A&E Picks Up Boston-Set Docu-Reality Series Produced By Mark Wahlberg

EXCLUSIVE: A&E has given a six-episode order to an untitled docu-reality series executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, which is set in his native Boston. This marks the first unscripted series for Wahlberg, who is executive producing through his Closest to the Hole Prods along with frequent collaborator Stephen Levinson of Leverage, Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Prods. and veteran reality producer Stephanie Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Prods as well as Jennifer Colbert who serves as showrunner.

The initial impetus for the project, which was first ordered as a pilot by A&E in November, came from the tough, hard-as-nails female characters in Wahlberg‘s Oscar-nominated feature The Fighter. Wahlberg and Thompson were inspired by the women’s spirit and set out to find a group of those types of Boston girls going through challenging times and tell their story. The series, whose main themes are exceeding expectations and getting second chances, follows the intertwining lives of an unlikely quartet of friends, all from different working-class Boston families. The four friends struggle to break through their blue-collar surroundings, in hopes of achieving their dreams. Surrounded by a close-knit circle of well-intentioned parents, their own young children, and several boyfriends, they hustle daily to make ends meet — and roll with the punches, aspiring for greatness, but finding themselves shackled by reality.

The order comes on the heels of A&E greenlighting a docu-reality series about stay-at-home dads on Friday.

Comments (5)

  • I cannot wait to see this.

    Comment by t — Monday May 6, 2013 @ 12:02pm PDT  
  • Sibling rivalry? Wahlberg bros dukeing it out in Boston with different reality shows, one produced by Danny and on air currently and now this from Mark. Hope they’re pals.

    Comment by EK — Monday May 6, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT  
  • I thought Boston’s Finest on TNT was his first Reality show?

    Comment by Tony Montano — Monday May 6, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT  
    • That’s Donnie Wahlberg’s show.

      Comment by Amber — Monday May 6, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT  
  • a show in dicky eklund would t he funnest the n most interesting reality
    Show ever ..think bout hes.funny n he
    Knows everyone one…it would be a.classic .

    Comment by Lesie — Monday October 21, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT  
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