'New kid' comes back in 'Runaway'

July 18, 2006 at 11:11 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- Former "New Kid on the Block" Donnie Wahlberg will star in a new CW drama, "Runaway," playing an attorney wrongly accused of murder and on the lam in Iowa.

Wahlberg's character, Paul Rader, is a married father of three suspected of killing a young associate at his law firm, the New York Daily News reported. Rader and his family adopt new identities to hide from the justice system in Bridgewater, Iowa.

Wahlberg told the Daily News he can identify with Rader's dangerous situation because he grew up in a tough Boston neighborhood. "Growing up sort of in the street," he said, "it's not hard for me to imagine what it would be like to live this way."

Wahlberg became a member of the popular boy band, New Kids on the Block, in the 1980s, allowing him to escape his childhood circumstances.

His last foray into TV, he played a detective in the NBC crime series, "Boomtown," which won Emmy Awards, Golden Satellite Awards and Television Critics Association Awards.

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