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Donnie Wahlberg set for new TNT drama

by Allison Waldman, posted May 14th 2008 1:08PM
Don WahlbergFormer New Kid on the Block singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg is heading back to series television. Wahlberg will team with and director/producer Jon Avnet for a new TNT series called Morse Code. The title may change, but the set up is Donnie as a war hero who becomes an officer for the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). His beat is Boston, Donnie's hometown. The show is being scripted by Walon Green (Law & Order) and Avent will direct the pilot.

Wahlberg starred in the 2002 NBC drama, Boomtown, a highly touted series that never lived up to the network's expectations. That was the first time Donnie worked with Jon Avnet. More recently, in 2006, he was the star of Runaway for The CW. He received good notices for Spike's FX's The Kill Point in 2007, co-starring John Leguizamo.

TNT's programming executive Michael Wright, compared Morse Code to Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winner The Departed. The common thread between the projects would seem to be the Boston locale and a Wahlberg; Mark was in the big screen crime epic. "The guy at the center of this is a relatable everyman kind of cop -- an honest, authentic character that our audience can connect with on a personal level," said Wright.

TNT has had a great track record with their original drama series, starting with Kyra Sedgwick's The Closer. Saving Grace with Holly Hunter is also a TNT drama, which is coming back for its second season this summer. They also recently announced Ray Romano joining the network with an hour dramedy called Men of a Certain Age.

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How's he got time to film a TV show and tour for the NKOTB reunion show? (Which, by the way, I am super excited to be attending. I saw them 19 years ago!!) Donnie was ALWAYS my favourite and I've loved bragging that he's since become the most successful New Kid.
All that aside, Band of Brothers was excellent, as were his appearances in the Saw movies. I'm pretty sure if he could get hooked up with a good TV series, he'd be an Emmy candidate eventually.

May 15 2008 at 7:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He is Johnny Drama right?

May 15 2008 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Still think his role as Carwood Lipton in Band of Brothers was one of the best parts of the series (which it had many).

May 14 2008 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Agree. He was great.

Band Of Brothers is just pure brilliance.

May 14 2008 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Flack

You need to correct this article. He is not a "former New Kid On The Block" but rather a "current New Kid On The Block".

May 14 2008 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kill Point was on Spike, not FX. After its first episode, it sucked.

May 14 2008 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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