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A&E is milking more out of the Duck Dynasty franchise. The network confirmed that the series will start airing new episodes on January 7th, along with the return of The Wahlburgers. We will also see more of Donnie Wahlberg with his new lady love and wife, Jenny McCarthy. All 3 series will air their premiers on that day, making it packed with plenty of family drama. Here is the official press release regarding the big news.
Beginning Wednesday, January 7 At 9:30Pm Et/Pt On A&E
New York, NY – December 22, 2014 – A&E Network’s hit series “Duck Dynasty” returns for an all-new season, followed by the season premiere of the Emmy(R)-nominated series “Wahlburgers” and the series premiere »
- Sarah Peel
The show follows Paul, who is a chef, and his family and friends as they run the family burger restaurant, the aptly named Wahlburgers.
Season three will see the Boston-based brothers back to their usual routine of gambling, bowling and burger-eating, all while competing for mother Alma McPeck’s coveted “favorite child” title.
The nine-episode season will debut on A&E on Jan. 7.
- Marianne Zumberge
Mark Wahlberg Skipping Brother's Wedding
Mark, 43, can’t attend his brother Donnie’s wedding because of a prior commitment – his daughter Ella’s 11th birthday, according to E! News. The actor will be filming Ted in Boston Tuesday on her birthday, so wanted to be able to spend time with her over the weekend. In lieu of attending the nuptials, Mark sent out a congratulatory tweet to the happy couple.
Congratulations @DonnieWahlberg and @JennyMcCarthy, so happy for you both today.
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) August 30, 2014
Mark, his wife Rhea Durham and their four children – Ella, Grace, Brendan and Michael – also recorded a video for Donnie and McCarthy.
While Ella’s birthday is to blame according to Mark’s reps, other sources are »
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.
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- Michael Schneider
Continuing the trend of giving a reality TV show to anyone with a famous face to maximize on low production costs and high audience recognition, Wahlburgers follows the aspiring burger business of Paul Wahlberg, one of the lesser known siblings of actors Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg. Much like any other reality TV show out there, Wahlburgers has to do as much as it can with as little substance as possible, and it never really succeeds. Episodes feel like minor happenings that have been stretched and inflated to fill 21 minutes with material that could have been covered in 2. The supposed draw of the series is the interactions between the Wahlberg siblings, their mother, and Mark’s HBO immortalized “entourage”, but even then each episode tries to do too much with far too little and so each of the 9 episodes of the first season feels empty.
- Lex Walker
A&E's newest hit series, Wahlburgers: The Complete First Season, which takes a close up look into the day-to-day lives of one of Boston's most famous families, the Wahlbergs, arrives on DVD July 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Mark Wahlberg (Upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction), Donnie Wahlberg (TV's Blue Bloods), Paul Wahlberg, Johnny "Drama" Alves and making her television debut, Alma Wahlberg, Wahlburgers: The Complete First Season delivered the best season average for an A&E program since Duck Dynasty. The Wahlburgers: The Complete First Season includes over 10 minutes of never-before-seen on TV webisodes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
A&E Network's newest series Wahlburgers gives a behind-the-scenes look into one of Boston's most well-known families, the Wahlbergs. Brothers Mark and Donnie join forces with their sibling, Paul, in their tasty business venture. An homage to their humble beginnings, the hamburger restaurant »
Breaking Boston will premiere Thursday, March 13 at 10 Pm on A&E Network, which already is home to producer Mark Wahlberg‘s family restaurant series Wahlburgers. The new docu-drama will center on four working-class women coming of age in hardscrabble Boston and was inspired by the tough, hard-as-nails female characters in Wahlberg‘s Oscar-nominated movie The Fighter. A&E ordered the pilot in November 2012 and picked up the series last May. “These are real women telling their original stories of trying to break out of what’s expected of them,” said Wahlberg who himself was raised in Boston and just earned his high school diploma at age 42. “The odds are difficult, but I believe they can make it.” The series is from 44 Blue Prods, Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole Prods, Leverage Entertainment and Bill Thompson Prods. Wahlberg, Stephen Levison and Thompson are executive producers. Executive producers for 44 Blue are Stephanie Drachkovich and Jennifer Colbert. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Here are the details:
A&E Network Orders 18 More Episodes Of Hit Series ‘Wahlburgers’
New York, NY – February 10, 2014 – After a stellar series launch, A&E Network has picked up 18 more episodes of the hit reality series “Wahlburgers,” featuring Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg as they expand their burger restaurant business in the Boston area, it was announced today by David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E.
