Their early days in New Kids on the Block were fraught with conflict and arguments, but more than 30 years later, Joey McIntyre has revealed how his now-close friendship with bandmate Donnie Wahlberg helped bring one of his greatest acting dreams to fruition.
The 44-year-old singer launched his own sitcom, Return of the Mac, on Pop TV earlier this month and credits Wahlberg for helping him bring the project to life following the devastating cancellation of his 2014 CBS comedy The McCarthys.
McCarthys was a slice of heaven -- everything about it," McIntyre tells ET. "When it was canceled, I was like, 'What next?' Then I was at a TCAs press thing for Rock This Boat, a show the New Kids did on Pop TV, and I was seeing all these new shows and went, 'I gotta do something myself. This isn't brain surgery!'"
"So I had this idea of doing behind-the-scenes of a talk show, and the sub-plot was that I needed to get out of the house," he continues. "The kids are driving me crazy, I'm doing all the school pick-ups because I'm not on tour with the New Kids and The McCarthys has been canceled. Donnie was there that day and I asked him, 'What would it take to make this happen, budget-wise, and how would we go about it?'"
Wahlberg introduced McIntyre to writer Paul Greenberg, and the two co-wrote the sitcom, loosely based on McIntyre's acting career and life in L.A. with wife Barrett and their three children, Griffin, Rhys and Kira. Wahlberg and wife Jenny McCarthy also came on board as executive producers.
While Wahlberg and McCarthy appear in hilarious segments on the show, dishing out advice to McIntyre from bed -- where they're shown playing drawing games and giving each other pedicures -- it's another boy band whose members may steal the show. *NSYNC bandmates Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick both appear in the series, alongside with other guest stars including a flirty, fangirling January Jones and an obnoxious Joey Lawrence. McIntyre and Greenberg specifically wrote the actors and musicians into the script, hoping they would agree.
"Joey Fatone I've known forever and we played on the fact that everybody loves Joey Fatone," he says. "Who doesn't love Joey Fatone? He's an American treasure. We played on that and it frustrates me because why can't I be the American treasure? Joey was so funny and he's a great actor. He loves to host, but he's a really a solid actor and I'm just lucky that the guy stepped up to help out. [Fellow *NSYNCer] Chris Kirkpatrick also comes in, in episode five, so we were all hanging out and went to sushi afterward. I told [Joey], 'You travel across the country to do my show and I buy you sushi -- now we're even!' It's always great to see those guys."
Read more and view photos of Joey Fatone on "Return of the Mac" here.
Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel in Colorado - 4/24/17
By that, we mean they have Sunday morning brunch. And in this case, by using the phrase "celebrities," we're referring to power couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
But, while when the rest of us stop by a restaurant near a place we go alot, they usually don't take a picture with us and put it on their Facebook page, it's a little bit different when you're a former member of the second best boy band of all time.
The Arapahoe Café and Pub in Dillon posted a picture of Justin and Jessica on Sunday. They say the pair stopped by that morning.
While JT hasn't posted anything on his Instagram account about his journey to Colorado, his wife might have. It makes sense – the former 7th Heaven star went to Fairview High School in Boulder, so she has a bit of a connection to the Centennial State. Her grandmother also lives in Salida, and Perez Hilton (who you should not usually cite if you don't want to be judged, but whatever) reports the pair ski at Monarch and visit quite a bit.
In one photo shared on Jessica Biel's Instagram on Earth Day, she's jumping in the air in a forest. It kind of looks like Colorado, but one can't be totally certain. There are pine trees though, and it's sunny. That's kind of our M.O.
By now, if you're the type of person who wonders these things, you're probably thinking: What did they have for brunch?
The guest list for the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, one of the biggest indicators of what kind of celebrity year it will be at the Run for the Roses, has been announced, and it looks kinda funny.
Comedians Tracy Morgan and Larry David will be at the 29th annual gala, hosted by twins Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable to raise funds for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Morgan's star rose to new heights on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," and he is in the midst of a comeback following a devastating 2014 auto accident. David was the man behind "Seinfeld," starred in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and was recently in the headlines for his impersonation of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Speaking of NBC, a newcomer to the gala this year Justin Hartley who stars as Kevin Pearson in "This is Us," arguably the most talked about new series of the 2016-17 season. Also in the lineup from the acting world are "Arrow" star Stephen Amell; Josh Henderson, best known for his role as J.R.'s son on the TNT revival of "Dallas"; and Justin Cornwell of the new CBS series "Training Day."
The Barnstables are known as fans of the bad boys of rock, who will be well represented by frequent guest Kid Rock, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Sammy Hagar, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke; and also rocking will be guitarist Orianthi, known for her work with Michael Jackson and others. But the party is also showing a taste for the gritty gals of country with Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Cam — the entire female lineup of last year's Red, White & Boom — on the guest list, along with fellow country stars Kix Brooks, Travis Tritt, Terri Clark and Clay Walker. Rounding out the musical lineup are Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, Johnny Gill, Mary Wilson, Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Harry Connick Jr., whose presence has already been announced as he will be singing the national anthem at the Derby.
Cat Deeley is hitting USA this summer to host the new game show Big Star Little Star, which puts celebs and their kids to the test with questions about how well they know each other. The show kicks off on May 31, but we have a sneak peek at the adorable parent/kid pairs.
Friday marked the 21st annual GLSEN's Day of Silence, which aims to take a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. While the movement is geared towards students, celebrities came out in silent force this year to show their support.
Stars including Lance Bass, Julianne Moore, Michelle Monaghan, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, and Carla Gugino participated on social media, sharing videos of themselves in silence and urging their followers to donate to GLSEN.
Day of Silence is a student-led event, with over 8,000 students around the country joining together in efforts to put an end to the bullying and harassment of their LGBTQ peers.
Fatone, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, achieved international fame with the critically acclaimed boy band NSYNC, which originated in Orlando, Florida. They became a global phenomenon after releasing their self-titled album in 1998. They are best known for their songs "Bye Bye Bye," "Gone," and "Girlfriend."
Following his career with *NSYNC, Fatone found success in acting, co-starring in critically acclaimed movies such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "The Cooler." He also found success on Broadway, playing lead roles in "Rent" and a revival of the popular musical "Little Shop of Horrors."
Lucy Hale Talks *NSYNC On 'The Tonight Show' - 4/21/17