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VH1 Premiere’s New Show – Mob Wives And I am Loving It ALREADY!!

Posted by ImaJustSaying on April 17, 2011


Watch an extended sneak peek of VH1’s newest series, Mob Wives, premiering Sunday April 17 at 8/7c and I for one can’t wait!  This theme is right up my alley and this will make for great recapping.  We got serious accents tawkin and a serious stereotype threat.  I loved Victoria Gotti’s reality show “Growing Up Gotti” which gives you an insight to family members of mobsters who are presented with obstacles trying to out live the family name and the complications of living a normal life and mostly Victoria’s struggle with raising teen age sons amongst the hype and fame during the airing of HBO’s show “The Soprano’s”.   I really like Victoria and don’t view her anything but a single mother raising kids with a cloud of gloom and doom over her head for her father’s business dealings and notorious conviction. 

This show already promises to bring some serious drama and outlandish physical altercations where “loyalty is everything”.   I can only imagine the editing staff working over time to “bleep” out all the profanity.  Holy cannoli people!!  We have the daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano casted and out of the witness protection program!  I don’t know about you guys.. but this will take the highest level of priority on my DVR. 

Bitch your lucky we on a show.. udda wise.. I would put a cap in ur ass!!


Show description below:

Welcome to Staten Island, the land of fierce women who never admit to being allegedly “connected” — until now. Renee, Carla and Drita are no strangers to the good life, but now, with their husbands and fathers behind bars, they realize there is a price to pay. Left alone to pick up the pieces, these women face the harsh realities of “life” after informants have turned their families’ lives upside down. To these ladies, “loyalty is everything” so, when Karen Gravano (the daughter of infamous mob informant Sammy the Bull) arrives back on the Staten Island scene after 10 years away in Arizona — there is hell to pay. Karen’s return becomes explosive when she shows up at a party on loyalist, Renee Graaziano’s, home turf.

 Cast Bio’s:

  1. Renee Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano, who according to the Federal Government was a high-ranking member of La Cosa Nostra. Renee grew up during the heyday of the mob — when things still fell off trucks and people still dropped off envelopes even when it wasn’t your birthday. Immersed in the culture since birth, she embraced the lifestyle as her own and became a “mob loyalist”. Renee eventually married (then divorced) Junior. Together they have one son, AJ.

    When Renee was young her best friend was arrested and sentenced to many years behind bars. This was her first real introduction to prison, but unfortunately not her last. Thanks to a circle of friends living the street life, Renee has visited over 83 prisons and written hundreds of letters to comfort the many friends she had on “the inside.” This correspondence gave her the idea to turn her love of the “the life” into a greeting card company called JAIL MAIL.

    Renee sometimes longs for the good old days, but thanks to her friends she is slowly starting to realize that this is not a life she wants her son to lead. She struggles to balance her allegiance to the street life with her hopes that her son will live a life free of it all.

    Renee is hysterical, Renee is crazy, and Renee is drama, but she will be the first to give you the shirt off her back. Everyone and anyone who knows her, knows this.

  1. Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, the infamous mobster who cooperated with the government to help take down John Gotti and the Gambino crime family. Karen was just 19 years old when her father turned on the mafia, a move that left Karen devastated.

    While her family relocated to Arizona to start over, at first Karen stayed behind in New York–her way of showing that she had trouble with her father’s cooperation. After a couple years, she joined her family in Arizona where she became a licensed aesthetician, opened up a lucrative day spa, and had her first and only child, Karina.

    After 12 years of coming to terms with who she is and understanding her father’s choices, Karen is ready to close up shop in Arizona and return to Staten Island. Beyond reconnecting with old friends, Karen hopes that coming back will help her stand on her own, out of shadows of her father’s infamous past.

    Strong, driven and business minded, she has already inked a deal to write a book about her life and is ready to revisit her old stomping grounds and reconnect with her old friends.

  1. Drita D’avanzo is the wife of Lee D’avanzo, who federal prosecutors allege is the leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team. While Drita’s husband is serving time in prison for bank robbery (for the second time), she is left alone raising two young girls, Aleeya (9) and Gizelle (3). Drita comes from a strict Albanian household who defied her parents and married someone outside the community — an Italian.

