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(NEW YORK) — 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.

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The actor and Wahlburgers restaurant co-owner dishes on three family favorite burgers for the “GMA” burger blowout!


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TCA 2016: Pop’s “The Joey Mac Project” is executive produced by Jenny McCarthy and fellow “New Kid” Donnie Wahlberg

New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre is set to play an exaggerated version of himself on Pop’s “The Joey Mac Project.”

The original series is inspired by the singer’s real life, as the grown-up boy band member tries to break into acting. Pop has ordered eight episodes of the half-hour comedy, which is executive produced by McIntyre along fellow “New Kid” Donnie Wahlberg.

Jenny McCarthy, Tim Gibbons (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Paul Greenberg (“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris“) and Jenny Daly (“Storage Hunters,” “Hollywood and Football”) will also exec produce.

“I lucked out. What are the chances of me being cast as a character named Joey McIntyre?” said McIntyre. “But in all seriousness, if you love to laugh, we have a comedy gold team behind this project who have the secret sauce for funny TV … yes, I just said that.”

“I’ve worked with Joey since we were kids,” Wahlberg added, “but seeing all of his many talents come together in this show — I’ve never been more excited.”

“The Joey Mac Project” (working title) is produced by T Group Productions. Production kicks off this fall.

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It was a chance meeting on the field at MCU Park between Donnie Wahlberg and Mookie Wilson when the CBS “Blue Bloods” star decided to take a few good-natured ribs at the New York Mets 1986 Game 6 World Series hero. Engaging in some baseball banter before the July 21 Aberdeen game, the Dorchester, Massachusetts native told Wilson, “I’m going to break the curse that the Mets have over the Boston Red Sox when I throw out the first pitch tonight.”

Wahlberg explained further, saying, “We broke the Curse of the Bambino in 2004 and now it’s time to break the Curse of Mookie Wilson!” Laughingly, Wilson said that he wasn’t aware of the curse and gave Wahlberg a pat on the back and wished him well as Wilson returned to the clubhouse and Wahlberg walked to the Cyclone bullpen to practice for his ceremonial first pitch.

Ensuring that he’d make a good first pitch, the Cyclone staff lent Wahlberg Cyclone Pitching Coach Billy Bryk and right-handed pitcher Gary Cornish for a bullpen session. After 20 minutes of pitching in the pen, Bryk pronounced Wahlberg “ready to toe the rubber.” Unfortunately, the instruction went for naught as the Red Sox rooter realized his worse fear on the mound and bounced the ball in front of home plate on his delivery to the catcher.

Having missed Wahlberg’s first pitch, Wilson was informed of the short throw during the game to which he exclaimed with a wry smile, “Well if he bounced the ball, it doesn’t count to break my curse. Does it now?!”

However, some of Wahlberg’s Irish-Swedish heritage magic did rub off on the Cyclones as the team got lucky in the ninth inning on Irish Night and managed to hold on for a narrow 3-2 win. After the Cyclones’ emerging pitching ace Harol Gonzalez held Aberdeen scoreless over 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts, the Brooklyn bullpen uncharacteristically gave up two runs in the ninth inning to make the Cyclone fans once again grit their teeth.

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Donnie Wahlberg, star of Blue Bloods, told his wife, Jenny McCarthy, that the current Pokémon GO craze is giving him flashbacks to the Pokémon phenomenon from the 90’s that almost put him in the poor house.

Among those hoping the Red Sox could avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox was Donnie Wahlberg, who was cheering for the home town team from sweet seats near home plate. Wonder if the “Blue Bloods” star stopped into the Wahlburgers around the corner from the ballpark.

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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.”

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New Kids on the Block attend AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss ‘Rock this Boat: New Kids on the Block’ Season 2 at AOL Studios In New York on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photos by Laura Cavanaugh)

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Thursday night, actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg rocked the house, raising over $700,000 for wife Jenny McCarthy’s, autism charity, Generation Rescue, at his first ever solo-concert!

The iconic Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL hosted nearly 1,000 fans in an intimate concert experience, AND the Blue Bloods star made a matching donation of $100,000 to the foundation.

Special guests included New Kids on the Block band mates, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood with hip hop artists, Nice & Smooth and Naughty by Nature.

The Chicago lovebirds then brought the party back to the historic Hotel Baker, where the two wed almost two years ago, for an exclusive after party, closing the night for a cause near and dear to their hearts (as if they could get any bigger!).

McCarthy’s son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Wahlberg joined the board of directors for Generation Rescue in 2015.

The evening was presented by Hotel Baker, Jenee L. Polaczek, and OxyHealth, all longtime supporters of the organization.

Generation Rescue is the leading national nonprofit organization providing hope and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

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Wherever the New Kids on the Block are, Kristen Parness and Danielle DeCristoforo are not far behind. They go to their concerts. They’ve seen them get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They’ve even gone on a fan cruise with the band — three times.

On Thursday, their fandom brought the besties from New York all the way to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Parness won the #GoHomeWithDonnie fan sweepstakes.

