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By Donnie Wahlberg

How I lost my Monday nights — but not quite my manhood — to my wife’s favorite TV show. Don’t laugh, it could happen to you, too.

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This has to be some kind of karmic retribution.

A turning of the tables for all of those husbands out there who had to put up with their wives wanting to go see the New Kids on The Block reunion concerts. Sweet revenge for the nice-guy hubbies who had to put up with their wives talking about how hunky Jordan was, cute Joey still is or how much of a “bad boy” Donnie was, during his Public Enemy T-shirt-wearing rebellious phase.

Payback, for all those men who spent their paychecks on surprise New Kids concert tickets for their spouses. The same guys who had to then shell out another $30 for a Jonathan T-shirt, or even more (than I care to mention) for a meet and greet photo op with the band.

More likely, it’s a quarter century worth of “what comes around goes around.” You know, for all those late-1980s teenage boys who had to compete with my band for the affections of their AquaNet-spraying, high-hair wearing, 16 Magazine-reading, young teenage girlfriends.

What other explanation could there be, that could make sense of the fact that …

I am addicted to the “The Bachelor”!!!

There, I said it. OK?

The freaking Bachelor.

It’s karma, isn’t it?

What other explanation can there be for the fact that I know all these Bachelor guys on a first-name and character-description basis, the same way that so many husbands had to get to know Donnie, Jordan, Danny, Jon and Joe?

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Mark Wahlberg’s career has taken some unexpected twists over the past three decades, but even the movie star acknowledges that his most recent turn is the most unusual yet.

If someone had told him five years ago he would soon be starring in a reality TV series, “I would say that you were out of your mind, because the last thing I want to do is be on television,” he says.

Yet there he is, front and center on A&E’s Wahlburgers—the reality series that returned for its fifth season last Wednesday and is focused on the gourmet burger chain, also called Wahlburgers, owned by Wahlberg; his brother Donnie (the New Kid on the Block member and star of CBS’ Blue Bloods); and their brother Paul, who has worked as a chef for three decades.

But their reality show isn’t the usual, semi-desperate attempt at a celebrity comeback—in fact, Mark Wahlberg’s power in Hollywood has never been greater.

“It hasn’t hurt anything I’ve done or the brand I’ve built over the last 27 years, because we own it and we live it,” Wahlberg says of the series. “It’s an amazing marketing tool, and it’s all about promoting the business and building the business.”

And the burger business has been very, very good for Wahlberg and his family.

The first Wahlburgers restaurant opened in 2011 outside Boston in Hingham, Mass., across the street from the family’s first restaurant, Alma Nove, named for mom Alma and her nine kids. The popularity of the show (it’s been nominated twice for the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category, and its first season in 2014 attracted 3.7 million viewers in live-plus-seven ratings) has put the Wahlberg restaurant business on an impressive trajectory.

The family’s seventh spot, in Orlando, Fla., opened last month, joining others in Toronto, Coney Island, Boston’s Fenway Park and elsewhere. Ten more stores are planned this year in cities including Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Earlier this month, the company announced agreements with five groups to open 30 new franchises, making for a total of 118 stores internationally (including five in Canada and 20 in the Middle East) over the next few years.

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Mark Wahlberg took the advertising world by storm in 1992, thanks to his provocative, indelible Calvin Klein underwear campaign, which was shot by the late Herb Ritts. He’s been surprising us ever since, transitioning from Marky Mark, the rapper behind the ’90s hit “Good Vibrations,” to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, thanks to films like Boogie Nights, Ted, Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Departed (which landed him an Oscar nomination).

A decade ago, he made yet another bold pivot, branching into producing projects for both television (HBO’s Entourage, which was based on his life, as well as the premium cable channel’s series Boardwalk Empire and Ballers) and film (Lone Survivor, The Fighter and Patriots Day, his forthcoming drama about the Boston Marathon bombing).

As he helps engineer the steady rise of the Wahlburgers chain, Wahlberg talks with Adweek about why he initially hated the name of the restaurant, his approach to working with brand marketers and what he learned from posing in those boxer briefs back in the day.

