Joey McIntyre Reveals The Best Advice Donnie Wahlberg Ever Gave Him

Joey McIntyre cant help but feel thankful these days.

The singer and actor just launched his own scripted show on Pop TV, and hes about to release an EP and kick off a tour with New Kids on the Block.

The TV series, dubbed Return of the Mac, finds McIntyre playing an exaggerated version of himself alongside his real-life wife, Barrett Williams, and their three children. Loosely based on his life, the show finds McIntyre trying to land a serious acting gig on TV, but settling for a talk show hosting role instead. It features a slew of guest stars, including January Jones, Joey Fatone and Jenny McCarthy. And its co-executive produced by a familiar face: fellow NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg.

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Joey McIntyre in “Return of the Mac.”

McIntyre, 44, says that Wahlberg, 47, was instrumental in getting the series off the ground.

He was there when I needed him and he wasnt when I didnt need him. He would stay out of my hair, he said jokingly during an interview with The Huffington Post on Build Series. No, he was very supportive.

But the friendship goes deeper than that.

Ive checked in with Donnie even without New Kids on different career stuff. He has a ton of experience, a ton of success. But I remember checking in with him in real life years ago and I asked him, How do you do it? I maybe came from an audition or something like that. I didnt think hed have this magical answer but he said, You gotta take your lumps. It was so simple but it was pretty wise, McIntyre said. No matter what you do you kind of got to go with the ups and downs and take your hits and take your lumps.

Had so much fun at @buildseriesnyc! And caught this pic of the best EPs any guy could ask for. If ya want something done ask a #Wahlberg- and I'm partial to @donniewahlberg. Much thanks to him and my sister @jennymccarthy for helping (in a huge way) make #ReturnoftheMac!!! Tonight 8:30/7:30 on @poptv

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