Nick Lachey and Donnie Wahlberg are making a boyband sitcom to take full advantage of your nostalgia

The nostalgia marketing juggernaut has chosen its newest agents: Nick Lachey and Donnie Wahlberg. You know, from 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block, respectively. And by the will of the nostalgia marketing juggernaut, Lachey and Wahlberg are making a sitcom about a boyband, proving that the pop culture of the ’80s and ’90s will never die.

The sitcom, called Encore, revolves around the members of a former boyband who reunite 20 years after their band gets dissolved and is inspired by Lachey and Wahlberg’s own experiences of life after pop stardom. Entourage creator Doug Ellin has signed on for scriptwriting duties, so this might be quite a bro-y undertaking; however, since Encore will be airing on CBS, we hopefully won’t be subjected to catchphrases like “let’s hug it out, bitch.”

Encore isn’t the first collaboration between Lachey and Wahlberg. In 2013, both of them joined their fellow 98 Degrees and NKOTB crews, as well as Boyz II Men, on a national tour showcasing all the super emotional songs from your middle school dances. (Is this more or less of a naked grab at those sweet nostalgia dollars than the 98 Degrees/O-Town/Dream/Ryan Cabrera “My2K” tour from summer 2016? You decide. All I’ll say is that 98 Degrees wore camo pants and fake outdoor vests made of weird synthetic fabric.)

98 Degrees
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If Encore doesn’t feature this level of amazing couture, I will be sorely disappointed.

As readers of a certain age will no doubt be aware, Lachey is no stranger to the small screen. His TV career goes all the way back to 2003, when he starred in the MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica about his married life with Jessica Simpson — a series that gave us the unforgettable spectacle of Simpson wondering whether Chicken of the Sea tuna was chicken or fish. His other credentials include a recurring role on Charmed and hosting the a cappella competition The Sing-Off on NBC. Wahlberg is also a TV veteran, with a starring role in the CBS crime drama Blue Bloods and appearances on A&E’s Wahlburgers (yes, really), a reality show about his older brother Paul’s trials as a chef and restaurateur.

Since Encore doesn’t have a scheduled airdate yet, we’ll have to wait to find out whether the show will reference Lachey and Wahlberg’s TV experiences, or if it’ll provide an “is this chicken or fish?” moment for the new generation. Right now, the only thing we know for sure is that the pop culture of our childhoods isn’t going away anytime soon.