Wahlberg Developing Reality TV Show About Contraband

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December 27, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Mark Wahlberg is planning a new reality TV show documenting the ins and outs of the contraband crime world at the Port of Los Angeles.
The Fighter star has developed a fascination with the shady dealings of illegal goods since researching and shooting his upcoming movie Contraband, which is a remake of a cult European film, and now he’s hoping to investigate further with a series made for the small screen.

He tells WENN, “We’re trying to put together a show right now about the Port of L.A. and all the different things that happen in this port. It’s a reality show, like a docudrama.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time down there and just knowing all the real dangers that are there, like smuggling, human trafficking; I mean everything across the board. There was an incident that happened that was never reported that shut down the L.A. harbor for a week and was costing the nation $2.5 billion a day! Once that stops nothing happens; nothing comes and nothing comes out.

“It’s pretty scary stuff but it’s a fascinating world and obviously (with) the whole smuggling thing, they can never figure out the way they (authorities) go about checking containers, the guessing game. It’s a real cat and mouse game. I thought Contraband was an interesting story and would be entertaining if we could do it the right way.”

Wahlberg is developing the show with the working title Port of L.A.

It’s not the star’s only reality TV project – he’s also trying to convince his chef brother to turn Wahlburgers, the family-run burger diner in Boston, Massachusetts, into the site of a new TV show.