They've conquered the music charts, the box office and the TV screen, but now the Wahlberg family has their eye on the dinner table. Chef Paul Wahlberg launched the Boston restaurant Wahlburgers along with his actor brothers Donnie and Mark; it was inevitable that a TV series chronicling their culinary adventures would follow. A&E's Wahlburgers, which debuted in January, returns Wednesday for a second season of episodes. Besides the Wahlberg brothers, the show also features family matriarch Alma Wahlberg, as well as childhood buddies Henry "Nacho" Laun and Johnny "Drama" Alves. Executive producer Rasha Drachkovitch (Lockup) filled out our showrunner survey to explain why we should try a taste of Wahlburgers.
He'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.
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