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Awkward Questions with Joey McIntyre

From New Kids to new series: The 41-year-old singer-actor plays a strong-headed brother in a big Boston brood on CBS’ ”The McCarthys” (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.); can he hang tough with a few Awkward Questions?

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When I’m spelling the title of the show, is The McCahthys also considered acceptable?
Absolutely. We gotta make sure the pronunciation is correct right off the get-go and get everyone in lockstep with how it should be pronounced.

Maybe even The Feckin’ McCahthys?
Innnnnnn certain circumstances, yes. But you know, it is CBS, so we gotta pace ourselves.

You met your wife, who’s a real estate agent, while shopping for a house. Did your pickup line involve the sentence ”Girl, I can’t quitclaimdeed you”?
No, it didn’t. But I didn’t have any furniture. All I had was a beanbag, and she sat in the beanbag, and she watched me put together a table from IKEA. And that’s about the macho-est thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I think that was what hooked her in.

Your New Kids bandmate Donnie Wahlberg is also on a CBS show, Blue Bloods. Pitch me the terrible crossover episode.
The real bad one? I would say, our sister [on The McCarthys] is pregnant, so Donnie delivers the baby at Fenway Park, because they’re playing the Yankees and his character is a big Yankees fan, and they come to Boston, and they’re getting booed, and everybody’s getting on Donnie like, ”Go back to New York! Yankees suck!” He powers through all that and ends up delivering Jackie’s baby safely at the baseball game, and he’s a hero and that’s a happy ending because Sox and Yankees fans come together at the end.

Why should I say ”NKOTB” when the full name of the band is the exact same number of syllables?
Oh my God, dude, that is — I don’t know, I feel like the skies are opening up right now. [Laughs] That needs to be shouted from the mountaintops, you know? That is an important piece of information that needs to get out in the world…. New Kids. NKOTB. It takes more energy to say NKOTB than New Kids on the Block. I mean, New Kids on the Block runs right off your tongue. NewKidsontheBlockNewKidsontheBlockNewKidsontheBlock.

You ranked No. 44 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars special. Fair?
New Kids on the Block?

No, just you.
Wow. When did that come out?

I’d like to think I’m a little higher now. 2005 was a quieter time in my career. Maybe they can revamp it?

So where would you put yourself now? Maybe in the 30s?
Yeah. Listen, I’m never going to be bigger than Joey Lawrence, you know what I mean? After that, it’s all gravy.

How did One Direction respond to New Kids and Backstreet’s pitch for a new boyband supergroup called NKOTBSB1D?
How did you get ahold of that scoop? That wasn’t supposed to be out yet. I’m really kind of pissed off that you — please don’t write that because they’re still working on it. We think it can work. Just sit on it and we’ll give you the exclusive when it happens. In 15 years.