    Drita grew up different from the other women. She was raised in the projects of Staten Island after her family settled there from Albania. Her father, a strict soccer coach, raised her to be tough and play with the boys. She was never allowed to cry, and had to do hundreds of push-ups and sit-ups a day to meet her father’s high standards. Drita was invited to play for the Women’s National Soccer Team and was all set to go until she met her first love, “the streets”.

    She dated street guy after street guy until ultimately finding and marrying Lee. At first everything was great and she had everything she wanted. However, Lee was allegedly robbing banks (among other things), and before she gave birth to their first daughter, he was escorted away by the Feds for an 8 year prison term. Drita had their baby, and stood by her man — who promised her that he would never leave her again.

    During Lee’s first prison sentence, Drita realized that she must do something to stand on her own two feet in case she is ever left in a position like this again. She studied to become a make-up artist and worked for various high end cosmetic companies while her husband was away. Almost eight years later Lee came home and they started over. They built a new home, made baby number two, and Lee even got a legitimate job. However the good times were short lived. Again, Lee was arrested and sentenced to prison for 2 — 5 years for similar crimes. Needless to say, Drita was not happy. But, like so many times before, she picked up the pieces and carried on. As a mother of two with a husband in jail, she struggles to keep it all together while figuring out if this is a lifestyle she wants to continue to live. Currently, she freelances as a make-up artist and plans to develop her own cosmetic line.

    Drita is tough as nails and infamous for her many fights and knock outs growing up. Now a mother, she struggles to control her anger and often feels nostalgic for times when a problem could be solved with a fist.

  1. Carla Facciolo grew up in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, where she had a similar upbringing to Renee Graziano. While her father went to prison when she was young, it didn’t stop her from living the lifestyle she grew to love.

    When Carla was 17 she started dating street guys and really got a taste of the life. She hung out with girls like Renee, and others — whose parents were either in the life or extremely wealthy. Carla likes the finer things in life and thought she’d met her match when she married Joey Ferragamo, a stock broker.

    Although Carla thought she had finally gotten away from the lifestyle she lived growing up, her husband eventually got indicted and convicted for a boiler room scandal and Carla once again found herself dealing with the ins and outs of prison. Carla tells her twins, who she feels are too young to know where their dad is, that he is away at work. She is a stay at home mom and sales rep for a juice company. She takes good care of herself and prides herself on her hair and great body.


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52 Responses to “VH1 Premiere’s New Show – Mob Wives And I am Loving It ALREADY!!”

  1. Mrs T Soprano said

    Oh I cannot wait for this train wreck. Makes the Housewives look like Pollyanna. Bring It On!!

  2. True dat Mrs T!! Sounds to juicy not to make a priority on my DVR!! a bloggers dream I say.. 😉

  3. Bryan said

    They all look like Strega!

  4. dy said

    Oh this is gonna be freakin great!!

  5. dy said

    Ohhh. The daughter of a the snitch, Sammy the Bull..Coming back..Holy Cannoli!! She’s one brave broad!

    I liked Victoria Gotti show too Ijs.. Her boys were something eles..Remember all the hair product that one son used all the time?? Would make Pauly D, PROUD!!

  6. carrot said

    This looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
    It also looks a little scary.

  7. dy said

    @6 Hi Carrot

    It does, doesn’t it..That Renee and Drita looke like they are no freakin joke!!

  8. Bryan said

    Good Morning all

    Why isn’t strega in with these wrecks, she’s perfect for this show and she comes with a her own fan base!!!

  9. dy said

    Good Morning Bryan..Everyone!

    Cause the Strega is a wanna be. Lol.

  10. Bryan said

    @9 exactly, you always need one of those in the mix and you know with her there it would be really nuts, Oh I was over at Crack Tea reading the comments about Gertie’s song and Deputy Dogs mid life crisis and that photo of her in that article, her boobs look really off , thats not a good dress for her, anyway Anita Lobotomy claims she teaches at a universtiy!!! The final piece of the puzzle, good lord I can only imagine what that She-thing must teach, our poor college youth!!!

  11. dy said, she probably tried out for the show, and they found out she is/ was a nothing.

    I saw what you are talking about..Oy is there nothing that that woman doesn’t know, or did, or whatever.

  12. Bryan said

    @11 Dy, I wonder how much of it is more hallucination then truth LOL!!!

  13. dy said

    @12 Bryan

    There are so many “experts” on that site anymore, I’ll tell ya, geeze!

