This is the next best thing in our lives. VH1 is launching a new reality show called Mob Wives. Following in the footsteps of Growing Up Gotti and Jersey Shore, the show features four Italian women who live on Staten Island, (allegedly) have connections to the mafia, and whose husbands are in jail. Fox News describes the show as “part Growing Up Gotti” and “part Real Housewives.” Hello?! I will definitely be watching!
The New York Post gave the following descriptions of the cast:
- Renee Graziano is the daughter of Anthony “The Little Guy” Graziano, the reputed consigliere in the Bonanno crime family.
She is divorced from mobster Hector Pagan Jr., who was convicted of running a huge marijuana distribution ring — with the aid of Renee’s sister, Jennifer, then a grad student at NYU.
Jennifer Graziano is credited as the creator and executive producer of “Mob Wives.”
- Carla Facciolo grew up around the mob in Brooklyn, but she thought she was getting out of the life when she married Joey Ferragamo, a stockbroker, according to a biography posted yesterday on the VH1 Web site.
It turns out that her husband wasn’t what he appeared to be.
In 2006, he was convicted of running a boiler room operation and sentenced to 88 months in prison in a case brought by
then-federal prosecutor, now New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
- Drita D’avanzo is married to Bonanno family soldier Lee D’avanzo, who dated Karen Gravano (another cast member! This is going to be so good!!) before getting married.
Lee is currently serving time in federal prison for drug and bank robbery charges.
It is Drita who goes after Renee in the strangulation scene, though the reason is not clear.
- Karen Gravano, daughter of mob turncoat Sammy Gravano, moved to Arizona with her father and the rest of her family as part of the federal government’s witness protection program in the mid-1990s.
But her father could not stay on the straight and narrow and, in 2002, pleaded guilty to running a drug ring that sold 30,000 doses of ecstasy a week.
Karen, her brother and mother were also implicated in the drug ring and Karen served three years of probation.
Now, she’s moved back on Staten Island, where the daughter of the mob’s most famous rat is not exactly welcome.
I am so excited, you guys! I was a huge fan of The Sopranos; I’ve seen every episode, and my favorite characters were mob fiance, Adriana La Cerva, and mob wife, Carmela Soprano. I’m also a little embarrassed to admit that I loved Growing Up Gotti, in part because I live on Long Island and could relate to many of the scenes. My only question is, why didn’t a network do this sooner?! I feel a little worried for the safety of the cast members; will the mob mind if the mob wives are outing themselves and their connection to organized crime on television? I’m especially worried about Karen Gravano; I have to believe a reality show following her around and documenting her family and friendships won’t exactly be welcomed by the mob, as she is connected to a “rat.” Then again, the cast of the reality show, Sister Wives, did the show, even though they knew they would probably be investigated for bigamy. I don’t know enough about Mob Wives to know if this is a safe move for them, but either way, I absolutely can’t wait to watch!
Check out the VH1′s Mob Wives trailer below. Will you watch the show?