Donnie Wahlberg and Nick Lachey Team Up for Boyband Sitcom
TV| | By Sara Wilkins
Encore, which is being written by Entourage creator Doug Ellin, was the result of conversations Wahlberg and Lachey had about how their lives have changed between their days as teenage heartthrobs and now, balancing family life with boyband reunions. Ellin worked with Wahlberg’s younger brother Mark Wahlberg on the hit HBO show Entourage, which was based on the actor’s early experiences in Hollywood. Wahlberg, 47, has two children – Xavier and Elijah – from his first marriage to Kimberly Fey, who he divorced in 2008. He’s now married to TV presenter and former model Jenny McCarthy. Lachey married to fellow popstar Jessica Simpson in 2002, but the famous pair went on to split three years later. The 43-year-old singer married Vanessa Minnillo in 2011, and the couple have two children, son Camden and daughter Brooklyn, with Minnillo pregnant with their third child. Lachey and Wahlberg previously worked together when New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees toured with Boyz II Men on The Package Tour back in 2013. Encore is the second boyband series to be developed in recent months, after Zayn Malik’s drama Boys, which the former One Direction singer is co-producing. That series will be reportedly based on Malik’s time in the British boyband.