahlburgers initial location and became a regular “character” on the Wahlburgers’ TV show. The relationship has since soured, according to the lawsuit.
St. Croix, a South Shore restaurant entrepreneur and a family friend of the Wahlbergs, also had an ownership stake with the brothers in two restaurants in Hingham, including the first Wahlburgers that opened in 2011. Paul Wahlberg worked there as executive chef.
In the lawsuit, St. Croix said that the idea for Wahlburgers was his and that he created the “vision and strategy” for the restaurant, designing the interior, the menu, and even coming up with the idea to create a reality TV show.
“Years ago, Mr. St. Croix discussed the idea with Paul Wahlberg, and they then piqued Mark Wahlberg’s interest, and later, that of Donnie,” it said.
According to the lawsuit, both St. Croix and Leonard asserted they had to negotiate around the brothers’ “extreme dysfunction” to get the Wahlburgers restaurant idea off the ground.
But by the end of 2012, the lawsuit alleged: “the Wahlbergs had successfully removed Mr. St. Croix as manager, installed themselves as sole managers ... and united on a common mission: cut out Mr. St. Croix and Mr. Leonard and [hoard] the bulk of the store-generated profits for themselves.”
The lawsuit does not say why St. Croix was removed but alleges that changes to the company were then made without a vote by either man.
By 2014, the lawsuit alleges, the company had reorganized, leaving St. Croix with a “reduced 7.87percent voting interest” in Wahlburgers and Leonard with a 3.37percent stake.
The relationships devolved from there. The men claimed they did not learn about moves to expand to a franchise operation until last year when they became aware that Wahlburgers was involved in development agreements for restaurants in numerous cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Las Vegas.
The lawsuit also says that Leonard and Mark Wahlberg argued on the set of the “Wahlburgers” TV show while filming in New Orleans in 2015. Wahlberg, the suit said, pulled him aside, screamed obscenities, and threatened him physically.
“His relationship with Mark has not been repaired and his relationship with Paul has been strained since that time,” the lawsuit said.
'What Do You Got to Lose?' Donnie Wahlberg Gives Joey McIntyre Life Advice in Return of the Mac Clip(Video) Joey McIntyre is being thrown back out into the spotlight — as a talk show host!
In Return of the Mac, Pop TV’s scripted comedy series starring boy band heartthrob McIntyre as a version of himself alongside his real-life family — his wife, Barrett, and their three children, Griffin, 8, Rhys, 6, and Kira, 5 — the former New Kids on the Block star attempts to become a serious actor. But somehow, he finds himself reluctantly taking on the role of a talk show host.
In a preview clip, McIntyre asks friend and former bandmate Donnie Wahlberg for advice.
“A talk show? I want to be an actor, not interview actors,” says McIntyre.
“If you ask me, I say do it. What do you got to lose?” responds Wahlberg, while painting his wife’s (Jenny McCarthy) toes. “If it sucks, nobody is going to see it anyways … You know our motto, ‘Don’t be a slob, take the job.’ ”
“You never know, it could lead to bigger and better things anyway,” says Wahlberg.
And apparently, Wahlberg’s attempt to get McIntyre to “take the job” works!
“Alex, tell them I’m in,” McIntyre says on the phone.
McIntyre, who is producing the show along with Wahlberg and McCarthy, recently opened up to PEOPLE about the filming experience he’s had with his family.
“It’s been fun to see my kids and how they respond and take direction,” McIntyre, 44, says. “But, they’re moving on. When’s their next play date? It’s been fun, exciting, stressful at times trying to figure out whether it was right for the kids.”
Return of the Mac premieres April 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Pop TV.
Rao’s owner Frank Pellegrino Sr. dies of cancerRao’s legend and “Sopranos” star Frank Pellegrino Sr. died on Tuesday aged 72 following a cancer battle.
The famed Harlem restaurateur’s close friend Bo Dietl told Page Six, “We lost a part of New York today when we lost Frankie. There’s nobody like him, he’s an icon.”
Dietl, a former NYPD detective and now New York City mayoral candidate said Pellegrino passed away just before 2p.m. at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital with his family at his side.
Dietl continued, “Rao’s may be over 100 years old, but the person who made Rao’s what it is, was Frankie. It is a place that is so unique because of him and it not going to be the same without him. He was big-hearted and generous and always took care of people. What a shining star and a big personality, I will miss singing along with him every Thursday night.”
Pellegrino was diagnosed with cancer last year, and had been recuperating at his homes in the city and Southampton between treatments. But he still made regular appearances at his famed Harlem red sauce joint to greet his regulars.
“He never complained once, he was always upbeat. I am going to miss my best friend, he was one of the bravest guys I ever met,” Dietl added.
Many Rao’s regulars were expected to gather at the restaurant to pay tribute to Frankie on Tuesday night.
Diners over the years have included Martin Scorsese — who cast Pellegrino in “GoodFellas,” Leo DiCaprio (who filmed a scene for “Wolf of Wall Street” with Dietl in the restaurant), Keith Richards, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Woody Allen. Pellegrino Sr went on to play a FBI bureau chief on “The Sopranos.”
He leaves behind a son Frankie Jr, who runs Rao’s outposts in LA and Las Vegas, a daughter, and wife Josephine.
A+E Scores Canadian DealsA+E Networks has scored a raft of program sales deals in Canada. From the scripted catalogue, Corus’ Historia will premiere Roots in French-speaking Canada while in English-speaking Canada, History premiered Six on January 18 and snapped up Knightfall in addition to unscripted hits Donnie Loves Jenny slated for Slice, and Psychic Kids headed to Own plus Crime + Investigation. Roots was also picked up for English-speaking Canada by streaming service Crave and And Then There Were None and UnReal have been picked up by SRC in French-speaking Canada. Further unscripted sales include Paranormal State, Possessed, Homegrown, Makeover and Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End to Blue Ant. SRC has renewed Big History, Mankind: The Story of Us and Pope Benedict for Explora.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Slam Mariah Carey for New Year's Eve Performance DramaJenny McCarthy is not mincing her words for Mariah Carey.
The Grammy winner rang in the new year on a rocky note when she gave a shaky performance during the annual Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. While she was slated to perform two of her career hits, "Emotions" and "We Belong Together," the songstress ultimately spent her set walking around the stage out of sync, claiming she could not hear the background track. "We didn't have a check for this song," Carey told the packed Times Square crowd as she tried to carry on with the routine despite alleged technical difficulties. "I'm trying to be a good sport here."
Amid rising speculation and public criticism, the reality star later took to social media to try and shake off the snafu. "S--t happens…Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!...Here's to making more headlines in 2017," she tweeted.
"I felt really bad for her, because it was that bad," the event's co-host Jenny McCarthy said of the routine on her SiriusXM radio show, The Jenny McCarthy Show. "It was a complete train wreck. And like Donnie [Wahlberg] said, being in this business, I know what it's like to have your prompter go out. I know what it's like to have my inner ears go out. It's scary, and it's like your brain malfunctions and you're on live TV. So I was like, you know what, I have sympathy for her. My sympathy stopped, however, the moment she accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her performance."
McCarthy was referencing later developments from Carey's camp, which claimed dcp was aware of Carey's alleged sound problems and failed to fix them before it was time to take the stage.
"We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance," Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, told Billboard. "They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened—at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd."
"After the show," she continued to Billboard, "I called [Dick Clark Productions'] Mark Shimmel and I said, 'What the f--k happened?' He said, 'Let me call you back,' then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, 'No way.' I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense...It's not artist-friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year's Eve gift to them."
However, the production company had a different story. "As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists," dcp said in a statement released Sunday to E! News. "To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year's Rockin' Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.
"An initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey's New Year's Eve performance," the organization added.
"If Dick Clark were alive today, I guarantee he would be on air right now fighting back. He's not, so I'm going to," McCarthy continued to sound off. "Dick Clark Productions has been doing this show for 45 years...I've never seen a production company, like Donnie said, more prepared, more supportive of their musical guests, so for her to defame them was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing for their musical guests."
McCarthy and her husband did not take too kindly to Carey's lack of a sound check, either.
"She did whatever you would call a like dance move rehearsal holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check," the co-host alleged.
"The buck stops with the artist," the New Kids On The Block member continued. "No rehearsal, that's on her. And to blame Dick Clark Productions and Ryan Seacrest by default who is an executive producer, too—these people have made their career on love of music and artists and respect for music and artists. Dick Clark built his whole empire on music and artists and performances. Those guys make you rehearse, and rehearse and rehearse. I heard Gloria Estefan out there rehearsing. I heard last year Demi Lovato 10 times rehearsing.
"I was there for the past seven years watching band after band," McCarthy added. "Taylor Swift rehearsing her balls off. Like I said, we rehearsed for four days, 10 hours a day. We have more sound checks, satellite checks, teleprompter checks, than any show down there. I promise you that."
SAG Awards NominationsThe 2017 SAG Awards will be handed out January 29 live on TNT and TBS.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’: Amazon Drama Gets Debut Date & Jazz Age Trailer(Video) No couple epitomized the rebellion and the glamour of the Jazz Age like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, and now the Amazon series about their tumultuous romance and life has a launch date and a new trailer.
A peek at the Christina Ricci-starring Z: The Beginning of Everything can be seen above, and the 10-episode first season can all be seen in its entirety starting January 27.
With American Crime alum David Hoflin as The Great Gatsby author, Z follows the pair from their first meeting in Montgomery, AL, in 1918 and all the way to the top of the literary and social circles of NYC and Paris and seemingly everywhere in between – with a lot of style, a lot of booze and no small degree of emotional explosions.
Having first made its pilot debut back on November 4, 2015, the series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin snared a series pickup just over year ago. If you’ve seen the Tim Blake Nelson-directed pilot, you’ll know that Z aims to take the former Zelda Sayre out of the shadow of her husband and show the artistic and destructive force she was unto herself — a creative force that F. Scott more than liberally lifted from for his own works. If you haven’t seen the pilot, you can watch it right now on Amazon Prime before the rest of the series starts next year.
Besides Ricci as Zelda and Hoflin as F. Scott, Z also features David Strathairn as Zelda’s father plus Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind and Holly Curran. Prestwich and Yorkin serve as EPs on Z along with Ricci, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.
New Kids on the Block announce summer tour with Boyz II Men and Paula AbdulThirty years after the debut of their first album, New Kids on the Block have still got the right stuff — and they’re taking it back on tour.
The band announced the Total Package, a massive North American summer tour with special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, on Tuesday.
While New Kids on the Block have been active on the tour circuit in recent years (they even joined fellow boy banders Backstreet Boys on the road in 2011), Total Package will mark Abdul’s return to the stage as her first tour in 25 years. Boyz II Men previously joined New Kids on the Block for their Package tour in 2013.
“Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception,” NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement. “It’s not just a show, it’s an experience. Paula Abdul is such a pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the best R&B acts of all time. It’s going to be a night of hit after hit, and we can’t wait to deliver the ‘Total Package’ to our fans!”
Combined, the three acts have sold 200 million records worldwide, and Boyz II Men remain the best-selling R&B group of all time. Abdul halted her music career in recent years to appear as an actress and television personality, but not before she logged a whopping seven No. 1 hit singles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including “Straight Up” and “Opposites Attract.”
The tour will kick off May 12 in Columbus, Ohio and hit more than 40 cities, including New Kids on the Block’s hometown of Boston, where they’ll perform a special set at Fenway Park. Tickets go on sale Nov. 19.
Check out the full list of tour dates here.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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AMC Offers McMafia Adaptation a U.S. Home, Starring James NortonAMC has partnered with BBC Worldwide to co-produce McMafia, an eight-episode adaptation of Misha Glenny’s best-selling book of the same name.
McMafia follows Alex Godman (to be played by Happy Valley‘s James Norton), the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history. Having spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, Godman builds his own legitimate business and forges a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (The Knick’s Juliet Rylance). But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, he is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves. As one does.
The cast also includes David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Aleksey Serebryakov (Leviathan), Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3) and Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones).
“McMafia is simply one of those shows that comes along at exactly the right moment,” AMC development chief Joel Stillerman said in a statement. “Misha Glenny’s book reminds us that underneath the headlines of today what we used to think of as organized crime is something completely different…. The creative team behind McMafia has brilliantly used the essence of this source material to write a compelling and relevant piece of television.”
Donnie Wahlberg, Nick Lachey Team Up to Produce Boy-Band Comedy for CBSNew Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees, unite!
Fellow boy-band alums Donnie Wahlberg and Nick Lachey are joining forces to produce a CBS sitcom about a reunited boy band, our sister site Variety is reporting. The single-camera comedy, currently in development and tentatively titled Encore, centers on the members of a boy-band group who reunite 20 years later. (Should sound familiar to those two.) Entourage creator Doug Ellin is on board to write the pilot and serve as executive producer, along with Wahlberg and Lachey.
The two former teen idols actually came up with the idea for the show while touring together and discussing how different their grown-up lives with kids are compared to their original touring days. (Wahlberg was a member of late-’80s hitmakers NKOTB; Lachey came along a decade later as a member of 98 Degrees.) And Wahlberg is already on CBS, with his cop drama Blue Bloods currently in its seventh season.
Plus, there’s another connection here: Entourage, which Ellin created, was based on the life of movie star Mark Wahlberg — Donnie’s real-life brother.
Celebrity Couple Selected as Grand Marshals for Local Holiday ParadeDonnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and their family have been selected as the grand marshals of this year’s Electric Christmas Parade in St. Charles.
The Electric Christmas Parade is set to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, on Main Street in downtown St. Charles. The celebrity couple currently lives in St. Charles and was married in September 2014 at the historic Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles. Their wedding and their day-to-day life living in the suburbs has been featured on their A&E reality TV show, "Donnie Loves Jenny."
“We couldn’t be happier that Jenny, Donnie and their family will be Grand Marshals of this year’s Holiday Homecoming Parade,” St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina said. “The city of St. Charles is appreciative of the positive light they have shed on our community and the entire Tri-Cities area with their reality show, Donnie Loves Jenny. … We are thrilled they will be a part of St. Charles’ much-anticipated holiday tradition this year.”
The couple, Rogina also noted, held a benefit concert at the Arcada Theatre and a VIP event at Hotel Baker earlier this year to raise funds for Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to the recovery of children with autism spectrum disorders.
The Electric Christmas Parade is the "grand finale" of St. Charles' two-day Holiday Homecoming.
"Having the Wahlbergs as the Grand Marshal is going to be so exciting," Downtown St. Charles Partnership Executive Director Jenna Sawicki. "We are ecstatic to have them a part of this community event.”
Other events at the Holiday Homecoming include the Lighting of the Lights on Nov. 25, sleigh rides on First Street, visits with Santa and a holiday movie.
Amazon's Bosch Renewed for Season 4, Well Ahead of Season 3 PremiereAmazon has renewed Bosch for Season 4, well ahead of the crime drama’s Season 3 premiere.
“We are excited to announce the fourth season renewal of Amazon Prime Video’s longest running original drama series,” Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said in a statement. “Prime members have loved following Detective Harry Bosch as he navigates difficult situations in his professional and personal lives, and we’re excited to let them know that even more is coming.”
Bosch, which stars Titus Welliver as novelist Michael Connelly’s L.A.-based crimesolver and released Seasons 1 and 2 in the months of February and March, respectively, is currently in production on Season 3, to premiere in 2017.
“Our team has worked very hard to create the most realistic detective show possible and I think that is resonating with viewers,” Connelly said. “Titus and the rest of the cast and crew are dedicated to this. We are raising the storytelling bar with Season 3 and we’ll do it again in 4.”
How Ed O’Neill Is Helping Kids Learn to Love Reading(Video) Ed O’Neill’s talent is truly one for the books.
The Modern Family actor, who thinks reading is “the greatest thing,” has partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy website Storyline Online to inspire a love of reading in the next generation.
“I remember I was concerned about my voice when I was a young actor,” O’Neill tells PEOPLE about how his love for reading helped boost his career. “I thought that I needed a lot of work in areas of pronunciation for example hitting consonants and vowels and that sort of thing.”
“I worked on that a lot because I used to read voice books and it suggested reading poetry out loud and I did those things,” he continues. “I think reading helps you without you even being aware of it.”
In addition to the interactive video where O’Neill brings How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz to life, Storyline Online also features actors like Betty White, Eva Longoria, Allison Janney, Christian Slater and Kevin Costner reading their favorite children’s classics.
And aside from all the voice acting practice he has gone through (his voice has been featured in animated films like Finding Dory and Wreck-It Ralph), O’Neill could also be considered a professional bedtime story reader.
“I would read to [my two kids] in bed,” the actor says about reading to his two daughters, Sophia, 17, and Claire, 10, while they were growing up. “I used to read them stories and I would always try to jazz it up like I would read different voices of different characters and Claire would say, ‘don’t do that!'”
“Claire didn’t like it and sometimes the uninflected voiced just works better than the cartoon voice,” he adds.
Bates Motel Elects Grey's Anatomy Alum Brooke Smith (New) SheriffThere’s a new sheriff in town on Bates Motel — and that’s not just an expression!
TVLine has learned exclusively that Grey’s Anatomy grad Brooke Smith is joining the A&E thriller’s fifth and final season as Sheriff Dana Green, the new face of the law in White Pine Bay. She succeeds the now-incarcerated Alex Romero (played by Nestor Carbonell, who will nonetheless be returning as a series regular.)
Smith’s Dana is described as competent, professional, moralistic and sharp. She possesses a small-town vibe that belies her highly observant nature.
Since being unceremoniously banished to Grey’s Anatomy‘s black hole of a parking garage in Season 5, Smith has appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Ray Donovan and Nashville.
Donnie Wahlberg Talks Burgers and "Blue Bloods"Actor and recording artist Donnie Wahlberg has three hits on his hands at the moment. The seventh season premiere of Blue Bloods hits the small screen on September 23rd on CBS, and his other family business — the burger franchise Wahlburgers, that is, not Hollywood — is booming, too, and has spawned a popular A&E reality show of the same name to boot.
“Vegas is the 11th location,” Donnie tells ABC News of the punnily-named burger joint owned by he, his chef sibling Paul, and their Transformers series star brother Mark. “There will be 15 by the end of the year, open,” Donnie adds, “and I think there’ll be another hundred within two years.”
The New Kids on the Block performer says Blue Bloods is, “another incarnation for me,” adding, “for years…when people saw me in the street, they’d say, ‘Oh! My sister loved you!’ Now it’s every day — I can’t really go an hour without somebody saying, ‘We love Blue Bloods,’ or ‘the family dinner [scenes]’ or ‘we watch it together as a family.'”
The series has been very popular for some time now, the actor beams, adding, “but now that it’s gone into syndication, it’s just gone to another level.”
Wahlberg adds that the seventh season finds his Detective Danny Reagan, “In hot water again…because he’s sort of an old school cop in a world where those ways don’t really work — and while they may be effective in getting the bad guy, they also, you know, walk the line — and sometimes cross the line.”
Blue Bloods airs on CBS on Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
Tatum O’Neal, Michael Madsen And Others Join Tom Holland’s ‘Rock Paper Dead’Michael Madsen, Tatum O’Neal, Jennifer Titus and Luke Macfarlane have joined the cast of Tom Holland’s horror film Rock Paper Dead, which follows a serial killer’s return to his family estate after being released from a mental hospital supposedly a “cured” man. The film gets underway this month for release next year.
The film — which culls together a crew who are legendary in the genre including Vincent Guastini (Requiem for a Dream), Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and composer Harry Manfredini — also stars Anna Margaret (Scream Queens), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) and Gabriel Stone (Death House).
Macfarlane will play the lead as reformed serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, Titus will play Ashley Grant, with Madsen as Detective Doyle Deckert and O’Neal as Dr. Evelyn Bauer.
Mark & Donnie Wahlberg's Restaurant Chain Sued Over "Wage Theft" Claims(hollywoodreporter.com) A class action complaint filed Thursday against Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's chain of burger restaurants alleges that its Coney Island franchise "has been rampant with wage theft and violations of federal and state labor law" since it opened in 2015.
The restaurant "maintained a pattern and practice of regularly shaving compensable time from the weekly hours of all its non-exempt employees, including servers, bartenders, bussers and kitchen staff, and paying them significantly fewer hours than they actually worked," according to the complaint.
Wahlburgers is a Boston-based restaurant franchise that brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg founded in 2011. The company espouses "working class" values on its website and has active involvement from all three of its founding partners.
Its day-to-day operations are helmed by Paul Wahlberg, who is the oldest of the three brothers and a professional chef. The first location opened in Hingham, Mass., just outside Boston, hometown of the Wahlberg family.
The chain also lends its name to the A&E reality series that follows the brothers as they operate and publicize their business. The show is now in its sixth season and earned A&E an Emmy nomination for outstanding unstructured reality program.
"The Wahlberg brothers pride themselves on taking an active role in managing their locations and insuring that their restaurants meet their high standards for customer and employee experience," the complaint notes. "Indeed, the company's slogan is 'Our family, our story, our burgers.'"
Filed in federal court in New York, the complaint also alleges that the restaurant "regularly retained gratuities left by customers for tipped employees" and "repeatedly ignored the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act."
The franchisee who opened the Wahlburgers' franchises in New York City and Long Island is John Cestare, according to the filing, who could not be reached for comment.
"The plaintiffs first went to local management, and they didn't do anything," Mitchell Schley, lawyer for the plaintiffs, told The Hollywood Reporter by phone. "Then they complained to Paul in Boston, but they were so frustrated after months and months of hearing nothing."
Wahlburgers did not immediately respond to request for comment, nor did a rep for Mark Wahlberg.
Fuller House Mega Buzz: Guess Which Classic Boy Band Is Coming to Season 2Have mercy! We've heard through the grapevine that a classic boy band will be making a special cameo in Fuller House's second season. No, it's not the Beach Boys -- it's New Kids on the Block!
Based on our intel, the appearance comes after Kimmy (Andrea Barber) and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) screw up DJ's (Candace Cameron-Bure) birthday plans and try to recruit her favorite boy band of all time to make it up to her. Here's hoping that Kimmy and Stephanie can prove they've got the "right stuff" and convince the Kids to break out a few iconic dance moves for DJ.
Donnie Wahlberg tweets tribute to murdered jogger“Blue Bloods” actor Donnie Wahlberg paid a touching tribute to slain jogger Karina Vetrano, calling her one kindest fans he’s ever come across in New York.
Wahlberg’s cop drama, which shoots right here in the Big Apple, posted a selfie of himself and Vetrano on Twitter with the sad hashtag #RIPKarina.
“I’ve met thousands of amazing New Yorkers while filming Blue Bloods – none were as kind of Karina Vetrano,” Wahlberg tweeted on Saturday Vetrano was murdered Tuesday while she was out for her regular evening jog in Howard Beach. Police are still looking for her killer.
‘Shameless’ Adds Four To Cast & Reveals The Scoop On Season 7Showtime has added four new cast members and revealed some new details for upcoming Season 7 of its hit drama series Shameless. Alicia Coppola (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Arden Myrin (MADtv, Orange is the New Black), Pasha Lychnikoff (Deadwood) and Ruby Modine have joined in recurring roles.
Could things finally be looking up for the Gallaghers? They’ve always scraped by, but the new season finds some of them finally getting a leg up. Picking up a month after last year’s season finale, we find Frank (William H. Macy) declaring war on the family after awakening from a coma to learn that this loved ones tossed him in the river. But Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is too busy improving her own life to worry about Frank’s. Though she ended season six with a devastating betrayal, she’s now moved on, a warrior, and nothing is getting in the way of her new life as manager of Patsy’s – including her family. Gallagher golden boy Lip (Jeremy Allen White) finishes up his time in rehab, and emerges with a new outlook on alcoholism and a grim vision of his future, whereas the once-unstable Ian (Cameron Monaghan) is now thriving as an EMT and in a comfortable relationship. Debbie (Emma Kennedy) is still figuring out how to be a good mom to young Franny, while Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has some big decisions to face as he enters manhood. With Fiona’s new determination to make something of herself, will the rest of the Gallaghers fall apart without Fiona there to pick up the pieces?
Coppola will play Sue, a blue collar, no-nonsense woman who works with Ian Monaghan as the supervisor of a group of EMTs. Myrin is New Monica/Delores, a homeless woman who hooks up with Frank (Macy). Lychnikoff will play Yvan, Svetlana’s (Isidora Goreshter) father. Modine is Sierra, one of the new waitresses at Patsy Pies managed by Fiona (Rossum).
Coppola, best known for her role on the cult favorite Jericho, just finished shooting a role opposite Bailee Madison in Cowgirl’s Story. She’s repped by Leslie Allan Rice Management, APA and attorney Dave Feldman. Myrin is repped by Innovative Artists and LINK Entertainment.
Shameless Season 7 premieres Sunday, October 2 at 9 PM.
That Time Britney Spears Wanted a Selfie With Ed O'Neill and He Had No Idea It Was HerEd O'Neill has likely taken hundreds of selfies with young, starstruck, blond fans. It just so happened that, unbeknownst to O'Neill at the time, one of those fans was Britney Spears.
"I didn't know it was her," the Modern Family star told Ellen DeGeneres about the only-could-happen-to-a-sitcom-legend moment in an interview airing on Monday's Ellen.
The moment happened at LAX as O'Neill was waiting to board a flight to Hawaii. "She came up and said oh Mr. O'Neill I love Modern Family," he recalled. You're my favorite on the show. And I was like, 'Well I'm here, I'm the only one here'...you know."
After sufficiently fawning over the actor, Spears secured the photo her inner fan-girl so desperately wanted.
Luckily, that wasn't the end of it. Spears of course tweeted the photo of herself with O'Neill, captioning it, "Fancy running into this guy! Such a sweetheart!!"
In the pic the smiling Spears is sitting next to a cross-legged O'Neill, who was sporting a Modern Family headband. If only Britney had been wearing such identifiable gear!
It wasn't until the next day that O'Neill realized his oversight. The 70-year-old actor told DeGeneres, "My manager texts me and goes, 'What is this? 53,000 likes. It's Britney Spears'… I mean. Look at the look on my face. Do I look like I'm sitting with Britney Spears?"
He does look decidedly not thrilled—but what a story!
Additionally, Ed and Ellen spoke on their respective roles in the hotly anticipated Finding Dory, out in theaters June 17.
The voices of Hank and Dory, respectively, agreed that the film had been a roughly three-year effort.
"You make $9.00 as well, right?" Ellen teased.
The actor replied, "I make $8.50."
She countered, "$8.50… well, I'm the star, so $9.00 an hour," sending the crowd into hysterics.
Donnie Wahlberg Gets Emotional Speaking About His Brother Mark: 'Look How Far We've All Come'With their bulging muscles and Boston accents, the Wahlberg brothers have a reputation for being one of the toughest sibling acts around – but that didn’t stop Donnie Wahlberg from tearing up when reminiscing about their humble beginnings.
While being interviewed with his New Kids on the Block bandmates by his wife Jenny McCarthy on her SiriusXM show, the singer, 46, got emotional recalling how Mark, 45, credited him for his success during the band’s 2011 concert at Fenway Park.
"I'm gonna cry," Wahlberg told McCarthy in front of the intimate group of fans gathered in the SiriusXM studios. "He was the original member of the band with me."
According to the star, the memories of those early moments with his younger brother are especially important now that both are busy with their own lives and careers.
"Obviously we're brothers and partners in business and our relationship is fine, but it's different," he said. "We've grown so far apart, just through work and career and things that are important."
Wahlberg explained to his wife during the interview that Mark's introduction struck a cord because it reminded him of the band’s very first show where his brother was also the one to call them up on stage.
"When Mark acknowledged that he introduced us at the first show and now it's come full circle to acknowledging us and introducing us at Fenway, I'd forgotten that he did that," he said of the moment that made him realize how much they had accomplished over the years.
Added the singer: "That's what moved me. It's the look how far we've all come."
Ed O’Neill explains fizzled plot of ‘Married … With Children’ reunion, says the Bundys are doneHave we seen Al Bundy stick a hand down his pants for the last time?
Sitting across from Ed O’Neill Thursday (June 9) in Beverly Hills, the veteran actor appears thrilled to speak with Zap2it about his scene-stealing voice work as grumpy Hank the Septopus in “Finding Dory.” But as O’Neill stretches out across the fancy hotel couch, you can’t help but expect him to take the hand that isn’t draped across the top of the cushions and insert it firmly under his belt, as “Married … with Children” fans watched him do hundreds of times over the show’s 262-episode run.
The hand signaled the frustrations of family; it signaled the comforting familiarity of “unacceptable” behavior; it signaled Al’s desire to make the stresses of the world disappear for a moment. So, when talk turns to 2015 rumors of a “Married” reunion and he lets out a big sigh, you once again keep an eye on that free hand.
“I think that’s not going to happen,” says the 70-year-old actor, now on the immensely-popular “Modern Family,” explaining that the 2014-2015 commotion surrounding a reunion was fueled by none other than Bud Bundy.
“David Faustino had an idea for a spin-off,” reveals O’Neill. “He had an idea that was pretty good, and he pitched it to Sony.”
The spin-off would have taken place in modern days, with Bud still stuck in the Chicago suburbs and still afflicted by “The Bundy Curse.”
“Bud is now grown up and living in the old house with some of his buddies, but they’re all bust-outs, they aren’t working,” the actor says of the plot. “His ex-wife is living in one of the bedrooms with Bud’s best friend.”
But while things haven’t turned out so good for Grandmaster B, his parents have found their fortunes improving. “Peg and Al are retired and living in Vegas; they won the lottery,” O’Neill explains. “That was the idea for the series, and [Katey Sagal] and I said we’d do one or two episodes.”
Of course, O’Neill is in-demand with projects like “Family” and “Dory,” while Sagal’s post-“Married” career has similarly blossomed with “Sons of Anarchy” and “Futurama.” The fourth member of the family and perhaps most successful of them all — Christina Applegate — would also seem too busy these days.
“Kelly, I’m not sure if she was on board,” O’Neill begins. “Yeah, she was! I can’t remember what her storyline was.”
But before you get too excited, Ed O’Neill says the pitch fizzled, and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see Faustino’s idea realized. “Ron Leavitt was one of the creators of the show, and Ron died; his son wouldn’t sign off on [the spin-off].”
Since Leavitt’s 2008 passing, any “Married”-related production must have the blessing of his son Matt. “He wanted some kind of a deal that they couldn’t possibly do,” O’Neill explains.
Asked if “Married … With Children” is dead for good, he responds: “I would think it is, yeah. Because they’ve been talking about a reunion show for years, and it’s never happened. And now, the only [creator] left is Michael Moye.”
“Michael is capable of doing it,” he adds. “But, I don’t think it will happen.”
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Michael Angarano & Melissa Benoist To Star In Jennifer Morrison’s ‘Sun Dogs’Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O’Neill have come aboard to star in Sun Dogs, the feature film directorial debut of Once Upon A Time star Jennifer Morrison that was penned by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior). Fabrica De Cine, which just closed a mega-deal in Cannes to produce and finance Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, will co-finance Sun Dogs along with Caviar (Diary Of A Teenage Girl).
The comedy, the first for Morrison’s newly launched Apartment 3C Productions, will now kick off principal photography June 3 in Los Angeles. It follows a young misfit, Ned (Angarano), in his repeated failed attempts to join the Marines and serve his country. When his last interview fails, he takes a Marine officer’s advice to “protect the homefront” a little too seriously, and sets his sights on a casino manager who may or may not be a terrorist mastermind. In trying to uncover this “terrorist cell,” he enlists the help of a young runaway, Tally (Benoist), forming the most unlikely possible anti-terrorism unit in a story of love, friendship and homeland security.
Caviar’s Bert Hamelinck, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Manu Gargi, Andrew Carlberg and Tambakis are producing. UTA Independent Film Group is repping domestic rights.
Morrison and Carlberg unveiled Apartment 3C in April, saying its first two projects in the pipeline were Sun Dogs and another Tambakis pic to be co-developed with him. Morrison and the scribe first worked together on Warrior, which Tambakis wrote and Morrison starred in alongside Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy.
Angarano is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman; Benoist by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; Janney by Gersh, Thruline and Nelson Davis; and O’Neill by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment.
Jenny McCarthy Wears Prom Dress 26 Years Later: 'I Still Fit Into It - Except for the Boob Area'(Pic, Video) Jenny McCarthy just put every throwback prom photo to shame, because she just wore her original prom dress and teased Aqua Net hairdo from 1990 — on the streets of N.Y.C. The only thing she changed? Her date. McCarthy was joined by her husband Donnie Wahlberg along to promote the new SiriusXM’s Prom Radio channel.
SiriusXM is launching a limited-run music channel, Prom Radio, and the hot couple took to the streets to spread the word and reminisce with about their own prom memories.
Luckily, the SiriusXM host still had her strapless Murray Arbeid dress with polka dot print and oversize bow that she wore to her prom back in 1990. “I came home from college one day and my mom was having a garage sale and had it hanging on a rack for sale,” McCarthy tells PeopleStyle. “I freaked out and told her I was appalled she would ever do such a thing. So I held onto it since 1990.”
And putting it on for the first time in over 26 years brought back prom night memories. “I was shocked to see how many cigarette holes were in it from prom night,” McCarthy says. “I was even more surprised I still fit into it. Well, except for the boob area, had to open up those seams a bit.”
As for that teased hairdo, she says it actually looked like that daily when she was in high school. “I would wake up at 5 a.m., shower, blow dry it, spray Aqua Net, put a curling iron on it until it made a sizzling noise, like bacon sizzling in a pan, and then would hand pick the curls into the selected areas and spray them into place with blow dryer.”
Even though her outfit was on point, her overall experience wasn’t one for the books. “I met my prom date on Spring Break that year in Daytona, Florida just two weeks prior. So, I didn’t really know him nor did he know anyone else at the prom so I felt more like a babysitter than a date. I was also the one ‘responsible’ for sneaking booze into the prom.”
So getting to recreate prom with her husband was a cute do-over for both of them. “I almost cried. He looked so adorable [in his powder blue tux],” she says. “He never went to his own prom and I didn’t enjoy mine, so dressing up like each other’s prom dates made it actually feel like a do-over with my soul mate.”
But the actual best part of the “second” prom? “Someone shouting ‘You better vote for Donald Trump!’ at us.”
CBS ANNOUNCES RENEWALS FOR RETURNING SERIES FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASONCBS Entertainment today announced renewals of the following returning series for the 2016-2017 season:
BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, HAWAII FIVE-0, MADAM SECRETARY, MOM, NCIS: LOS ANGELES,NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, 2 BROKE GIRLS, SURVIVOR,THE AMAZING RACE.
New ‘Finding Dory’ trailer debuts Ed O’Neill’s octopusNew ‘Finding Dory’ trailer debuts Ed O’Neill’s octopus: Video.
Nancy Grace debates Donnie Wahlberg over ‘Making a Murderer’Nancy Grace debates Donnie Wahlberg over ‘Making a Murderer': Video.
New Kids on the Block’s ‘Hangin’ Tough’ gets a book from 33?The New Kids on the Block album “Hangin’ Tough” will be the subject of a 33? book to be released by Bloomsbury Publishing on April 21. It’s a very big deal for the locally bred boy band. Other artists profiled in the series, which has respected musicians and journalists writing about iconic albums, include Dusty Springfield, whose “Dusty in Memphis” was profiled by Warren Zanes; the Replacements’ “Let It Be,” which was taken on by Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, and Bob Dylan, whose “Highway 61 Revisited” had its 33? book written by Mark Polizzotti, director of the publication program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The author of the New Kids book is Rebecca Wallwork, director of content strategy for Loews Hotels & Resorts, who was once the music editor at Interview magazine. Her “Hangin’ Tough” chapter titles will include “Rise N’ Grind,” “Let’s Get This,” and “BH Love Eternal.” (BH stands for “blockhead.”) The 33? series is named after the speed of an LP album.
Burgers for Everyone! Wahlburgers Will Open 100 to 150 New Restaurants NationwideWahlburgers, the burger chain started by brothers Donnie, Mark and chef Paul Wahlberg is expanding in a big way.
A representative for the Massachusetts-based burger eatery confirmed to PEOPLE that the chain will add 100 to 150 more restaurants over the next five years.
The company—which currently has five locations in Massachusetts, New York and Toronto—has plans to open restaurants in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Orlando, Manhattan and Washington D.C. in the near future. And according to Business Insider, they intend on expanding to 300 locations overseas.
The success of Wahlburgers is largely due to the Emmy-nominated reality show based on the restaurant, says CEO Rick Vanzura.
“It has certainly been a huge promotional vehicle,” he told Business Insider. “We saw an immediate increase in sales with the show. And Mark and Donnie understand the importance of the show to the brand so they have done everything they can to promote the show.”
But of course that also means chef Paul’s food—like their signature burger with “wahl sauce”—has to be up to par to compete with chains like Shake Shack and Five Guys.
“We’re just fortunate that people are interested in it,” he said last year. “The family name has some celebrity status to it. But we still have to live up to that.”
Donnie Wahlberg to be guest of Gilda's 'Intimate Conversation'From a duchess to a dog whisperer, an Oscar winner to a best-selling author and, this year's participant, former "Good Morning America" co-host and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden, Gilda's Club Quad-Cities has certainly had an eclectic list of speakers for its "Intimate Conversations" series.
Now the series can add a New Kid on the Block-turned-TV crimefighter to the list.
Gilda's executive director Claudia Robinson said that Donnie Wahlberg has been signed for this year's Intimate Conversations, set for Friday, April 8, at the Davenport RiverCenter. Advance tickets sales should begin about Dec. 1, she said.
The 46-year-old Boston area native is a fairly eclectic guy himself.
He was a member of both New Kids on the Block and his younger brother's Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and has a movie resume that includes "Ransom," "The Sixth Sense" and three of the "Saw" horror flicks, as well as the TV series "Band of Brothers" and, since 2010, on "Blue Bloods" as a NYPD detective and the son of the police commissioner, played by Tom Selleck.
With brothers Paul and Mark, he's also a co-owner of the Boston restaurant Wahlburgers, which is the subject of an A&E reality series of the same name. Wahlberg also is the subject of another reality series, "Donnie Loves Jenny," with his wife as of August 2014, former Playboy model and "The View" co-host, Jenny McCarthy. (If she's headed here along with him, I'll let everyone know. Trust me.)
The Gilda's "Intimate Conversations" began in 2010 with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and has included Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, chef Curtis Stone, "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millian, author Nicholas Sparks and Lunden.
Madsen has joined the Season 2 cast of PowersFilm vet Michael Madsen (Die Another Day, Kill Bill) has joined the Season 2 cast of Powers, PlayStation announced Wednesday. He will play SuperShock, one of the world’s most famous and mysterious superheroes.
‘Rock This Boat’ Renewed For Season 2 By PopRock This Boat: New Kids On The Block is getting a second season on Pop. Band members Donnie, Joey, Danny, Jordan and Jonathan will all be back on board for their fan cruise which sets sail next month from Miami to Grand Turk, Bahamas.
The first season of Rock This Boat told the real-life personal stories and long-awaited journeys of the band’s most devoted fans with limited backstage footage. In the second season, the eight-episode series will turn its focus directly on the band. Cameras will be placed inside each band member’s cabin, as well as backstage to capture their real interactions, banter and private moments.
“We are excited for season two of ‘Rock This Boat,’ which will shine a light on our band’s amazing, unsurpassed relationship with our fans – the best fans in the history of music,” said Donnie Wahlberg. “We are also excited to show the millions of fans who cannot attend our cruises just how awesome the NKOTB and Blockhead relationship is, as we turn the cameras around on ourselves this time!”
Rock This Boat is produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Donnie D. Productions. Donnie Wahlberg, Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett are executive producers.
American Pastoral Adds David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, OthersLakeshore Entertainment’s Vietnam War drama American Pastoral has beefed up its cast, adding David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, Peter Riegert, and Valorie Curry, who join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning. Based on the Pulitzer winning novel by Phillip Roth, the film follows a family torn apart when a legendary former high school athlete’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after his rebellious daughter’s antiwar activism turns to violent political terrorism. Strathairn will play “Nathan Zuckerman,” Aduba will play “Vicky,” Reigert will play “Lou Levov,” and Curry will play “ita Cohen”. McGregor is directing from a script by by John Romano (Lincoln lawyer), replacing previously signed director Phillip Noyce. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. Filming is set to start this month in Pittsburgh, PA.
Multiple award-winner and nominee Strathairn was most recently seen in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He’s repped by ICM and Ryan Entertainment. Riegert, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, currently can be seen on David Simon’s new HBO mini-series Show Me A Hero, as well as Dennis Leary’s SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL. Aduba has won both Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for her role in Orange Is The New Black, and will next be seen in NBC’s The Wiz Live!. She’s repped by APA and Management 360. Curry is known for her roles on The Following, House Of Lies, and Twilight, and is repped by ICM and Thruline Entertainment.
Paladin and partner Michael Mailer have set a fall release date for the comedy Friends and Romans, starring Michael Rispoli and Annabella Sciorra, along with several veterans of HBO’s The Sopranos. The story is a farce about a group of struggling Italian-American actors constantly typecast as mobsters. In an attempt to get themselves taken seriously, the group decides to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, but end up suspected by law enforcement of operating a criminal front.
Friends And Romans was Opening Night at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival, and won the Audience Award for “Best Feature” at the Boston Film Festival. From Michael Mailer Films, it’s directed by Christopher Kublan from a script he cowrote with Gregg Greenberg and Rispoli. Michael Mailer produced, Aaron Mirman composed the music, Austin F. Schmidt serves as cinematographer, and David Leonard edited.
Does Fear the Walking Dead's Kim Dickens Think She Would Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?As the lead on Fear the Walking Dead, it might be assumed that Kim Dickens is especially prepared for a zombie apocalypse.
That would be wrong.
"I probably should get on that," the actress tells PEOPLE of being ready for a catastrophic event. "Even my earthquake kits are probably expired at home."
But if it came down to it, Dickens hopes she'd have the same fortitude as the high school guidance counselor she plays on the spinoff prequel series to AMC's The Walking Dead.
"She lost a husband and has had to raise two teens, one who is very difficult and has drug problems," the House of Cards and Gone Girl actress says of her character, Madison. "The most interesting thing is her instinct to survive and protect her family. I really admire how quick she is when making those really tough decisions. I hope I would be that quick."
Dickens admits she was not a fan of the zombie genre until she began watching The Walking Dead in preparation for her Fear the Walking Dead audition.
"It is filled with universal themes that resonate beyond the horror drama. There are themes of survival and identity and fear and anxiety that we all can identify with. It's sort of a metaphor in way for things we deal with every day," she says. "I was completely sucked into it."
But because her new series is a prequel that is set in the very first days of the zombie apocalypse that was already in full-swing in The Walking Dead's premiere episode, Dickens forced herself to stop watching the show.
"My character wouldn't know what was going to happen, so I didn't want to know either," she says.
But she couldn't keep her family from continuing to watch.
"My mom is almost strictly a BBC fan. She only watches those shows. But when she found out I got the part, she started watching The Walking Dead and now she's obsessed," Dickens says. "I was like, 'Really?' She doesn’t even watch cable or network television. That just shows how universal the show is."
Fear the Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. (ET) on AMC.
Ed O’Neill takes the bait, joins ‘Finding Dory’The cast of “Finding Dory” grew a bit more during Pixar’s D23 presentation. Star Ellen DeGeneres revealed “Modern Family’s” Ed O’Neill has signed on to the movie to play Hand, a 21-year-old, seven-tentacled octopus.
The story sees Dory (DeGeneres) setting off on a journey to California in an effort to find her parents. After spending most of her life not remembering them, all it took was getting knocked out by an undertow to trigger a long-lost memory.
Naturally, she can’t go on the journey without Martin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolance) and the trio ends up at an institute that treats injured undersea animals. It’s there that she meets some new friends when she’s put with other injured sea creatures.
Among those injured animals is poor old Hank. In a clip from the movie shown at D23, Dory first meets Hank after being placed in a quarantined area of the institute. There she learns he has the ability to camouflage and knows how to help find her parents. Together they’ll find her mom and dad, while Hank may finally be able to con his way out of the quarantined area.
Shakira shakes it like a Gazelle for Disney’s ‘Zootopia’
“Finding Dory” also stars Ty Burell as Bailey, a beluga, and Caitlin Olson as Destiny, a shark. Dory’s parents, Charlie and Jenny, will be voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, respectively.
“Finding Dory” is in theaters June 17, 2016.
First Impression: Fear the Walking Dead(Trailer) THE SHOW | AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead (Sundays at 9/8c, premiering Aug. 23)
THE CAST | Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Rubén Blades (Do the Right Thing).
THE SET-UP | Set in Los Angeles in the early days of the zombie outbreak with which The Walking Dead has made us so familiar, Fear focuses on the dysfunctional family that single mom Madison Clark (Dickens), a high school guidance counselor, and divorced dad Travis Manawa (Curtis), an English teacher, are desperately trying — and spectacularly failing — to blend.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | The 90-minute pilot starts gorily strong, with Maddie’s heroin-addicted firstborn, Nick (an outstanding Dillane), coming face to face with his — and the series’ — first walker. (Though, of course, the zombies aren’t called that yet.) Then, unfortunately, it stumbles a bit, first by portraying Maddie’s daughter and Travis’ son as such insufferable brats that the junkie starts to look like the golden child, then by introducing Tobias, the oldest-looking teenager since Dylan McKay graduated from West Beverly.
Luckily, Dickens (who, for my money, stole Gone Girl) can’t help but be likable, and Curtis is allowed to play Travis as self-aware enough to know when his unrelenting sweetness has made his fiancée — and us! — gag. And, even if the kids are jerks, it’s still pretty damn poignant to watch this group try to make sense of the apocalypse that they haven’t a clue is upon them.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Considering how monstrously successful The Walking Dead is, Fear is guaranteed a ginormous sampling. (I mean, duh.) And considering how effective the premiere’s two big set pieces are — not to mention how compelling a presence Dillane is — it’s a pretty safe bet that the drama will at least take a big bite out of its competition.
New Kids on the Block's Step by Step Turns 25(people.com) Twenty-five years ago this week, the New Kids on the Block had never been more popular, and the band's third album kicked off the biggest year ever for the fivesome.
Before Step by Step hit shelves on June 5, 1990, the New Kids on the Block seemed to be at the peak of their game. The group's 1988 album Hangin' Tough had made them one of the most beloved pop acts in the world, and even those who shied away from boy band pop couldn't help but hum the album's two number-one hits, "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" ... and the album's title track.
That album generated five top-10 hits. Suddenly, the boys from Boston who had previously opened for Tiffany on her national tour found themselves headlining instead – and Tiffany was their opening act. That breakthrough album seemed like a tough act to follow at the time.
Jonathan, Jordan, Joey, Donnie and Danny, however, only got bigger with Step by Step.
The title track hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, displacing a certain iconic Roxette anthem, and it remained there for three weeks. "Step by Step" remains the band's biggest-selling single.
The album also saw the release of "Tonight," another top-10 hit.
"Let's Try It Again" hit No. 8 on the U.K. singles chart, though it failed to chart on the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S.
And "Baby, I Believe in You" soared to the no. 1 spot in Japan.
In the end, Step by Step went triple platinum, selling nearly 20 million albums worldwide, according to Billboard. In terms of raw numbers, that did not beat Hangin' Tough, which went platinum eight times over in the U.S., but it's important to remember that in the pop culture landscape of 1990, New Kids on the Block were not just album sales.
The group also had the Coca-Cola-sponsored Magic Summer Tour, the first U.S. concert of which kicked off on June 23. (Remember Coke's MagiCan tie-in?)
The tour ultimately grossed $74 million ($133 million, adjusted for inflation), making New Kids the top-grossing touring act in the country in 1990. According to a 1991 Los Angeles Times article, New Kids sold 3,291,987 tickets in 1990, narrowly beating even The Rolling Stones, whose 1990 tour sold 3,253,563 tickets.
The same year also saw the release of the group's pay-per-view special, "No More Games – Live!" (It's currently posted on YouTube in full, so if your parents said no back in 1990, here's your chance to watch it for free.)
And there was 1 (900) 909-5KIDS, the hotline that had one too many digits but nonetheless allowed fans to hear recorded messages by the band. "It will blow your mind, so call us right now," the commercial promises without actually explaining what the hotline will deliver. Of course, fans called anyway.
New Kids mania also provided fans dolls, and the opportunity to prove one's status as the band's no. 1 fan buy buying all five figurines, Pokémon-style.
And finally, New Kids on the Block even got a Saturday morning cartoon, which debuted in September 1990.
The series finale (its fourteenth episode and a Christmas special) even debuted on primetime.
According to this 1990 PEOPLE profile on New Kids on the Block, which compared their post-Step by Step fame with the height of Beatlemania, the band's product line – "spewing everything from posters to sleeping bags " – grossed an estimated $400 million in 1990 alone. "Add revenues from their best-selling authorized bio, 3 million-selling long-form videos, plus concert-ticket and record sales, and figure these Kids won't be wanting for lunch money," the article concludes.
Donnie Wahlberg to Join ATX Television Festival Via Skype From NKOTB Tour!(etonline.com) ATX Television Festival's fourth season is getting more of "the right stuff" with the addition of Donnie Wahlberg.
The 45-year-old actor and singer is taking a brief break from his New Kids on the Block tour to make an appearance via Skype to the Boomtown panel on Saturday, June 6 in Austin, TX, ETonline can exclusively reveal.
Wahlberg, who played Detective Joel Stevens, will be joining fellow co-stars Fred Golan, Mykelti Williamson and series executive producers Graham Yost and Jon Avnet for a mini Boomtown reunion. The NBC procedural drama, which ran for 24 episodes from 2002 to 2003, received critical praise for its innovative point-of-view shifting style, and has since gained a cult-like fan following.
"Boomtown is one of our 'Cancelled Too Soon' shows -- I think it had a season and a half -- and we've been trying really hard to pull the cast together from all different places," ATX co-founder Caitlin McFarland explained to ETonline. "So in addition to having the cast there and Graham Yost and Jon Avnet, we found out this week that we're also going to live-chat Skype with Donnie Wahlberg from on tour with New Kids on the Block."
"He's apparently 'heartbroken' that he can't be there," McFarland continued. "It was a special show for him and he really wanted to be there for Graham and Jon, so he will be joining electronically to the Q&A portion of that screening."
In addition to reuniting with the stars of Boomtown, ATX fans will have the opportunity to attend panels with some of TV's most beloved past, present and future TV shows including Gilmore Girls, Dream On, Orphan Black, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Queer as Folk.
"We know that people come for the one or two things that they're excited about," ATX co-founder Emily Gipson dished of the season four line-up. "But the people who have the best experience with this festival are the people who have gone to those things, but also wandered into other rooms. [When] they're open to discovering something new, that's where the magic happens."
"We are a very unique and different festival. So much about what makes this so special is meeting other fans, and finding sort of 'your people,'" McFarland explained. "So much of the festival is about the programming, but it's also about the community who love TV. So talk to the people in line and share stories and talk about what you're checking out because you might discover a whole new group of friends and new favorites."
'American Idol' finale: New Kids on the Block and Daniel Seavey have 'The Right Stuff'(Video) The most glorious thing happened on the "American Idol" Season 14 finale Wednesday (May 13). Not only were the New Kids on the Block there to perform, but wide-eyed moppet Daniel Seavey was the sixth man for the early-'90s boy band.
The delightful medley includes such hits as "Please, Don't Go Girl," "Step by Step," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" and some inexplicably asymmetrical long jackets/kilt-type things. Seriously, what is up with those outfits?
Seavey does his best to keep up with the dance moves, but Danny, Donnie, Jordan, Jon and Joey have been performing those moves for over 25 years, so it's understandable he'd have a little trouble.
Fun fact: Seavey was born almost 10 years to the day after NKOTB's first No. 1 hit, "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)."
CBS ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-2016 PRIMETIME LINEUP2015-2016 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
(N=New, RTP=Regular Time Period, NTP=New Time Period)
All Times ET/PT
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (N)
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (N) (Starting in November)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
10:00-11:00 PM LIMITLESS (N)
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM CODE BLACK (N)
8:00-11:00 PM, ET/ NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Premieres Sept. 17)
5:00-8:00 PM, PT
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting in November)
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (NTP) (Starting in November)
9:00-9:30 PM MOM (Starting in November)
9:30-10:00 PM ANGEL FROM HELL (N) (Starting in November)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (Starting in November)
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CYBER (NTP)
Jenny McCarthy Gets Tattoo of Husband Donnie Wahlberg's Name on Her Body: See Where She Put the New Ink!(Pic) Jenny McCarthy is declaring her love for husband Donnie Wahlberg in a permanent way!
The 42-year-old model debuted a new tattoo of her husband's name and the word "love" on her social media accounts Monday. The star's fingers can be seen resting on her hubby's face in the sentimental pic, and it seems like the words were tatted in on McCarthy's index and middle finger.
"Cuz I do.....," the former View host wrote.
Just minutes after posting the fresh ink pic, the blond beauty clarified to fans through her Twitter that the inky memento is definitely not fake or temporary.
"I'm not used to saying the words 'it's real' but yes, it's real," the star wrote.
Altogether now: Awww!
McCarthy is no stranger to body art. Back in 2013, the mom of one got a new tattoo on her foot during the halftime blackout at the Super Bowl. Although that time, McCarthy opted for a rose on her foot.
The star and her News Kids On The Block husband tied the knot last year in August, and the happy couple have been madly in love ever since.
Donnie Wahlberg and Kayla Harrity @ the GRAND OPENING of the Verizon Destination StoreDonnie Wahlberg and Kayla Harrity @ the GRAND OPENING of the Verizon Destination Store: Video.
David Strathairn Joins 'November Criminals'David Strathairn has joined the cast of Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals opposite Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener. The pic begins filming today in Rhode Island and Washington D.C. Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight wrote the script adapting the Sam Munson novel that follows two teenagers into the D.C. underbelly as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.
Beth O’Neil is producing alongside Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment, which is co-financing with Lotus Entertainment; the latter is also handling international sales. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the film for the English-speaking world, as well as numerous international territories, and Lotus’ Ara Keshishian and SPWA’s Joe Matukewicz are overseeing production.
Strathairn, a Best Actor Oscar nominee for Good Night, And Good Luck, has been plenty busy with roles on NBC’s The Blacklist and on the big screen in recent pics The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. He also won an Emmy in 2010 for HBO’s miniseries Temple Grandin. He is repped by ICM Partners and Ryan Entertainment.
Britney Spears Has a Fangirl Moment with Modern Family's Ed O'Neill(Pic) This shouldn't surprise anyone on Team Britney: The 33-year-old pop star is a big Ed O'Neill fan.
Spears Tweeted a photo Saturday of her run-in with the Modern Family star, 68. "Fancy running into this guy!" she wrote, adding two Spears-esque emoji (prayer hands and a happy face). "Such a sweetheart!!"
Spears' love of ABC's smash hit sitcom is well-known: In 2012 she called it the "funniest show on TV."
"I know everybody is excited about the Super Bowl, but I personally can't wait to see the next episode of Modern Family!" she tweeted. "Funniest show on TV."
Ed O'Neill has not yet retweeted or replied to Spears' fan photo, because he does not use Twitter. But we're sure he would if he could.
Amazon Renews 'Bosch' For Second SeasonThere is going to be more of the L.A. detective streaming online – Amazon Studios today announced they are bringing Bosch back for a second season. “We’re delighted to see that Amazon customers have immediately embraced Bosch,” said Roy Price, VP Amazon Studios Wednesday of the 1-hour drama based on Michael Connelly’s best selling novels. “Fans will soon be able to enjoy more of this inspired adaptation brought to life by a remarkably gifted cast.”
Developed for Amazon by Wire EP Eric Overmyer, the series chronicles the investigations and personal and professional scraps of cop Harry Bosch, played by Titus Welliver. With Connelly’s 19 Bosch books having sold more than 50 million copies since the first one was published in 1992, it is no wonder that the drama set debut records for Amazon Prime with the biggest premiere weekend of all the Amazon Original series and the most watched titled on Prime Instant Video, according to the company.
“I am very excited about continuing the Bosch story with season two,” said Connelly of the series whose first 10-episode season debuted on February 13. “I love what we started with and I think our plans for the second season will make the show even better and more exploratory of the character of Harry Bosch. We have a great cast and crew and we are all going to be one year better at this. I can’t wait.”
Based on Connelly’s Trunk Music and The Drop books, the second season of Bosch will see the detective looking into the death of a money laundering Hollywood producer connected to the Mob as well as track serial killer Chilton Hardy. Among other dangers, the explosive cases will put Bosch’s ex-wife and his teen daughter in peril.
Overmyer, Connelly, Henrik Bastin and Pieter Jan Brugge are the executive producers of Bosch with Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick and Sarah Clarke among the cast re-joining Welliver in the second 10-episode season.
House of Cards' Kim Dickens on Slaying Politicians and The Walking Dead Spinoff's "Sexy" ZombiesKim Dickens' character made a splash on House of Cards season three when she came in, guns blazing and ready to take President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) down. For the actress, who recently received rave reviews for her work in Gone Girl on the big screen, the House of Cards gig is sort of a dream come true.
"I just got a phone call from them and talked to Beau Willimon about this character," she tells E! News about joining the show. "I said, ‘Yeah, I'll do it, I don't even care what the character is, it's my favorite show.' Then he told me about the character and I was like, ‘Of course! I'll do whatever you want.' It just seemed like a really, fun, formidable role to play."
The brassy Kate Baldwin comes back to the White House Press Corp. fold after Underwood has her protégé booted for digging a little too much for his liking.
We chatted with Dickens, who is fresh off of filming The Walking Dead spinoff/companion series for AMC, to discuss her character's purpose, Frank Underwood and Los Angeles zombies. Warning, House of Cards spoilers.
When you joined the show, were you told your character's arc?
Yes, but I still went into it thinking, "Oh gosh, am I going to get thrown in front of a subway." I don't know what's to come of it, but I was pretty much given the arc, yeah.
As I was watching it—and I talked to some friends who had finished—I was waiting for your character…she was on Frank Underwood's trail with this big piece about the hurricane and suddenly it was dropped. Then she didn't really have anything on him...I was waiting for her to really get her claws into him.
Yeah, yeah. So maybe there's more to come, I don't know. It would be fun to go back and do some more. She's the one to uncover things, I think.
Definitely, and I think that's what viewers were waiting for too. In a way, I felt like she was going to act on behalf of the audience and call Frank out on these actions, some of them deplorable.
Yeah, she was sort of the surrogate to the audience saying, ‘Hey, what's going on? This guy's a monster!' It was sort of fun to get to be that sort of fearless voice that has nothing to lose, that's a high level reporter that comes back to DC and gets to say, ‘You know what? I'm not even going to pretend I'm not coming after the administration because I don't have to pretend.' That was a really fun strength to play.
Do you have a favorite part about her?
My favorite part about the role was I got to play that public persona, that public work persona of, ‘I'm here in a big way to do my job and to report on what I think is the truth of the situation.' And then I got to couple that with this sort of private side to her where she sort of walked the lines of what's professionally ethical to start sleeping with this other journalist/author. I thought it was really fun to have this big public persona and then you get to see this intimate side to her too, having an affair. She seems like a real person and those are always more fun to play.
Were the cast and crew welcoming? Now the show is in season three…was it hard to join the cast at all?
I was a huge fangirl of the show, so once I realized I was actually doing it and I thought about it, it felt intimidating. Like, ‘Oh my god, I have to go work with all these amazing characters that I love. I mean, Frank Underwood!' It was intimidating, the thought of it. When I got there, you see Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and they're these beautiful, strong, charismatic people and luckily not as dangerous in real life. [Laughs.] But once I got there everyone was so welcoming and it's such a great crew and cast. It was a very fun experience, easy to just walk into and start working with them.
You said you haven't seen the whole season, but you know what happens, right?
I would like to see your character and Claire team up and take Frank down.
Oh, you think so?! Wouldn't that be fascinating? Oh my god, that's a great idea. My first thought was am I going to be murdered and is it going to be Claire that kills me, that's what I went in thinking, but that's an interesting take on it. That would make perfect sense.
Feel free to share that idea.
I'm going to text Beau right now.
Did you like that ending with Claire?
I loved it.
I love Robin Wright in that role.
Oh, I know. She directed a couple of episodes this season and I think she's a phenomenal director and she was just born to do it.
The Internet was very delighted when you were announced as the lead in The Walking Dead's spinoff—were you a fan of the show?
I had not watched it, no…In fact, when I was getting close to getting the role I inquired what I should watch of it and they said don't watch it because A. It's going to be different than that and B. Your character wouldn't know what the apocalypse looks like anyway, you know? It was interesting to think of it that way. ‘Oh yeah, I don't need to watch it.' We're going to be doing something different, it's going to be filmed differently. My character wouldn't know that, she wouldn't have that information so it was a fascinating way to start it, sort of clueless just like the characters really are.
Have you read the comic books at all?
No, no. I'd love to. I should, though. Robert Kirkman's a super cool guy. Have you read the comic books?
Yeah and I watch the show. They're very different.
Oh, they are? Do you like them?
I do, I like both of them. The comic books are even scarier if that's possible.
Really? But ours is not based on a comic book, right?
No, he's making new characters. What can you tease? I know they're very secretive.
I can't really, I just know we'll know pretty soon if it goes to series. It's set in Los Angeles. It's not the same time as the mothership, The Walking Dead, and I don't know much beyond the pilot itself.
I wonder if the zombies in LA will look different because of all the plastic surgery.
[Laughs.] Yeah, we're going to have sexy zombies! All I know is there are more zombies that need killing.
Do roles like that freak you out? Are you easily rattled by horror movies?
I don't really watch horror movies because I do get rattled by it, like, I'll have a nightmare or something. I don't really like horror things, but to film them it doesn't bother me. Hollow Man didn't bother me, this didn't bother me. I'm able to separate it out psychologically.
One final Walking Dead question: What would be essential for you, Kim, to survive a zombie apocalypse?
Essential for me, Kim? Um…wow. That's a tough question! Chris, that's a tough question! Jeez. Well, I mean my cat, Lil' Tiger with me, I'm going to need Gatorade [Laughs.] I'm going to need some guns, I don't know. [Laughs.]
House of Cards season three is streaming now on Netflix.
New Kids on the Block on nostalgia, upcoming tour(cbsnews.com) Only a few hundred people could squeeze into the New York's Gramercy Theatre Sunday night for a rare intimate New Kids on the Block show.
The concert, aimed at serving the group's super fans (known as "Blockheads"), found the boy band plowing through classic hits and new tracks -- complete with the signature dances, with the crowd singing along. In between songs, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jon Knight took questions and song requests from the crowd.
At one point, a someone shouted for the group's Christmas single, "This One's For the Children."
Though the song was clearly not on their set list, the New Kids treated the crowd to an a cappella-turned-sing-a-long version of the holiday hit.
By the end of the night, the guys took off into the crowd to perform, shake hands and take selfies with fans.
The music portion, at least, is a little taste of what can be expected when the New Kids kick off this year's arena tour, dubbed the "Main Event," in May.
"We look for ways to mix it up," McIntyre told CBS News. "We want to bring the spirit of that show into the tour. And I think that will happen. I like the fact that as a group we can perform for a small theater like [Gramercy Theatre] or major arenas."
Joining them as openers this summer are TLC and rapper Nelly. The New Kids on the Block performed at a festival with the R&B/pop group TLC a couple of years ago and thought it would be fun to team up someday.
That time is now.
When asked whether there will be any collaborations on the road or in the studio, McIntyre said, "The intention is there. That would be amazing. From the minute they came on the scene, we loved TLC like everybody else. To be on a record with them would be amazing. If Nelly could get on there too I think it would be killer."
The upcoming tour will feature a "360-stage" that will take up a large portion of the arena floor, giving additional fans more a chance to get close to the band.
"Our fans are such a part of the show. We like to get around the whole arena and it suits us," said McIntyre.
Closer to the tour's launch the New Kids will spend two to three weeks in rehearsals.
"We have the staple choreography that we clean up," McIntyre said.
For the upcoming outing, the New Kids teamed with Cottonelle as part of campaign aimed at convincing Americans to leave their underwear behind while they "Go Cottonelle and Go Commando."
"I was very excited when the opportunity came along with Cottonelle -- honestly because I use the product," said Wood. "And I'm a single dad of four kids." So TP is a necessity in his household.
And about that going commando tie-in...
"I think there will more of us onstage going commando than ever...The waistlines may be extra low this tour," joked McIntyre. "There's nothing more rock and roll than going commando."
Commando or not, the guys say that they're all about having a great time.
Formed in 1984, New Kids on the Block became huge sensations with the hits "The Right Stuff," "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step." The group split in the mid-90s and didn't officially reunite until 2008. Since then, the guys have yet to slow down -- going on major tours, releasing new music and recently debuting the TV series, "Rock This Boat," which documents the band's cruise with fans.
"We met a long time ago -- 25 some years ago, and there was that huge connection back in the day and then we moved on and they [the fans] grew up and grew out of it. And we had other lives. And then somehow we came back together in 2008," said the 42-year-old McIntyre. "Timing is everything. We were ready to embrace it and look back at it with an open heart and embrace the nostalgia. We also feel young and current now so we get to have fun with that."
McIntyre says they all get along better than they ever have.
"We are benefiting from staying together for so long. A lot of bands don't get to reap the benefits of that - you know, you break up, you move on," he said. "It's not easy. If you're lucky enough to stick around for as long enough as we have you know how to navigate through stuff and keep it simple and enjoy it and be grateful."
And they're grateful for all the fans. It's a mix of age groups, too, they say. The people who grew up with the NKOTB in '80s come out to the show to relive their youth -- and some of them even bring their children.
"I feel like with the fans it's like a getaway for them. They have lives. They have careers. And they're moms. And they can just get with us and have a good time," said McIntyre.
Go here for a list of NKOTB tour dates.
Cottonelle and New Kids on the Block Encourage Americans to Go CommandoBath tissue maker Cottonelle and some of pop music's biggest icons, New Kids on the Block, are teaming up to "clean up" the concert scene and convince Americans to use Cottonelle with CleanRipple texture and ultimately "Go Cottonelle, Go Commando." On the heels of their major 'The Main Event' tour announcement and New York City media blitz , New Kids on the Block is joining Cottonelle at the Gramercy Theatre on Sunday, February 15, for an intimate concert in the only show prior to their highly anticipated 'Main Event Tour' launching this summer.
At the show, concertgoers will be helping kick off a movement to put an end to the pop-culture phenomenon of underwear throwing at concerts. The commando-themed concert is part of a larger effort by the toilet paper brand to let people know that only Cottonelle has CleanRipple texture to get you clean, giving you the confidence to go commando.
As a multi-platinum, chart-topping group and the original teen boy band, the New Kids on the Block are no strangers to having underwear thrown on stage. Now, as they gear up for 'The Main Event' tour, they are putting an end to it once and for all. The partnership launches at an exciting moment for fans as show dates for 'The Main Event' sold out within minutes; fans were clamoring for tickets at such high demand that ticket websites crashed. "We know our fans like to have fun at our concerts—and what's more fun than going commando? That's why we've partnered with Cottonelle," said Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block.
Cottonelle knows that the act of going commando is a signal that a person feels clean enough – and confident enough – to remove the layer that covers their most delicate parts. According to a recent survey conducted by Braun Research, nearly two-thirds of Americans said if they felt cleaner, they would be more likely to go commando. As a brand with a history of facilitating real conversations about bathroom habits and wiping, the Go Commando program is a natural evolution in differentiating Cottonelle CleanRipple texture as a unique enabler of clean.
"By encouraging people to go commando, we're setting a new standard and making a bold statement about being clean 'down there.' Our unique CleanRipple texture is what sets Cottonelle apart from the flatter patterns our competitors offer. Cottonelle gets you so clean you can go commando," said Amanda O'Connor, Cottonelle Senior Brand Manager. "We're excited to team up with New Kids on the Block and start a new obsession -- getting people to Go Cottonelle and Go Commando."
The program is supported by advertising, digital, retail and shopper marketing debuting February 16. The creative features the return of British documentary filmmaker and Cottonelle advocate, Cherry Healey, interacting with real people who've used Cottonelle with CleanRipple and asking them to go commando on the spot.
The Cottonelle and New Kids on the Block partnership includes a sponsorship of the first leg of the band's 2015 summer tour. During which, Cottonelle is offering concert attendees an elevated bathroom experience, VIP seat upgrades and surprise meet and greets with the band at select tour stops.
CleanRipple texture is available in all Cottonelle toilet paper and flushable cleansing cloths products. For a free sample of Cottonelle head to Cottonelle.com and dare your friends to Go Cottonelle and Go Commando. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #GoCommando.
Sighting(Pic) Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg dancing to New Kids on the Block’s “Cover Girl” at E11even Miami’s one-year anniversary .?.?.
New Kids on the Block donate $20K to TLC album fund(Video) TLC’s Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the girl group’s final album has received a huge boost from Donnie Wahlberg and surpassed its initial $150K goal.
Wahlberg surprised his New Kids on the Block bandmates by announcing they would donate $10,000 toward the creation of the album, then sought to “make up” for his promise by pledging an additional $10K of his own money, he told “Extra.”
“The New Kids are [contributing $10,000] that I put them on the spot for, and I’ll [donate] my own extra $10,000. That’s $20,000 for TLC,” said the 45-year-old reality star, referencing bandmates Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight.
The two groups, along with Nelly, announced their upcoming joint tour this week.
As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, TLC had surpassed its goal of $150,000, with more than 2,000 backers tossing in a total of $206,324. The campaign still has 26 days to go.
Wahlberg said he wants the perks that come along with a donation the size of his, including a professional photo shoot with TLC members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
“I’m going to be in the video,” he quipped. “I’m going to lip-sync in the video. I want to play bongos during their concert.”
Katy Perry reportedly donated $5,000 toward the project and TLC’s T-Boz thanked her via Twitter.
New Kids on the Block on New Boybands: 'Come to the Show and See How it's Done'New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school.
The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts.
"As far as boy bands, you know, we dance, we perform. I mean, I hate to sound like an old fogey, but these kids don't know what they're missing nowadays because we got to sing and dance for our supper, you know what I mean, and we love to do that," Joey McIntyre, 42, said in an interview Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
"So maybe a few kids could come to the show and see how it's done."
The Main Event tour kicks off May 1 in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale Jan. 31.
In the last few years, boy bands have resurged, with One Direction leading the pack, followed by 5 Seconds of Summer. Others, from The Wanted to Mindless Behavior, have had some success.
Donnie Wahlberg, 45, said the decades-long bond between New Kids on the Block and their fans makes it worthwhile.
"I would rather have the credibility of thousands of fans and have them be happy. That's what we've learned and that's why we're still here," Wahlberg said. "We keep it alive because it stays alive between us and our fans. It's a real relationship now."
Wahlberg and McIntyre, along with bandmates Danny Wood and brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, began playing together more than 30 years ago. They said they're excited to share a stage with one of the top-selling female groups of all-time and the multiplatinum Nelly.
"It's always nice to go out onstage and know there might be some people out there that haven't seen what you do, so you're engaging with them. It keeps it fresh for you," McIntyre said. "It just adds to the juice of the night, and we're ready to do that."
The 42-date tour wraps July 2 in Buffalo, New York.
New Kids on the Block announce tourNew Kids On the Block are back, again.
The '80s boy band, which reunited in 2008, announced a spring-into-summer tour this morning, with dates starting in Las Vegas on May 1 and scheduled through July 2, in Buffalo.
For "The Main Event," as the tour is titled, NKOTB -- that is, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntrye, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood -- will be joined by guests Nelly and TLC.
"Our fans keep asking us to come back out on the road, and we want to keep giving them what they want!" Wahlberg enthused in a statement. "We wanted to make sure it was something new and fresh and fun and totally worthwhile for all of our supporters year after year."
Are You Ready for The Main Event?Happy New Year to our Blockhead family! We already have so much to celebrate in 2015. Your support over the past two weeks with our NKOTB TV take-over: Donnie Loves Jenny, Wahlburgers, Rock This Boat, The Goldberg’s AND The McCarthy’s was felt through the trending topics and Facebook love. But we couldn’t just leave it at that- now we’re coming to you...
Drum roll please....This summer we’re heading back out and will be headlining THE MAIN EVENT TOUR! Not only will we be hitting 40+ cities across the US and Canada, we’ll be bringing special guests TLC and NELLY along with us. You heard us right, this is an all new New Kids on the Block headline show. We’re pretty much bringing all the hit songs to you! To make it even better- we have an exciting new stage design, performing 360 degrees in the round. This new production gives you the chance to see us up close and personal and for us to be close to all of our Blockheads. And for the first time we’ll be offering stage-side bar seating in our TOP SHELF VIP PACKAGE which also includes access to THE RINGSIDE EXHIBIT showcasing memorabilia from each of our personal collections over the years. Click here to see all that the VIP packages have to offer. It’s gonna be an epic party and we want you to be there.
Block Nation pre-sales begins January 22nd. You must be a Block Nation member in order to participate in the pre-sales. If you’re not already a member, sign up here! All other info can be found at www.nkotb.com.
We love you guys- thank you for being part of our family. Can’t wait to see you at #TheMainEvent!
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THE MAIN EVENT Tour Dates (As of January 20, 2015):
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How Donnie Wahlberg & Jenny McCarthy Are Avoiding the Reality Couples CurseIt's not the first honeymoon phase for either Donnie Wahlberg or Jenny McCarthy, but Wahlberg can feel that, this time, this marriage is built to last.
"We've both been married before, but we weren't ready for that," Wahlberg, 45, tells PEOPLE. "I think we got in before we were prepared to, and now we've finally found what we've always wanted."
A year after they began dating, the duo exchanged vows in August at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, outside McCarthy's hometown of Chicago.
"We have both been independent for so long," he says, "but there's also 20-some-odd years each of us sort of looking to settle down and pitch a tent and have a family life."
Though the former View host, 41, and the Blue Bloods actor have now made it official, Wahlberg says not much has changed since saying "I do."
"No real surprises. She didn't suddenly, like, pull out her false teeth or reveal she had a wig," he jokes. "Everything is kind of the same. That's just how we are. It's like there really is no one else around when we are together."
Even now, with cameras documenting every moment of their marriage on the reality series Donnie Loves Jenny, the stars aren't afraid the show will affect their relationship.
"I know people say there is a curse on reality couples, but my opinion is that reality shows don't break up couples – couples break up couples," he says.
"For us, we felt like we could make a fun show that was very reflective of our lives and had a lot of love in it," he continues. "It's something we wanted to do, we felt like it would be fun and we could have a great time."
Donnie Loves Jenny airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on A&E.
Morgan Freeman Once Told Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg to Get a Room-Naturally!Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are kinda known as a couple who enjoy packing on the PDA.
But they may think twice about packing it on at the Emmys again.
"I know you're newlyweds, but you cannot keep your hands off each other," Meredith Vieira pointed out during Wahlberg's sit-down on The Meredith Vieira Show, airing Thursday. "Do people ever stop you on the street and say 'get a room'?"
"Yes, they do," the Blue Bloods star and New Kids On The Block member admitted. "Every day they do."
And not just "people," either...
"We were at the Emmys, actually, and we were kissing backstage," Wahlberg recalled. "We didn't really sit in our seats, we were just backstage in the green room kissing the whole time, and we heard this voice behind us go, 'Get a room.' And I look back and it's Morgan Freeman."
"That's pretty cool, when Morgan Freeman tells you," Vieira said.
"Well, yeah," Wahlberg agreed. "I mean, we're happy. We're in love and we're happy, and I'd rather have everyone say 'you guys are all over each other all over the place' than 'look at the drama you have all over the place.' We are not fighting, we are not bickering, we're happy."
Amen to that. (And not just because an actor who's played God multiple times has witnessed their happiness up close and personally.)
Next up for McCarthy's happily wedded husband, NKOTB has been booked as the house band for Live! With Kelly and Michael on Jan. 20. We have a feeling quite a few fans will be rising and shining early for the occasion.
'Rock This Boat': Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood can make moms cryBoyband NKOTB has been throwing fan cruises for nearly five years and now they are showcasing that experience in a new reality show for Pop TV called "Rock This Boat."
The show follows different groups of fans who all have one thing in common -- they love Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre and have since the 1980s.
