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.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1242866
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 coclear implant. That operation is irreversable, so I can appreciate that arguement as well.
We do not know where he stands as far as being a candidate for cochear implants. It will take sometime. He is not deaf. He has alot 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 coclear 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,
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Here is a quick update:
Donnie in Toronto filming the TV pilot (formerly called Reagan's Law) with Tom Selleck: http://bit.ly/bG42SO
Check out the debut of Coming Home on Palladia this weekend. http://nkotb.com/blog/2010/03/coming-home-on-palladia/
watch video of "The Hour" interview w/ Joey at http://bit.ly/bMnFOT
New blog from Joey: http://www.joeymcintyre.com/news.php?article=34
Zookeeper to be released October 8: http://bit.ly/aqTHuo
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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