It seems that Beantown isn’t big enough for two shows from Mark Wahlberg.
The noted Boston native saw his new A&E docudrama ‘Breaking Boston,’ a show that looks to capitalize on both the fascination of the historic city as well people searching the listings for ‘Breaking Bad,’ canceled after just one episode.
The show followed working class women and hard-luck ladies – Noelle Trudeau, Caitlin Norden, Courtney DeVoy, Kristina DiLorenzo and Val LaPaglia – as they navigated life in Boston. A&E axed the series after its premiere on March 13 due to a notable lack of interest in the form of a mere 311,000 viewers.
Conversely, Wahlberg’s other Boston-based production, ‘Wahlburgers,’ is doing great. Last month the new series got an order for 18 additional episodes, averaging 3.5 million viewers since its debut last month.
The cancellation of ‘Breaking Boston’ seems more the exception than the rule when it comes to the accomplished actor and producer. Wahlberg has also worked as a producer on series such as ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Entourage’ and ‘In Treatment,’ as well as films such as ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘The Fighter,’ which loosely inspired ‘Breaking Boston.’
A&E ordered the pilot in November 2012, picking up the series last month. It was intended to run for six episodes, and in its sudden demise there are unaired episodes sitting in an office somewhere. No word yet on whether they will see the light of day.