‘Blue Bloods’: Donnie Wahlberg and His Son Bonded with Each Other with Smash-Hit NBA Documentary

by Megan Molseed
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us found ourselves binge-watching shows from sun up until well past sundown. Celebrities, such as “Blue Bloods” star, Donnie Wahlberg, are not any different.

During a recent interview with TV Insider, Wahlberg discussed what he and his family watched – and binge-watched – while locked down in the pandemic.

“I’ve been at home with my family,” the actor said during the July 2020 interview. Donnie Wahlberg noted that he and his wife, Jenny McCarthy have an at-risk child who is also immune-compromised.

“We’ve had to be really disciplined and safe at home,” said Donnie Wahlberg. So, in the name of safety, the Wahlberg’s made their list and started watching some hit Netflix shows, right along with the rest of the world.

Describing a Basketball Legend Brought More Appreciation for Donnie Wahlberg

“We watched “Tiger King” like everyone else, and “The Last Dance,” the actor noted during the recent TV Insider Interview.

“The Last Dance” is a hit docu-series. The series follows the career of basketball legend, Michael Jordan. The series focuses primarily on the famous Bulls basketball star’s final season the Chicago Bulls. The documentary gives a unique perspective of Jordan’s final season with the team using never before seen footage from his final season in 1997-1998. The series includes multiple interviews with many of Jordan’s fellow players such as Scotty Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Phil Jackson.

While many people Wahlberg’s age clearly remember the impact Michael Jordan left on the game, and the world, the younger generation isn’t quite so aware. Wahlberg found watching the series quite enlightening. Especially paired with explaining Jordan’s impact with the seventeen-year-old.

“To explain Michael Jordan to him and the Chicago Bulls, was a new level of understanding just how great they were,” Wahlberg said.

Wahlberg and McCarthy Are Dedicated Parents

Donnie Wahlberg married popular television personality Jenny McCarthy in 2014. Together, the couple has three sons. Donnie Wahlberg has two sons, Xavier and Elijah from his first marriage. Jenny has one son, Evan from a previous relationship. Evan was diagnosed with autism at age two. The now seventeen-year-old suffered multiple seizures which McCarthy attributes to the diagnosis.

A 2020 US Magazine article noted that Jenny McCarthy’s son’s symptoms began with “hand flapping.”

The outlet noted that the diagnoses came right around the time of the seizures.

“When a doctor diagnosed Evan, McCarthy ‘didn’t want to believe him,'” the article noted. The US Magazine report went on to say that McCarthy didn’t want to believe the diagnosis at first. However, she knew that it was correct. “This man is right,” the article reported McCarthy saying. “I felt like death.”

Since then, McCarthy has dedicated much of her career to speaking out for autism awareness.