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A&E to debut 'Wahlburgers' reality series starring Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and family on January 22

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/12/2013 

Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg and their Wahlburgers burger restaurant are coming to reality TV.

A&E has announced it has ordered Wahlburgers, a new reality series that will follow the celebrity brothers and their family as they operate their Wahlburgers restaurant, and will premiere the series Wednesday, January 22 at 10:30PM ET/PT.

Wahlburgers will feature Mark and Donnie heading back to the Boston area and joining forces with their older brother Paul Wahlberg and opinionated mother Alma Wahlberg to run their burger joint in Hingham, MA.

"We're thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story," A&E executive David McKillop said in a statement. "This series offers viewers a new take on the celebrity reality series showcasing one of America's favorite families."

Paul will take on most of the responsibility of running the business, as he was its creator. The chef and restaurateur will face "bustling kitchens, an impending expansion and everything in between," according to the network. The business has a second location in the works, but the Wahlberg family must agree on where to extend their restaurant chain.

Mark and Donnie, who are co-owners of the burger joint, are the youngest of nine siblings although their older sister passed just a few years ago.

"It premieres January 22 after Duck Dynasty. My brother Mark and I, my mom, and my brother Paul are all going to be on the show and it's just incredible. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's about our business. It's about our restaurant," Donnie told Arsenio Hall during a Monday night appearance on his new Arsenio late-night talk show.

"They called us 'Wahlburgers' as kids. They'd tease me, they'd say, 'Wahlburger,' if they weren't calling me 'Junior Jail Bird' because of my older brothers being inmates all the time... So we got the last laugh and opened a burger joint with the name and it's doing great."

The restaurant will bring everyone together, including the brothers' childhood friends Johnny "Drama" Alves and Henry "Nacho" Laun as well as Mark's "partner in crime" Billy Leonard. The guys will all be shown loving the fact they can get a free burger and catch up with the Wahlbergs.

Wahlburgers is being produced by 44 Blue Productions in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Donnie Wahlberg, Rasha Drachkovitch, Jym Buss, Lily Neumeyer, and Devon Graham are serving as executive producers.

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