Look who's outshining her famous sons every week on A&E.
Viewers tuned into Wahlburgers because of the famous names behind the show's titular Boston burger joint. But we're staying because of the Wahlberg family's fierce and loving matriach Alma. Donnie and Mark may be key investors. Her chef son Paul may run the kitchen. But it's Alma who rules the roost. They adore her. We adore her.
Alma's no Real Housewife. She raised nine kids on welfare in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. And we can see how she managed it. She's got a habit of imposing her will on her boys, even if they resist. She hires Paul an assistant and gets her started without his permission. She knows she's always right, he just has to come around to it. She puts Donnie's new girlfriend Jenny McCarthy to work in the kitchen as soon as she walks into her house. And Alma's sons are forever arguing with each other over who is mom's real favorite.
With her raspy voice and thick Boston accent, Alma's constantly letting her will be known. It's no secret that the boys were wild in their youth, and they make frequent mention on the show of her regular trips to collect them from hospital or, on occasion, jail. But now they're older, wiser, and totally devoted to the woman who stuck by them. And, despite their fame and forture, she's still keeping them in line.
A&E has already ordered 18 more episodes of Wahlburgers. Have you been watching and loving Alma as much as we do?
Pete Wentz, Donnie Wahlberg and Bella Thorne are among the stars who have been caught up in the chaos as heavy snow hit America's East Coast. Thousands of flights have been cancelled due to bad weather after a massive snowstorm struck in areas including New York City, where Fall Out Boy star Wentz was left stuck on Tuesday (21Jan14) following a trip to the Big Apple.
The rocker tweeted, "Stranded in NYC bout to reenact Home Alone 2 tonight," while actress Thorne also revealed she endured a nightmare journey back to California before adding, "Finally made it back to LA....snow storms."
Hollywood director Wes Craven found himself stranded in Greenwich, Connecticut, but told fans he was enjoying spending time in the picturesque location, writing in a post on Instagram.com, "View from inn breakfast sunroom. If you're going to be stranded, what better place than Greenwich CT? Actually we shot around here for (2010 horror movie) My Soul to Take."
Wahlberg was struggling to work during heavy snow in the Big Apple on Wednesday (22Jan14), and told his Twitter.com followers the shoot for his TV show Blue Bloods had to be moved indoors because of the bad weather.
He also admitted the change would force him to miss the premiere party for his new reality TV show Wahlburgers on Wednesday night, writing, "Snow storm forced Blue Bloods shoot indoors today, which means I have to work in NYC! Hope everyone has fun at Wahlburgers without me... Snowed in, and have to work."
Mark Wahlberg is bringing late actor Michael Landon's beloved TV drama Highway To Heaven back to the small screen as the executive producer of a re-imagined version of the show. Landon, who died in 1991, played an angel helping troubled souls on earth in the series, which ran for five seasons in the 1980s.
America's A&E network will be the home for Wahlberg's remake, which has the blessing of Landon's estate executors.
The Fighter star has a longstanding record of success as a TV producer - his shows Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and In Treatment have all been hits. He is currently working on a reality TV show about his family's restaurant chain Wahlburgers.
Donnie Wahlberg recently announced that he and his brother Mark are going to star in a new reality series for A&E. The show, Wahlburgers, will follow the day-to-day operation of their Boston-based hamburger joint of the same name and their attempts to get a second restaurant in Toronto off the ground. The brothers will be joined by their mother, Alma, Wahlburgers executive chef and third Wahlberg brother Paul, and an assortment of the friends and family — many of whom inspired characters on Entourage. Although we're excited to see more of the Wahlberg family and watch their trials and triumphs when it comes to establishing Wahlburgers as a major franchise, we're mostly just interested in seeing more Donnie on our televisions.
When it comes to the Wahlberg brothers, Donnie always comes out on top. He's funnier, more easy going, more charming, and will generally make for a better reality television star than Mark. Plus, he probably won't get offended when clips of the show inevitably end up on an episode of The Soup. But since we know that our decision is likely a controversial one, we've had Donnie and Mark face off against each other in six categories to show you why we think that Donnie is the better Wahlberg.
Music Careers: While nobody can deny that "Good Vibrations" is one of the catchiest songs in existence, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch don't hold a candle to New Kids on the Block. Not only did New Kids sell more records and have more hits than the Funky Bunch, they also managed to reunite in 2008 to a great deal of success, and when they formed a supergroup with fellow boy band the Backstreet Boys, they found even more success and essentially kicked off the the boy band renaissance we're currently experiencing. Plus, they're set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime this year. Winner: Donnie
Television Careers:Although Mark is better known for his film career, he does have one major television credit to his name: Entourage, which he created and produced based on his own life. The show has been a massive success, running for eight seasons and spawning a developing spin-off film. However, Mark has only ever appeared on it briefly, for a quick cameo here and there. Donnie, meanwhile, has not had any of his shows become monster hits like Entourage, but he did star in the critically-acclaimed mini series Band of Brothers as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton, which earned him a role on another critical favorite, Boomtown. He currently stars on the cult hit Blue Bloods, and is the executive producer of Boston's Finest, a show about the Boston police force that has recently been renewed for a second season. Since Donnie's shows are of a higher quality than his brother's, and since he's actually starring in them, we're going to have to give this point to the elder Wahlberg. Winner: Donnie
Film Careers: This is the category in which Mark has the distinct advantage, having earned an Oscar nomination for his work in The Departed, a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The Fighter and starred in major hits like Boogie Nights and Ted. However, despite becoming a bonafide movie star, Mark has made some notable mis-steps - including M. Night Shymalan's The Happening and the upcoming Transformers sequel. Donnie, meanwhile, has had roles in several Saw films, The Sixth Sense and Righteous Kill, alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, but his movie career has been, on the whole, less well-received than Mark's. Winner: Mark
Sense of Humor:Despite starring in Ted, one of the most successful comedies of recent years, Mark doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humor when it comes to himself. A prime example of this is the way he threatened to beat up Andy Samberg for making fun of him in the "Mark Whalberg Talks to Animals" sketches. Sure, he apologized and later appeared on Saturday Night Live in order to poke fun at himself, but something tells us that Donnie would've just taken the whole thing in stride. Besides, he's got to have a good sense of humor to have endured all of the boy band jokes that have come his way over the course of his career. Winner: Donnie
Sports Fanaticism: Donnie is well-known for being a hardcore fan of the Boston Celtics, and has even narrated a documentary for ESPN about the team. Like Spike Lee for the Knicks or Jack Nicholson for the Lakers, Donnie is the Celtics' most famous fan, and other Celtics fans love him for it. Mark, meanwhile, actually owns a portion of a sports team — the Barbados Tridents, a cricket franchise. Although, as New Yorkers, it pains us to say this, the Celtics are a much better-known, more relevant team in the United States, and therefore, we're going to have to give this point to Donnie as well. It might be a controversial move, but in our opinion, basketball beat cricket any day. Winner: Donnie
Personality:In general, Donnie gives off the impression of being much more laid-back and fun to be around than his younger brother, who is prone to profanity-laden rants and violence. Mark seems like the kind of guy it would be fun to have a drink with every so often, but you'd probably always be worried that he would get you into some sort of altercation. Donnie, however, seems like better long-term-friend material; the kind of guy who will back you up in a fight, but who's probably more interested in the basketball game than starting any trouble. Winner: Donnie
So, there you have it: with five points to one, Donnie is by far the better Wahlberg brother. Let's hope his appearances on Wahlburgers only serve to make us like him more.
Brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are bringing a taste of their Wahlburgers fast food restaurant to the TV after signing a new reality TV deal with bosses at U.S. cable network A&E. The two stars have signed on to appear in an unscripted series which will centre around the original family-owned diner in their native Massachusetts.
The siblings' brother Paul has run the place since it opened in 2011 and now a second location is set to open in Toronto, Canada early next year (14).
When the new show debuts in 2014, viewers will get a chance to keep up with Wahlberg family affairs and restaurant business.
Donnie Wahlberg confirmed the TV series news during an appearance on Arsenio Hall's U.S. talk show on Monday (11Nov13), revealing he and his brothers and their mum Alma would all be part of the drama.
The New Kids on the Block star said, "It's going to be a lot of fun."
Wahlburgers is set to premiere on 22 January (14).
Meanwhile, Donnie is also onboard to executive produce another reality TV venture, chronicling New Kids on the Block's recent fan cruise to the Bahamas.
Rock the Boat: New Kids on the Block will debut on America's TVGN network next year (14).