  14. Bryan said

    @13, look at this threesome……….

  15. dy said

    @14 It’s a cute picture.

    Kyle looks freakin gorgeous..

  16. dy said

    You guys have to check out the super trailer of this show on the Vh1 site, Holy Freakin Cannoli!!

  17. GingerTee said

    See and everyone body was hating on NJ. Lets see what the legal beagles at the Coffee Spot have to say. Helllo everyone

  18. dy said

    @17 Hi Ginger

    Omg..They will be all over this.. They are something eles over there, so much hate, Dear Lord..I’m all for snark, but I’ll tell ya, they are really rough it’s not snark it’s nasty and mean

  19. Dani said

    Hi all.

    Looking forward to this one. Also excited about NY this week. Can’t wait.

  20. dy said

    Hi Dani

    Me too..Oh this Mob Wives is going to entertain the hell out of me.

    Ny next week..I can’t wait

  21. Dani said

    Hi Dy, I used to watch Victoria Gotti too. I was disappointed when that got cancelled. Wonder what ever became of her and her boys. I have not heard anything about them for a long time.

  22. dy said

    I was disappointed too Dani, I really like that show. I have no idea what happened to her and her sons. Did she live in Jersey or New York, I can’t remember.
    I remember her house needed work. Nice house, but a little run down..

  23. Dani said

    Dy, can’t remember where exactly she lived but I always got the feeling it was in a more secluded area. Could be wrong. Yes that house needed some serious work. Remember the pool and that goofy guy that was doing work for her. Yikes.

  24. dy said

    @23 Yes!! Oh that guy was a real trip, he had a crush on her..That guy never did any work..Lol

  25. Dani said

    Dy, he was a hoot. He usually caused more work by his actions.

  26. dy said

    Dani, Yes, he did. Lol

  27. dy said

    NeNe and Curtis Stone are suppose to on WWHL tommorow night..

    Why NeNe?? Wt…. What is gonna do, bitch about Star some more, maybe Kim ?..Geeze I’m so over that already..

  28. Bryan said

    Charlie’s first tour show was booed………

  29. @tweatcyn said

    Someone (Bryan) please tell me who or what Strega is? I keep asking and nobody will tell me.

  30. Dy said

    @29 Tweatcyn,

    The Strega is Danielle Staub.. Strega means Witch in Italian.

  31. MCG ESQ said

    Now this is the trashtastic kind of tv I’m talking about. I am getting the chianti and cannolis ready now!

  32. Bryan said

    @29 Cyn, Sorry, I would have told you I just saw this post up now.

  33. M.J.P.M said

    The Producers contacted my sister a week ago on being on the show, but she has not decided as of yet to do it. We fit into the family that was portraded on the movie *CASINO*. As I know it, Michael and Tony came from The Real Italian Family. They realy love to take care of people. I mean that in a good way.

  34. MCG – LMAOO!! ME too!! I cant decide which to leave and which to take.. the chianti or the cannoli’s! 😉

  35. MJPM – That is very interesting! Isnt there a danger or a risk being on this show? I thought they have filmed already. Did they contact your sister for a season 2? I have so many questions but I dont want to pry 😉 But I cant help myself.. 😉

    Casino was a fantastic movie. A true classic.

    Which family are you referring too? for Michael and Tony? I dont thing any character names in the movie had those names? Maybe I am misunderstanding..

    Why are the producers not considering you as well? Is your sister older?

    Can you provide any more information on the family background?

    Lastly, do you write for a blog? would you may be interesting in recapping the show once it airs? There is a contact for up at the top of the blog page on the left. Let me know if your interested. Your point of view would be more interesting then mine. You can be completely anonymous if you like. Let me know..