Adweek: Where did the name Wahlburgers come from?
Mark Wahlberg: We had already done Alma Nove (named for their mother, Alma), which was a big success, and I was grateful I was I able to help [my brother] Paul see that dream come to reality. But once he mentioned the idea of Wahlburgers, I said, “Are you out of your mind?” I spent 20-some-odd years building my brand and going from the music world to being taken really seriously as an actor and a producer. I said, “There’s no way. Call it Paul’s Place, whatever you want. I’ll fund it for you, but this is not going to happen.” Then I thought, wait a second here. If we could really build a business, a real business, then that’s something that I’m interested in. But we’re going to do it in a big way. I want to be around to enjoy it. And so things kind of happened.

Was the plan always for you to be this heavily involved in the show? You’re featured as much as anyone else in your family.
Originally it was like, OK, we’re going to put my brother Paul and my mother and [my friend Johnny] Drama and those guys there. But I just said, you know what? I think to really give it the best chance to succeed—and again, we’re talking about the business—I should be involved in every aspect.

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By Donnie Wahlberg

Where Donald Trump plays the role of Gary Busey — fighting it out with Bernie Sanders in the role of Meat Loaf — and we the people rule the boardroom.

What more can be said about Donald Trump that hasn’t already been said?

Regardless of how you feel about him, Mr. Trump is only a few more GOP primary wins — and a potential Hillary Clinton federal indictment — away from assuming the job of President of The United States of America.

Once upon a time, that concept seemed impossible. Today, it seems very possible.

Some Americans are embarrassed by this development. Some are angry. Many more are terrified. Like, really, really terrified.

I, however, can’t help but see the incredible irony in the fact that his presence has reduced this year’s election process to a real-life version of his own long-running reality TV series, “Celebrity Apprentice.”

I was a very big fan of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Seriously, it was an awesome show. Trainwreck TV at its finest: Former stars like Gary Busey, Meat Loaf, Dionne Warwick and Jose Canseco all took turns trying to raise money for charity (and resurrect their careers) by playing various business roles, in hopes of eventually being “hired” by Mr. Trump. Beyond the show’s victorious celebs, most had no idea what they were doing, and were often in way over their heads (much like Mr. Trump appears to be when discussing foreign policy).

At the end of each episode came the climactic and infamous boardroom scene. A scene where the celebrity contestants showed up in the dreaded “boardroom” and pleaded their cases to a scowling Mr. Trump. The contestants name-called, lied, backstabbed, cheated, manipulated and threw each other under the bus (basically, what Mr. Trump has reduced every single GOP debate to). All with the hope of convincing Mr. Trump, that they were worthy of the job, and to avoid hearing him utter the two most dreaded words in all of reality television: “You’re fired.”

The show was a ratings sensation, just like candidate Trump is now for the many news networks that can’t get enough of him.

We could choose to be appalled by the fact that one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetimes has been reduced to comparisons with “Celebrity Apprentice,” or we could choose, instead, to accept this process for exactly what candidate Trump has turned it to — a reality TV game show.

Call it, Presidential Apprentice.

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For those who missed it! Donnie Wahlberg on the set of Blue Bloods. (Special Thanks to Lady Vee)

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Sartell Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll flew to Chicago over the weekend to join two members of the iconic boy-band New Kids on the Block to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. Sarah was joined by her husband David (Sartell Firefighter) who doubled as a bodyguard for the pop stars when they did a meet and greet after the show for almost 400 attendees. The show at Subterranean was a huge success raising thousands of dollars for Danny Wood‘s foundation “Remember Betty.” The foundation is named after his mother Betty who lost her battle to breast cancer in the late 90s.

Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg showed up at the concert to support his bandmate, bringing along custom made jerseys, t-shirts and sweatshirts to raffle off, and also treated the capacity crowd to $8,100 worth of meet and greets.  [mix949.com]

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Director Peter Berg and Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg attend the 3rd annual Boston Police Department Foundation Gala to present THE HERO’S AWARD to BPD Officer John Moynihan. on March 5, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photos by Paul Marotta)


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Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg join Private Jet app to celebrate the launch of new Chicago routes at Chicago Executive Airport on March 4, 2016 in Wheeling, Illinois. (Photos by Gabriel Grams)

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Major expansion plans are in the works for Wahlburgers, the burger joint that inspired a reality television show staring Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, including a new location for the Myrtle Beach area.

The Massachusetts-based restaurant, established by fellow brother chef Paul Wahlberg, announced Thursday that 30 new locations will open across the U.S. in major metropolitan areas, including the Grand Strand, Charleston, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The restaurant will also open locations in California, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio.