One of the fans living her dream by cruising for a week with her favorite band is Amanda, a self-claimed wild child and married mother of two who only has eyes for Donnie. In fact she likes the newly married Wahlberg so much she has a "free pass" from her husband to get busy with the star.
While the trip starts as just a getaway with the gals, judging by the season preview, things take a dark turn. A scene shows Amanda brought to the breaking point and bawling hysterically. Isn't this supposed to be fun?
Zap2it caught up with the band at the Winter Press Tour and couldn't resist asking the guys just what happened to cause the waterworks.
"She starts off wanting to have a free pass with Donnie," explains Wahlberg, talking in third person. "Then she has a run in with Danny. The breakdown might be the best thing you ever have seen on reality TV."
"I'm the single guy," Wood adds, trying to justify the situation.
Wood assures Zap2it he isn't completely the source of the tears. "There are crazy people everywhere," McIntyre interjects and tries to help. "We have fans that are doctors and lawyers and teachers and moms and the whole thing. All of society is represented very well within Block Nation. So you are going to get a girl like that ... A girl who will do anything for V.I.P. Yes, it's probably great TV and she signed up for it."
"That aside, there's tons of good old fashioned love," McIntyre assures in the series.
"Rock This Boat" airs Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop TV.
Amazon Drama Series 'Bosch' Gets Premiere DateOn the heels of the success of its original comedy Transparent, winner of two Golden Globes on Sunday, Amazon has slated the premiere of its first original drama series, Bosch. The 10-episode adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch book series will debut February 13 on Prime Instant Video in the U.S., UK and Germany. Here is a trailer: Video.
Bosch was one of Amazon’s first two drama series orders last spring. The other, Chris Carter’s After, was recently scrapped. Bosch stars Titus Welliver as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, whose investigation takes on a life-and-death urgency when a killer who has confessed to a boy’s murder escapes custody and begins a murderous rampage across Los Angeles. Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick, Annie Wersching, Sarah Clarke and Jason Gedrick co-strar.
The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer and executive produced by Overmyer, Connelly, and Henrik Bastin.
Wahlburgers restaurants are coming to New YorkWahlburgers is coming to New York City.
John Cestare, from Big Apple Burgers, has secured franchise rights from Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and will be opening seven locations.
The lease is signed on a Coney Island store, to open May 1, and six locations are slated for Manhattan.
We’re told Cestare will appear on Season 3 of the A&E reality show about the family’s Boston-based burger joint and will also be opening a franchise in Vegas.
More are in the works in Florida and Philadelphia.
Goldbergs Sneak Peek: Hang Tough with Erica's New Kids on the Block VideoThe Goldbergs definitely has "The Right Stuff" this week.
On Wednesday's episode (8:30/7:30c, ABC), Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) come across Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) old New Kids on the Block memorabilia and, like any good brothers, they host a viewing party — and much more.
"You're just a borderline adult woman who likes lame boy bands," Barry tells Erica in the exclusive sneak peek below. (Um, is there anything wrong with that?!)
Check out Erica's video — and see which member she'll be loving forever. The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.
Gone Girl's Kim Dickens Joins The Walking Dead Spin-OffGone Girl's Kim Dickens has been cast as the female lead in the Walking Dead companion series, Deadline reports.
Dickens will play a guidance counselor who is dating a divorced teacher at the school where she works, played by The Missing's Cliff Curtis. Though she might look like the girl next door, Dickens' character has a darkness to her and a troubled past that will come back to haunt her. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey also star in the pilot as Dickens' two children from a previous marriage.
In addition to Gone Girl, Dickens has starred on Treme and Deadwood, and recurred on Friday Night Lights and Sons of Anarchy. She is also set to recur on Season 3 of House of Cards, which premieres in February.
Production on the Los Angeles-based spin-off pilot will begin in early 2015.
A&E to Premiere New Series DONNIE LOVE JENNY, 1/7(Video: Roasty Toasty Love) A&E Network's hit series "Duck Dynasty" returns for an all-new season, followed by the season premiere of the Emmy(R)-nominated series "Wahlburgers" and the series premiere of the new original docu-series "Donnie Loves Jenny." The family fun kicks off on Wednesday, January 7 with "Duck Dynasty" at 9:30PM, followed by "Wahlburgers" at 10:00PM and the one-hour wedding premiere of "Donnie Loves Jenny" at 10:30PM on A&E.
In the new season of "Duck Dynasty," the Robertson clan is back to their family hijinks. To promote Willie's Duck Diner, Jase enters an outhouse race where he unexpectedly goes up against their arch nemesis, Phillip McMillan, and Willie attempts to create the world's greatest bologna sandwich for the menu. Jep and Alan take Kay and Si to a local health club to teach them the benefit of exercise and the guys transform an old pontoon boat into a floating duck blind, but they aren't quite sure that it will actually float. At Willie's insistence, Kay and her dog Bobo go to doggie obedience class and the whole family comes together to help Jep and Jessica move into their new house.
In the new season of "Wahlburgers," brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg continue to expand the family burger franchise while balancing a series of personal events - including Paul's trip to Mark's new house, Donnie's wedding and visits from the Red Sox's David Ortiz and Boston Bruin ice hockey legend Bobby Orr. Donnie's band New Kids On The Block is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Mark gets Johnny "Drama" a part in his film Ted 2. In the first episode, Donnie's Chicago-based wedding proves to be a challenge for Alma who doesn't fly but certainly can't miss her son's wedding. Donnie finds the perfect solution - a tour bus. He enlists his nephew Brandon to accompany Alma on the journey to Chicago to make sure she arrives in time for the wedding.
The "Donnie Loves Jenny" series premiere kicks off with a one-hour wedding episode following Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy from preparations behind-the-scenes of their big day to their first moments as husband and wife. The series follows the couple as they adjust to married life - from blending their families to managing their busy schedules. Newlywed bliss proves to be cramped when the pair is joined by Jenny's dad, Macky, her son, Evan, and Donnie's lovable dog, Lumpy, all living under one roof. From getting Macky ready for a date to teaching Evan about the "birds and the bees," there's never a dull moment for the newlyweds.
"Duck Dynasty" is produced for A&E Network by Gurney Productions. Executive producers for Gurney Productions are Deirdre Gurney and Scott Gurney. Executive producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Brad Holcman.
"Wahlburgers" is produced for A&E Network 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 are executive producers. Executive producer for 44 Blue Productions is Rasha Drachkovitch. Executive producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.
"Donnie Loves Jenny" is produced for A&E Network by 44 Blue Productions, in association with D&J Productions. Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy are executive producers. Executive producer for 44 Blue Productions is Rasha Drachkovitch. Executive producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.
New Kids on the Block: Then & NowET first met New Kids on the Block in 1989, as they were charming fans at a school in New York. Now, ET is looking back at the boy band's vintage interviews before the debut of their reality show on the soon-to-be-renamed TVGN.
"I'm a young kid and I'm just having a good time," Joey McIntyre told ET in 1990.
From London to Japan, ET was there with Joey, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood for all the pandemonium.
"Remember that one show where our whole stage was full of girls?" Jordan asked Donnie in 1990. "They dragged them all out and when the girls seen where they were putting the people that fainted on the back of the stage, everyone started fainting then. That was funny."
The boys were tight, but like many bands, they had their share of disagreements. Tension with the group drove them apart in 1993.
"There were times where me and Donnie would walk down a hall and not even say hi to each other, because there was so much tension," Joey said in 1993. "It was stupid."
Fortunately for fans (a.k.a. Blockheads), the band famously got back together in 2008 and teamed with the Backstreet Boys for an epic tour from 2011-12.
Today, NKOTB has a new reality series called Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, which premieres Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The day is a special one for TVGN as it marks its transition to Pop. ET also teamed up with TVGN for a special called ET Presents: New Kids - Then and Now, airing Monday Dec 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
NAACP Image Award NominationsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Boris Kodjoe – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)
Glynn Turman – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)
Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)
Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
SightingsLes Moonves with “Blue Bloods” stars Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg with wife Jenny McCarthy at Arlington Club after the show wrapped its 100th episode.
A&E Orders 'Donnie Loves Jenny' Reality Series As Part Of Development Deal With Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthyDonnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy will have their marriage documented in a reality series. A&E has given a 10-episode order to Donnie Loves Jenny, an original unscripted docuseries that will follow the newlyweds. It is the first project in an overall development and production deal Wahlberg and McCarthy have signed with A&E for their newly launched joint production company D&J Productions. Production on Donnie Loves Jenny, from 44 Blue Prods. and D&J Prods., begins immediately for a 2015 premiere. The series will consist of a one-hour episode chronicling the couple’s August 31 wedding followed by nine half-hour episodes.
Donnie Loves Jenny is an offshoot of sorts from Wahlberg and his brothers’ breakout A&E realty series Wahlburgers, also from 44 Blue. Wahlberg and McCarthy’s romance played out on the first season of Wahlbergers, which is set behind the scenes of a restaurant owned by Wahlberg and his brothers. “Viewers have enjoyed following Donnie and Jenny’s relationship on Wahlburgers and we look forward to sharing this next part of their journey,” said David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E.
The series will kick off with behind-the-scenes moments from Wahlberg and McCarthy’s wedding and follow the couple through their nuptials into their first experiences as a married couple as they navigate through life as newlyweds, including blending their families and balancing their busy schedules.
“Our feeling is, who better to make our first show for the network about than about us?,” Wahlberg and McCarthy said. “We love working together and with our crazy schedules this gives us the chance to both work and play together.”
Following her co-hosting stint on The View, where she announced her engagement to Wahlberg, McCarthy recently launched Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy, a new daily live morning radio show on SiriusXM. Wahlberg stars on CBS’ Blue Bloods.
Donnie Loves Jenny is executive produced by Wahlberg and McCarthy as well as 44 Blue Productions’s Rasha Drachkovitch.
Jenny McCarthy Straddles Donnie Wahlberg, Nearly Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction During PDA(Pic1, Pic2) Careful there, Jenny McCarthy!
While hosting a Halloween Costume Party at Sirius XM Studios in NYC on Wednesday, the 41-year-old nearly had a wardrobe malfunction while getting her PDA on with hubby Donnie Wahlberg.
McCarthy looked super sexy in a skin-tight black costume inspired by Olivia Newton John's character Sandy from Grease. McCarthy paired her leggings and low-cut top with red heels and her blond hair in curls. As for her 45-year-old hubby, he coordinated in a Grease-inspired costume as well.
While the newlyweds posed for pics together, Wahlberg gave his wife a big hug from behind as McCarthy threw her head back in laughter. During their PDA fest, McCarthy's boob almost popped out of her cleavage-baring top! No worries though, she just barely avoided a wardrobe malfunction.
McCarthy and Wahlberg's extreme PDA also included him picking her up as she wrapped her legs around his waist.
McCarthy took to Instagram after the party to share, "Such a fun launch party for my new Dirty Sexy Funny show on @siriusxm tonight! #DSF."
'The Goldbergs' Taking on New Kids on the BlockABC's The Goldbergs is taking on another seminal '80s band.
Six months after showrunner Adam F. Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter that he was interested in a New Kids on the Block episode, the story has made its way into a script.
THR has learned that the sophomore comedy will take on the boy band behind The Right Stuff, Step by Step and albums including Hangin' Tough more with an episode fittingly titled for NKOTB's Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood: "DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan." Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane will pen the episode, with David Katzenberg set to direct.
While an air date has not yet been determined, the episode will see Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) discover a box of Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) embarrassing NKOTB memorabilia. Naturally, the brothers take their taunting to an extreme that, as per usual, backfires in epic and hilarious proportions. The episode will also feature Gentile and Giambrone showing off their '80s dance moves, as one would naturally expect. Production on the episode is currently under way.
"I have a whole episode mapped out in my head about the time that me and Chad Kremp became obsessed with the New Kids. It started out in jest, and we ended up really loving their music. And that's perfect for Adam and Barry," Goldberg told THRin April.
The news comes days after The Goldbergs firmed up plans to for another Goonies-type tribute episode, dubbed Adam's Folly, when the series takes on John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
NKOTB has been seeing a renaissance of late. In addition to the group's TVGN reality series Rock the Boat, the band's "The Right Stuff" was just featured on MTV's Faking It, when girl group Fifth Harmony covered the track.
And because you know you can't resist, check out NKOTB's "Step by Step," below. Place your bets for which song(s) The Goldbergs will take on in the comments section. The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Tune in tonight to see the return of Gentile's famous Big Tasty.
Actor, Ohio native Ed O'Neill aids Traficant movieEd O'Neill is supporting an effort to raise funds to complete a documentary about a colorful congressman in his native northeast Ohio.
Filmmaker Eric Murphy says he has a crowdfunding campaign to raise $17,500 to finish production and add a new ending to "Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown." Former Congressman James A. Traficant Jr. died last month at age 73 following a tractor accident on his family's farm near Youngstown.
O'Neill was interviewed for the documentary and added a narrative voice. Backers who pledge at least $2,500 get lunch with O'Neill, the veteran actor who currently stars in the TV comedy series "Modern Family." The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports they also will get co-producer credit.
O'Neill has signed books, artwork and other items for $1,000 pledges.
Jenny McCarthy: Why Donnie Is 'the Best Husband Out There'Look who's still in the honeymoon phase!
Jenny McCarthy's still as smitten as ever when it comes to husband Donnie Wahlberg.
"Every night when we go to bed and I climb in bed and I see him laying there, I go, 'The feeling I get crawling in bed with you every night is like when I was little and my mom used to say your best friend can sleep over tonight,' " McCarthy told PEOPLE in N.Y.C. Thursday while promoting her upcoming SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy. "He definitely brings out the best in me, and I think I do the same for him."
"Is she talking about our dog?" joked Wahlberg.
Along with enjoying hot chocolate together every evening, the couple's bedtime routine includes a go-to cuddle position.
"He's on his back and my head is on his chest, and his arm is around me," says the star. "I say, 'I love you,' he says, 'I love you, too,' and we kiss and we fall asleep in that position. And I want to say more times than not, we wake up in that same position."
"I'd say about 75 percent of the time," confirmed Wahlberg.
McCarthy, 41 and Wahlberg, 45, tied the knot on Aug. 31 in St. Charles, Illinois. And McCarthy isn't the only one over the moon to have Wahlberg around: Her son Evan, 12, loves having the comedian as a stepdad.
"I had a conversation with Evan, saying, 'How's it going with Donnie as your stepdad?' And he said, 'You know, I finally feel safe,' " says McCarthy. "And to me as a single mom, it felt like I did my job – not only really holding out to find the best stepdad for him, but also for me, the best husband out there."
The best husband – and also the hottest, in McCarthy's (slightly biased) opinion!
"He's got overall heat," she says. "You know, you either got it or you don't, and he's got it."
Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy launches Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. ET.
Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy Have Hot Chocolate Together Every NightFor newlywed Donnie Wahlberg, life at home with wife Jenny McCarthy is certainly sweet.
“Jenny and I have hot chocolate together every night,” Wahlberg told PEOPLE at the Say Hello with Keurig 2.0 pop-up in New York City on Wednesday. “I know a cup of hot chocolate doesn’t sound glamorous but it’s those quiet moments with us as a family that are my favorite. We have our own things during the day, but this is our time to cuddle up and catch up on our days.”
Professionally, life for the couple has been “non-stop” since they got married over Labor Day weekend: Wahlberg continues to star on CBS’s Blue Bloods, produce and star in A&E’s Wahlburgers and perform with the New Kids on the Block, while McCarthy hosts her new SiriusXM radio show Dirty, Sexy, Funny.
“I know it may seem like we’re extroverts because we spend so much time in front of the camera and we’ll talk about openly about our lives, but Jenny and I are real homebodies,” he says. “We’re not really party people. If we had our way, we would just lay in bed all day watching Naked & Afraid.”
Despite his domestic inclinations, you’re probably not going to find Wahlberg cooking up a multi-course meal in the kitchen anytime soon.
“Jenny does most of the cooking at home and she’s really good at it. And that’s a good thing because I’m not much help in the kitchen. If you want some toast with butter, I’m your guy,” says Wahlberg, who is partnering with Keurig to offer winners a chance to meet him for a coffee date in N.Y.C.
Of course, even homebodies need to escape sometimes: So a long-awaited honeymoon is up next for the newlyweds, someplace “not cold,” hints Wahlberg. “We’re looking forward to getting away, relaxing and spending some uninterrupted time together … with hot chocolates every night.”
House of Cards Adds Kim Dickens to Season 3 DeckDeadwood‘s Kim Dickens is headed to the modern-day Wild Wild West that is Washington D.C.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress has landed a recurring role in House of Cards‘ upcoming third season (debuting in early 2015).
Specifics on Dickens’ character and episode count were not available and a Netflix rep declined to comment.
Dickens — whose TV credits also include Treme, Friday Night Lights and (most recently) Sons of Anarchy — can currently be seen on the big screen in Gone Girl.
New Kids on the Block Join the Walk of Fame(Video) Before there was One Direction, before there was ’NSync, there was New Kids on the Block. Comprising five street-smart kids from working-class neighborhoods in Boston, a city so flush with hometown pride that it threatens to throw a parade whenever one of its own makes it big, NKOTB was a boy band phenomenon in an era before the term became synonymous with screaming girls and ubiquitous radio play. On Oct. 9, the group will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The brainchild of local record producer-songwriter Maurice Starr (who discovered R&B group New Edition at a 1982 talent show), NKOTB’s self-titled debut effort was an abysmal flop for Columbia Records, its first and second singles “Be My Girl” and “Stop It Girl” dismissed as insipid bubblegum pop. Still, Starr persevered, eventually convincing the label to let Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre record a sophomore follow-up.
The resulting album, 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough” was not an instant hit, but its first single, the dulcet McIntyre-crooned ballad “Please Don’t Go Girl,” eventually climbed to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, and from there the momentum grew. In early 1989, the bouncy, rap-inspired track “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” cracked Billboard’s top five and, that June, the single “I’ll be Loving You (Forever)” reached No. 1, Jordan Knight’s mellifluous falsetto vocals — a throwback to the Philadelphia Sound — working like a charm on the throbbing hearts of tween and teen fans from Dorchester, Mass., to Denver and beyond.
By the time 1990 came along, if you were alive and in the messy throes of adolescence, you likely not only had your favorite NKOTB song, but your favorite NKOTB member, his wall-sized poster plastered above your bed.
“We felt the impact but I think we were so desperate not to feel it,” says Wahlberg of the worldwide fame that ensued. “When we started, our concept of being really famous was, like, being known in Boston. That was our goal, to walk down the street and have the local pizza guy say, ‘Hey Donnie good work. Hey, have a slice!’ That was the scope of how big we looked at it.”
As that scope expanded, and NKOTB became a global juggernaut, it was the singers’ Boston roots that kept them grounded, helping maintain, per Wahlberg, a sense of “calm in the eye of the storm.”
“We all came up from nothing and we got a lot in a short amount of time,” says Wahlberg, currently starring on CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and exec producing A&E’s reality series “Wahlburgers.” “And because it happened so quickly, we never really got too caught up in it. We worked hard, we earned some level of success, and we caught a wave that was bigger than any of us expected, but we didn’t become holier than thou. We were accountable for each other and that’s what kept us levelheaded. Boston made sure to keep us humble. You can’t come from a city like Boston and grow up and become all big headed because the people there will bring you back down to earth real quick.
“And we somehow figured out that we can’t be as awesome as everyone thinks and we can’t be as bad at everyone thinks. We tried to find the truth in the middle.”
When the band split in 1994, each member pursued solo careers that ranged from TV actor to real estate developer to record producer. For McIntyre, a parochial school kid and the baby of the bunch, striking out on his own — from a role on Fox’s “Boston Public” to playing the male lead in “Wicked” on Broadway — was a way to assert himself as an artist.
“I think we had somewhat of a chip on our shoulder, which is again part of the Boston mentality and, yeah, I think that knee-jerk reaction of ‘I’m going to prove (the naysayers) wrong’ was part of the picture,” he recalls of that period. “I needed some time find myself after the whirlwind craziness in the late ’80s and ’90s. I had to realize this is what I want to do. I was just born to perform.”
When NKOTB released its 2008 reunion album “The Block” (through Interscope) and headed back out on tour, the fans were there to welcome the Boston quintet with a fanfare usually reserved for champion sports teams.
“A doorman would say, ‘Hey, guys, thanks for the show today,’ and I felt like I was on the Red Sox,” McIntyre says.
“The group’s personality and energy is rolled in that Boston fabric and really important to our whole story.”
Today, NKOTB still tours, still sells out arenas, and the girls (now grown-ups) still swoon. To date, the group has sold 80 million records. And it’s the fans, says Wahlberg, that remain “a main driving force.”
“Anytime we’ve played in the Boston Garden — in the old one or in the current one — it’s astounding,” he says.
“The building is usually close to collapsing from excitement. It’s the energy level we dreamed of as children. All of our concerts are loud and fun and near religious experiences, but in Boston there’s just a different level of pride in the audience.”
ABC Pilot 'Clementine' Stays Alive With New Cast Extension, Eyes Summer RunABC and ABC Studios are very serious about drama pilot Clementine, reaching in their pockets to pay for another extension of the cast’s options. I hear the project is being considered for a 10-13-episode summer run.
Clementine was a major contender for series pickup in May but missed the cut. Still, ABC and ABC Studios remained high on the show, and in June the studio moved in to extend the cast when their options were to expire. That extension ended yesterday when the options were picked up again.
Written by Dean Georgaris and directed by Michael Dinner, Clementine centers on habitual criminal Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who digs in to the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. The cast of the project, from the Mark Gordon Co., also includes Mykelti Williamson, David Strathairn, Edwin Hodge, Kevin Alejandro, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss and McKenna Grace.
Newlyweds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Triple Drew Carey's Reward to Help Find Ice Bucket Challenge PrankstersDrew Carey isn't the only one fired up about a horrible ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank.
Newlyweds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are the latest stars stepping up to help find the high school students responsible for harming a 14-year-old autistic boy through the viral movement.
"I'm joining Drew Carey's 10K Reward to Find Perpetrators Behind Horrible ALS Bucket Prank," the former View co-host tweeted. "Now it's 20k!" McCarthy has a son, Evan, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
Wahlberg was also quick to join in on the fundraising efforts. "If this ‘s---ty' prank was real…Then I am joining @JennyMcCarthy and @DrewFromTV and offering another $10K to the reward," he tweeted. "That makes 30K!"
All the outrage stems from a group of students who challenged an innocent boy to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Instead of getting splashed with a bucket of water, however, the Ohio student allegedly had a bucket of urine, feces and spit poured over him by his high school peers.
"WTF? Just saw this. Horrendous," Carey Tweeted Friday evening after hearing the news. "These kids should be arrested and expelled."
He added, "If the Bay Village PD wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I'll donate $10,000."
Montel Williams, Holly Robinson Peete and other celebrities have also expressed their anger at the incident.
Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel reportedly called the act "heinous" and said charges would be brought as soon as police find the teens responsible for the prank.
When E! News contacted police officials Monday morning, there were no updates regarding the investigation.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Honeymooning in Hudson Valley(Pic1, Pic2) Apparently, heaven is not far away from New York City!
Just four days after Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, near Chicago, a source tells E! News that the newlyweds are honeymooning at Glenmere Mansion, an uber luxurious and romantic Relais & Châteaux property in the Hudson Valley, not far from NYC.
Guests have spotted the duo lounging by the pool where they looked in love and happy together. Additionally, they've been seen at the Glenmere Spa enjoying couple's treatments.
E! News has obtained photos of the stunning property which features lush gardens, loads of privacy and plenty of peace and quiet (a perfect location to ensure a relaxing time away from the prying paps!).
On Wednesday, the loved-up twosome tweeted their first selfie as a married couple. The bride, 41, and groom, 45, posted the same sweet snap, showing the New Kids On The Block singer planting a kiss on the former View co-host's hand.
They tweeted the pic from their individual accounts at the same time, both writing,"Mr & Mrs Wahlberg, checking in from heaven. Thank you for all of your well wishes. #happy"
The good-looking pair said their I-dos in front of a tight-knit group on Sunday that included several members of their family following a whirlwind engagement.
"I feel like the luckiest girl in the world," McCarthy said after Wahlberg popped the question. "He's so wonderful."
Sounds like they're still in a state of wedded bliss. Congrats, you two!
Amy Ryan, David Strathairn Board Joachim Trier's 'Louder Than Bombs'Making his English-language debut, Oslo, August 31 director Joachim Trier is kicking off production today on Louder Than Bombs. Filming will take place in New York City with the previously announced Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert being joined by Amy Ryan, David Strathairn and newcomer Devin McKenzie Druid. The Norwegian-French-Danish co-production centers on Gene (Byrne) and his two sons (Eisenberg and Druid), three years after the death of their wife and mother (Huppert), an internationally celebrated photographer. As they return to the house all four lived in during the boys’ formative years, the three grapple with contrasting memories of the woman who influenced their lives so profoundly. In doing so, they begin to negotiate how best to live together, and uncover the mystery that informed her life.
Trier’s previous films, Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, were festival favorites that scooped up many prizes. He co-wrote each of them with Eskil Vogt with whom he reteams on Louder Than Bombs. Producers are Motlys’ Thomas Robsahm, Memento Films’ Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Animal Kingdom’s Joshua Astrachan, Beachside Film’s Marc Turtletaub, and Bona Fide’s Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. Memento Films International is brokering overseas rights and will team with UTA and CAA for the North American sale. Deals are already in place in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, France, Benelux, Greece, Israel, ex-Yugoslavia, Turkey, Taiwan, and the Middle East. Ryan is repped by Gersh; Strathairn is with ICM.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg's Rose-Covered Wedding Cake(Pic) Everything is coming up rosy for Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg — including their wedding cake!
