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.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Rasha Drachkovitch: The Wahlberg family is just plain awesome. One moment they will make you laugh, the next, you'll cry. It's good family fun and a great American story.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Drachkovitch: The entire family. It's good, clean fun, unless Nacho comes on — then hide the kids.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Drachkovitch: You will most likely miss what most of America will be talking about the next day. This show is viral madness.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Drachkovitch: My mom said she loves the show. That's pretty cool — first time for everything, right?
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Drachkovitch: It's only a half-hour.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Drachkovitch: Alma Wahlberg — My Crazy Life.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Drachkovitch: Wahlburgers equals Mark times Optimus Prime divided by burgers.
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Drachkovitch: Drama and Nacho tour America. America is never the same again.
TV Guide Magazine: What's on your Wahlburger?
Drachkovitch: Government cheese and lots of pickles.
TV Guide Magazine: Choose only one: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch or New Kids on the Block.
Drachkovitch: Seriously, I want to keep my job! They both rock.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you like to forget?
Drachkovitch: Zombie No. 44 in our show Deadliest Warrior.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it on to the screen.
Drachkovitch: Ted (yes, the talking bear from the movie) takes over Wahlburgers and turns it into a strip club. Actually, perhaps that's kind of a cool idea?
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show."
Drachkovitch: To laugh and enjoy a great American story.
TV Guide Magazine: Pick another show, any show — or celebrity food company — to start a fake feud with.
Drachkovitch: Wahlburgers vs. Ronald McDonald. Let the burger games begin!
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Drachkovitch: TV can be fun again. One burger at a time.
Season 2 of Wahlburgers premieres Aug. 13 at 10/9c on A&E.