Mob Wives Will Return To VH1 On January 1st And Mob Wives: Chicago To Debut In The Spring

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They don’t usually set off fireworks for New Year’s Day, but we’re definitely going to see some sparks fly when season two of Mob Wives returns to the airwaves on January 1, 2012. In addition to the confirmation that our four favorite Staten Islanders are back to finish what they started in season two, we’re also going to get a dose of the Windy City when VH1 launches Mob Wives: Chicago in the spring as well. For information about both shows and a word from creator Jenn Graziano, read on.

THEY’RE GANGSTER AND THEY’RE BACK!

VH1′S SMASH HIT “MOB WIVES” RINGS IN SEASON 2

ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

The Family Expands in Spring 2012 with its First Spin-Off “Mob Wives: Chicago”

from TWC, Electus and JustJenn Productions


Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2011) – There’s no better way to start off the New Year than with ‘the family.’ “Mob Wives” is back and the drama has gone to a whole new level. The highly-anticipated second season premiere of VH1′s hit reality television series premieres on Sunday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers will also be introduced to a new group of ‘Syndicate Sisters’ with the debut of the franchise’s first spin-off “Mob Wives: Chicago” this Spring, where the legendary home of Al Capone will serve as the backdrop. Both shows are produced by TWC, Electus, Left/Right and JustJenn Productions.

The second season of “Mob Wives” picks up where the first left off – with each cast member dealing with major personal life issues. The rift between Karen and Drita is far from over – will they ever be able to ‘bury the hatchet’? Renee goes under the knife for major plastic surgery that may have some unexpected consequences, while also contemplating her future with her ex-husband Junior. Drita is considering her options when it comes to leaving her husband Lee – while Carla’s relationship with her estranged husband Joe may take an unexpected twist. And, of course, everyone wants to know what’s in Karen’s soon-to-be-released book – the one she moved back to New York to write!

Last season,”Mob Wives” gave viewers an unfiltered look into the closed-door society of Renee, Karen, Carla and Drita, four struggling “allegedly” associated women who have to pick up the pieces and carry on while their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities. United by a bond which few understand, the women are all struggling with their identities and their futures as they raise their kids as single parents in the New York City area.

The franchise expands as VH1 announced the pickup of “Mob Wives: Chicago.” A spin-off from the original east coast-based series,”Mob Wives: Chicago” will introduce a new cast of women suffering the stronzi and agita of their Mafiosi connections. The series will air in Spring 2012.

“Our viewers connected so strongly with our New York cast that we were skeptical about trying to repeat that success, said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production. “But once we met these ladies from Chicago and heard their truly unbelievable stories, we knew that viewers would become just as captivated as we did. These women’s life experiences may be far different from our own, but their current struggles to stand on their own two feet are relatable to everyone.”

“After a terrific first season, Electus is incredibly proud to partner once again with The Weinstein Company, JustJenn Productions and VH1 to bring the second season of Mob Wives to air so that audiences can see how the ladies’ compelling stories progress,”said Jimmy Fox, Executive Producer and Head of Creative Development for Electus.”We are equally thrilled that Mob Wives will be coming to Chicago, a town that was once home to some of the mob’s most notorious gangsters. Audiences will be blown away by the larger-than-life characters with their own unique stories to tell.”

“The first season of “Mob Wives” pulled back the curtain on a much-discussed yet mysterious world inhabited by four fascinating and strong-willed women,”stated Meryl Poster, TWC’s President of Television.”The viewer response to the genuine and gripping storylines that unfolded on the show was immediate and passionate, and we are grateful to these extraordinary ladies for inviting the cameras back into their lives for season two. We know that the viewing audience will feel a similar connection to the cast of “Mob Wives Chicago” and look forward to bringing their remarkable stories to the small screen this spring.”

“The furs, the money, the parties, the respect – it’s all part of the intrigue of the world I grew up in,” said series Creator and Executive Producer Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions. “But at any time, the other shoe can drop and these women find themselves going on prison visits. I have long thought that this was a story that needed to be told, and am so thankful that we can continue this journey with the original “Mob Wives” – as well as expanding the franchise to Chicago. I have always heard the legends about Al Capone and Chicago, but it wasn’t until I actually went to the city that I became enamored with the rich mob history there. These women’s lives are right off the pages of a storybook!”

