A&E inks unscripted deal with Wahlberg, McCarthy

A&E Network has inked an unscripted production and development deal with comedian Jenny McCarthy (pictured, right) and her partner, actor Donnie Wahlberg (left), which will kick off with a docuseries entitled Donnie Loves Jenny.
November 11, 2014

A&E Network has inked an unscripted production and development deal with comedian Jenny McCarthy (pictured, right) and her partner, actor Donnie Wahlberg (left), which will kick off with a 10-episode docuseries entitled Donnie Loves Jenny.

The original series – which will follow the newlyweds as they begin a life together – will debut early next year with a one-hour premiere centered on their wedding, followed by nine 30-minute episodes. Production is slated to begin immediately.

The show marks the launch of Wahlberg and McCarthy’s joint prodco D&J Productions, which will produce the series alongside Wahlburgers firm 44 Blue Productions.

“We’re thrilled to join Donnie and Jenny as they begin the next chapter of their lives,” said David McKillop, GM and executive-VP of A&E, in a statement. “Viewers have enjoyed following their relationship on Wahlburgers and we look forward to sharing this next part of their journey.”

McCarthy and Wahlberg added in a joint statement: “Not only have we found a new home together, we have found the perfect place for our exciting new projects to live with A&E Network. We’re so excited about this deal and look forward to a long and successful relationship creating entertaining and provocative unscripted programming with our partners at A&E.”

Wahlberg and McCarthy are serving as exec producers on the show, alongside 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch and A&E’s Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.

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