Since its premiere on January 22, 2014, “Wahlburgers” has seen audience growth week after week, averaging 3.5 million total viewers in its first season to date.
“Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston’s first family as they balance »
A&E is sinking its teeth into more “Wahlburgers.” The network has ordered 18 more episodes of the reality series, which chronicless Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg and Paul Wahlberg as they attempt to expand the family restaurant business. Also read: ‘Wahlburgers’ Premiere: 5 Things to Know About the Wahlberg Family’s New Reality Show The January premiere of “Wahlburgers” grabbed 3.3 million total viewers, while the series overall has averaged 3.5 million total viewers. “Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston’s first family as they balance living in the Hollywood spotlight and growing a business,” A&E general manager and executive vice president David. »
- Tim Kenneally
Actors/pop singers/producers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg can add reality TV stars to their resumes with A&E’s Wahlburgers. While A&E’s flagship Duck Dynasty has lost some of its ratings prowess this season, it has helped launch a potential new breakout for the network in freshman reality series Wahlburgers, which chronicles brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg’s efforts to expand their burger restaurant business in the Boston area. Three weeks into Wahlburgers‘ run, A&E has ordered 18 more episodes of the series, double its original order of 9 episodes. Wahlburgers, which follows Duck Dynasty, has seen audience growth week to week, averaging 3.5 million total viewers to date. “Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston’s first family as they balance living in the Hollywood spotlight and growing a business,”said David McKillop, General Manager and Evp of A&E. Wahlburgers is produced by 44 Blue Prods. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
One week after it fell to its lowest ratings since 2012, A&E’s unscripted dynamo “Duck Dynasty” rebounded some on Wednesday while the net’s new “Wahlburgers” picked up even more steam.
According to Nielsen, “Duck Dynasty” grew slightly in adults 18-49 rating (2.95 vs. last week’s 2.92) but showed meaningful gains of 10% in adults 25-54 (3.33 vs. 3.02) and 13% in total viewers (7.49 million vs. 6.65 million). Last week’s viewership had plunged 21% from its fifth-season premiere on Jan. 15 (8.88 million), so any kind of uptick is important.
Among adults 18-49 and other key demos, “Duck” was the No. 1 show on all of television in the 10 o’clock half-hour. It was also Wednesday’s No. 2 program overall in 18-49, behind only Fox’s “American Idol” (3.8 rating).
“Duck Dynasty” may also have benefited from synergy with docu-series “Wahlburgers,” which held onto more of the vet’s lead-in than last week.
- Rick Kissell
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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After first reading about the fast-casual burger spot two years ago, Drachkovitch reached out to Mark about the reality show idea. He soon traveled »
- Kate Stanhope
'Wahlburgers' Premiere Event Sells Out
Mark Wahlberg, along with his New Kids on the Block brother Donnie Wahlberg and chef brother Paul Wahlberg, opened up Wahlburgers burger joint in Hingham, Mass., in 2011. Now the brothers plan to bring their establishment to a bigger audience with an A&E reality series. If the premiere ticket sales are any indication, the Wahlbergs could have a hit on their hands.
The tickets from the Wahlburgers premiere event went on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at noon. Within the hour, all 100 tickets had been sold. The event will take place on Jan. 22 at Hingham Harbor, the same day that the reality show premieres on A&E at 10:30 p.m. Est. All »
The Midwest is currently so cold, boiling water is magically turning into snow, but it's not all doom and gloom out there – there's still midseason TV to look forward to. Once considered the bastard stepchild of scheduling and a ratings sand trap when it came to launching new shows, midseason TV has slowly come into its own. Sure, it may not be as hyped or as glamorous as the fall TV schedule, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of reasons to tune in. Here are 15 new and returning programs »
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