Thursday, January 12, 2012

Port of LA Reality Show in the Works

Actor Mark Wahlberg says he’s developing a reality show about the world of contraband cargo that moves through America’s busiest port.

“We’re trying to put together a show right now about the Port of LA and all the different things that happen in this port. It’s a reality show, like a docudrama,” he told World Entertainment News Network in a recent interview.

The show’s working title is “Port of LA,” Wahlberg said.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time down there and knowing all the real dangers that are down there, like smuggling, human trafficking, I mean everything, across the board,” he explained. “It’s pretty scary stuff, but a fascinating world.”

Wahlberg told WENN he became fascinated with the topic while researching and filming the movie “Contraband,” in which he plays a retired criminal who’s forced back into a life of illegally smuggling goods. The film opened in US theatres Jan. 13.

If Wahlberg’s series is eventually produced, it wouldn’t be the first reality show about the port to appear on TV. That honor would go to “America’s Port,” an eight-episode show that ran on the National Geographic channel in the spring of 2008.

The program, which lasted just one season, explored multiple issues at the port, including longshore safety and pollution control.