Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wahlberg Protection Program
Guest-starring on USA’s ‘In Plain Slight,’ ex-New Kid Donnie joins up
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa Sunday, March 28, 2010 http://www.bostonherald.com The Inside Track
Photo by USA Network
When the writers of USA Network’s “In Plain Sight” needed a Boston guy to throw into the Witness Protection Program, they needed to look no further than Donnie Wahlberg.
The Dorchester homey guest stars on Wednesday’s season premiere as a Hub truck hijacker who is hiding out in New Mexico with his teenage son and new family.
“There are certain times when fame and success have become challenging and hiding out has seemed really appealing to me,” said Wahlberg, who spent last week in Toronto filming the CBS cop show “Reagan’s Law” with Tom Brady [stats]’s baby mama No. 1, Bridget Moynahan.
“I’ve traveled to some real obscure towns and thought what it would be like to set up shop here and disappear. But I’d eventually go stir crazy and miss all that I take for granted.”
Like Twitter, we assume!
Usually, when Donnie’s in a new town, he sends out Tweets to meet his obsessively devoted New Kids fans - whom he calls “soldiers” - to get a feel for the locals.
But to get into character for his witness protection gig, Donnie said he flew to New Mexico - where the Mary McCormack-Frederick Weller drama films - a week early and “laid low.”
“Living life on the run and living with a false identity is a hard thing to do,” he said. “Fugitives sometimes turn themselves in because they can’t live with the pressure.”
As for playing a Boston underworld figure, that wasn’t too hard to master.
“There’s always someone to draw on, someone you pluck off the street - a friend, a cousin, an uncle,” said Wahlberg. “It’s the worst thing in the world to get it wrong because there’s that added pressure to get it right. If you stink it up as a Boston guy, I will get a lot of flack when I come home!”
BTW, Wahlberg’s Charlestown cop drama, “Bunker Hill,” which also starred Moynahan, “turned out great,” he said.
“It just sort of didn’t fit timing-wise for TNT,” said Donnie. “So it was rebuild it or try something else.” Hence, “Reagan’s Law.”
So now that Donnie’s spending lots of time on the tube, what programs does he TiVo?
“I’m a big reality TV guy,” he laughed. “I don’t know why I like trainwreck TV - ‘Bad Girls Club,’ ‘Tool Academy’ and ‘Jersey Shore.’ But I also like ‘The Dog Whisperer,’ ‘Iron Chef’ and ‘Chopped.’ ”
(Coincidentally, in his ‘In Plain Sight’ episode, his character owns a diner that is known for its popovers.)
“I tend to gravitate to reality TV to turn off my brain,” he told the Track. “I work a lot - you know I work 22 or 23 hours a day - and I need to be able to tune out with ‘Tool Academy.’ ”
Donnie said he was also a fan of “The Shield,” which starred Andover homey Michael Chiklis as a cop working on the edge, and “The Sopranos” cast because they weren’t “typical Hollywood leading men. They were regular guys.”
File Under: “Sight” Seeing.
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First, let me say how overwhelmed we are by the tons of well wishes we got from so many people. Every message went directly to our hearts. We thank you so much for your love and support.A lot of the feedback from the People magazine piece was just simple good wishes, but there was a lot of fascinating, heart-felt, informed discussion about the different paths for deaf and hard of hearing people. As you can imagine (although maybe not until you are touched by something like this) the views are many and varied.We heard from people who have loved ones, children, siblings, fathers, mothers, with hearing loss and heard their stories. Every story is enlightening and again we are so grateful to those who have shared.As the spectrum of hearing loss is great, so too are the points of view on how to treat it. There are some who say that we should do nothing as far as hearing aids or implants with Rhys. The theory being he is perfect the way he is, God meant him to be that way and he is blessed to be that way. I can totally appreciate that choice. I believe that this is a gift. That his hearing loss will lead him down a path of great things. He will have a special perspective in life that he would never have if he was a fully hearing person. I can not wait to watch that perspective grow and learn from his life.Some have said that we should wait until Rhys is old enough to chose for himself, whether or not he wants the cochlear implant. That operation is irreversible, so I can appreciate that argument as well.We do not know where he stands as far as being a candidate for cochlear implants. It will take sometime. He is not deaf. He has a lot of usable hearing and so he could be able to hear enough with "regular" hearing aids. I do know that all the people and families we have talked to have raved about the cochlear implants and consider them a miracle. But like I said there are so many different paths and every person with hearing loss is different. One thing is for certain, the more information the better. My wife and I were pouring over the responses to the article on People.com and your feedback will serve us well. We do not know what our decision will be right now. We are learning more everyday. We are strong and we are blessed and everyday is a gift, but there are some tough, frustrating moments. We will forever consider your feedback as a treasure trove to open whenever we need a little lift. I cant wait for when People Magazine does a 10 year check-in with Rhys and he and Griffin can pick their own outfits! What will they wear??All our love,The McIntyres
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg play cops in Toronto
Television icon Tom Selleck, who hasn't headlined a series since Magnum, P.I. in the '80s, started work today on a potential new drama for CBS.The 65-year-old actor is shooting an untitled pilot (formerly called Reagan's Law) in Toronto until the end of the month. Since Magnum went off the air in 1988, he has made several movies and had recurring roles on series like Las Vegas, Friends, The Closer and Boston Legal.In the pilot, Selleck plays a widower named Michael who is chief of police in New York City and living with his father, played by Winnipeg's Len Cariou (Damages), who is a former NYPD chief. New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg (Boomtown), plays Selleck's son, a detective who's just back from a stint in Iraq.It's not the first time that Selleck has worked in Canada – he shot part of the 1987 comedy flick Three Men and a Baby in Toronto and has made several Jesse Stone TV movies in Halifax. Wahlberg has worked a lot in Toronto – including in the TV remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, the TV mini-series The Path to 9/11, the movie Dead Silence and several Saw sequels – and he made the feature Dreamcatcher in British Columbia.