The owners said in a statement they plan to have more than 100 restaurants operating within the next several years. An opening date or specific location for the Myrtle Beach restaurant was not announced.

“We are on the road to bringing Wahlburgers to a city near you,” Mark Wahlberg said in the statement. “We’ve created this family business with a mission to welcome families and friends from around the world to a place where they can break bread, enjoy some great food and lots of laughs.”

The restaurant inspired a hit reality TV series on A&E that began airing in 2014, and features the behind-the-scenes drama of operating a restaurant as well as their efforts to expand the burger joint to new markets.

The show has featured a unique mix of celebrity guest stars, including NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., music titan P. Diddy, and Pope Francis I.

[myrtlebeachonline.com]

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Wahlburgers, the burger chain from actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their chef brother Paul, is expanding again, and this time it’s making plans for the Peach State. Among the latest franchise agreements signed by the Wahlberg bros is a deal to bring six restaurants to the “greater Atlanta area” and Savannah.

While a firm commitment to the state of Georgia has been made, the number restaurants bound for Atlanta, locations, and timelines for opening are not yet known. “Unfortunately, we have no additional information at this time,” a spokesperson for Wahlburgers told Eater Atlanta. “They are simply just looking for potential locations in the Atlanta area.”

Those who have never eaten at a Wahlburgers might know of the chain thanks to the Emmy-nominated reality television series of the same name. Wahlburgers chronicles the trio’s restaurant ventures, and it’s been renewed for at least two more seasons on A&E.

In addition to Georgia, the latest round of Southern expansion targets four restaurants for the Carolinas in Charleston, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach. Wahlburgers is based in Hingham, Mass., a suburb of Boston, and the chain currently operates seven locations across Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Canada. The company is growing at a lightning pass: In December, the Wahlbergs announced their intentions to open 100 to 150 new restaurants in the next five years.

[atlanta.eater.com]

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The new season of the A&E original series, Wahlburgers, is coming Wednesday, March 9th, 2106. Join us at Wahlburgers Coney Island for the new season premeire party. Come and watch the new episode throughout the restaurant as well as on our roof deck, complete with a bar and area heaters for your comfort. You can also enjoy complimentary menu items and drinks courtesy of Wahlburgers. Also, a special Wahlburgers chef will be briefly stopping by. This will be a great night of fun, laughter and everything Wahlburgers. This event is 21 and over with valid state issued identification.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9th – 6PM to 11PM; guests to arrives at 6PM – show starts at 9PM sharp.

WHERE: Wahlburgers Coney Island | 3015 Stillwell Avenue | 718-975-7330

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

WAHLBURGERS A&E SERIES PREMIERE VIEWING PARTY TO BENEFIT ALMA CARES
A portion of the ticket proceeds will support feeding families in need.

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Town manager Michael Driscoll and producers said they decided they wouldn’t film a scene for “Patriots Day” on the streets where police pursued the Tsarnaev brothers.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Producers of a Mark Wahlberg movie about the deadly Boston Marathon bombing won’t be recreating the police shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in the neighborhood where it happened.

Watertown Town Manager Michael Driscoll says it was decided filming the scene for Patriots Day on those streets wouldn’t be in the town’s best interest. He said Friday producers will choose another location.

The April 2013 confrontation resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught, tried and sentenced to death. He has apologized to victims.

Producers have regularly said they’re willing to shoot elsewhere. They’ve asked for permission to film at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended.

A university spokesman tells New Bedford’s The Standard-Times officials want to ask students before deciding.

[hollywoodreporter.com]

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Highly anticipated fifth installment in the hit robotic franchise “Transformers” is confirmed to have its production taking place in Detroit, Michigan.

According to Comingsoon.net, it was revealed by Michigan Economic Development Corporation after some shuffling of incentives from other approved Paramount Pictures projects.

The restructured single agreement incentives for “Transformers 5” will reportedly save the state $21 million and speed up the production that will start sometime during the summer. The studio previously had multiple pre-approved applications of approximately $42 million in eligible incentives.

“Having one of the highest-profile film franchises created in Michigan is a major economic boost and a testament to the talent of the state’s production community. The production and economic investment is now happening sooner rather than later, and obviously, the project is a certainty rather than merely a possibility,” commissioner of the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Jenell Leonard said.