The newlyweds, who tied the knot on August 31 at the Chicago-area Hotel Baker, worked with All Chocolate Kitchen to create a six-tiered, white buttercream cake adorned with 145 pulled sugar roses.
“[Jenny] wanted to be very romantic and passionate so the red and white was an amazing combination,” Esther Roby, general manager of the Geneva, Illinois-based dessert bar, tells PEOPLE. “It matched her theme,” which included her stunning white wedding dress and bouquet of red roses.
Created by chef Alain Roby, who shared his sketch with PEOPLE, the cake was made with alternating layers of red velvet, vanilla custard creme brûlée and Roby’s famous devil’s food cake (a special request from the couple) and was covered — and dotted — with white buttercream to give it texture.
But the real wow factor was the stunning edible flowers. “The sugar roses started at the top of the cake and cascaded all the way around and spread to the table where the cake was situated, creating an amazing bed of roses that was actually mixed with real roses,” Roby says of her husband’s design. “They were beautiful red and two-tone red sugar roses to create a really three-dimensional look.”
And an added touch, the edible roses served as a keepsake. “The most beautiful thing with sugar roses is that you can actually keep them, so I think Jenny was going to give some to the guests.”
And just like McCarthy’s proposal, her son Evan was a big part of the process. “Her son has come in many times and loves the store so I think that was one of the reasons why they started to look into us,” says Roby. “He loves our truffles!”
As for the final product Roby says, “We had some ideas and they, of course, had their ideas, and I think all together this turned out to be the most beautiful thing for them. And, the most beautiful thing I noticed was that there was so much love and passion that day.”
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Share Their First Newlywed Selfie(Pic) The new bride on the block is showing off her sparkly bling.
Jenny McCarthy posted her first photo as a married woman on Tuesday, and her diamond ring is on full display.
"Mr & Mrs Wahlberg, checking in from heaven. Thank you for all of your well wishes. #happy," the star Tweeted, sharing a sweet selfie of husband Donnie Wahlberg smooching her hand.
McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 45, got married Sunday at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois.
"He's the most amazing man, and we have become a great team," she told PEOPLE weeks before her wedding. "Although I haven't told my dad yet, my son, Evan, will walk me down the aisle before he goes back to school in the fall."
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Are Married!(Pic1, Pic2) Check out the newlyweds on the block!
Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy got married on Sunday at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, near Chicago, McCarthy's rep confirms to E! News. The date marks almost a year after they first hit the red carpet as a couple.
The proudly amorous duo said their I-dos in front of a tight-knit group that included several members of their family.
Donnie's little brother and actor Mark Wahlberg, however, was unable to make it due to a previous engagement, but did offer his congratulations to the happy couple (and even shared a video featuring his wife and kids).
McCarthy, who is from Chicago, announced on The View back in April that Wahlberg had popped the question with a yellow sapphire engagement ring. She said at the time that she and the Blue Bloods star had their eye on an August wedding.
Wahlberg enlisted McCarthy's son Evan for proposal duty, having the youngster present his mom with a series of cards and a T-shirt that ultimately spelled out "Will you mary [sic] me?"
"I knew what was happening and I just started crying," McCarthy recounted the story. "And then he came out with a card that said 'Marry,' but it was spelled 'Mary,' and the last time Donnie came out with Evan and Evan's shirt said 'Me?' and he was holding the ring. He asked, 'Will you marry me?' I of course said yes. And in that moment, Evan yelled, 'I have another dad! I have another dad.' And it was just—it made all of us cry.
"I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. He's so wonderful."
This is the second marriage for both. McCarthy was married to Evan's dad, John Asher, from 1999 until 2006, while Wahlberg has two sons—21-year-old Xavier and 13-year-old Elijah—from his marriage to Kimberly Fey. They divorced in 2008.
"I think a lot of times we get caught up in the fantasy of who we think somebody is, and instead we trusted getting to know who each other are for real," McCarthy told E! News in May, talking about her whirlwind courtship.
The wedding party pre-celebrated at a rehearsal dinner on Saturday and McCarthy threw a soiree on Friday night as well.
McCarthy had five bridesmaids, according to Jemma Sands jewelry designer Jennifer Heim, who provided the sparkly accessories for the weekend.
They were all slated to wear black onyx earrings with white sapphires, and Bali bangles—a set of three onyx, labradorite and crystal quartz, all by Jemma Sands
"Everything is set in 14 karat gold and very sleek and clean and a little bit of bling," Heim said.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Are MarriedCall her the new Mrs. Wahlburgers.
Former View co-host Jenny McCarthy and Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg have made it official, tying the knot Sunday at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, outside McCarthy's hometown of Chicago, sources confirm to PEOPLE.
The bride, 41, wore a gown she picked up at Berdorf Goodman, a source tells PEOPLE, after the couple was spotted at the store's bridal shop in July.
The fête was a bit fancier than McCarthy previously joked.
"I could get married in Kentucky Fried Chicken," she told PEOPLE in July. "I don't care as long as the heart is in the ceremony."
Guests included Sherri Shepherd, who posted an Instagram photo en route to Chicago, as well as three members of New Kids on the Block: Jordan Knight, Danny Wood and Jonathan Knight.
One person who didn't make it to Sunday's event was the groom's brother Mark Wahlberg, who Tweeted his good wishes and posted a congratulatory video.
"I love you, Donnie, we're very happy for you," he says in the video, surrounded by his wife and four kids. "Sorry we couldn't be there, we'll see you soon."
This is the second marriage for both. McCarthy's son Evan, 12, helped with the April proposal by hand-delivering notes to his mom with the words "Will" and "You" and "Marry" before Wahlberg, 45, walked in with a t-shirt that said "Me?" Wahlberg also has two sons: Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 13.
The couple began dating last summer before Wahlberg proposed in April.
"The very first time I saw him, I was in the eighth grade and New Kids on the Block was on MTV," McCarthy has said of Wahlberg's boy band days. "I thought Donnie was the hottest one."
Mark Wahlberg --Skipping Donnie Wahlberg & Jenny McCarthy's WeddingIf you're looking for Mark Wahlberg this weekend, don't go to Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's wedding -- TMZ has learned he won't be there, and we're told it's because he and his wife aren't fans of the bride.
According to multiple Wahlberg sources, Mark is not as close with Donnie and Jenny as Jenny has made it seem. Or at least, not with Jenny. We're told Mark's wife Rhea did not like a recent interview Jenny gave with Howard Stern where she talked about her relationship with Mark.
We're told brother Bobby won't be at the wedding either ... and ditto for mama W, but that's because she doesn't fly.
We contacted Mark, and one of his reps told us he wasn't attending because he needs to be at a birthday party for his daughter Ella today in L.A. Her 11th b-day is actually Tuesday, but Mark will be filming that day in Boston.
Our sources say there's absolutely bad blood with Jenny.
For what it's worth ... brother Paul will be in attendance. More cake for him.
Just days away! Lovebirds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg planning to marry 'this weekend'Jenny McCarthy, 41, and Donnie Wahlberg, 45, are reportedly getting married this weekend.
The couple, who got engaged in April, are set to tie the knot on Saturday in a glamorous ceremony in New York in front of their close friends and family.
A source told the HollywoodLife.com: 'They are getting married this weekend and their friends and Donnie's family are flying to New York for the ceremony.'
The 41-year-old beauty - who was recently axed from The View - hinted that her nuptials were soon approaching in July when she admitted that she was in a rush to find the perfect gown for her big day.
The former Playboy model and her fiancé have also been struggling to cut down their guest list, but they refused to get stressed over the upcoming nuptials.
She said last month: 'The hardest part is we have to cut down the wedding list, because the place we're getting married at, it's very boutique. With Donnie's 800 relatives - yes, 800. I've got 6,000 McCarthys.'
She added: 'It's going to be hard to really cut down that list so I'm trying to make sure the core group is there.'
Meanwhile, Jenny - who has 12-year-old son Evan from her marriage to John Mallory Asher - hopes her and Donnie's reception will be 'elegant and pretty.'
Donnie also has sons Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 13, from his previous marriage to Kim Fey.
Jenny previously opened up to People about meeting Wahlberg after a year-long break from dating: 'I knew if I closed my mind to men for too long I might be missing someone who was really right for me.'
She added: 'And then Donnie came along. I am so grateful.'
The John Tucker Must Die actress also revealed to the publication that following her nuptials, she'll get started on an hour-long radio show that will air weekly.
'I love comedy and want to devote my career to it, but I am not a stand-up...My passion is to empower female comics. I want to see them succeed,' Jenny told the magazine.
Michael Madsen Joins Comedy Central Series 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL'Cuba Gooding Jr, Michael Madsen and Keith David have joined the cast of Comedy Central’s new scripted series Big Time In Hollywood, FL, produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, it follows two delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers (Anfanger, Lenny Jacobson), who are kicked out of their parents’(Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky) house and forced to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives, leading them on an epic journey in pursuit of their American dream. In six episodes of Big Time‘s 10-episode order, Oscar winner Gooding will play a fictionalized version of himself. In four episodes. Madsen will play a grizzled, alcoholic private investigator hired by the family to track their sons’ criminal activity. In six episodes, David will play a federal agent sent to investigate Cartel activity in Hollywood, Fla. The series is filming in Los Angeles for 2015 debut.
SightingsJenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg sharing a sundae with friends at Carmine’s.
Jenny McCarthy, Fiance Donnie Wahlberg Go Wedding Dress Shopping Together -- Find Out Which Designers She Tried On!(usmagazine.com) Jenny McCarthy took her fiance wedding dress shopping and revealed she wants a Chicago/Boston themed wedding!
Jenny McCarthy is not your traditional bride! The former View co-host took her fiancé Donnie Wahlberg with her wedding dress shopping in New York City on Tuesday, July 22, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.
The pair, who got engaged just last April, checked out the bridal shop at Bergdorf Goodman, an eyewitness tells Us. "Jenny was trying on a variety of dresses including Vera Wang, Isabelle Armstrong and Naeem Khan," the source says of the blonde 41-year-old radio host. Other customers, who were trying on dresses nearby, were gushing over seeing the bride-to-be "looking gorgeous in white," the eyewitness adds.
Although the former MTV host is still deciding on her wedding gown, the mom to 11-year-old son Evan revealed exclusively to Us Weekly she's set to say "I do" to the Blue Bloods star, 44, sooner rather than later. But, that doesn't mean she has all the details squared away!
McCarthy tells Us, "Really, I’m so bad [at planning]. The problem is, I consider myself to be kind of like a dude … Like, I just kind of want to show up and drink." Walhberg's ladylove, who was formerly married to John Mallory Asher, adds, "I don’t want to get lost in the mundane details. I just kind of want to enjoy the experience. You know, because this is my last wedding, I want to do it right, but I don’t want to overdo it."
One thing for sure is that the couple's nuptials will be heavily influenced by Chicago, McCarthy's home city. "I told them just generic [for the cake]—give me a red velvet cake. I’m from Chicago. Give me a meat. Give me a potato and that’s it," she laughed.
The bride-to-be added hints of Wahlberg's Boston heritage will be included as well. "We kind of wanted to do like a Boston, Chicago theme … We wanted some oysters maybe from the East Coast and have our dinner as the steak or lobster and steak—something to kind of represent both sides," she added.
"I [do] know I just want red roses everywhere," she told Us, "So that's what I'm sticking to."
Jenny McCarthy Will Marry Donnie Wahlberg 'In the Next Few Weeks'Beaming and beautiful in a revealing top and dark skinnies, Jenny McCarthy is enjoying the best summer ever.
She will launch a SiriusXM show "Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy" on Wednesday and marry New Kids on the Block singer and film producer Donnie Wahlberg, 44, soon.
"I will marry Donnie in the next few weeks," McCarthy, 41, told PEOPLE Saturday, before hosting her touring comedy review Dirty Sexy Funny at Miami's Magic City Casino.
"He is the most amazing man, and we have become a great team. Although I haven't told my dad yet, my son, Evan, will walk me down the aisle before he goes back to school in the fall."
Wahlberg will also be one of the Sirius show's special guest stars, the network announced Monday.
The best-selling author, activist, actress and former Playboy model, who recently announced she is leaving The View, said she took a year off from men to find herself before dating Wahlberg, a man she had admired from afar.
"I knew if I closed my mind to men for too long I might be missing someone who was really right for me," McCarthy says. "And then Donnie came along. I am so grateful!"
After the wedding, McCarthy will begin her weekly, one-hour radio show, which she says will complement her current comic romp, a project she began three years ago after touring the country to find the funniest female comediennes.
"I love comedy and want to devote my career to it, but I am not a stand-up," she says. "My passion is to empower female comics. I want to see them succeed."
Dirty Sexy Funny is an outrageous and humorous look at the lives of contemporary women, performed by her five-member female cast. For her role, McCarthy introduces the comics as the show's master of ceremonies, then adds a few of her own risqué video vignettes between acts.
"We are expanding this show from weekend performances in the Eastern states to more dates throughout the Midwest and soon we will shoot a pilot," McCarthy says. "I am so happy to be able to do what I love and marry a man who lets me be me."
NKOTB Do Vegas, Cover Backstreet Boys & Channel Britney Spears At Their 'After Dark' KickoffThree decades into my hypothetical career as a recording artist, I’d probably be lucky to have a vanity label of designer crop tops for ferrets. And that’s where the New Kids On The Block and I differ — and I don’t just mean because their music careers are, like, actually real. It’s been 28 years since NKOTB released their self-titled debut album in 1986, and they’re still playing to packed venues.
On Thursday, July 10, the guys kicked off their four-night “New Kids On The Block: After Dark” run at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood. In case that place sounds familiar, that’s where Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece Of Me” residency is hosted.
If the night was any indication, a full-on Vegas residency of their own wouldn’t be a bad idea for the all-man boy band — not that that’s any news to them. These four concerts are sort of a test run, a chance at “dipping our toe in,” as member Joey McIntyre put it in a pre-show interview. And as Donnie Wahlberg triumphantly announced midway through the performance, invoking 1989's “Field Of Dreams”: “We f—ing built it, and you f—ing came!”
The massive, 25-song set list included tracks from all six of the guys’ full-length, non-holiday LPs (sorry ’bout it, Merry, Merry Christmas). And from “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” to “Remix (I Like The),” Joey, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan and Donnie didn’t stop delivering for a hot second.
Some surprise standouts included a remix of “My Favorite Girl” that sampled the “bring the action” line from will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout,” a rendition of “Dirty Dancing” that added elements of Nelly’s “Hot In Herre,” and the closing encore mashup of “Hangin’ Tough” with Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Honestly, though, I’ve got to give it up for “Step By Step,” which included a Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” interlude in the middle. That sh– still kicks, whether it’s 1990 or 2014.
Considering the fact that last night was a Thursday and I was witnessing one of the most iconic pop groups of the late ’80s and early ’90s performing before my very eyes, I clearly had #TBT on the brain. You can only imagine my shock and surprise when the New Kids whipped out a block of throwback cover after throwback cover after throwback cover in the middle of their set list, including George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and “Faith,” The Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” and Prince’s “Kiss.” They even took on the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” an act of boy band-ception that was literally everything to be quite honest.
Speaking of which, not only have the two groups toured together as NKOTBSB, but the New Kids’ Jordan Knight has a collaboration album with Backstreet’s Nick Carter called Nick & Knight that will be out on September 2. Already clued in? Well, here’s something you probably don’t have a Google alert set to. During our pre-show interview, Jordan informed me that the lyric video for their first single together, “One More Time,” is dropping on July 15. I just want to make sure all the NKOTB Blockheads out there are as emotionally prepared as possible for this moment.
Anyway, even more than the #TBT vibes, the most palpable feeling in the venue was the eternal love surging forth from the audience to the stage. So many people in the theater were such ride-or-die fans that it’s no wonder why NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg told me in our pre-show interview: “Credibility with your fans is the most important thing. If we lose our credibility with them, we have nothing. Making them happy is most important.”
Judging by what I witnessed that night, I’d say mission accomplished.
Emmy Nom ReactionOutstanding Unstructured Reality Program: Wahlburgers: Hollywood guys running a burger joint in in the Boston area. How do American TV audiences relate to Wahlburgers which grabbed an unstructured reality nom? Pin it to Mama Wahlberg. Said Donnie Wahlberg, “Audiences see that we’re genuine people. We constantly hear that our mom reminds others of their mother. People are curious to watch us. She gets stopped by people everyday, who relate to her journey, some who have even lost a daughter. This is the icing on the cake for Mark and I: At 72, our mother is a reality star and the fact that we were nominated for this show trumps all awards.” As major Hollywood stars, they weren’t bashful about turning the camera on themselves when it came to making a reality show. “We weren’t out to compete with the Kardashians, we wanted to do this project because it sounded like fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” adds Wahlberg. Thanks to the success of the A&E reality show, the family is looking to opening a burger joint in LA in the next two years.
2014 Emmy NominationsOutstanding Reality-Unstructured Program
"Alaska: The Last Frontier"
"Million Dollar Listing New York"
"Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan"
NKOTB Lands on the Strip for Four Nights of Revelry-No Velvet Ropes Allowed(vegasseven.com) New Kids on the Block—or NKOTB, the edgier, more grown-up acronym that pulls double duty by saving the former boy band a lot of marquee space—haven’t truly been new for more than 25 years. The average age of the five Boston-bred guys who owned the pop charts in the early ’90s—earning more than Michael Jackson and Madonna and leaving thousands of swooning teens in the wake of their artfully ripped jeans and gravity-defying urban pompadours—is now nearly 44.
And yet over the past five years, the tight-knit group—brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre—have been staging a comeback, re-establishing the pop quintet as a global phenomenon. Hot off a two-month, 10-country European tour and their sixth annual theme cruise (more on that shortly), the erstwhile Kids are landing at the Axis at Planet Hollywood on July 10 for a four-night run that will also mark their only North American performances in 2014.
“We didn’t think we’d tour in the States this year,” says McIntyre, the youngest of the group, whose angelic 15-year-old falsetto helped launch the 1988 ballad “Please Don’t Go, Girl” as the band’s first hit single. “But the Axis is an amazing venue, the timing was right, and it helps us keep up the relationship with our fans.”
He’s not just paying lip service. The dates in Vegas will include not only nightly shows, but also daytime pool parties and late-night after-parties at which fans will be able to hang with NKOTB in a more casual setting. “There’s no velvet rope in our world,” McIntyre says. “It’ll be light years away from the stock after-parties with the VIP section where the stars just peek out and wave.” (In a press release for the gig, Wahlberg promised that the band would “be up all day and all night with our fans.”) If the band’s six cruise outings—during which they’re literally trapped on a boat with hundreds of strangers for days on end, performing and partying and leaping into pools fully clothed—are any indication, these guys aren’t shy about getting up close and personal with what they like to call “Block Nation,” a legion of fans largely comprised of women who came of age wearing out their cassette tapes of Hangin’ Tough and Step by Step. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should out myself as one of these women. I even owned a 1990 edition Donnie concert doll. Let’s move on.)
“The fans have known us for so long,” McIntyre says. “Onstage we get to be the stars, but the heart and soul of Block Nation are girls who were there for us back in the day.”
Indeed, even though they’ve released two albums since their heyday—2008’s The Block and 2013’s 10, which both debuted on the Billboard 200 Top 10—the band has no hang-ups about performing their ’80s and ’90s hits. “It absolutely never gets old to sing the songs,” McIntyre says. “And people go crazy when they hear them.” He cites Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones as inspirations because they appeal to generation after generation. “Part of it is the music,” he says. “But a lot of it is just how much fun they have. Onstage we feel young and it feels current. We want to keep that going.”
One thing the Kids definitely have going for them, longevity-wise, is a friendship that has lasted more than three decades, ever since McIntyre was first brought to the group by producer Maurice Starr to replace early New Kids dropout Mark Wahlberg. Since 2008 they’ve been touring and cruising every year, and McIntyre says the band members relish the time they get to spend together.
Which begs the question: Could the stint at Axis lead to a longer run, or even a Strip residency? Speaking for the band, McIntyre hopes so. “It does feel a little bit like an audition,” he says. “But every time we perform, we’re out to prove ourselves. We’ve got to keep that fever pitch, take it to another level. And that’s definitely what we want to do in Vegas.”
NKOTB: 8 p.m. July 10-13 at Axis at Planet Hollywood, $37.50 and up, 702-777-6737, PlanetHollywoodResort.com.
Movie Academy Invites 271 New MembersThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014. “This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees include David Strathairn – “Lincoln,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.”
Jenny McCarthy Doesn't Want to Look Like a "Virgin Bride," Reveals Her Dream Wedding Performer(Photo) Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg's wedding planning is well underway!
The View co-host, her fiancé and her son Evan Asher attended Bowlmor Chelsea Piers in New York City Saturday in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most People Bowling Simultaneously in the U.S. While there, the 41-year-old blond talked exclusively to E! News about her upcoming nuptials.
Before she officially commits herself to the TV star, will McCarthy have a last fling before the ring?
"I am past that!" she said. "My girls and I always have fun when we go out. I just don't need a Chip and Dale's sausage in my face," she joked. "I am past the age where I find it appealing or like I need it at all."
In fact, she and Wahlberg considered inviting their friends to a co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party. "We came in to this private room here and we were like, 'Let's do it here,'" she said. "I mean, how cool is it?!"
Of course, it's not just about the pre-party.
When it comes to wedding gowns, McCarthy has already narrowed down her options. "Gucci is still in the running and there are two other designers also in the running now and I can't remember the names. My stylist said, 'Please, please consider a very feminine designer!'" she revealed. "I didn't want to go with the styles of Vera Wang—I feel like its been so done. It's my second wedding and with me being older, I don't want to look like a virgin bride. I want to look classy and elegant and age appropriate."
While Gucci is known for its sexy silhouettes—and McCarthy is known for her sexy curves—the bride hopes to minimize the focus on her cleavage when she ties the knot. "You know what? My boobs have been bugging me lately! I think me moving into morning talk and wearing conservative clothes, it's hard to get the girls to lay as flat as possible! They sag perfectly," she said with a laugh, "but they don't flatten out as much as I would like. So I don't want to be too busty in my wedding dress. I think when brides are too busty it takes away from the beauty of the bride. It will be form fitting, but not too over done." The dress will be neither pink nor white, she said, "so that leaves us with a few more colors in the rainbow."
The future spouses plan to involve their sons on their big day. "It will be a very, very special ceremony with all of them," McCarthy said of the wedding, which will take place in Boston, Chicago or New York.
McCarthy and Wahlberg haven't sent out invitations yet, but Sherri Shepherd is expected to attend. "They are all invited. Sherri will not the flower girl, unfortunately," McCarthy joked of her View colleague. "Hopefully the whole crew will come, including the new co-host, whomever that may be."
Will New Kids On The Block perform? "I hope so!" McCarthy said. "I asked him and said, 'Do you think the Boys will come to the wedding and perform?' He said, 'I just hope everyone can come to the wedding with everyone's crazy schedules.'" The best-selling author also wants John Legend to sing.
"He has been on The View numerous times, but if this is my shout-out, I would say, 'John we don't have Kim and Kanye's money and our wedding is not extravagant, but we have a lot of heart and a lot of soul and I hope you take us up on our offer to perform at our wedding." Always a man with a plan, Wahlberg offered his bride-to-be an alternative solution: "If John can't play," he said, "maybe Sam Smith will."
Would McCarthy consider filming her wedding it for a TV special or as a special segment on The View?
"We have zero plans to televise it, nor do we have any plans to sell pictures now," she shared. "Knowing us, I would not be surprised if we did a selfie at the altar and tweeted it, you know what I mean?"
Donnie Wahlberg on Wedding Plans with Jenny McCarthy: Don't Call Me Kanye WestJenny McCarthy isn't going all bridezilla over her upcoming wedding to Donnie Wahlberg.
Instead, the laid-back View co-host, 41, is letting her new fiancé take charge when it comes to all the details.
"I trust his style," she told PEOPLE at the opening of The Attic rooftop lounge in N.Y.C. on June 11. "So whatever he wants. All I know is that this is our last wedding and we're going to make it great."
But Wahlberg, 44, who proposed to McCarthy in April, promises he won't go overboard.
"Don't be calling me Kanye West," he jokes about the rapper's over-the-top wedding to Kim Kardashian. "I like Kanye's music, but I don't know about his wedding style. That's a little too much."
One detail the duo already have planned out? Incorporating their new family into the ceremony.
"We have three boys together," says Wahlberg. "They'll be a big part. We're about who's there and what the spirit is more so than where it is and how much money we spend. That's not what it is for us."
Wahlberg tells PEOPLE that McCarthy's son, Evan, 12, has officially moved into their N.Y.C. home.
"I came back from my tour Monday and Evan was there," says the New Kids on the Block singer. "My son's coming next Monday and my dog's there, it's like we're all together for the first time."
McCarthy says that Evan is adjusting well to his new home.
"He's very excited," she says. "He's nervous. But I hope he does find great friends because he's a great kid."
Jenny McCarthy reveals: Donnie Wahlberg misspelled 'marry' when he proposedNew Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg has been a fixture in show business since he was just 15, so it is possible that maybe he missed out on a bit of basic schooling during his years as a young star, but his fiancée Jenny McCarthy just let the world know just how bad her beau’s spelling skills are.
During an interview with Australia’s Jackie O radio show, McCarthy revealed that Wahlberg misspelled the word “marry” when he proposed, leaving out one R. Yikes.
“I was sitting on the couch doing what every girl does saying 'tell me how much you love me' when he [Donnie] left the room,” she recalled. “He and my son Evan came running back in holding a piece of paper saying 'WILL.'"