The win got her plane tickets for two, front row seats for a solo performance by St. Charles resident Donnie Wahlberg, VIP after-party access, and accommodations at the Hotel Baker. And she couldn’t think of a better person to bring with her than DeCristoforo.

“My husband now has a man-crush on Donnie,” Parness said. “He loves him in ‘Blue Bloods.’ When I won, he was like, ‘I’m so excited to meet him. He seems so cool.’ And I was like, ‘You’re not coming.'”

Parness and DeCristoforo met at a CD signing the band hosted during a 2008 reunion. They’ve been best friends ever since, bonding over their #BHlove (BH is short for Block Heads, a term of affection for fans of the New Kids).

“God, we just love them,” Parness said. “From ages 8 to 12 they were like our first loves. They were such a part of our life when we were little, and now they are still so great with their fans. We’ve just grown up with them.”

The pair have had some one-on-one encounters with various New Kids over the years. At one point, a member of the fan duo’s crew of friends even got Donnie Wahlberg’s cellphone number.

“Ever since we got it we’ve been harassing him on that number for free tickets to things,” laughed Parness. “But I guess the number belongs to some NFL player now.”

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SiriusXM Host Jenny McCarthy and husband Donnie Wahlberg kick off SiriusXM’s Prom Radio Channel on May 17, 2016 in New York.

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Hey New Kids on the Block fans, are you ready for some arena pop?

NKOTB have been talking about releasing a new album for a long time. Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood assure Billboard it’s coming sooner than later. “Yes, we’re gonna do some new music soon. I’m putting it out there,” Wood says. “I know talk is cheap; we will take action and get it done.”

“We’re talking about either doing a whole new album or at least a good chunk of songs and then be able to go on tour and perform those new songs,” Knight adds. “You’ve heard of arena rock. We’re going to come out with a new genre called arena pop. It has to be very danceable, and anthemic. There’s got to be some oh-ohs and callbacks and chants. Very upbeat and inspiring.”

“What inspires me is what will work best live. Although we were thrilled with the reception of our last two records, we are a touring act. We love to perform,” says McIntyre referring to the group’s 2008 Interscope album The Block, and 2013 set 10, released on The Block/Boston Five. Both reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

“I always think, ‘Can this work in an arena?’ We have great fans, and we have a great party and we get to put on really entertaining shows — that’s what gets me going,” Knight adds.

While fans remain on hold for the new tunes, there’s no shortage of ways to stay connected with the group, which also includes Donnie Wahlberg and Jonathan Knight. “These days with social media its easy to stay connected. They know everything we’re up to,” says Wood.

There’s a level of intimacy that comes from interacting with many of the same fans for decades. “Back in the day it seemed like our fans were a wall of people, just a bunch of flashes from a camera, but now we really know them,” Knight says. “We’ve been touring so much, we know a lot of them and we’re so grateful.”

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Donnie Wahlberg’s familial connection on Blue Bloods wanes in comparison to his real-life bond with his mother, Alma.

“She has to be politically correct, but I already know,” Donnie joked with ET in a joint interview with his mother when asked who her favorite child is. “I’m the favorite,” he whispered.

It’s no wonder Donnie proudly labels himself a “mama’s boy.” As a single mother, Alma had to raise her nine kids — Donnie, Mark, Paul, Robert, Jim, Arthur, Debbie, Tracey and Michelle — by herself on welfare.

“I had to learn how to make meals out of nothing, and I would go to the Salvation Army store and buy shirts and different stuff,” Alma told ET.

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ET first met Alma 27 years ago during Donnie’s New Kids on the Block days.

“Donnie came from a family of 9 children,” Alma told ET in a 1989 interview. “He was the second youngest, so he usually wore his brother’s hand-me-down sneakers.”

After her sons Donnie and Mark climbed the ladder of success in Hollywood, Alma is a celebrity in her own right, starring in the family’s A&E reality show, Wahlburgers. Alma told ET that she’s getting recognized so much now that it’s starting to affect her daily life.

“Yesterday I was in the market. I didn’t think I was going to get out. I’m serious!” she said. “They’re taking my picture in the market.”

But if you think fame and fortune has changed her, think again.

“To this day, I only thrift shop — even jewelry,” Alma said. “Somebody will say to me, ‘That ring is gorgeous!’ I say, ‘Yeah, it was $29.'”

It’s this humility and value system that Donnie credited for his family’s success.

“We’re only a reflection of her,” Donnie said. “Mark and I get all the glory for being so successful, but that’s all superficial. It really is.”

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Donnie Wahlberg’s success as an actor, producer and musician first began when he captured the hearts of teen girls everywhere as a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. He now stars as detective and Iraq war veteran Danny Reagan in the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods.” Wahlberg joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he supported former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and to preview the “Blue Bloods” sixth season finale.

“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg joined Boomer and Craig live in the Allstate Studio on Tuesday to talk about his hit CBS show and his band, New Kids On The Block.

Wahlberg talked about life as both a TV star and member of a beloved boy band. The Patriots fan also discussed Tom Brady’s suspension and his burger chain, Wahlburgers.

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy attend Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show from Grant Park in Chicago, IL before the NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

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