03/19/2010 - Oh Canada...How I love theeOh Canada, how I love thee...I was really grateful to be a part of Canadian Music Week last week.I have belabored the point in the past, but I will say again, I think the New Kids were Canadian in our former lives.The Knights are already Canadian so maybe we were rehearsing in the basement of their Toronto home a hundred years ago.All the cliches are true about Canadians- kind, straight forward, positive, caring, and content. They seem happy in their own skin and it feels good to be around that energy.Sure there are a few jerks up there but I haven't really met them.The music scene mirrors that positive vibe. Maybe it's because there's 35 million people that it feels like a real community, but that's a lot of folks too, so maybe it's just the openness to artistry. I'm sure everyone doesn't like everyone else's music up there but there is a comradery.Maybe it's because I'm just a visitor and I'm seeing it through rose colored glasses. It's always fun to travel outside of your home- you feel the freedom to really be who you want to be. I get that vibe traveling thru the states too. When I'm in Canada you get the best of both worlds- not the US but very close :)I spent 3 days in TDot and had a lovely time. Universal Canada had a show with their artists. Stereos and Down with Webster rocked it among others. Good times! I did a few songs to track and it felt good to be on stage as usual- even if I forgot the words :)Second night was the CMW Awards for the industry and my good friend David Corey won programmer of the year at Chum FM- I was sitting right next to him so it must have been the luck of the Irish.Friday was Fan Fest at the Masonic Temple- very cool place. Lotta great bands and I was honored to be asked to play. (I think Daughtry referred to me as Joey MacAttack and his drummer said Please Dont Go, Joe from behind his kit). My performance was again just me and my tracks but it felt real good to rock out. I was "on a mission."Then we were off to Calgary. Wasn't there for very long but I was told time and time again Thank you for coming to see us so we didn't have to travel for once! :)The sound system at the show was not good at all but I think we had a good time despite the technical difficulties.I enjoyed meeting all of you who came out at such last minute notice! Energy FM really stepped up!And then the next day we hopped over to Victoria- on a sea plane! Yowza- that was fun :) What a life over there on the island. I could get used to flying back and forth to Vancouver. Sooo beautiful. Stunning.Johnnie and I got in early to Victoria so we hit Darcy's and had a couple of the best burgers I've had in a while. The caesars were fantastic (and I ain't talking about a salad).We jumped over to the Kool FM station and had a great crowd waiting for us. Again this was all last minute so I thank everyone for coming down.We signed some CD's and took some pix.And we had the cutest baby interrupting our interview- no way I can ignore a baby crying ;)And then that night I was back home to my babies who I missed desperately. Skype is ok, but nothing beats the real thing. I honestly have a hard time thinking of being away from the fam.I'm glad we have days off in between this upcoming tour. I'll have the best of both worlds- Rock star/Dad! :)We are starting to put together this upcoming show! Gonna be special. It's got to be!See ya out there.-jm
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
REAGAN'S LAW (CBS) - Donnie Wahlberg ("Runaway") and Len Cariou ("Damages") are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about the Reagans, a multigenerational family of cops in New York City. Cariou will play Patrick Reagan, the clan's patriarch and the former chief of police. Wahlberg then is set as Brian Reagan ("a burdened man in a rumpled suit"), a detective still haunted by his experiences in Iraq. Michael Cuesta is helming the CBS Television Studios-based hour from a script by Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
3/09/2010 - Joey McIntyre OH, Canada! Tour Hey this is obviously very last minute (although I've been thinking about for a while). I am gonna be in Toronto Weds. Thurs. and Friday for Canada Music Week- performing Weds. and then on Friday at Chum FM's event at MTV. Good times! After that we fly to Calgary where they are playing my song "here we go again" on Energy FM 101.5 a lot, so I had to come show my appreciation. SO that night we are doing a little Meet Joe Mac (not the CD, but the event). Come down down! Here's the info: The Whiskey Nightclub
Calgary, Alberta , Canada Tickets On Sale Today ! 1pm PST
Saturday March 13th
Doors Open at 5:30pm.
Meet & Greet starts at 630pm.
Joe Mac 830pm
Then on Sunday we are on to Victoria where they are banging my song at CHUM FM there too! (I know I said Vancouver for a second, but just swim over to Victoria for a little Joe Mac love).
Victoria is one of the prettiest places I've been and can't wait to get back this Sunday. Details coming soon for that Sunday show!!!
Let's get this!!!!!!! -jm