She said the pair then “ran out and returned carrying another piece of paper with the word 'YOU', and then disappeared and ran back in with another piece of paper that read ‘MARY,’ but misspelled it without the second R.”
McCarthy said Wahlberg then put on a T-shirt that “Me,” and she ignored the spelling mistake and broke down crying and said yes.
Overall, McCarthy doesn’t seem too bothered by his spelling abilities. She gushed about her fiancés good looks on the radio show.
“He's a hottie and I couldn't be more excited, proud and turned on at the same time.”
Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg: "We're Not Getting Married In Istanbul With 8 Million Guests" Like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West(usmagazine.com) Kanye West once said that he has "trendsetting abilities," but Donnie Wahlberg has decided to take his own path in life -- at least when it comes to his upcoming wedding to Jenny McCarthy. The New Kids on the Block singer and his bride-to-be joked on Wednesday, June 11, that their nuptials won't be anything like West and Kim Kardashian's Florence, Italy nuptials.
"We'll have a small wedding in a really beautiful place and we both want do it right this time," Wahlberg, 44, told Extra at NYC's hotspot the Attic. "We've both been married before and we want to make it special -- this is the last wedding."
"We're not getting married in Istanbul with eight million guests," he added when the topic of Kimye came up. McCarthy chimed in: "I won't have three dresses." The Blue Bloods actor added: "No seven dresses, not going to happen…that’s their thing, good for them." (West, 37, and Kardashian, 33, tied the knot in an extravagant Europe wedding on May 24.)
The View co-host, 41, announced her engagement to Wahlberg during an episode of the ABC daytime talk show on April 16. Since then, the couple have sworn that no wedding plans have been made just yet, but have joked about where their reception could be. (At the time of the announcement, McCarthy mentioned sometime in August 2015 could be a possibility.)
Recently, McCarthy received a Twitter invite from Applebee's to have her wedding at one of their locations after she teased to the Boston Herald that the restaurant was being considered as a wedding venue.
"I thought it was very cute that Applebee's tweeted us, so we went in on it, we actually said maybe we should have them do the appetizers," McCarthy told Extra. Wahlberg added: "Or the wedding rehearsal dinner, it was really sweet of them."
ABC Drama Pilot 'Clementine' Extends Cast OptionsABC Studios is keeping its ABC drama pilot Clementine alive by extending the options on the cast that were set to expire at the end of the month. Clementine was on the short list of ABC series pickup contenders but missed the cut. It was one of two supernatural/genre drama pilots, along with The Whispers (aka The Visitors), which went to series. Written by Dean Georgaris and directed by Michael Dinner, Clementine centers on habitual criminal Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who digs in to the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. The cast of the project, from the Mark Gordon Co., also includes Mykelti Williamson, David Strathairn, Edwin Hodge, Kevin Alejandro, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss and McKenna Grace. Alejandro was recently tapped for and is currently filming another drama, A&E’s 10-episode straight-to-series The Returned, from Carlton Cuse. Cuse has a strong relationship with ABC Studios where he co-ran Lost for six seasons and is now the co-creator/executive producer of Amazon pilot Point of Honor. While a positive sign, extending cast options does not guarantee a series pickup. Last season, of all pilots that picked up their actors only one, NBC’s Craig Robinson comedy, went to series.
SightingsJenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg hosting a bash at Attic Rooftop in Midtown
'WAHLBURGERS' SUMMER SPECIALA&E premieres the one-hour “Wahlburgers” Summer Special on Sunday, June 29 at 10PM ET/PT. It’s summertime in Boston and the Wahlbergs are kicking off the season with their annual family reunion. This year there is a lot to celebrate at the reunion. It's also Patriots’ Day and Jim Wahlberg, brother of Mark, Donnie and Paul, is in town to run the Boston Marathon. The whole family is eager to rally around and show their support for Jim as well as a couple of Donnie's New Kids On The Block band members who are running the race this year. To honor the occasion, Alma wants to have a personal medal made for Jim but complications arise when she tries to have the medal delivered in time for the race.
Paul plans to help out preparing food for the big reunion after the race but first he must learn the secret recipe for Uncle Archie's meatballs, a recipe that Uncle Archie is quite protective of and is not so eager to give out.
Meanwhile, Mark offers to set up his hometown Entourage, Johnny “Drama” Alves and Henry “Nacho” Laun, with an acting job, which turns out to be very different than what they had in mind.
"Wahlburgers” is produced for A&E Networks 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 are Executive Producers. Executive Producer for 44 Blue Productions is Rasha Drachkovitch. Executive Producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.
Rock This Boat: New Kids On The Block Coming to TVGNRock This Boat: New Kids On The Block Coming to TVGN: Trailer.
Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series RankingsNBC has won the 2013-14 TV season — but you already knew that — with Sunday Night Football finishing the season as the No. 1 show in primetime in total viewers (21.528 million viewers) and among adults 18-49 (9.971 million viewers), based on Live+Same Day data from Nielsen. NBC’s The Blacklist and ABC’s Resurrection are the only freshman series to make the Demo Top 1o List for the season that officially wrapped last night. And Blacklist alone makes the Total Viewer Top 10 among newbies. Historically, Fox’s American Idol fell off both lists, making room for adds. In its defense, Idol’s two nights landed in the Top 20 in the demo — and Top 25 in total viewers — which puts it ahead of most broadcast primetime programming. Meanwhile, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, in its seventh season, maintained its No. 2 status in overall audience (19.960 million viewers) and the demo (7.88 million), and rose to No. 2 in the demo — behind only NBC’s football in both.
Sunday Night Football mopped up this season — the franchise not only finished No. 1 for the season, in 2+ and the demo, but also among adults 18-34 and 25-54 — which included season wins not only with men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 but also with women 18-34 and 18-49. NBC also notes that 12 SNF games averaged at least 20 million viewers, tying the network’s Sochi Winter Olympics for most primetime telecasts with an average of 20 million viewers tuned in (not including pre-/post-shows).
As usual, the TV Season Rankers Lists are full of inequities. ABC’s Resurrection, for instance, makes the Demo Top 10 (and barely misses the Total Viewer Top 10 at No. 11), in part because it ran zero repeats in its time slot; other freshman dramas saw their season averages tugged downward by encore-episode ratings in their slots. I know — cry me a river. Yes, we did not include pre- and post-game shows — and yes, we went with actuals in the demo this year, eliminating all those pesky three- and four-way ties. And yes, the lists are a bit beauty-pageant, given that a series’ success tends not to be based on whether it finished the season as the country’s 33rd-most-watched series, but whether it improved the network’s ratings performance in its time slot, how much it costs to make, who owns it, ancillary market potential, etc.
Even so, we love our lists. Check them out: here.
Jenny McCarthy Shares Details of Donnie Wahlberg's Sweet ProposalDonnie Wahlberg enlisted the help of Jenny McCarthy's son Evan in his proposal to The View host last month.
"His proposal was so sweet," says McCarthy, 41, who graces the cover of the June issue of Shape magazine, where she talks both love and fitness.
"One afternoon, my son walked into the living room with a piece of paper that read, 'Will.' He ran out, then he came back with another piece that said, 'You.' Then he came back with another piece that read, 'Marry.' Then Donnie walked in wearing a T-shirt that said, 'Me?' " McCarthy reveals. "He was carrying the ring, he got down on his knee in front of Evan, and … I said yes."
McCarthy says the timing is right for the couple to wed, even as she was totally into Wahlberg when he was a boy-band heartthrob from her youth – and one she deemed perhaps a little too bad boy to look her way.
"The very first time I saw him, I was in eighth grade and New Kids on the Block was on MTV. I was like, 'Who are they?' " McCarthy says. "I thought Donnie was the hottest one but too tough for me, because I was this goody two-shoes. But now when I look at him, I think, 'I'm totally marrying a New Kid on the Block.' "
McCarthy, who poses in the magazine showing off enviably toned legs, arms and abs, shares that the last time she got on a scale was when she left the hospital with her newborn son 11 years ago and found that she had hit 185 pounds. Now she measures her weight by how her jeans feel and says that it "goes up and down a lot."
Her secret to getting back on track? Hitting the treadmill for some good old-fashioned running, which helped her take off a few pounds after a holiday splurge last year.
"I was on that treadmill every day for 45 minutes," she said. "I did a moderate pace and kept it there the whole time. After a few weeks, the extra weight dropped off."
The June issue of Shape is on newsstands now.
Enjoying The View! Jenny McCarthy is joined by her fiancé Donnie Wahlberg as she shows off her toned bikini body for Shape(Photo) She may not have a wedding date set yet, but it seems bride-to-be Jenny McCarthy is already in tip top shape for the big day.
Jenny, 41, has showed off her bikini body, and posed with her fiance Donnie Wahlberg, 44, in a new interview with Shape Magazine.
Wearing bikini bottoms and a tied up vest top, Jenny revealed her tanned and toned abs in the stunning pictures.
Enjoying The View! Jenny McCarthy, 41, is joined by her fiance Donnie Wahlberg, 44, as she shows off her toned bikini body for Shape Magazine, which is out now.
However, Jenney reveals in the interview with the magazine that she no longer weighs herself.
'The last time I weighed myself was 12 years ago, when I left the hospital with my newborn son, Evan, and I was 185 pounds,' she says.
Adding: 'Now I measure by how my jeans fit. But I want to be real here and tell you that my weight goes up and down a lot.'
'I was definitely up after the holidays last year, so I tried what everyone always says to do: running. I was on that treadmill every day for 45 minutes,'
'I didn’t do anything fancy with intervals to spike my pulse rate, because I have palpitations and my heart can’t handle the intensity.'
'I did a moderate pace and kept it there the whole time. After a few weeks, the extra weight dropped off.'
Speaking to E! recently about her upcoming wedding, Jenny teased that she 'maybe' wearing a Gucci dress for the big day.
She also told them her 12-year-old son Evan will play a big role on the day.
'Donnie included Evan [when he proposed], and that really made me cry!' she told them.
Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg's Wedding: All About the Dress, Date, Bridesmaids & Wahlburgers!Jenny McCarthy couldn't be more excited about her and Donnie Wahlberg's upcoming "I do's!"
On Saturday at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., Jenny took a break from her Dirty, Sexy, Funny tour and dished to E! News exclusively about her wedding.
To begin with, though, the most important detail: Who will design the wedding dress? "Gucci, yes," the View co-host said, adding cutely, "Gucci, maybe."
As for the bridesmaids, who will include Jenny's sisters, "all the comedians on the Dirty, Sexy, Funny tour and Donnie's sisters"? They'll be wearing, "Forever 21, for sure," she said with a laugh.
Jenny said she and Donnie "really hope" that his brother, chef Paul Wahlberg, will cater the wedding. "Why not some Wahlburgers?" Jenny suggested, referring to the food from the family's Boston-based restaurant.
The future Mrs. Wahlberg hopes to tie the knot in New York in the near future (or as she put it, "I will say fall of this year!") and it seems likely that her 12-year-old son Evan will be part of the big day. "Donnie included Evan [when he proposed]," gushed Jenny, "and that really made me cry!"
He's a thoughtful dude. He'd also be good for daytime TV according to his fiancée! In fact, Jenny said "100 percent" that Donnie should fill Barbara Walters' empty seat on The View. "He would be perfect," she said, "A wicked good co-host!"
Can't argue with that one!
Donnie Wahlberg: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me(usmagazine.com) Donnie Wahlberg knows how to multitask: when he's not crooning with the other members of New Kids on the Block, he's playing a cop in the CBS drama Blue Bloods (Fridays, 10 P.M.). Here, the 44-year-old star spills 25 facts about himself to Us Weekly.
1. I sleep less than three hours a night.
2. I lost 40 pounds for The Sixth Sense.
3. I gained 20 pounds sampling and approving foods for the Wahlburgers menu.
4. I have a pierced nose and nipple.
5. I am my mother's favorite son.
6. I'm afraid of flying on large airplanes, but I love small ones.
7. I can only wear T-shirts once, then I give them away.
8. Mickey Rourke gave me my first acting role, in the movie Bullet.
9. Willona, the neighbor on Good Times, was my childhood crush.
10. My sons [Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 12] and I watch Steve Harvey's Family Feud religiously.
11. I actually pierced my oldest son's ears myself on his 16th birthday.
12. My very first job was in the foreign-exchange office of a bank.
13. I love bass fishing.
14. I'm an excellent chess player.
15. I think of Run-DMC as my high school teachers and Public Enemy as my college professors.
16. My second toe is longer than my big toe.
17. My favorite movie is Scarface.
18. I hug at least 500 fans a day when I'm on tour with New Kids on the Block.
19. I listen to Joni Mitchell and Carole King in my car.
20. I am the world's greatest player of the classic arcade game Asteroids.
21. I get dressed in the exact same sequence every day: socks first.
22. I still say no to drugs.
23. I read the newspaper every morning -- not the internet, but the actual paper.
24. I cry when I am really happy.
25. I never saw [fiance] Jenny McCarthy nude until we started dating.
Jenny McCarthy: Donnie Wahlberg Is the Love of My Life(Video) ET recently got Donnie Wahlberg, 44, to interview his fiancée Jenny McCarthy, 41, about her new book Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life, and the two ended up dishing about their upcoming wedding!
Though McCarthy is well-known for being candid when it comes to her personal life, Wahlberg shared that The View host is in fact "shy" in real-life and that despite his Wahlburgers reality show, their wedding will not be televised.
"The revolution will not be televised, nor will this wedding I don't think," he said.
"We don't know when. We're kind of just floating in the 'I'm your fiancé' kind of fun in it," McCarthy explained. "There's no rush. We've done it before. We know it will happen. I think it's just a matter of our schedules."
But though McCarthy is tight-lipped about the wedding, she says her new book doesn't shy away from her embarrassing moments.
"Through my anecdotal ridiculous things that happened to me in my life, I kind of put them in recipe form," she shared about the concept of her new book. "And you know, there are tidbits that are embarrassing, things that I share with people, but I feel like the more open and honest you are about your life, the more people can learn through your experiences."
Though one thing is clear from their joint interview -- Wahlberg and McCarthy are completely smitten with one another.
"Someone said to me, 'You have to be so happy, everything's going great.' And it really is," she said. "... And I've really implemented this year those 'stop' moments where I go, 'God, thank you so much for health -- number one -- my son, falling in love with the love of my life. I can't even imagine living my life without him."
Check out the video to see Wahlberg's sweet reaction to Jenny's declaration!
McCarthy's new book Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life is out now.
'Blue Bloods' Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck are 'kind of happy about Friday nights'(zap2it.com) Donnie Wahlberg's television image as a family man has worked very well for him.
Besides executive producing (with brother Mark) and appearing in A&E Network's "Wahlburgers," which has been renewed, the actor is wrapping up his fourth season and heading for a fifth on CBS' Friday drama "Blue Bloods."
In his role as NYPD detective Danny Reagan, Wahlberg is at the crux of the episodes much more often than not ... as in this week's story, revolving around the murder of an undercover cop in Danny's precinct. Such continual prominence has given Wahlberg, who recently made his directing debut on the show, a comfortable home-screen home.
"Tom Selleck and I had a talk after the show first got picked up," he tells Zap2it, "and we both were kind of happy about Friday nights at 10:00 (ET). We thought that might give us a chance to find our viewers, because if we came into one of the prime slots on all those nights where there's a lot of pressure, we might not have gotten the patience of the network."
Also, notes Wahlberg, "People started staying home on Fridays. The economy went south, and people weren't going out as much, and more were tuning into television. We sometimes think or talk about what it would be like to be on a Wednesday where maybe we could grow, and we all say, 'Nah.' I think we're happy where we are, because we really have surprised everyone."
Typically, "Blue Bloods" draws the most viewers of any series on Fridays, and the January story directed by Wahlberg - who is newly engaged to "The View's" Jenny McCarthy, and is set to reunite with the other New Kids on the Block in July for four 30th-anniversary concerts in Las Vegas - gave the series its biggest audience since its 2010 premiere.
"We all took the show because we believed we had something special," he reflects. "I really think that if 'Blue Bloods' isn't the best show on television, it's one of the better shows on television."
New Kids on the Block Are Coming to a TV Near You: Boy Band Get a Cruise-Themed Reality ShowAny New Kids On The Block fans in the house? Of course there are, and this is for you.
The TV Guide Network has ordered a new reality show starring the famous '90s boy band and their fans. According to the network's website, Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block is an eight-episode series that will feature die-hard NKOTB fans (aka Blockheads) on a week-long cruise with Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and the newly engaged Donnie Wahlberg.
Are you wishing you could be on that cruise? Good, because there's more! TVGN has also ordered a casting special for Rock This Boat: NKOTB. This is your chance!
The show will focus on the New Kids on the Block's June 2014 cruise which will be traveling from New York City to Bermuda.
The band, who broke up in the mid-1990s but reunited in 2008 to record a new album and go on tour, is currently preparing for their European tour, which kicks off on May 6 in Stockholm. They also have a New Kids on the Block: After Dark special scheduled for July at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Additionally, Knight has joined forces with Backstreet Boys newlywed Nick Carter for their own tour Nick & Knight, which kicks off in Nashville in September and ends in Canada in November.
TVGN's 2014-2015 Slate Includes New Series From Donnie WahlbergROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Die-hard fans take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise for a week-long party on the high seas with America’s favorite bands. The first group to headline this all-new eight-episode series franchise is New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), one of the hottest boy bands in music history with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide, countless sold-out tours and record-breaking #1 hit songs. For the past five years, NKOTB has sold out its wildly popular concert cruises, and for the first time ever, cameras will follow the fun, free-spirited voyage of a few select groups of super fans at sea with the band mates of NKOTB. In addition, TVGN will air a 30-minute television special dedicated to the casting for ROCK THIS BOAT: NKOTB to showcase all the fun and fandom. ROCK THIS BOAT: NKOTB and ROCK THIS BOAT: NKOTB casting special are produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Executive Producer and NKOTB band member Donnie Wahlberg.
Donnie Wahlberg Knew All Along He Wanted to Propose to Jenny McCarthy(extratv.com) (The Wahlberg Family's Boston Marathon Photo Diary) (Video) “Extra” was with Donnie Wahlberg in his hometown of Boston as he cheered on his brother, Jim, at the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Wahlberg opened up for the first time about his engagement to Jenny McCarthy, saying he knew he wanted to propose shortly after he and “The View” co-host began dating. “Probably planned it about two months into us dating, but things take time and I just waited until the moment was right.”
Wahlberg thought the engagement wasn’t exactly a surprise for Jenny. “I don't know if it was a surprise… it might've been a race because she kept threatening to propose to me. Not to make me do it, she just wanted to get engaged, so did I it first. I’m a little old-fashioned. I wasn’t going to let her get on one knee.”
The two haven’t started the wedding planning just yet. “No details yet. We'll do it when it's right, but so far everything is awesome.”
As for being at the marathon, Donnie called it, “overwhelming.” He said it was a “very proud day for Boston and America.”
Donnie's brother Jim will join the A&E family reality show "The Wahlburgers" next season.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg: Newly Engaged Couple Enjoy a Date NightWhat better way to celebrate an engagement than with a romantic dinner date?
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg were inseparable at N.Y.C hot spot Beauty and Essex the day after announcing their engagement.
They arrived Thursday at around 10:15 p.m. and McCarthy was proudly sporting her new sparkler.
"She looked stunning and was wearing a navy blue jump suit," said an onlooker.
The couple were extremely lovey-dovey. She placed her feet in his lap the entire evening and they were deep in conversation throughout the night.
"They looked extremely happy and in love. They were kissing and whispering to each other all night," said the source.
Wahlberg and McCarthy started dating last summer. This will be the second marriage for both.
Newly Engaged Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Take a Stroll Hand-in-Hand(eonline.com) (Photo) Jenny McCarthy probably needs some extra support on that hand after putting a huge rock on that finger.
The newly engaged actress was spotted engaging (ha, get it?) in some innocent PDA with her beau Donnie Wahlberg while strolling a campsite in upstate New York earlier today. Both McCarthy and Wahlberg were dressed casual and comfortable as they walked along the rocky terrain hand-in-hand.
After announcing that the New Kids on the Block member had proposed to her on yesterday's episode of The View, the 41-year-old talk show host showed off her giant yellow sapphire engagement ring while getting a luxurious Sally Hansen manicure in NYC.
Ya did good, Donnie.
McCarthy explained how the proposal went down and mentioned that her 11-year-old son, Evan, helped Wahlberg.
"This weekend I was sitting with Donnie and he went into the other room and out came Evan with a card that said 'Will.' And he ran away and came back with a card that said 'You,' and I knew what was happening and I just started crying. And then he came out with a card that said 'Marry,' but it was spelled 'Mary,' and the last time Donnie came out with Evan and Evan's shirt said 'Me?' and he was holding the ring. He asked, 'Will you marry me?' I of course said yes. And in that moment, Evan yelled, 'I have another dad! I have another dad.' And it was just—it made all of us cry," she said, getting emotional. "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. He's so wonderful."
Donnie Wahlberg Talks Boston Marathon . and Marriage!(people.com) It's been a busy few weeks for Donnie Wahlberg, between wrapping the fourth season of Blue Bloods and expanding his family's burger joint Wahlburgers to include a Fenway Park location … oh, and asking Jenny McCarthy to marry him. But if there's one thing he always makes time for, it's his beloved city of Boston.
The actor and New Kids on the Block star will be heading to his hometown on Sunday for the Boston Marathon, a year after two bombs went off at the finish line.
"We were all really affected last year," he tells PEOPLE, remembering that he heard the news while filming on the set of Blue Bloods in New York City. "The crew, who had all lived through 9-11, started coming over to me one by one, saying, 'There is something wrong in Boston, you should go call people.' "
This year, you'll find Wahlberg watching along the race route, shoulder-to-shoulder with his fellow Bostonians. "I can't even imagine how proud I'm going to feel standing there," he says. "I had a notion of running it myself but I decided to put my energy into supporting my brother [Jim], my bandmates [Joey and Danny], and all the other thousands and thousands of people running."
Jim Wahlberg oversees the Wahlberg Foundation and is raising $100,000 for Boston inner-city youth. "I can't believe he's doing it," says Donnie, laughing. "He spent his whole life running from the cops and now he is running the marathon… He is a hero to me right now."
One's thing's for sure: Wahlberg is getting used to these emotional moments. Last weekend he proposed to McCarthy with the help of her 11-year-old son Evan.
"I just went with my heart," Wahlberg says. "I had these other plans of being on a boat or in some spectacular romantic location, but we were having a good time with Evan and I thought, 'This is the time to do it.' "
As for Jenny's yellow sapphire bling? "I saw it and knew it was the perfect ring."
When it comes to wedding planning, he's hoping Jenny will take the lead – "Isn't the bride supposed to do that?" – but Wahlberg seems to be kicking around ideas for a "bachelor event" that may happen during NKOTB's four-day weekend extravaganza in Vegas in July. If his fans are still standing, that is.
"We have some pretty awesome fans, and if we want them to turn Vegas upside down, they'll turn Vegas upside down," he says.
After that, though, it's back to filming season 5 of Blue Bloods. "I have a great time doing this show," says Wahlberg. "I'm running around the streets of New York with my shield on, being a cop. I can stop traffic if I need to. And I'm only a few blocks away from my fiancée. She can come by at any time and give me a hug. It's pretty awesome."
Will Andy Cohen Marry Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg? Find Out!(eonline.com) It's a match made in TV heaven!
Shortly after Jenny McCarthy announced that she is engaged to Donnie Wahlberg on The View yesterday, Andy Cohen tweeted out his congratulations to the happy couple.
"Mazel to @DonnieWahlberg & @JennyMcCarthy! I feel a little responsible for this one…just saying! #ClubhouseLove"
Sherri Shepherd read the Watch What Happens Live host's tweet during the popular morning talk show to get a reaction from the bride-to-be herself.
McCarthy gushed, "We were actually considering asking him to marry us, so we will see!"
As it turns out, the engaged couple first met on the set of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live before flirting up a storm on McCarthy's now canceled Vh1 show. They took their romance public in July 2013.
The future spouses took to Twitter to thank their fans for the outpour of love and support following the happy news.
"Blown away by the love & well wishes! Nothing surprises me in life, but the support I've seen today is unreal," Wahlberg wrote late last night.
McCarthy followed it up by tweeting, "Thank you for all the sweet wishes. @DonnieWahlberg and I are grateful and blessed."
She added, "Reading your messages. So nice to see such happiness. Love my followers. Maybe we need to invite some of your to the big day."
This will be the second marriage for both. The New Kids On The Block singer was previously married to Kim Fey until 2008 and McCarthy was married to John Asher from 1999 to 2005.
Jenny McCarthy's Engagement Ring: All the Details on Her 10-Carat Yellow Sapphire Stunner!(Ring Photo) We've got all the exclusive details on Jenny McCarthy's engagement ring!
Earlier today, the 41-year-old View co-host announced she is engaged to Donnie Wahlberg—she also debuted her massive yellow sapphire bling on the morning talk show. And now, Daniel Arik, owner of Newport Jewelers, is giving us the exclusive scoop on McCarthy's ring.
"Donnie was referred to us by a good friend," Arik tells E! News. "He came in just before St. Patrick's Day. He had an idea of what he wanted and was part of the design process."
"When he first came in, we showed him a few rings and he chose bits and pieces from each ring that he liked, we then combined what he liked and created a custom ring," he explained.
Arik said the color of the ring was a given because, "Jenny wanted the yellow."
