Jennifer Graziano

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The true story behind Mob Wives isn't the over-the-top ladies and their crazy criminal affiliates, it's Renee Graziano's sister Jennifer Graziano

The creator and producer of the show has always dreamed of owning her own television empire (watch out Kris Jenner!) – a veritable mafia of her own, if you will – and has big plans to not only expand the reality show franchise, but venture into scripted TV, food and wine, and even movies! 

Jennifer says she always knew she wouldn't be a mob wife herself, but growing up in the lifestyle and around those women she was fascinated. And circumstances sort of decided for her since she was "book smart as well as street smart". 

"I knew from a young girl that I did not want to marry a man and stay at home and take care of the family," Jennifer shared with The Examiner. "Starting from kindergarten I was up (and ready to go to school) before my mother and my sister (Renee)," she recalls. Translation: Jennifer inherited her father's head for business but was too smart to end up in the mob herself! 

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In Touch the sixth annual ICONS & IDOLS

Reality TV stars flocked to the cameras again this week.  See what your favorites (and not so favorites) were up to this week with our all new photo post.

Jenni "JWOWW" Farley attends the In Touch sixth annual ICONS & IDOLS event at Finale after the MTV VMAs on Sunday night. 

Below you'll find several Bravolebrities at the In Touch VMA afterparty: Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton, along with Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer.  You'll also find Rachel Zoe (I'm more convinced than ever that she's pregnant with baby #2) and many more!  

Photo Credit: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com

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Housewives of New Jersey Dina Manzo in the Hamptons

See what your favorite reality TV stars have been up to this week with an all new photo roundup!

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo and her dog Gracie attend the 'Martinis for Mutts' Last Chance Animal Rescue benefit held at Seasons of Southampton.

Below you'll find Big Ang, NeNe Leakes, LuAnn de Lesseps, Joyce Giraud, Kenya Moore, La La Anthony and more!

 
Photo Credit: Rob Rich/WENN.com

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Mob Wives Chicago

VH1 has just announced the cancelation of Mob Wives Chicago. Unable to keep up with the success of it's predecessor Mob Wives, the network decided not to renew the show for a second season. 

A VH1 spokesperson confirmed the cancelation. It’s just sad; it had so much potential,” Pia Rizza commented to the Chicago Sun Times. 

“I guess I have to go back to work,” Pia lamented. “Where that’s going to go I have no idea because I don’t have the show.”

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Mob Wives is getting a makeover for season 3! 

Jennifer Graziano has spilled that she is adding two new cast members for upcoming season of the hit show.  Jennifer remains mum on the names of the two new ladies, but did share that one newcomer is a friend that she's known since they were teens.

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So, I had conversation that I don’t get to have everyday.  I was granted the opportunity to speak with Mob Wives Chicago’s Nora Schweihs, and she is truly a gracious and kind lady.  I’d call it an “interview,” but it turned out to be more of a chat.  It began by me asking if there was anything in particular she didn’t want to discuss or anything she wanted to make sure we covered.  Nora was basically an open book, but she did want to make sure to thank Jennifer Graziano for giving her the opportunity to be on the show.  For her, the show was a platform to get the closure with her father’s death she has so desperately been seeking.  Nora also spoke with me about her upcoming endeavors and life off camera.

[Jenn Graziano] turned my life around, and was able to give me the closure that I will hopefully have,” admits Nora.  “When I was filming I was going to school…I just got my Masters.  That was really stressful as well as filming.  [The show] was very real and I’m just looking forward to moving forward and getting closure with my life.”

As for her wine, The German, she hopes it will be a tribute to her father and leave him with a legacy that doesn’t have such a poor connotation.  It has about six more months of aging before she will be marketing it to distributors.  Created with her friend Desiree, she has been part of each step of the process to ensure it is exactly what she wants.  “I want to have The German be not such a negative name.  That is my goal with my wine,” Nora reveals.

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With Mob Wives coming to a close last night, creator Jennifer Graziano is looking forward to the premiere of Mob Wives Chicago, as well as Big Ang’s new spinoff.

Jennifer sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to dish on both of her new shows.

Jennifer shared a little insight into Big Ang’s upcoming series: “She’s larger than life, and there’s going to be a couple of characters added to her show that are really going to make a splash. So I think that this show is going to be much different than Mob Wives in the sense that it’s going to be a lot more lighthearted and a lot more colorful and fun. Given the circumstances of what’s been going on with Mob Wives and the intensity, I’m looking forward to some of that colorfulness.”

She explains why she waited until season 2 to introduce the world to Big Ang. “I did know going into this that Big Ang was a star. I’ve known her since I was a kid, and I always had her in mind, but what I wanted to do was build the brand around the initial four women who had real close, authentic relationships. Big Ang has been a part of my family for like 25-30 years. She’s actually my older sister’s best friend. My thought was that she only really has a real connection through Renee, so let me build this first with these women who have these deeper relationships and kind of bring Big Ang in either for a couple of episodes that season and then have her in full time for the second season. And I think from a casting perspective, you always want to have something up your sleeve for the following season. Ang was my magic trick.”

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The undisputed star of Mob Wives, Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, will star in her very own spin-off this summer! Not taking any chances with a cheesy title, the network has simply titled her new show, after her nickname, Big Ang, and has ordered 10 episodes of following the most fascinating of the wives.

The press release described it as follows:

“Big Ang” will give viewers a glimpse into the life of one of reality TV’s most over-the-top and loveable characters. We’ll tag along as she hangs out with her family and friends, spends time at her increasingly popular Staten Island bar, The Drunken Monkey, and even hangs out with ‘da wise guys.’And yes her longtime friends from the original “Mob Wives” series will visit from time to time as will her loveable canine sidekick Little Louie.”

Dogs, alcohol, and lovable criminals? Sounds awesome! One of the VH1 suits describes Big Ang as “the definition of authentic.” Hear that, Kelly Bensimon?

In other Mob Wives news, show creater Jennifer Graziano responded to the recent revelation that her brother-in-law Junior Pagan was working as a FBI informant. On the VH1 blog, she says that she should have known something was up when he claimed he didn’t care how being on the show would ruin his reputation on the street.

She says VH1 asked if she wanted to stop production on the show, but she decided to keep going. It has created problems in her family.

“He used to tell me that he was my brother. And, it turns out, he didn’t care about me — and he sure didn’t care about Renee.”

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