Tracy Swartz I Chicago Tribune
On last week’s episode of “Wahlburgers,” Donnie and Paul Wahlberg visited a few St. Charles spots: Hotel Baker, where Donnie wed Jenny McCarthy in 2014; a Meijer store that sells Wahlburgers beef products; and a local home so they could schmooze fans who won a Wahlburgers dinner in a charity auction.
The 10th and final season of “Wahlburgers,” an A&E network series that follows the Wahlberg brothers as they promote their various ventures, premiered May 15. St. Charles will be featured again on Wednesday’s episode, set to air at 8 p.m., with footage of the March groundbreaking of a Wahlburgers restaurant at Route 38 and Randall Road.
“Wahlburgers” premiered in 2014. The spinoff “Donnie Loves Jenny” — which trailed Wahlberg and McCarthy, a Chicago-area native, as they moved to St. Charles — aired from 2015-16. St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said those TV shows brought national attention to his west suburban city and helped St. Charles grow.
“Wahlburgers” once drew 3 to 4 million viewers per episode, but ratings have declined in recent years. About 388,000 viewers tuned in for last week’s episode, according to ShowBuzzDaily. Rogina pointed out that Wahlberg and McCarthy have plenty of other media platforms.
Zach Johnson I E News
Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, July 16.
At 8:30 a.m. PT, Primetime Emmy Award winner and Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba, 34, joined four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, 38, to announce this year's nominees during a live broadcast from SilverScreen Theater at L.A.'s Pacific Design Center.
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Discovery
Deadliest Catch, Discovery
Million Dollar Listing New York, Bravo
Naked & Afraid, Discovery Channel
Allison Corneau I US Magazine
Put him in, coach! On the season 2 premiere of Wahlburgers, Donnie Wahlberg and his New Kids on the Block bandmate Danny Woodmust decide who should fill the last spot in their fantasy football league. Should it be Donnie's brother, Paul, whose participation could rig the competition in their favor?
Watch the first four minutes of the season premiere episode, "Here's the Drill"—featuring appearances from Mark WahlbergOpens a New Window. and family matriarch Alma—before the show airs in full Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. (EST) on A&E.
Tony Maglio I The Wrap
The nominees for the 66th annual Emmy Awards are in, with HBO’s 99 nods leading the way.
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
“Alaska: The Last Frontier”
“Million Dollar Listing New York”
“Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan“
Donnie Wahlberg, exec producer, “Wahlburgers”
Did Donnie Wahlberg ever think he’d get an Emmy nomination for a reality show? “What I think is more astounding is my mom is the star of an Emmy-nominated reality show. It’s outrageous. Between the two of us, Mark and I thought we’d sort of covered every award in the entertainment business … it’s hysterical that this is a crowning achievement for us. I think we can both retire now. I don’t know how we can top this.”
How did mom react? ”
She said no way and then she started joking that I’m going to have to take her on a shopping spree at Home Goods and she said I’m going to be your and Mark’s date to the Emmys. I said you’re the star of a reality TV show. You can bring your own date.”
Kate Stanhope I TV Guide
A&E's Wahlburgers has already made a star out of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's' older brother: Wahlburgers' head chef Paul. Now it's time for viewers to meet another member of the clan: their brother Jim Wahlberg.
The middle child of the famous Boston family, Jim steals the spotlight on the Wahlburgers' upcoming summer special (Sunday, 10/9c) as he gears up to run the Boston Marathon. "The marathon this year is about overcoming tremendous adversity and, to me, Jim is the greatest symbol of that," Donnie tells the camera in this exclusive video. "He's bringing a lot of honor to the Wahlberg name by running that marathon."
Rick Kissell I Variety
“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.
“Wahlburgers,” which follows Chef Paul Wahlberg and brothers Mark and Donnie as they run their family’s burger joint in Boston, averaged a 1.68 rating in adults 18-49 this week, up 8% from its premiere (1.55). It also surged 23% in total viewers, rising from 3.26 million to 4.02 million.
At 10:30 p.m., it tied for second place in adults 18-49 with NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” and behind only FX’s season finale of “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Drew Grant I Observer
When we first heard that Wahlburgers was a real show, our first thought was probably like a lot of yours: “Mark Wahlberg is opening up a restaurant?” Then our second thought, also like a lot of yours, was “Wait, DONNIE Wahlberg is opening up a restaurant??”
Turns out we were wrong both times, guys. It’s Paul Wahlberg who is opening up a restaurant, or already has a restaurant, or something. They serve hamburgers(obviously), though a promo for the new episode has Jenny McCarthy eating a hot dog/sausage INSIDE a hamburger: truly, a Wahlburger/Wahlberger creation. Double-obviously, this show takes place in Boston, and triple-obviously, Mark Wahlberg is an executive producer.
Tim Kenneally I The Wrap
The Wahlberg family’s new reality show, “Wahlburgers,” served up some tasty ratings with its premiere Wednesday night, drawing 3.3 million total viewers.
In the 18-49 demographic most important to networks, the premiere of “Wahlburgers” on A&E — which chronicles the efforts of Paul Wahlburg to expand his restaurant business — grabbed 2 million viewers.
Among the 25-54 crowd, the series premiere — which had the benefit of the hugely successful “Duck Dynasty” as a lead-in” — grabbed 1.8 million viewers.
44 Blue Production’s president Rasha Drachkovitch talks realscreen through the pitch for Wahlburgers, a forthcoming A&E reality series following the infamous Wahlberg brothers Mark and Donnie, their brother Paul, and their mother, as they open up a burger restaurant chain.
The idea for Wahlburgers came to Rasha Drachkovitch, 44 Blue Production’s president, when he read an article announcing that the three Wahlburg brothers – Mark, Donnie and Paul – were opening a burger restaurant. Interested in a series in that space, the producer reached out to his agent, WME, which he shares with Mark Wahlberg.
Kimberely Nordyke I Hollywood Reporter
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are getting a taste of reality.
The brothers have signed on to appear in an unscripted series for A&E Network that will center around their family-owned Hingham, Mass.-based restaurant, Wahlburgers. (A second location is set to open in Toronto early next year.)
The series, titled Wahlburgers, will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the family as well as their restaurant. The show finds Mark and Donnie heading back to their Boston hometown to join forces with their professed "most talented sibling," Paul, who serves as executive chief.
Wahlburgers is produced for A&E Networks by 44 Blue Productions in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. Mark Wahlberg, StephenLevinson and Donnie Wahlberg serve as executive producers along with 44 Blue's Rasha Drachkovitch (pictured at right, flanked by Mark and Paul Wahlberg) and Jym Buss and A&E's Lily Neumeyerand Devon Graham.
Adam Benzine I Real Screen
U.S. cable net A&E has commissioned Wahlburgers, a reality series from 44 Blue Productions featuring actor-musicians Mark and Donnie Wahlberg.
The series, which is set to premiere on January 22 at 10.30 p.m. EST, sees the two brothers heading back to their home-town in Boston to join forces with lesser-known brother Paul, and help him run a hamburger restaurant.
Also featured in the series will be the brothers’ mother Alma, and a number of the actors’ childhood friends.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story,” said David McKillop, executive VP and general manager of A&E Network. “This series offers viewers a new take on the celebrity reality series showcasing one of America’s favorite families.”
The show is made by 44 Blue Productions in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, and Donnie D Productions.
Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Donnie Wahlberg serve as exec producers, while the EPs for 44 Blue are Rasha Drachkovitch and Jym Buss, and the EPs for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.