As for the finished product, Arik said, "The ring is over 10 carats. The band is 18-karat white gold although you can't see the band because it's covered with diamonds. We did a custom basket for the sapphire. There is a row of diamonds around the center and from the side view there is a custom made gallery of diamonds."
"He was blown away, he absolutely loved it," Arik added.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg EngagedJenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are engaged, she announced on The View Wednesday.
"I just got engaged!" McCarthy exclaimed, before jumping around the talk show's set, showing off her yellow sapphire ring.
Wahlberg, who joined his fiancée on stage, enlisted the help of McCarthy's son Evan, 11, when he got down on one knee last weekend. As for the wedding date, McCarthy said the couple was undecided, but that August 2015 was an option.
Before the episode aired, McCarthy teased the big announcement. "Turn on #theview," she tweeted. "It's gonna be a goooood one. :)"
After the segment aired, Wahlberg added, "#Happy."
The couple have been dating since last summer. This will be the second marriage for Wahlberg, 44, who has two sons from his marriage to Kim Fey. McCarthy, 41, was previously married to Evan's father, John Asher, and dated Jim Carrey for five years.
Watch McCarthy's announcement here.
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie WahlbergThere's a new bride-to-be on the block!
Jenny McCarthy announced on The View Wednesday that Donnie Wahlberg popped the big question (and presented her with a big rock) and she happily said yes.
"I just got engaged!" the star said on the show as she unveiled her hidden hand from behind the desk and then proceeded to jump around the set. "It's a yellow sapphire," she explained about the rock.
Crying as she told about the proposal, McCarthy said her son Evan helped with the surprise last weekend, and how Wahlberg – who ended up coming onto the TV set Wednesday and kissing McCarthy – had gotten down on one knee.
"We don't know yet," she said when asked about the wedding date. Barbara Walters said if they tie the knot in September next year – McCarthy said that August was one consideration – the wedding could be held in her apartment.
The couple raised eyebrows when they first started dating last summer. But McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 44, instantly found a connection.
One trait they share is "our work ethic" McCarthy told PEOPLE last fall. "He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we're both single parents and he's trying to juggle all of that while I am too," she says.
Now they will add wedding planning to their breakneck schedules. While McCarthy is taping her daytime talk show in New York City, the Blue Bloods actor recently finished filming season 4 of the series and will be busily preparing for an event in Las Vegas this July with New Kids on the Block.
This will be the second marriage for both. Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008.
McCarthy's son Evan is from her marriage to director John Asher, whom she divorced in 2005.
Titus Welliver Marries Model Jose StemkensLost alum Titus Welliver married former model Jose Stemkens over the weekend, People reports.
The actor, 53, and Stemkens, who now works as a fashion consultant, tied the knot at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, Calif.
Welliver, who also plays prosecutor Glenn Childs on The Good Wife, posted several pictures from the big day on his Instagram account, including one of him and Stemkens with the caption: "Pure love! I am blessed."
Welliver has two sons and a daughter from two previous relationships.
New Kids on the Block Announce 30th Anniversary Concerts in Las Vegas! Get the ScoopNew Kids On The Block are celebrating their 30th anniversary with some brand-new concerts!
The boy band is celebrating three decades as a group by announcing four upcoming shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood announced the exciting new earlier today.
The special weekend of shows will take place each night from July 10 through July 13. These will be their only North American appearances for the entire year.
According to Just Jared, "Not only will the guys be performing concerts those evenings, but they will host private daytime pool parties and late night after parties to create a fantastic fan experience."
"The band has been focusing on all sorts of solo projects and now prepping for our European tour, but we knew we wanted to do something special stateside for 2014," Wahlberg said. "We knew we had a limited time block where we could do something fun and we knew we had to make it memorable! What better place than Vegas? We'll be up all day and all night for the whole weekend with our fans and friends. It's central enough to everyone in the country; north, south, east and west can all converge on Sin City with NKOTB. And we will certainly make it worth their while!'"
Tickets for the shows go on sale starting Apr. 4.
The New Kids on the Block Are Heading to Las VegasNKOTB is heading to Las Vegas!
The band – who first came on to the scene in 1984 – will be celebrating 30 years together with a big party for fans in Sin City, PEOPLE can exclusively announce.
"It is cool because it is still the same because no matter how old you get, there is still a kid inside of you," Jordan Knight tells PEOPLE of performing together for decades.
The New Kids On The Block have sold over 80 million records, toured the world, started their own annual cruise and now they've got something new in store.
"We have a blast on the cruise and people are clamoring to get the tickets every year so we felt like we should do something like the cruise on land – and we automatically thought Vegas," Knight, 43, says of the long weekend they have planned for NKOTB fans, which they have called "After Dark."
Beginning July 10, Knight, his brother Jonathan, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood will spend four days putting on parties and events for fans as well as performing at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, the venue currently occupied by Britney Spears.
"At the end of the four days, I'm sure we will be almost dead," says Knight. "But it is fun and kind of intoxicating just hanging out with all the fans."
Knight confesses that the Vegas shows will be a little more "risqué" than the rest of the performances on their international tour, and the band's families will most likely not be in attendance that weekend – but not for the reason you might think.
"We don't have a lot of time to spend with our families when we are doing things like this," Knight explains. "It is not leisurely. It is fun but it is not leisurely."
But Knight admits he does enjoy seeing his wife Evelyn Melendez and his sons Dante, 14, and Eric, 7, in the audience.
"Seeing my 14-year-old son in the front row with his cousins singing our songs that are 25 years old is pretty freaking amazing. It makes the experience all that much better," he says. "We were young and single when we first started but to have a family and to be able to do this again and for them to experience it just makes it bigger for us."
Tickets for the NKOTB Las Vegas weekend will be available for American Express pre-sale on March 28 and to the general public April 4. For more information, click here.
Jenny McCarthy's Boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg Outraged She's 'Carrey-ing On' Friendship With Ex Jim(radaronline.com) Jenny McCarthy‘s boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg is outraged she’s “carrey-ing on” a friendship with her ex-boyfriend, Jim Carrey, a source has told RadarOnline.com.
Recently, The View co-hostess, 41, shocked co-stars and fans by revealing on the show, “Jim and I have become friends now since our breakup.”
And the continued relationship has Wahlberg, 44, seeing red!
“She and Jim talk all the time and have become extremely close friends, to Donnie’s annoyance,” the source said.
“Jenny and Jim are always on the phone talking and it’s starting to bug Donnie. Jenny pretty much dismisses his irritation, but it’s putting things on dangerous ground.”
Following her marriage to director John Mallory Asher, with whom she had an autistic son, Evan, McCarthy was with funnyman Carrey, 52, from 2005 to 2010.
The blonde beauty, who has gone from Playboy fame to The View, has dated Wahlberg since July 2013.
Now her frequent contact with her ex-beau is making Blue Bloods actor Wahlberg uneasy, the source said.
“He knows Jim has a hold over her and he’s not happy about this renewed contact. Donnie is very paranoid about Jim trying to win her back and is under no illusion that he has the charms to do it,” the source said.
Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot 'Red Zone'Friday Night Lights alum Kim Dickens has been tapped to star in CBS‘ drama pilot Red Zone opposite Anthony LaPaglia. Also cast in the pilot, written by Nikki Toscano and directed by James Foley, are Kevin Rahm (Mad Men) and Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome). The Universal TV drama centers on Holden Weller (LaPaglia), a retired CIA operative and intense high school football coach/athletic director who is pulled back into action when a terrorist event rocks Washington, DC, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists is being bred. Dickens will play Helen Weller, Holden’s confident and strong wife, a former CIA shrink who teaches psychology at the same high school as her husband. Rahm and Mathis play husband and wife Paul and Olivia Jordan, and the parents of Jake (Graham Rogers), the second-string QB on Holden’s team and a friend of the Wellers’ daughter Laney.
Paul is a good father despite the fact his NSA analyst job keeps him overworked and away from his family a great deal; Olivia is a well-kept woman who is dialed into the DC elite. Mathis is guest starring in what is a regular role in the pilot.
Dickens, repped by Gersh, most recently wrapped filming on David Fincher’s Gone Girl for Fox and appeared in Sony Pictures Classics’ At Any Price opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. On the TV side, she starred on HBO’s recently wrapped Treme and recurs on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy.
A&E Orders More Episodes of WahlburgersA&E is serving up more Wahlburgers: The reality series has been picked up for 18 more episodes.
"Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston's first family as they balance living in the Hollywood spotlight and growing a business," David McKillop, A&E's executive vice president, said. "We look forward to seeing what the Wahlbergs cook up next."
Wahlburgers follows Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg as they expand their burger restaurant business in the Boston area. To date, the series has averaged 3.5 million viewers.
Wahlburgers airs on Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c on A&E.
'Blue Bloods' Heading To Hulu As Last Piece Of Syndication PlanCBS has signed a non-exclusive content licensing agreement with Hulu Plus for Blue Bloods, the CBS TV Studios drama that earlier this week landed off-net deals with ION and WGN America. The news of an SVOD partner is the final piece of the multi-platform syndication pie for the Friday cop procedural, now in its fourth season; it’s the same model used to recently sell another CBS TV Distribution product, CBS’ Elementary. Hulu will begin offering the first four seasons of Blue Bloods beginning later this year.
On Monday, CBS set deals with ION for broadcast syndication rights and with WGN America which purchased basic cable rights. The multi-plaform sale follows a similar model as the multi-tier deal CBS TV Distribution made last year for CBS drama The Good Wife, which involved two SVOD partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication. More recently, CBS made an off-net deal for Person Of Interest, distributed by Warner Bros.
Last week, Blue Bloods hit a season high in total viewers, drawing its largest audience since its series premiere.
David Strathairn To Star In ABC Drama Pilot 'Clementine'David Strathairn is set for a lead role in ABC‘s high-concept drama pilot Clementine, from feature scribe Dean Georgaris, ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. The project centers on Clementine, a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. Strathairn will play Henry, her father. The actor, who won an Emmy for HBO’s Temple Grandin, recently toplined the Syfy series Alphas and was seen in Lincoln. He is repped by ICM Partners and Ryan Entertainment.
ION & WGN America Acquire Off-Network Rights To CBS Drama 'Blue Bloods'Another CBS procedural drama is headed to off-network syndication. Following the recent deals for CBS’ Person Of Interest, distributed by Warner Bros., and Elementary, distributed by CBS Domestic Television, the network’s Blue Bloods, also from CBS TV Distribution, is landing off-network pacts. I’ve learned that CBS TV Distribution is finalizing a three-prong multi-platform syndication sale for the cop/family drama starring Tom Selleck. It includes a pact with ION for the broadcast syndication rights, a deal with WGN America, which has purchased basic cable rights, and a pending deal with an SVOD partner. I hear ION is getting exclusive rights to air the series in primetime and will share with WGN outside of primetime. Blue Bloods is expected to launch in syndication later this year, after its current fourth season wraps on CBS. On ION, Blue Bloods will join a primetime slate built on crime dramas, including CBS’ Criminal Minds, which has been particularly successful, two series that aired on CBS, Cold Case and Flashpoint, along with Law & Order: CI. WGN has been very aggressive in its first year under new management, snapping up off-network dramas in addition to building an original series slate. WGN acquired both POI and Elementary, and will now share Blue Bloods. In its fourth season, Blue Bloods is averaging 14 million viewers (most current), up +7% from last year. This past Friday, the show hit a season high in total viewers, drawing its largest audience since its series premiere. The multi-plaform sale of Blue Bloods follows a similar model as the multi-tier deal CBS TV Distribution made last year for CBS drama The Good Wife, which involved two SVOD partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication.
NKOTB Announces European Tour!(Video) You heard right! Today NKOTB announced details of their upcoming European tour, comprising a series of special live dates. Kicking-off at the Annex in Stockholm on May 6th and culminating at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on June 1st, the shows will take place at some of the most intimate venues across Europe, giving our fans a rare opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the band.
"We've played arenas, and stadiums, all over the world in the last 6 years. Yet, some of our best concerts have been in the most intimate of venues, where we are closer to our amazing fans. In fact, we all agree that London's Hammersmith Apollo was without question one of our favorite concerts ever! This tour gives us a chance to have that intimacy with our fans again. To get up close and intimate with the best fans in the world" -NKOTB
An Intimate Evening with New Kids on the Block May/June Tour Dates
'Blue Bloods' Donnie Wahlberg debuts as director: 'I guess I did it the right way'"It's no pressure, coming after our two highest-rated episodes since the pilot. No pressure for me at all."
So says Donnie Wahlberg, wryly, about his directing debut on CBS' "Blue Bloods" Friday (Jan. 31). He also remains very evident as an actor as his weekly character, NYPD Detective Danny Reagan, and partner Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) probe the murder of a reality-show-star drag queen. Meanwhile, Danny's prosecutor sister Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is kidnapped by a woman who wants a new investigation of her son's drug-related murder case.
"It was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun," Wahlberg tells Zap2it of working both sides of the camera. "I've kind of known that I would eventually direct at some point ... but I guess I've just watched so many directors go through so many challenges, I've always thought, at the end of the day, 'Maybe I'm more of a producer than a director.'
"It's something I was always angling toward, regardless, and I just asked if I could do an episode this year. Once they said, 'Yes,' I was in. I was on the schedule and locked in, and I just started wrapping my head around doing it. And it was just an awesome experience."
It also satisfied Wahlberg's taste for trying something else, though he allows, "I do a lot of different things with my time. I'm still in my band (New Kids on the Block) and we tour every summer and still make albums, I produce a few other TV shows, and I still have different interests and businesses.
"Sometimes when I'm on the set, working a 14-hour day as an actor," Wahlberg adds, "I get a little antsy and fidgety. Just playing the part isn't always enough, because quite frankly, I'm sitting around more than I'm on camera.
"What I didn't know is that those days would fly by as both a director and an actor. I didn't feel bored for one second; I felt completely invigorated, and I think this may be another calling for me on some level. Really trusting the cast and the team around me is what made me able to come through this episode as well as I did."
Indeed, Wahlberg is glad he waited until the fourth season of "Blue Bloods" to occupy the director's chair. "It was a big help because I've established great relationships," he reasons, "but with that said, it could have been a detriment. When you know somebody a certain way, and you're suddenly asking them for another take, it can be like, 'Wait a minute. You're my peer, you're not my director.'"
Still, Wahlberg reports, "It worked out. We all have a great rapport, and with nearly four seasons under our belts, I know how to speak to my castmates. I wasn't sure exactly what I would say between takes, but I guess I did it the right way because everyone was very responsive and things seemed to make sense. And I feel like I got really awesome performances."
Wahlberg reserves particular praise for Moynahan, deeming her "just amazing in the episode, ready and willing to try anything. Sometimes, it took some talking and explaining. I was sort of wearing that hat where guest TV directors come in and try to get the cast members, who play these parts every day, to see things their way. Now I was in the position of having to tell Bridget, 'I know you do it that way, but I'd like you to consider the possibility of doing it this way.'
"She tried it, and it really worked, and she was grateful for a lot of the suggestions. And I was grateful for her gift. To watch her go through a three-page scene crying her eyes out with her life in jeopardy [as Erin], and to still remember the notes I gave her in the middle of the scene, was overwhelming to see. I was really humbled by her work."
One of Wahlberg's aims was to give each character what he terms an "arc," one outcome being what he considers "one of the best episodes for Danny and Baez. It's subtle. A lot of the time, we'll trade off lines in the interrogation room, but the emotional track is going to go with Danny. Every actor is looking for an arc, and I wanted to find that for Marisa, so I worked really hard on fleshing out her point of view. It's a huge breakthrough for our partnership, both on screen and off."
Directing his television "father," Tom Selleck, also was major for Wahlberg. "We walked into the first scene together, in the office (of Selleck's alter ego, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan), and he said, 'I kind of like sitting at my desk, but I don't want to tell you how to direct the scene.' And I said, 'Tom, I don't come into this office as Donnie or Danny. This is your world. I want you to help me direct the scene. Tell me what you think you'd do, and let's go from there.' And that's what we did.
"Anybody can say anything they want about Tom Selleck, but the guy knows his stuff," notes Wahlberg. "If I didn't trust him, I'd be a fool. He's smart, he's experienced, he knows how to tell a story, he knows what the audience is thinking ... he's a master of television, and I count on him every day. We work in completely opposite ways, but we have the same goal."
Some actors prefer having less as performers while directing, particularly for the first time, but Wahlberg didn't shy away from that. "I tried to treat the episode as if I was still an actor," he explains, "and I was at my best when I stayed in my 'actor head.' When I'm on the 'Blue Bloods' set, I'm constantly giving notes and presenting ideas to the other actors, and the directors really trust me with my ideas ... so I thought it was important to stay in that head space."
Such was the case with a trademark of the show, the weekly family-dinner scene. "I never left the table," Wahlberg says. "I sat with the cast the whole time, as I would do on any episode. I'd walk behind a camera every once in a while and make sure I liked the angle on somebody, but I didn't stand off to the side and do a read-through or block the scene.
"I acted as one of the cast. They know what to do with that scene; I don't have to tell them what to do. I'm an actor first, and I treated my directing as such."
With his first "Blue Bloods" directing gig now done, Wahlberg is looking toward the next one. "We didn't get a lot of Danny and Linda this time," he says of working with on-screen "wife" Amy Carlson, "but I'm certainly going to angle for that next time. And it would be fun to go on a real journey with Will Estes (who plays Danny's fellow-cop brother Jamie) in an episode."
Lately, Wahlberg also has been familiar with the other side of the camera as an executive producer of two reality shows: A&E's current Wednesday series "Wahlburgers" -- on which his girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, has appeared -- and TNT's police-profiling "Boston's Finest." Having starred in such other drama series as "Boomtown" and "Runaway," he knows he has a good thing with "Blue Bloods," typically the top-rated broadcast-network show on Fridays.
"We haven't had to try every twist and turn and gimmick to find the audience," he reflects. "The audience has found us, and we're really proud of the show and really grateful. And we feel like we're just hitting our stride."
Wahlbergs serve up beefcake(theprovince.com) When it comes to TV, Donnie Wahlberg is double-dipping. Mark Wahlberg, too. The siblings — one a star of Blue Bloods, the other an executive producer of Boardwalk Empire — are lending their star power to the new A&E reality show Wahlburgers.
More than a chance to make puns with buns, Wahlburgers is centred on their brother Paul, a chef who, with his brothers, runs the Boston burger joint of the same name. (A second Wahlburgers restaurant is pegged to open soon in Toronto.)
“I’m not a good cook. I can cook a bowl of cereal, but my brother Paul and the rest of my brothers are really talented,” Donnie, a New Kids on the Block singer and part-time abs-flasher, told online outlet Metro.
“Paul has a hugely successful restaurant in Massachusetts, and he came to Mark and me with the idea of opening a burger place. He lives in a town where there is no burger joint, only a McDonald’s. And he wanted to open one to serve that town and to make a quality product.”
Mark, the artist formerly known as Marky Mark, is equally enthusiastic about his lesser-known sibling.
“Paul is the star. He’s the chef. He’s the most talented in the family,” the former Calvin Klein model says in a promo for the show.
Episodes peel back the curtain on the Wahlberg clan, their matriarch Alma, and old neighbourhood pals Henry (Nacho) Laun, Billy Leonard and Johnny Alves, the man who inspired the Johnny (Drama) Chase character in Mark’s HBO series Entourage.
Donnie’s girlfriend, former Playmate of the Month Jenny McCarthy, appears in the premiere episode. Plus, the brothers discuss expansion plans for their restaurant, and Alma tries to convince overworked Paul to hire an assistant.
“Being in business with my brothers was never the plan,” Paul says in the promo.
Maybe so, but when it comes to a show about burgers and brothers, a couple of beefcakes can’t hurt.
'Wahlburgers': Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg open up a brotherly Boston burger jointUnderwear models, superstar musicians, actors, producers, ex-cons -- what in the world do the Wahlbergs have left to prove? How about opening some hamburger joints in their hometown?
One of Boston's best-known families has taken to making delicious meat patties, and you can watch every tantalizing moment if you tune in to "Wahlburgers," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 22, on A&E Network. That's right, "Wahlburgers."
The unscripted series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the restaurant business as brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg return to Beantown and join forces with their older brother, Paul, in the new venture.
"It'll be called 'Wahlburgers,' just like the burgers," said Donnie when he announced the new series on "Arsenio." "[People] called us that as kids, they'd tease me, they'd say 'Wahlburger' -- if they weren't calling me 'Junior Jailbird,' because of my older brothers being inmates all the time. ... We got the last laugh and opened a burger joint with the name."
And while Mark ("Boogie Nights," "The Italian Job") and Donnie (New Kids on the Block, "Blue Bloods") are no strangers to the spotlight, it's Paul's turn to shine as he takes on the challenges of running a burger joint with the family name on it. As the "most talented sibling" in the Wahlberg clan, Paul is executive chef at not only the new hamburger joint but also the family's other well-respected culinary venture, Alma Nove, an Italian restaurant in Hingham, Mass.
But even with his brothers' full support, this proves no easy task as Paul regularly gets caught up in a whirlwind of bustling kitchens, an impending expansion and everything in between.
Not surprisingly, at the heart of the family -- and the chaos -- is the matriarch of the Wahlberg clan, Alma. She's still the one the boys look to for approval. The battle to be her favorite is constant among the guys, who don't make any big decisions without their mother's backing. She isn't afraid to step in and speak her mind, and when she does, everyone listens. It seems the Wahlberg brothers know their limits.
And though we'll certainly see a lot of the family on the show (it's one of Mark and Donnie's excuses to come back home), the characters we'll get the most mileage from are the gang from the old neighborhood.
In fact, action seems to follow Mark and Donnie's original entourage, such as Johnny "Drama" Alves and Henry "Nacho" Laun. These childhood pals are great at taking advantage of old friendships, especially when it comes to a free burger. We also meet Mark's childhood friend and former partner in crime, Billy Leonard, who is by Mark's side whenever he's in town and keeps him up to date when he's not.
If nothing else, as we witnessed from Mark's Calvin Klein days, the Wahlbergs know how to deliver some first-rate buns.
Wahlbergs are the new kids on reality-TV blockMark Wahlberg is a big movie star. And Donnie Wahlberg has made a big name for himself in TV and music.
But Paul Wahlberg?
He's the chef, not the star, of the family.
That all changes Wednesday with the premiere of A&E's Wahlburgers (10:30 p.m. ET/PT). The famous guys' older brother, Paul, who is 49 and fifth of the nine Wahlberg children, runs the Wahlburgers restaurant in Hingham, Mass, and is about to steal a little bit of the spotlight.
The Wahlbergs are part of a new reality show trend: stars sharing their fame with family members. Bruno Mars' sisters just wrapped a season of The Lylas on WeTV. And that network's Braxton Family Values, which stars singer Toni Braxton — and her sisters — spawned spinoff Tamar and Vince, about the actress/singer and her husband.
This bit of TV nepotism serves two goals: It gives the family a chance to cash in on a celebrity's fame, and it gives networks a promotional hook to lure viewers.
Sometimes, though, having your family on TV can take a toll.
While the Kardashians, the Robertsons (Duck Dynasty) and the Honey Boo Boo families have so far found the fame to be just fine, Clint Eastwood's ex-wife, Dina, starred in Mrs. Eastwood and Company for E!, and when the couple split, People reported that the reality show had driven a wedge into their relationship. The Osbournes became household names with their MTV show, developed around heavy-metal star Ozzy Osbourne. But last year, Ozzy's wife, Sharon, said doing the show was the "biggest mistake" of her life.
Will the same fate befall the Boston Wahlberg clan? "Everything in our life causes arguments," says Paul Wahlberg, sounding baffled as to how TV will change anything. The good part about it all, he says, is that the family spends more time together, allowing the brothers to revert right back to childhood. "We become 10- and 12-year-olds again. We goof around."
Donnie, 44, isn't sweating it, either. "I'm not worried about showing too much of our personal lives. It's only a slice of life, not my entire life," the Blue Bloods star says via e-mail. "And I think it's good for people to get more of a sense of who we are and where we are from."
But it's not always easy for the non-star to suddenly step in front of the camera.
"I could be doing it for 20 years and not be comfortable," Paul insists during a call. The whole fame game is "just not what I do. I've been cooking for 30 years," he says.
When reminded that the show follows the brothers as they look to expand the restaurant business, Paul deadpans, "I can't figure out for the life of me who'd be interested in it. It seems mundane and dull to me."
Donnie Wahlberg has a much more lighthearted attitude about the series. "Why not do it? Life is boring if you take yourself too seriously."
Also stepping into the spotlight is mom Alma, 71. Like Mama June Shannon, Kris Jenner and Phil Robertson, she's the all-important leader of the family.
"I was very hesitant and nervous at first," she says about being on camera. But her sons persuaded her. "They said, 'You can talk to a wall, Ma. You won't have any trouble.'"
Also in the show is the real Johnny "Drama" Alves, on whom the Entourage character is based, and Henry "Nacho" Laun, another childhood pal.
For the Wahlbergs, family is everything. But one question, brought up in the first episode, lingers: Each son wants to know which one is Alma's favorite.
"I am Alma's favorite. There is no question about it," Donnie says. "Paul only substitutes when I am out of town. Mark can take solace in the fact that he was our dad's favorite."
Paul says "it depends on who's in the room."
And Alma? "Whoever I'm with at the time," she says. "They're all so unique in their own way. I'm really proud of them. Not just the success, but how they've turned out. They're really good people. I wouldn't care if they were ditchdiggers, as long as they're good people."
Celebrity Cameos! The Real Johnny Drama! 7 Reasons to Take a Bite out of A&E's WahlburgersHe's been nominated for two Academy Awards. He's had a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His latest movie opened to $37 million earlier this month. So why would Mark Wahlberg want to star in a reality show?
