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In an interview that aired Monday evening on “The Ralphie Show,” Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed that he and his fiancé are currently shopping a new reality show to a large cable network.

“Lauren (Kitt) and I are… we’re in negotiations, talking with VH1 right now about possibly doing a reality show based on our wedding,” Carter said.

The program would give viewers a unique perspective on a former teen heartthrob officially exiting the market for good. But as the Backstreet Boys celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year, many fans have also moved on in their personal lives. Even the guys themselves are all married with children… with the exception of Carter.

“The running joke is that everyone says… (all of the Backstreet Boys) have kids except for Nick,” the singer states. “Well, Kevin is actually my dad.”

All kidding aside, the band has a busy summer ahead with the release of In A World Like This and the kickoff of its summer tour, both on July 30. Carter will then release a memoir in the fall, which he hopes will inspire others to overcome some of the demons that he has faced with regards to drug and alcohol abuse. There will of course be a marriage, and maybe a reality show mixed in. Through it all, it doesn’t seem the Backstreet Boys are planning on leaving the spotlight.

“In relation to other artists out there, I think our fans are kind of like KISS fans,” Carter noted. “They don’t care about anybody else out there. They love what we represent. It’s a great relationship that we have.”

Carter credits the fans and that relationship with the 20 year existence of BSB, and he wasn’t finished comparing their situation to others.

“There’s some groups out there that don’t even care, and take 10 years off, and then all of the sudden they come back,” the Backstreet Boy said – perhaps taking a dig at 98 Degrees, who basically did exactly that for the group’s recent reunion on “The Package Tour.” “This isn’t a reunion tour. We’ve been touring and making albums consistently even since Kevin left.”

A comeback tour has to start somewhere, and for 98 Degrees that place was Hershey, PA. The performance at the inaugural “Mixtape Festival” went so well that the guys decided to hop back in the studio and jump on the road with New Kids on The Block and Boyz II Men. The tour sold better than expected, so it looks like this might not be the last curtain call for the Ohio-born quartet.

“I think we’ll probably take a break, and then regroup and go back out,” Drew Lachey told “The Ralphie Show” of the band’s plans post-Package Tour. “(We’ll) see what’s up tour-wise or head back in the studio. One way or another, we’ll be doing something together.”

The band released its first studio album in 13 years, 2.0, in May. “The Package Tour” runs through August.

Shawn Stockman admits that when plans were finalized for “The Package” tour, he didn’t know what to expect.

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“Donnie (Wahlberg) and me had been talking about it for a long time, as far as putting it together,” Stockman told “The Ralphie Show of the summer tour, which features the Philly singers along with New Kids on The Block and 98 Degrees. “Once it was released, I was nervous.”

No one involved with the tour has any reason to be nervous now, unless they’re uncomfortable with big crowds. Dates sold out quickly, and second shows along with new venues were quickly added to an itinerary that has swelled to over 30 performances.

“It’s exciting,” Stockman noted. “I really can’t wait. It’s something that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time.”

“The Package” tour kicks off with three sold out shows this May at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

The fellas of New Kids on the Block aren’t planning to re-retire anytime soon. In an interview that aired Thursday on “The Ralphie Radio Show,” Jordan Knight divulged the band plans to both release new music and tour next year.

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“We are definitely moving forward in the recording studio, making new music,” Knight revealed. “It’s in the infancy stages right now but we’ll definitely have something ready by our tour next year.”

The “Give It To You” singer is prepping for his own tour, as he wraps up the “Live and Unfinished” trek with dates across Canada on October. But first, Knight and company will perform both nights of “Summer Mixtape Fest 2012,” a two-day celebration of pop music inside Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA. The lineup features everyone from Kelly Clarkson and The Fray to DJ Pauly D and Carly Rae Jepsen. Saturday’s roster includes LL Cool J, The Backstreet Boys, and the first concert from 98 Degrees in 10 years.

“I had some behind-the-scenes info. I knew it was going down,” Knight said of the comeback. “That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to, is seeing the reaction to the 98 Degrees reunion.”

When asked to recall what was most difficult about NKOTB’s comeback in 2008, Knight cited the pressure and uncertainty that surrounded the group.

“It’s a lot of pressure getting back in to the spotlight and the biggest thing is, you don’t know what to expect. So it is kind of nerve-wracking,” the singer explained. “When we came back and we performed on ‘The Today Show,’… we didn’t know how many people were going to show up. For us, that was the scariest thing.”

Nick Lachey and his crew may have a chance to experience those exact same feelings, as 98 Degrees will perform on “Today” before Saturday’s set in Hershey.

On WBRE’s “PA Live!” for this week’s “The Ralphie Report,” I talked about my interview with Foster the People lead singer Mark Foster, played the new song from Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, and reported on the reunion of 98 Degrees!