Actor Mark Wahlberg's burger restaurant Wahlburgers is set to expand into Canada next year (14). The Ted actor launched the burger joint in 2011 with his brothers Donnie and Paul in Hingham, Massachusetts and business is booming.
The new location will open at Toronto's SoHo Metropolitan Hotel.
The brothers are also looking to add more spots in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.
Paul Wahlberg, who serves as the executive chef, offers up menu items including the brothers' childhood burger favourites.
Actor Mark Wahlberg is returning to his native Boston, Massachusetts with co-star Bill Paxton for a charity screening of his new movie. The Ted star will hold a special viewing of 2 Guns to benefit the The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Paxton will join him for a tour of his native city and a stop at his family restaurant Wahlburgers.
In an interview with U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon on Monday (29Jul13), he said, "Tomorrow he's (Paxton) coming to Boston with me, I'm taking him to Wahlburgers. We do a foundation screening every year, benefiting the foundation. So Bill's going to come with me and hang out in my neck of the woods."
The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation was established in 2001 for the purpose of contributing funds to youth services and enrichment programmes.
The actor and brothers, New Kids on the Block singer Donnie and chef Paul, launched Wahlburgers last year (11) in their native Boston, Massachusetts and the restaurant has become such a huge success, The Departed star is set to take his high-class burgers to Britain and Ireland.
He says, "We do higher-end burgers. Yesterday, we sold 1,300. It's run by my brother, Paul, who is a five-star chef. We're opening a bunch of them in Britain and Ireland this year."
And the movie star admits he is stunned by the success of the fast food chain - although he always knew food fans would love his chef brother's recipes.
He adds, "When I first mentioned the idea of Wahlburgers, people were like, 'Oh my God, that's a stupid idea.'
"What they don't realise is how talented my brother is. I would never risk putting my name out there in a way that would end up being bad. You can get people to show up because of the name but they are going to come back because they like the food.
"A successful burger place takes maybe $2,400 a day. A really successful one does $6,000. We're making $17,000 a day. There are lines queuing around the corner."
The Fighter star has developed a fascination with the shady dealings of illegal goods since researching and shooting his upcoming movie Contraband, which is a remake of a cult European film, and now he's hoping to investigate further with a series made for the small screen.
He tells WENN, "We're trying to put together a show right now about the Port of L.A. and all the different things that happen in this port. It's a reality show, like a docudrama.
"We've been spending a lot of time down there and just knowing all the real dangers that are there, like smuggling, human trafficking; I mean everything across the board. There was an incident that happened that was never reported that shut down the L.A. harbour for a week and was costing the nation $2.5 billion a day! Once that stops nothing happens; nothing comes and nothing comes out.
"It's pretty scary stuff but it's a fascinating world and obviously (with) the whole smuggling thing, they can never figure out the way they (authorities) go about checking containers, the guessing game. It's a real cat and mouse game. I thought Contraband was an interesting story and would be entertaining if we could do it the right way."
Wahlberg is developing the show with the working title Port of L.A.
It's not the star's only reality TV project - he's also trying to convince his chef brother to turn Wahlburgers, the family-run burger diner in Boston, Massachusetts, into the site of a new TV show.
Episode 1. Who's Your Favorite?
(AIR DATE 01/22/2014)
A burger joint expands to a second location in the opener of this series following the goings-on of the Wahlberg family and their hamburger restaurant in Hingham, Mass.
Episode 2. 5 O'clock is Dinnertime
(AIR DATE 01/29/2014)
Donnie brings his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy home to meet his mother.
Episode 3. Baby Knows Best
Paul gets a call from Mark informing him that he just bought the perfect site for the next Wahlburgers location. The thing is...it's in Canada. So, Paul must drop everything and meet his brothers in Toronto to check out the new place.
Episode 4. Sibling Rivalry
(AIR DATE 02/19/2014)
Paul takes the day off work to play a round of golf with Mark, leaving their mother, Alma, in charge of the day shift at their second restaurant "Alma Nove"
Episode 5. Prized Possessions
(AIR DATE 02/26/2014)
Mark tries to help Paul lose weight; Alma finds items from Mark and Donnie's childhood while cleaning out her garage.
Brothers Mark and Donnie head back to their hometown to join forces with their professed 'most talented sibling,' Paul, in their tasty business venture. An homage to their humble beginnings, the hamburger restaurant is home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including the real Johnny "Drama" and of course their spirited mother Alma.