For additional information abou t”Mob Wives,” visit the official VH1 Mob Wives site at MobWives.vh1.com. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mobwives and on Twitter @VH1 with the hashtag #MobWives.

Created and produced by Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions,”Mob Wives”is produced by The Weinstein Company (Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein), Electus (Ben Silverman, Jimmy Fox) and Left/Right (Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Nina Diaz), with Electus/Engine Distribution owning distribution rights across all platforms including television, motion picture, and digital. Executive producers for VH1 include Shelly Tatro, Kari McFarland, Rick Hankey and Jeff Olde. Sean Gottlieb serves as supervising producer for VH1.

About Electus

Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman, in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; and I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. Currently in release are APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; and SARAH’S KEY. Upcoming releases include MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, PIRANHA 3DD; THE ARTIST; W.E.; and THE IRON LADY.

TWC is also active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production and current TWC President of Television Meryl Poster, with credits including the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, the VH1 reality series Mob Wives, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently producing After The Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory and has 17 series in different stages of development, including Marco Polo, a scripted historical series about the great explorer; and The Nanny Diaries, being adapted for ABC by Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls).

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

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  1. Mario DeCicco says:

    “Mob Wives” is completely disgraceful and disgusting. I am proud to say that I am an Italian American. The woman on this show are all rude, classless, ignorant, despicable big mouths. They make it seem like it’s okay to act like an animal in public. They are a disgrace to Italian Americans everywhere.

  2. Sylvia of Los Angeles says:

    Love this show!!! I want to go out with these girls and have a drink !! Fun to watch.

  3. Konacaligirl says:

    Big Ange tries to be the peacemaker and to be diplomatic, but she needs to realize that Rene suffers from depression and she should not encourage Rene to drink. Alcohol is the worst thing for depression and will cause Rene’s meds to stop working. Rene needs to get individual therapy so she can learn how to heal herself and what she can and can’t control. Rene keeps setting herself up for failure. She isn’t ready for marriage counseling until she can fix herself first and be in a healthier position to deal with Junior and his behavior. She might come to the realization that she deserves a lot better for herself.

  4. Shabba says:

    Rene, needs to move on and leave Junior alone. He is not in love with her, you can see it all over his face. She is just his security blanket and that is so unfair, to me Rene is the prettiest one out the bunch and there is no doubt in my mind she can find someone else. Life is short, enjoy it Rene!

  5. nancy byer says:

    I want to say the Mob Wives ROCKS! I love anything that has to do with the mob. I am a loyal fan and watch not just the new shows but all the reruns. I can’t wait to get Karen’s book that she wrote. I read Victoria Gotti book about her life being the daughter of a mobster an can’t wait to hear how it effected Karon growing up after her knew what her farther did for a living. An to Renee I hope that everyone is wrong about Junior being a so calle “rat”. I see how much u love him and u guys make a great couple. Hope u r dad is okay too. I think it stinks the the goverment spends so much time and money bothering these people. Please don’t ever take this show off.

  6. Dave Harned says:

    WHY WOULD YOU USE A NO TALENT LIKE JOY BEHAR FOR THE “MOBS WIVE’S REUNION”. I SAW HER, AND IMMEDIATELY TURNED OFF THE PROGRAM!

  7. Michelle says:

    Just finished watching the Mob Wives Reunion special – I never write about characters on a show, but I have to comment on these ones – Ramona, Karen, Renee, & Big Ang – you ladies rock & I emphasize ladies! Drita on the other hand is not a lady – she has been caught in so many lies on this show and fighting around at her age – I had to laugh because I couldn’t believe it when my 16 year old daughter was so hip to her fighting behavior and then I realized – Drita is constantly acting like a 16 year old -grandma hip hop really needs to grow up – she is not fooling anyone – anytime she gets the truth thrown in her face, her reaction is to fight – extremely childish behavior & really, someone should write a script for her because she sounds so stupid and the funny thing is, I don’t think she’s even privy to it – must be nice to live in lala land – the only reason I can guess as to why the show must keep her around is for the humor at her expense and Carla – she’s not even worth addressing, except to say she literally has no backbone, her behavior is so very transparent, and she is definately sits on the fence and is loyal to nobody except herself – sniper my $@$!! – aside from these two misfits, I am looking forward to watching next season because I am confident that Ramona, Karen, Renee and Big Ang will keep it real – love you ladies!!