President of physical production at Paramount Pictures, Lee Rosenthal also shared in a statement, “Michigan has been so welcoming of Michael Bay and the ‘Transformers’ movies over the years and we are thrilled to be returning for this next incredible installment.”

The report added that production is predicted to have $80 million in expenses with the cast and crew around 850 strong, 450 of whom will be residents of Michigan which is said to equate to 228 full-time positions. There will also be more than 700 extras to be hired and the amended dedicated fund is believed to meet all the criteria needed to make the film happen.

“Transformers 5” will be written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway who previously worked on “Iron Man” and Ken Nolan of “Black Hawk Down.” Mark Wahlberg is set to return for the lead role while Michael Bay is believe to be directing for the last time before he reportedly passes the helm for the franchise. It is slated to be released on June 23, 2017.

[vinereport.com]

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Celebrity owned burger chain Wahlburgers is has big Midwest expansion plans. DBusiness first-reports that the company is aiming to open six locations in Michigan and another six in Ohio over the next five years.

Actor Mark Wahlberg let the news slip about a forthcoming Detroit location in December. Then last week, Bella Piatti owner Nino Cutraro revealed that he was partnering with Wahlburgers in a Detroit News society column. “Mark and I got to know one another when he was in town filming, Transformers: Age of Extinction (Transformers 4) in the summer of 2013,” Cutraro tells DBusiness. “We stayed in touch with one another, so when the opportunity arose to do a partnership, we came together on a deal for Michigan and Ohio.”

The Greektown restaurant is headed to a 4,200-square foot, two-story building between Monroe Steak House and Redsmoke Barbecue, Cutraro reveals. Plans call for a bar on each floor and seats for up to 130 patrons. Designs will be in the same vein as other Wahlburgers restaurants throughout the country, with a silver, white, and green color scheme, lots of TVs, and stained wood.

Mark Wahlberg founded the chain with brothers Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and the family stars in an A&E show called Wahlburgers. The chain, which recently opened restaurants in Toronto, Boston proper, and Coney Island, New York, announced plans in December to add between 100 and 150 locations to its burger empire. The Greektown restaurant is expected to debut in June.

Wahlburgers Detroit
567 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

[detroit.eater.com]

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Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg — who are in town (Boston) to film “Patriots Day,” their movie about the Boston Marathon bombing — will be the special guests at the third annual Boston Police Foundation Gala at the Westin Waterfront on March 5. They’ll help present the Hero Award to Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot while on duty last March.

[bostonglobe.com]

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Time to put Alma on the spot. Find out who her favorite Wahlberg is on the season premiere of Wahlburgers, March 9th at 9/8c!

New Season of Wahlburgers

Time to put Alma on the spot. Find out who her favorite Wahlberg is on the season premiere of #Wahlburgers, March 9th at 9/8c!

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New Kid on the Block and “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg has made another political endorsement.

After supporting Carly Fiorina since August, Wahlberg’s candidate of choice is Marco Rubio. Wahlberg spoke at a Rubio rally in Nevada on Sunday. Late last week, the Dorchester native tweeted to his almost 800,000 Twitter followers, “If you missed @marcorubio on @cnn #GOPTOWNHALL – you missed all the reasons he’s hands down the best man to be our next president. #heymarco.”

Wahlberg’s fans had mixed reactions to his latest candidate of choice. One quipped, “hahaha…you must’ve missed his commercial about America featuring the Vancouver skyline.” Another said, “I’m a Cruz guy, but damn if this isn’t refreshing… a real star with a profile who isn’t a ridiculous liberal.”  [bostonglobe.com]

PHOTOS: Singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel on February 21, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The long awaited Wahlburgers Orlando is finally open and Mark and Paul Wahlberg were there for all the festivities. Hundreds of fans lined up around the Orange Ave location to catch a glimpse of the Wahlberg brothers as they walked the red carpet.

The event featured live entertainment, giveaways and free samples. One of the most talked about items on the menu is the new Orlando Dreamsicle drink, an adult frappe made with vanilla vodka, triple sec, orange juice and ice cream that Wahlburgers has created exclusively for the new location.

Bringing a restaurant to Orlando has been on the Wahlberg brothers’ minds for quite some time. Mark has even talked about expanding to 3000 locations all across the US.  [icflorida.com]

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Jenny McCarthy’s husband, Donnie Wahlberg, gets a reading from psychic medium Nini Grace with some surprising results.

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