Donnie Wahlberg is not, in fact, a cop. But he’s played one so many times we sometimes forget. Currently, Wahlberg stars as a detective on CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” and on the big screen he’s played the heat in “Righteous Kill,” “What Doesn’t Kill You,” and several “Saw” movies. So it’s no surprise that he’s executive producer of “Boston’s Finest,” the TNT reality show about the Boston Police Department.
Tuesday, Wahlberg was in town for a screening of the second season premiere of the show at the Revere Hotel. Unfortunately, the event had to be canceled at the last minute. All we were told was that TNT needed to cancel the event “because of a personal tragedy within the BPD family.” Wahlberg did make some time during his visit to talk about his interest in cops. “Our technical adviser on ‘Blue Bloods’ is a retired New York City detective and, pretty much every day on the set, he says, ‘You should have been a cop.’ ” (He found fame and fortune as a member of New Kids on the Block instead.)
Growing up, Wahlberg says he had a few run-ins with the law, but far fewer than his five brothers did. “Generally, the police would drive by looking at me up and down because they knew I was one of the Wahlberg boys,” he says. The new season of “Boston’s Finest” touches on the Boston Marathon bombings, but it doesn’t dwell on the tragedy. “We didn’t want to exploit it,” says Wahlberg. “But I do think that because all eyes have been on Boston and the police department since the bombings, this show maybe makes a little more sense to people who don’t live here.” Season 2 of “Boston’s Finest” premieres Nov. 26. As of Tuesday night, there was no word on whether the screening would be rescheduled.