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Wahlberg’s boy band comedy coming to CBS – The Boston Globe


The music business has been getting a lot of attention on scripted TV, and it’s not about to stop. We’ve seen a few failures, including HBO’s “Vinyl” and Showtime’s “Roadies,” and we’ve seen a few successes, including “Empire” and “Nashville.”

Now, a pair of comedies about boy bands are coming our way, both of them from men with boy band backgrounds, one of them from a Boston guy you may have heard of.

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At CBS, our own Donnie Wahlberg, from New Kids on the Block, along with Nick Lachey, from 98 Degrees, are creating a CBS single-camera sitcom about former boy banders who reunite after 20 years and try to balance music with family. Called “Encore,” the show will be produced and written by Doug Ellin, the creator of “Entourage.”

Some interconnections: Wahlberg already has a relationship with CBS, as the star of “Blue Bloods.” And Ellin already has a link to Wahlberg, since “Entourage” was produced by (and based on the experiences of) Mark Wahlberg, Donnie’s brother.

Meanwhile, NBC is developing “Boys,” about the formation of a popular boy band. It’s produced by Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction, along with Dick Wolf, the guy behind “Law Order” and “Chicago [Fill in the blank].” “Boys” will be a drama based to some extent on Malik’s experiences.

I have only one response to all this boy band news: MMMBop.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.

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