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Q&A
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By Adam Thomlison
TV Media
Q: Which “Hee Haw” performer was
killed during a robbery at his home?
A: David Akeman, known better on “Hee
Haw” and elsewhere as Stringbean, was one
of the most popular stars of that show’s early
years and of bluegrass country music, before
being killed in a robbery in 1973.
Sadly, it was partly Stringbean’s rural, simple nature — a factor that made him so popular in the tradition-steeped country music
world — that led to his end.
The cabin where he lived was isolated, and
rumors had long circulated that he distrusted
banks, preferring to keep his money in cash,
stashed in his house and in his pockets. All
this made him seem like an easy mark for
cousins Doug and John Brown.
Having ransacked Stringbean’s cabin near
Ridgetop, Tenn., and not found his fabled
stash, the Browns waited for Stringbean and
his wife, Estelle, to return from an evening
out before murdering them.
In the end, the Browns got away with only
Stringbean’s chainsaw and a few firearms.
They were arrested not long after. A roll of
molding bills totaling $20,000 was supposedly found in the cabin decades later, though
that could be just another rumor (it’s the kind
of story that encourages them).
Q: Competition shows like “The Amazing Race” take several weeks to be broadcast, but it certainly appears that they
probably take much less in real time.
That’s my question: How long do they take
to actually film? And are they already finished before the first segment is aired?
A: Your suspicions are correct: The final episode of a season of “The Amazing Race,” for
example, has been filmed months before the
first episode airs, and the filming takes
weeks, not months.
It makes sense, of course. Episodes air
once a week because that’s how TV generally
works, but there’s no reason to stick to that
in the filming. Indeed, the pace of life for an
“Amazing Race” contestant is notoriously
hectic — it is a race, after all — and though
they’d relish a week-long break between
events, they just don’t get it.
As for when filming finishes, that’s a trickier problem. The producers want to know how
everything ends before they start editing episodes, but it causes a major problem in that
there are dozens of people — contestants
and crew — who know how the show will
end and have to keep it a secret for months.
Dave and Connor O’Leary, winners of the
most recent season, finished filming (and
thus won the race) on Dec. 6. The season (the
show’s 24th) didn’t even premiere until Feb.
23, and their triumph didn’t become public
until May 18.
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Cover Story
this week
A&E serves up season 2 of hit
show ‘Wahlburgers’
By Cassie Dresch
TV Media
A
singer, a chef and an actor walk into a bar...
It sounds like the start of a pretty terrible
joke, but if you’re in Boston, it probably means
you’re about to get up close and personal with
one of the most famous families from Beantown.
The Wahlbergs may be most well known for
their two youngest siblings, Donnie and Mark,
but the rest of the family is making a name for
themselves in a big, burgerlicious way. After a
breakout first season, A&E’s hit Emmy-nominated reality show “Wahlburgers” is back for an exciting season 2, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 13,
on the cabler.
Donnie Wahlberg (“Dreamcatcher,” 2003) got
his start in Hollywood as a member of the late
‘80s, early ‘90s boy band New Kids on the Block,
who have sold more than 80 million records
worldwide. After the band’s breakup in 1994,
Donnie transitioned into acting, landing roles in
feature films such as “The Sixth Sense,” (1999)
and three of the seven “Saw” movies (2005 to
2007). He’s also taken on the small screen, starring in CBS’s critically acclaimed police procedural “Blue Bloods” and executive producing and
narrating TNT’s reality series “Boston’s Finest.”
The youngest of the nine Wahlbergs, Academy
Award nominee Mark followed in his brother’s
footsteps, rolling onto the music scene as Marky
Mark, the frontman of Marky Mark and the
Funky Bunch. After a stint at the top of the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart for the hip-hop group’s hit
song “Good Vibrations,” Mark moved on to
movies, seeing time in films such as “The Perfect
Storm” (2000), “The Fighter” (2010) and “The
Departed” (2006). He’s since gone on to executive produce two HBO juggernauts — period
drama “Boardwalk Empire” and dramedy “Entourage” — receiving Emmy nominations for
both.
“Wahlburgers” actually gets its name from
the burger business Donnie and Mark’s older
brother Paul owns and operates. Paul is a chef in
Boston — professed to be the “most talented
sibling” by his youngest brothers — and while
he may not have movie star good looks or
hordes of diehard ‘90s fan-girls screaming for his
autograph, he’s good at what he does: making
burgers.
The show is a behind-the-scenes look at the
goings on of one of the most popular families in Beantown, and a lot of the focus is on
their Hingham, Mass.-based burger business
co-owned by Paul, Mark and Donnie. After its
grand opening in 2011,
the restaurant, which
pays tribute to the
family’s humble upbringing, really took
off. It’s become not
only a hub of activity for the locals,
but also home
base for the ec-
centric family and their old neighborhood crowd,
including Mark’s old buddies Johnny “Drama”
Alves and Henry “Nacho” Laun.
Paul Wahlberg is about as unassuming as you
can imagine, and the TV cameras usually make
him look frantic and worried. While this all may
be true for television, he also tends to be calmer
and rather humble about his sudden rise to
fame.
“For the life of me I can’t figure out what
people are interested in with me,” he said in a
July interview with “Boston Magazine.” “I just
do my thing.”
And undoubtedly, his thing is burgers. It was
in his preteen years that he fell in love with food
— an eggplant Parmesan sandwich began the
love affair, according to his bio on the website of
the family’s other restaurant, Alma Nove. After
that, he started working in kitchens and as a caterer, honing his craft and eventually opening
the aforementioned Alma Nove, named after his
mother and her nine (nove) children. It was
shortly thereafter that he got into the gourmet
burger biz, and thus Wahlburgers was born.
The family matriarch, Alma, plays predominantly in the life of her children. (I mean, she really has to. Someone needs to control this rowdy
bunch of brothers!) She’s seen it all, though, and
nothing phases her — especially after nine children. Where she used to be a bank teller and a
nurse’s aide, she now works as a greeter and
hostess at both Wahlburgers and Alma Nove,
bringing with her a great sense of humor and
exuberance. Of course, while Paul may have the
official title of “head chef” at both restaurants,
it’s quite clear who really runs the show.
For season 2, two more Wahlberg brothers are
thrown into the fray as well as a host of other
special guests. With Donnie and Mark focusing
more on other creative endeavors (but don’t
worry, they’ll be around!), eldest brother Arthur
and Bob, the seventh of the nine Wahlbergs, will
be stopping by the restaurant to lend a hand to
the mayhem that’s sure to ensue. Wahlberg
nephew Brandon is also set to swing by, as will
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
As the restaurant continues to grow and
burgers fly out fast and furious, A&E’s “Wahlburgers” surges ahead, keeping viewers engaged in one of Boston’s most famous families.
Catch the season 2 premiere of the hit Emmynominated reality series Wednesday, Aug. 13,
on A&E.
Donnie Wahlberg, his mother,
Alma, and Johnny “Drama” Alves
as seen in “Wahlburgers”
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