"I thought kind of the same thing," executive producer Rasha Drachkovitch tells TVGuide.com. "It definitely helps that the subject matter is his family and the family business."
That family business, the Hingham, Mass., restaurant Wahlburgers, is the focus of the new A&E reality show of the same name. Premiering Wednesday at 10:30/9:30c, the docu-series follows Wahlberg, along with his two brothers, singer and Blue Bloods star Donnie and chef Paul Wahlberg, in their adventures running a restaurant together.
After first reading about the fast-casual burger spot two years ago, Drachkovitch reached out to Mark about the reality show idea. He soon traveled to Hingham to meet both the Wahlburgers restaurant family, as well as Mark's own family. "They're very Boston, so very big-hearted. I was basically being hugged and smooched for the first couple days," he recalls. "This is a great American story because when you hear about their upbringing on the tough streets of Dorchester, nine kids under one roof trying to get by and then where they are today with television, music, films, and now the restaurant business, it had all the elements to be an entertaining show."
So what can viewers expect? Drachkovitch shared seven enticing reasons to tune in:
1. The show digs deep: Drachkovitch says viewers will be surprised to see just how candid and honest the Wahlbergs, whom he dubbed "Boston's first family," are on camera. "It's a rare glimpse behind the curtain where you get to see such a visible family and you get to see how they discuss things. We get to tackle sibling rivalries, we get to tackle competition," he says. "It kind of morphed from a celeb-reality business show to a show about this amazing American family. They may be huge stars, but at the end of the day, they're dealing with the same kind of issues about family that most of us deal with as well."
2. Mark and Donnie will be a big presence: Despite their busy schedules — Mark worked on five movies during the course of shooting, and Donnie split his time between Blue Bloods and the New Kids on the Block reunion tour — they will both appear in every episode of Wahlburgers. I was kind of hoping maybe they could call in or Skype," Drachkovitch says. "It was pretty much, 'Whatever you guys need to film, let us know.'"
3. Get ready to meet "the most-talented Wahlberg": At least that's what Mark calls his older brother Paul, a classically trained chef who runs Wahlburgers' day-to-day operations. A stranger to the screen, Paul was initially hesitant about appearing on docu-series because "he didn't want to do the TV thing," according to Drachkovitch. "He got comfortable and then all of a sudden that Wahlberg star gene kicked in and he came up with the one-liners." Drachkovitch says. "He has a hard nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic. ... I think that's the part that will resonate for people."
4. Tensions will flare: "What's so great about their relationship is [Paul] is a worry wart. He is a perfectionist," Drachkovitch says. "He wants to make one great burger at a time and please the customer." However, that philosophy will clash early and often with Mark and Donnie, who want to open Wahlburgers in every airport and sporting arena in America, as well as expand to Europe and Asia. "That intersection of quantity and expansion, and quality was a great starting point for almost every episode," he says.
5. Celebrity cameos: In the second episode, the cameras film the first meeting between Donnie's girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, and his mom, Alma. Fellow New Kid Joey McIntyre will also show up on an episode when the brothers try to craft a jingle for the restaurant. Although Wahlburgers has not yet been renewed, Drachkovitch says there's already been talk of a big cameo. "We played around with the idea of bringing [movie bear] Ted into one of the scenes so that Ted gets to drive Paul crazy," he says.
6. Meet the real Johnny Drama: Wahlburgers is also populated by some of their colorful friends, such as Johnny Alves, aka the inspiration for the Entourage character). In one episode, the show will follow Alves out to Hollywood and on an audition for the upcoming remake The Gambler, starring Mark. "He's always trying to make it in Hollywood, but he's got a great heart. He's just a hilarious character," Drachkovitch says. There's also Mark's childhood friend, Nacho, an extreme eater. "He drives Paul crazy. Paul basically bans him from the restaurant because he doesn't want a circus environment, but Nacho is kind of there as comic relief of the show," Drachkovitch says.
7. But the show's real scene-stealer is...: As predicted by Mark, Drachkovitch says matriarch Alma Wahlberg will steal the spotlight. "Mark says, 'You know, I have this huge business and I'm thinking global, but when my mom talks, I become that 10-year-old sitting at the dinner table. What she says goes.' It's the same for Donnie. They adore her," Drachkovitch says. "The show has a lot of heart, and you'll see it in Alma."
Wahlburgers premieres Wednesday at 10:30/9:30c on A&E. Will you tune in?
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Donnie Wahlberg: I knew all the cops in my area because they’d arrested all my brothers(metro.co.uk) The 44-year-old singer and actor found fame in the late 1980s in boy band New Kids On The Block. He is now recording with the reformed NKOTB.
How different is the music scene now to when you started out in the 1980s? In the music world there seem to be fewer opportunities for establishing yourself as a recording artist – you have a better chance of becoming famous or maintaining a pop career now if you are on a television show like American Idol or The X Factor. Radio stations play so little music and MTV barely plays any music videos, so the window for artists to fit into has just become so much smaller. You can be a lot more famous now in the music business but to really make a living and have a career is tricky.
How does performing live compare with 20 years ago – are you still able to fling yourself around stadiums with the same amount of energy? When I was younger and performing, everything was such an adrenalin rush. I would run on stage and be hyperventilating in the middle of the first song, singing too loud and not pacing myself at all. At 20 I could do that. I would still have enough energy to make it through the rest of the show but, at 43, I have to take a different approach. I’m like a veteran in a sport now. But in some ways, pacing myself and stretching for an hour before every show and slowing it all down, I’ve learnt to be a better performer. These days, I really take my time and treat a concert more like a movie.
How have your fans changed – have they become less crazed than when they came to see you as teenagers? They’re sometimes just as crazy and they scream as loud now as they did when they were teenagers, which is amazing. I took my son and his friends to see Justin Bieber and there was a lot of screaming. The other parents were like: ‘This is so loud.’ I said: ‘That’s nothing.’
You’re also an established actor these days, with a regular role on Blue Bloods. Do you think television has changed a lot in recent years too? Television has changed a lot but I think it’s the opposite situation to music – there are so many cable networks producing shows, and so many opportunities for actors to work in great-quality stuff. When I first got into acting, a lot of the actors I was competing with, my peers, said they didn’t want to do TV. I always wanted to do TV, though, because I was looking for the opposite of the rock-star lifestyle, which was something consistent – checking in every day and sort of punching a clock seemed fascinating to me.
You’re playing a police officer in Blue Bloods but didn’t you have a rather misspent youth, like some of your brothers and band members? Most of my interaction with the police when I was young was when they were arresting my family members. Fortunately, I was rarely in their cars myself. I was the good son, I guess – I didn’t like being in trouble. I still knew all the cops from my area because they had arrested all my brothers, so when I walked down the street they would watch me to see if I had a knife and check what I was up to. Luckily, I was usually going to baseball or something else productive. As for playing a cop, I think now that I am in my forties I’m playing the role I was born to play and I can finally be convincing as a policeman or detective.
Your character, Danny, has become progressively smarter as the show has gone on – has he had some styling advice? Well, my suits have become progressively tighter over the seasons, as the network has encouraged me to wear nicer, less sloppy suits. Now they are really, really tight. And I have a rather big bum to begin with – it’s true – so my trousers are really tight now. One night on set I was making a Vine video clip and I said my trousers were so tight you could break a board over my ass. It just so happened that one of the set decorators had a board standing by and they broke it over my ass. They are public Vines – you can watch them.
You have a restaurant, Wahlburger, in Massachusetts with your brothers – is there anything your family can’t do? I’m not a good cook. I can cook a bowl of cereal but my brother Paul, and the rest of my brothers, are really talented. When we were kids, other people would always call us all Wahlburger, so we figured we’d get the last laugh and open a burger joint and call it that. Truthfully, Paul has a hugely successful restaurant in Massachusetts and he came to Mark and me with the idea of opening a burger place. He lives in a town where there is no burger joint, only a McDonald’s, and he wanted to open one to serve that town and to make a quality product. Once we put the name on it, though, it just took on a life of its own.
Jenny McCarthy Locks Lips with Donnie Wahlberg on New Year's Eve!(Video) They’re a match made in Hollywood heaven, and Jenny McCarthy rang in the New Year with her boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg last night (December 31).
The flamboyant blonde wasn’t afraid to play a little tonsil hockey with her New Kids on the Block beau as soon as the ball dropped in Times Square.
McCarthy teamed up with Ryan Seacrest to host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” and she explained that despite the crazy hours and cold conditions, she still loves the gig.
Jenny noted, "It's a good 15-hour day, but we will get cuddle time in. We'll spend two hours spooning, warming back up."
'Gang Related' Adds LychnikoffPasha Lychnikoff has joined the upcoming Fox drama Gang Related, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. He will recur as Slotko Yegenev, the head of a Russian organized crime family. The series centers on a gang member (Ramon Rodriguez) sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. Lychnikoff, whose TV credits include The Big Bang Theory and Deadwood, next will be seen in the Nicolas Cage pic Tokarev, and he starts filming The Dancing Bull in February. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.
'She's everything I could have asked for!' Donnie Wahlberg(dailymail.co.uk) They have been together for just nine months.
But Donnie Wahlberg has already revealed he believes Jenny McCarthy could be his one true love.
The New Kids On The Block star lathered the controversial The View host with praise and said he even loves spending time with her son Evan.
The 44-year-old told In Touch magazine:'Do I feel like she's the one? She's everything I could have ever asked for.
'We were both married, both divorced, both have kids and both never married again, so we're both open to see what happens.
'We're having a good time. We're both workaholics but luckily we have similar schedules so we/ve really been enjoying things.'
Donnie was married to Kim Fey for nine years until they divorced in 2008 citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
And father-of-two Donnie even said he loves spending quality time with the 41-year-old's autistic son Evan, 11, whose father is director John Asher.
He said: 'It's been a joy to get know Evan. He's a sweetheart and a really fun young man,
'So far so good with our kids, so that's good news.'
Jenny claims her son's autism was triggered by immunisation, despite the fact the paper on the MMR vaccine by shamed medical researcher Andrew Wakefield on which she based her assertions being found to have contained falsified results.
And the supportive singer-turned-actor even went so far as to praise his new squeeze's much ridiculed work as a new host on The View.
He said: 'I've been on a bunch of imes for Blue Bloods and when NKOTB launched our tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.
'I've always been a big fan of the show, and having her on it only makes it better.'
Donnie and Mark Wahlberg Star in A&E's Wahlburgers(Video) They've tackled music, acting and fame, and now brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are engaged in a new family pursuit – the restaurant biz.
Also starring in this new venture is their lesser-known but similarly outspoken older brother Paul, who isn't necessarily keen on having the celebrity siblings step into his groove. Check out a first look at A&E's new reality show, Wahlburgers.
"Being in business with my brothers was never the plan," says Paul.
Expect squabbling to ensue in this family of nine where matriarch Alma ultimately rules the roost. "It used to be 'Oh, God! Those Wahlberg kids.' Today it's 'Whoa, it's the Wahlbergs!'" their mom says of their notoriety.
How their Boston restaurant fares is another storyline on the show, as it offers an inside look at the Dorchester family's meager beginnings and exposes a wicked cool cast from their entourage of neighborhood pals, including the real-life "Johnny Drama," all adding some spice to family's business.
"Paul, he's the chef. He's the most talented one in the family," brags Mark, who clearly hasn't forgotten his special sibling bond.
"It always comes down to family and having each other's back," he adds.
Wahlburgers premieres Jan. 22 (10:30 p.m. ET) on A&E.
Donnie Wahlberg's got some advice for new kid Justin BieberNew Kid on the Block — and former teenthrob — Donnie Wahlberg has some advice for current pop prince Justin Bieber. But he just doesn’t think the Canadian trainwreck-in-progress will listen!
“I feel for him,” Wahlberg told the Track. “I understand the stress he’s under, how everything he does, everywhere he goes, he’s surrounded by screaming girls. He can’t leave his hotel room because there’s 10,000 girls out there singing. But no one really knows him.”
Biebs, of course, has been on a total tear since Selena Gomez dumped his butt, with scandal ?after scandal including a ?reported brothel bust in Brazil ?and a sex romp with an alleged ?porn star. The 19-year-old just told The Hollywood Reporter: “I don’t give a (bleep,)” about the bad publicity his antics have spawned.
“He’s at an age where he’s just becoming who he’s going to be for the rest of his life,” Wahlberg said. “But every time he picks up a newspaper or magazine, they’re telling him who he is. But if he hangs in there and stays the course, maybe he’ll get to his 40s and get to have as much fun as we do.”
The “Blue Bloods” star said the reboot of his boy band has been a blast and he and the other New Kids love hanging out with their fans during their tours and on their cruises.
“Jon (Knight) will just decide to take 20 fans to Starbucks,” he said. “Or sometimes I’ll get like 300 of them together in a hotel lobby and we’ll all sit around in a circle and chat. It’s great. We get to feel our youth again.”
But Wahlberg knows that Bieber probably doesn’t want to hear about what his life could be like at 40something!
“When we were kids, they would have magazine articles with, like, the Monkees or David Cassidy giving us advice, and we thought, ‘We’re not them, we don’t want to hear that.’ I’m sure he feels the same way.”
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TVGN's First Development Slate Includes 'New Kids On The Block' Series, 'Celebrity Celebrity' Game ShowSeven months after CBS Corp. acquired half of TVGN, partnering with Lionsgate, the cable network is announcing its first development slate. The projects on it indicate that TVGN does not plan a major change of course, keeping its focus on celebrity, pop culture and television. Corporate synergy with CBS already has done well for TVGN, which has seen triple-digit ratings increases from its broadcasts of Big Brother After Dark and The Young & The Restless. Following the recent premiere of docuseries Mother Of All Talent, about mother-daughter kids talent agents, and the upcoming debut of Tequila Sisters, about a Miami-based tequila business clan, TVGN has unveiled a development slate featuring seven other unscripted projects. It includes a series featuring New Kids on the Block, produced by band member and star of CBS’ Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, and a game show based on the Celebrity Celebrity parlor game produced by Scandal‘s Joshua Malina.
Corporate synergy is again on full display, with a show about CBS’ Watch! Magazine and two series from Lionsgate TV — a magazine based on celebrity tweets and posts, and a show about the cutthroat Hollywood tour business. TVGN also is paying homage to its roots as a TV guide service with a show about the stories behind television’s biggest hits. “We have commissioned a slate of original projects that capture compelling and exciting stories of Hollywood, fandom and obsession,” said Brad Schwartz, TVGN’s President of Entertainment and Media. Here are details about TVGN’s projects in development:
Rock The Boat: New Kids On The Block: Obsessed fans take the vacation of a lifetime when they board a cruise for a weeklong party on the high-seas with America’s favorite bands. The first group to headline this all-new series franchise is New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), one of the hottest bands in music history.
Rock The Boat: NKOTB will be produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Executive Producer and NKOTB band member Donnie Wahlberg.
TMI: This quick-witted and fun show will deliver the top stories in Hollywood and entertainment through the lens of celebrity tweets and posts. TMI will be produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television with Eli Frankel (“The Amazing Race”) as Executive Producer.
Watch! Magazine TV Project: Part travel show, part celebrity biography, part high fashion, this original series goes behind the scenes of CBS’s Watch! Magazine as it takes TV’s biggest stars to the world’s most exotic destinations for shoots with the world’s best photographers. WATCH! MAGAZINE SERIES will be produced by TV Guide Productions.
Celebrity Celebrity: Based on the popular parlor game, this lively show will feature two teams of celebrity contestants as they compete to guess famous names based on their teammates’ clues, and rack up money for their favorite charities. Celebrity Celebrity will be produced by Avalon Television (“Workaholics”) with Joshua Malina (“Scandal,” “Celebrity Poker Showdown”), Hrishikesh Hirway (“Our Nixon”), David Martin, Dan Lubetkin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner as Executive Producers.
Have You Scene My Room: Hosted by Joe Maddalena, the industry’s leading authority on Hollywood memorabilia, this home makeover series transforms a superfan’s entire room into a real-life Hollywood tribute to his or her favorite movie or television show. Co-hosted by Tanya McQueen (“Extreme Makeover Home Edition”), Have You Scene My Room will be produced by Trium Entertainment (“Something Borrowed, Something New”).
Tour Wars: Underneath the perceived glitz and glamour of Hollywood Boulevard is an underbelly of competitive and hungry tour-giving vendors who are willing to go to extremes in order to cash in on excitable tourists. Tour Wars will be produced by Rogue Atlas Productions and Four Henrys Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Aisha Corpas Wynn and Blaine Vess will serve as Executive Producers.
The Story Behind (working title): Viewers will get an inside look at some of the most successful shows in television history. Featuring award-winning shows like “Friends” and “ER,” The Story Behind will reveal stories straight from the set and feature exclusive interviews with cast, producers and television executives such as Steven Spielberg, Warren Littlefield, John Wells and Neal Baer. The Story Behind will be produced by TV Guide Productions.
A&E To Premiere Latest Wahlberg Reality Series 'Wahlburgers' On January 22A&E announced today it will premiere its latest homage to the Wahlberg brothers on January 22; Wahlburgers will show brothers Mark and Donnie heading back to Boston to join forces with brother Paul in a hamburger restaurant that’s already working on its second location, and serves as home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including, A&E says, the real Johnny “Drama” Alves, Henry “Nacho” Laun, Mark’s chidhood pal Billy Leonard, and family matriarch Alma.
This is not to be confused with the teamsters reality-series pilot A&E had ordered from Mark Wahlberg, the Boston-set six-episode reality series about four female friends struggling to break through their blue-collar surroundings that A&E ordered from Mark Wahlberg, or Donnie Wahlberg’s reality series Boston Finest that somehow escaped A&E’s notice and wound up on TNT.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story,” said A&E exec vp and GM David McKillop of the series, on which Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are among the executive producers.
Wahlburgers is produced for A&E Networks by 44 Blue Productions, in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. In addition to the two Wahlberg’s Stephen Levinson is exec producing. For 44 Blue Productions, exec producers are Rasha Drachkovitch and Jym Buss. Executive Producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.
Jenny McCarthy Talks Proposing to Boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg: "I Think He Would Be an Amazing Husband"Looks like Jenny McCarthy just might have met her perfect man.
The View stunner, who seems happier than ever with boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg, couldn't help but gush over her beau during an appearance on Bethenny, where the blond beauty opened up about the possibility of marriage in her future and even gave her 43-year-old pal, who is in the midst of her divorce with husband Jason Hoppy, advice on meeting men.
"So you have a boyfriend, Donnie Wahlberg. And you met him on my friend Andy Cohen's show," Bethenny says, revealing how the New Kids on the Block crooner and the 41-year-old star officially met.
"Yes, yes. On the show when I first met him, I thought he was not available," Jenny says. "In my head I thought he was married."
It wasn't until Wahlberg was a guest on her own show that McCarthy discovered he was available, and even after, she confessed it took a while for the Blue Bloods star to ask her out, causing her to question his sexual orientation (she later blamed her early suspicions on her "girl's ego").
"I thought he was cute, but I thought he was married," she explains. "When I hear married, I put up a wall. Otherwise I would have been like, 'What's up?' It wasn't until he was on my talk show, and right before I said, 'Does he have a girlfriend? So I know how to interview him,' and they said, 'No, he's single.'"
The former Playmate of the Year continues, providing Bethenny with her own sage advice for meeting men.
"Chelsea Handler gave me the best advice because she was single and single doing her show and I said, 'How do you meet guys you're working so much?' She said, 'You book them on the show.'"
At which point, the former Real Housewives of New York star turns to her audience and says, "So, people, you've got to send my suggestions of who we should be booking on the show of male persuasion!"
But that wasn't all McCarthy had to say about her man. The buxom blonde also dished on whether she sees herself tying the knot with Wahlberg in the future, admitting she was looking for romance at that point in her life.
"I told the universe I am ready for love. I said bring The One. I am not doing anymore auditions," she admits. "I did one year of no dating, I am going to say no to everyone and if someone breaks through where I'm like, 'Hmmm,' then I'll follow that, and I wound up giving him my phone number on the show. I made the first move."
A move which may end up repeating itself, at least, according to McCarthy.
"You know, I've said on every interview that I was like, 'Never get married again ever,' and, of course, you never say never. I think he would be an amazing husband, so if he does, I would for sure say yes," she says, before adding, "I wouldn't be surprised if I was the one proposing."
Jenny McCarthy is on the menu at Wahlburger's in HinghamFormer Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy is already a dish. And, even though she's only been dating Donnie Wahlberg ("Blue Bloods") since July, she's now on the menu at Wahlburger’s, the Hingham restaurant he owns with brothers, "Ted" star Mark Wahlberg and Paul Wahlberg, who's also the chef at Alma Nove.
“Jenny’s Chicago Dog” – which is a nod to her Windy City hometown – is the burger of the month for November. It's three hot dog patties topped with yellow mustard, chopped onion, tomato, pickles and celery salt and costs $7.50.
McCarthy is a co-host on the morning talk show “The View.”
Donnie Wahlberg makes surprise trip for McCarthy's birthdayActor/singer Donnie Wahlberg left his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy speechless on Friday after making a surprise visit to Chicago, Ill., to celebrate her birthday.
The blonde beauty headed home to Chicago to spend her 41st birthday weekend with her son Evan and her relatives after wrapping up her weekday stint on New York-based talk show “The View.”
However, she received a shock when Wahlberg, who shoots the police drama “Blue Bloods” in the Big Apple, showed up unannounced and hosted a special brunch in her honor.
The New Kids on the Block singer also organized a private screening of McCarthy’s favorite movie, “Grease,” and the birthday girl admits she was overjoyed by his efforts.
Gushing about her man on Monday’s episode of “The View,” she said, “He has proved that he is the best boyfriend in the world. He flew to Chicago on Friday, surprised me with a… brunch with all my friends and family… Then we went to a movie theater… with the Chicago Children’s Choir singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and then he played the movie ‘Grease’ … It was so wonderful and romantic and I am just so grateful.”
The grand gestures have even prompted McCarthy, who has previously dated Jim Carrey and football player Brian Urlacher, to rethink her anti-marriage stance following her divorce from actor/director John Mallory Asher in 2005.
She added, “I’ve said never again (would I get married), (but) he is the one person I would want nothing more in the world (than to marry).”
Her confession comes less than a week after Wahlberg’s older sister Tracey gave the couple her official seal of approval, insisting she would “love” to have the model/actress as a sister-in-law.
FOX Sports 1 Explores the Bond Between Fallen MIT Police Officer, Sean Collier, and His Brother, AndrewFOX SPORTS 1 EXPLORES THE BOND BETWEEN FALLEN MIT POLICE OFFICER, SEAN COLLIER, AND HIS BROTHER, ANDREW HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS MACHINIST CONTINUES ASKING CONGRESS FOR FEDERAL HOLIDAY HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS
BOSTON NATIVE DONNIE WAHLBERG NARRATES "COLLIER STRONG"
While Boston and much of the country celebrate the Boston Red Sox World Series championship this week, reflection simultaneously turns to the city's "Boston Strong" resiliency following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
Sean Collier was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer killed April 18 in the aftermath of the marathon tragedy. He was gunned down that evening while on duty in his patrol car -- allegedly by the bombing suspects.
Sean's brother, Andrew Collier, and his family recently sat down for their first in-depth, on-camera interview since the tragedy. Andrew Collier is a machinist in the engine department of 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports.
Narrated by actor/singer and Boston native Donnie Wahlberg, the feature premieres Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 PM ET on NASCAR RACEDAY on FOX Sports 1. "Collier Strong" re-airs Sunday night on FOX SPORTS LIVE on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 PM ET.
Andrew Collier has worked tirelessly since his brother's death to lobby Congress to designate a federal holiday honoring America's first responders, creating a petition toward this goal. For more information on Collier's initiative, please visit www.change.org/firstresponders.
Wahlberg, currently starring on Blue Bloods and serving as an executive producer of Boston's Finest, narrates the long-form feature, produced by Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Productions. Interviewed in the piece are Andrew Collier; Sean and Andrew's sisters, Nicole Lynch and Jennifer Lemmerman; their stepsister, Jenn Rogers; Jeff Andrews of the Hendrick Motorsports engine department; MIT Police Department Patrol Sergeant David O'Connor; and Sean Collier's auxiliary supervisor at the Somerville Police Department, Officer Bob Ankenbauer.
Amazon Green-Lights Drama Pilots Starring Titus Welliver, Sharon LawrenceAmazon Studios has given a green light to two drama pilots, the company announced Thursday.
Bosch, based on the best-selling book series by Michael Connelly, tells the story of a relentless LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) who pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy. But Bosch is also standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector will also star. Henrik Bastin (The Killing) is producing, Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme) is writing with Connelly and Jim McKay will direct.
"Sharing this story with television audiences is very exciting, something that's been twenty years in the making," Connelly said in a statement.
The After, written and directed by The X-Files' Chris Carter, features eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot will star. Marc Rosen will executive-produce with Gabe Rotter producing.
"I'm very superstitious about talking about what I'm working on before it's finished, and it's more fun if it's kept a mystery!" Carter said in a statement. "So let me just say that this is a show that explores human frailty, possibility, terror, and the triumph of the human spirit. I'm so excited to be telling this story with Amazon in this new frontier of television."
"We are very excited to be working with creators like Michael Connelly and Chris Carter, both epic storytellers in their own right," Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "For the first time we are bringing Amazon customers hour-long programming and we can't wait to hear what they think of these new stories."
Viewers will be able to watch the pilots for free on Amazon Instant Video.
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