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January 14, 2013

'Wicked Tuna' stars hit TV's fast lane

Before the National Geographic reality TV hit “Wicked Tuna” premiered for its second season Sunday night, Gloucester’s wicked fishermen and reality stars — Capts. Dave Carraro and Dave Marciano — hit New York City for a promotional trip that even brought their illuminated faces to a Times Square billboard advertising the series.

“Unbelievable. (It was) really very humbling — I had no idea,” said Marciano, a Beverly resident, who has fished out of Gloucester since he was a child. “I truly am very lucky to be a part of this.”

The Times Square experience was only part of the promotional touring, which took both captains to Los Angeles, where they were part of the Television Critics Association event. The association is an organization of about 120 newspaper television critics, reviewers and bloggers who meet twice yearly to preview what the cable and broadcast networks will air over the next six months.

The second season of “Wicked Tuna” kicked off last night, now an hour earlier at 9 p.m. The series hooked viewers around the globe its first season, going into 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. The series depicts the lucrative nature of the bluefin tuna business and the fierce rivalry among the fishermen, some whose livelihood depends on their success at sea.

While on the west coast, the captains stayed at the luxury Langham Hotel in Pasadena, where many stars who were part of the event roamed the halls.

“I never stayed at a hotel like that before in my life,” said Marciano. “A couple times in the corridors, I think I passed Sarah Jessica Parker. We didn’t speak. People of that status have their whole entourage with them. I heard rumors flying around that Mark Wahlberg was there, and there was some blond that people got excited about.”

Marciano, known as the working-class captain, said he felt like he experienced a small, brief clip of what the celebrity experience must be like.

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