  36. M.J.P.M said

    I.J.S., My family is in Chicago I am in Florida. T & M are the real names of what the charicters that the actors portray. Do you think they would use the real names? Do you not wonder why the movie came out AFTER T&M was 6 foot under? I dont think anyone in Hollywood would of took that chance of putting the film on the air with only Rosenthals story. But since Tony has then been killed, there then was much less risk. Rosenthal just died under 2 years ago. I have been in Hollywood. Did a few films. When Casino came out, my father called and asked if I gave peices of the story to them. I then said, “Didnt you know there has been a book out a few years now? They are now making a film on the book. I said noting” I can tell you one thing that blew my mind. At the funeral back in 1986, I never heard such a intense sound of car doors shutting as the cars pulled up at the funeral house to get out. Like fire crackers going off. It was endless. Like 200 cars if I remember right!! I was in my 20s at the time. Anonymous? Anything I say is already known, or just some good memories. I do not write fro a blog. (whatever that is)

    • MJPM – what an incredible story. I guess your right.. the real names werent used except for the Rosenthals? I am assuming. Let me ask a question.. T&M were they killed in the movie or later died? I had no clue that Rosenthal died 2 years ago. I am a sponge for all things in the media. This is why I have this blog and another which is just for fun stuff that I sort of neglect. Wow.. what films where you in? Do you have an IMDB page? I would be interested and seeing what you have done. Ok just did some digging.. I am guessing that Tony was played by Joe Pesci? Was this your relative? Sorry you had to deal with all that. I see the death place was inacurate as well. Atleast in the tri state area. Well thats all I can compare too really.

      So funny you talked about the funeral with the cars. I am Irish and the Irish count cars for the funeral procession! A lot of Irish in the cop business so there is always many police escorts and stopped intersections. I am from Jersey ;-).. I have always said that the Italians and Irish are so similar in some ways..

      A blog is just like this website. A blog has a theme for what they report on. In this case.. we cover anything TV of interest. There are a couple of contributors/authors who do recaps for tv shows and we also post preview information on new shows or episodes. I would love for you to recap each episode and give your take on the behavior/scene’s for the wives and what is not loyal and the difficulties for the connection. I have lots of recaps here you can look at for the format but you can always do your own thing. You dont have to worry bout spelling or grammer.. there is a built in check/grammer for that and I can always finish up the post for you adding photo’s and layout, etc. You would submit your thoughts on the episode and I would edit and the post would be you as the author. What ever name you choose to display as the author and what ever profile you want to attach to that name. what do you think? I dont have privy to the life and I am sure you do which is why I think it would be great for you to recap.

      What do you think? Does any of this sound like something you would like to do?

  37. Bryan said

    I will watch this show if only and I mean only they have a shoot out and kill each other, this is all just a bunch of Strega’s but if they take each other out, then its another story.

  38. tvtime101 said

    Dare I say it…VH1 has struck GOLD!!!!!! All I can say is they better be filming season 2 already! Being from Jersey, all of this stuff intrigues me so much!!!!!!

  39. tvtime101 said

    @MJPM, I would love to hear the stories you have to tell!

  40. tvtime101 said

    You should be the “Silent Partner” after all… you are the Matriarch of “our family”

  41. Dy said

    Holy Cannoli all this is so freakin interesting..freakin love love love this stuff!! M.J.P.M

  42. M.J.P.M said

    I will only write a few more things of my opinion. At the time the bodies were found in 1986. It was like Elvis. Since our dentist was his brother, I thought perhaps it was a fake death to hide him from the FBI since his brother had his dental records. I thought they switched the bodies. But months went by, and T&M never poped up. I was in Vegas & in that hotel when Casino was filming. Had no clue of it. Walked right by the filming. Just happend to take a trip out there. NOt sure if I will be watching this TV show Mob wifes. It took 3 times for my friend to see *Casino* in order for him to convince me to see it. He kept saying its like the past discusions we have been having. Less then 10 min. into the film, I knew the ending, and the 3 hour movie seemed to go by quickly.

    • MJPM thanks for sharing the information. That must of been surreal when walking though the casino to your surprise.

      If you do decide to watch the show and you think you can write a better recap then anyone else who may not have the proper understanding or relationships, please let me know. Your perspective would be much more interesting. Thanks for sharing so much with us and please come back to the blog to comment on other posts!

      Thanks – Ima

  43. Dy said


    I hope you watch this show and give us your take on it.

    Do you think it was a good idea for these women to do this?

  44. M.J.P.M said

    The question is, “Why not?” It would only be bad for the ones that no one knows anything of the husband. So if u have never heard of him, now you have, he wouldnt want that. If he has been in the papers the past 30 years and every one knows of him, then it’s up to the wife if she wants to exposed herself. got-it? Play-boy might want to get a piece of this.

  45. Dy said

    Got it, M.J.P.M.

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  47. LWoo said

    Holy shit! I wonder if they’re safe doing this show!

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