Evelyn Lozada stopped by our offices today to appear on Big Morning Buzz Live today to talk about the huge year she has ahead of her. Not only is she getting married, which is big enough on its own, but she’s got a book coming out, she has a makeup line, and of course she’s still starring on Basketball Wives. On the topic of her wedding to Chad Ochocinco, Evelyn said that she’s worried Chad might try to upstage her. Why? Oh, he just wants to walk down the aisle instead of her, but she’s not about to let that happen. “I’m like, you’re not gonna take that moment away from me! What are you, crazy?” she says. “He’s not stealing my moment.”
Maybe the funniest part of the interview though would have to be when Evelyn describes new cast member Kenya, saying she’s got a “pageant-girl, creepy kind of like, serial killer kind of thing going on.” Watch the whole thing here.
VH1 is about to give fans a chance to interact directly with Mob Wives star Renee Graziano in a 30-minute, live streaming video chat this Monday, March 12.
In our first-ever live chat, Renee will be joined by host Lindsay Silberman of TVGuide.com to discuss what went down in the latest episode. The second half of the livestream will be a Q and A with fans who can log on and ask Renee anything. Fans will also able to participate via webcam and chat with Renee directly, communicate with her in a text-based chat, and will have the option to broadcast their comments via Facebook or Twitter. The show will take place on Monday, March 12 at 3 p.m. ET, and will subsequently be available on demand exclusively on VH1.com.
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Jennifer Graziano, pictured above with Karen Gravano, knew everyone in the cast of Mob Wives personally when she cast them for the show, which she’s the executive producer of. So when it came time to cast Mob Wives Chicago, Graziano has a more difficult job ahead, since she has fewer ties to Chicago than to New York.
The New York Post asked Graziano about her process for casting for the new show (for more information about the new cast, check out our post with all their bios), and she explained that it ended up being kind of like six degrees of separation. “I talked to a couple of family friends I had in Chicago and asked for some introductions. It turns out I did know a couple of the girls,” Graziano says. Like Nora Schweihs, whose father was in the same prison as Graziano’s. “We used to see [Nora] on visits. When my sister, Renee — she knows Nora well — and I used to visit she’d be there and my dad and her dad were friendly. We used to go to the [prison] yard with my father and wave and we didn’t realize we were also waving to Nora’s dad until this [casting] process. She said, ‘Don’t you remember me?’ It was really cool to realize that.” From there, the cast took shape through connections of Nora’s and beyond. Graziano explains that there’s a difficulty casting a show like this though. “This is definitely not the kind of show you can put a casting call out for. It’s a very quiet and selective process. It’s really based on relationships, and no one is going to trust a casting director walking into a city and saying, ‘Hey, we’re casting a mob show.’”
Mob Wives Chicago will premiere this spring.
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It’s time once again to try your hand at our trivia contest for a chance to win T.I.‘s novel Power And Beauty. Each week, we’ll be asking a question based on that week’s episode of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, and we’ll be giving out copies of the book to two winners per week.
This week’s question is:
What line does King deliver once his nerves die down and he’s actually able to perform for the casting director?
The answer can be found in the clip above, and a full list of rules for this giveaway is available here.
As always, you must EMAIL your response to TIGiveaway@VH1.com and include the following:
Everyone’s gossiping about everyone else in this week’s episode of Basketball Wives. We all know that Kenya‘s issues revolving around her video shoot have made her look like a walking disaster, but Suzie heard through her publicist that it’s even worse than we originally thought. Watch this sneak to find out all the ways that Kenya wanted to cut corners at her shoot (like serving Kool-Aid instead of liquor), and then watch as Kesha confides in Evelyn, which is going to cause some serious drama for her in the long run. Basketball Wives airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Everyone in New York City (and the world?) seemed to get caught up in the Jeremy Lin phenomenon when he first took the court playing for the Knicks in early February. (I actually flew to Atlanta on Sunday afternoon in order to interview the cast of Single Ladies as well as La La Anthony who’s guest starring on the show this season, and in the row in front of me on the plane, several women who were clearly ending their tour of the Big Apple had purchased “Linsanity” jerseys and were showing them off to each other.) So that made me curious, how does La La feel about the craze that swept the country, seeing that it took place while her husband was injured and Lin got his opportunity to play as a result of Melo’s turn off the court? Well, La La is not a drama lover or a pot-stirrer, so her answer is predictably supportive and gracious.
The Knicks just got swept up in “Linsanity,” did you get caught up in that too, or was it tough being that Melo was injured at the time?
You know, I’m happy for the team, and any time someone is doing so well, you’ve got to be happy for them. There are times when people try to make it a conflict like, that he and Melo won’t get along, but a lot of people don’t know the story that Melo was the one who told his coach to play him and that he was a great player. So now to see them actually all working together is awesome. I guess I did buy into it because I was happy for the team.
For more La La, be sure to tune in when La La’s Full Court Life premieres on March 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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New York is but one many hotbeds of organized…activity, which is why Mob Wives is branching out to places beyond Staten Island. We’re thrilled to announce that Mob Wives Chicago will be premiering this spring, and the cast is going to give the original Wives a run for their money. Funny enough, there’s also a Renee in this group of women whose loyalty to her family and hatred of rats defines her, but that’s about where the similarities end. Check out the press release below to meet all the women in this new series.
AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE…
VH1 TRAVELS FROM THE BIG APPLE TO THE WINDY CITY
TO ANNOUNCE THE CAST OF “MOB WIVES CHICAGO”
Franchise’s First Spin-off to Premiere Spring 2012
Los Angeles, CA (March 7th, 2012) – As the second season of VH1′s ratings hit “Mob Wives” continues to captivate fans with the never-ending, real-life drama in New York, the network introduces a new group of “Syndicate Sisters” with the debut of the franchise’s first spin-off, “Mob Wives Chicago,” to premiere Spring 2012.
Before VH1′s brand new sketch show, Stevie TV, finishes it’s first season, it will have lampooned every reality star you can think of. In her premiere episode alone, star Stevie Ryan parodied Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson, Drita from Mob Wives, and Lady Gaga (granted, the last one isn’t a reality star, but Ryan’s impression was kind of perfect). In this preview from next week’s episode, Ryan takes on one of our own again, when she does an all-too-real impression of Audrina Patridge. It’s seriously uncanny. Stevie TV airs Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT.