Jennifer Graziano has sealed the deal for a Chicago franchise of Mob Wives. A city as rich in mob history as Chicago is bound to have some great personalities for a reality show. In fact, the cast has been picked because filming is due to start very soon. In true mafia tradition though, almost to the point of taking the Omerta, no one is talking about who is going to be in the cast. They must like to keep us guessing?
As I sit in front of my laptop, I am wondering which lucky city will be next. I follow all the mob wives and their executive producer as closely as I can. When they tweet, I read between the lines and blog about what I think. It may not be fact, but I clearly separate what is fact from my own opinion. I draw conclusions based on logic. So what is the next city or cities we can expect to see in the Mob Wives future?
Based on Jennifer’s flyer miles the past few months, and she must have plenty of frequent flyer rewards coming to her, the next two probable cities are Miami and Los Angeles. In fact, Jennifer is in Miami as I type, and she is working. What could she be working on? The Mob Wives of Miami maybe. After all, the mob seems to be a big presence in south Florida. In March, 2010, the FBI arrested three men allegedly part of the Cosa Nostra operations of extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking. The Miami family allegedly has connections to the mafia in Palermo and Trapani, Sicily.
What about Los Angeles? Jennifer has made several trips to the west coast in recent months. Los Angeles has a long and very fascinating mob history. The history dates back to the early 1900’s and they secured their business during prohibition by bootlegging. They rose to power during the 1940’s and 1950’s under the direction of Jack Dragna. The LA operation never was as big as New York and Chicago and these days is considered to be a small operation dealing with fraud, extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking. However, there were plenty of made men and associates there over the years and a downsized “family” is still up and running today.
With all the talk and success of our Staten Island Mob Wives, I expect many mob wives to be coming out of the Miami and Los Angeles woodwork to contact Jennifer. After all, how do you advertise for a cast of a Mob Wives reality show and keep it hush hush? (I should do a blog on that!) I think all the behind the scenes stories would make for an excellent book. Meanwhile there are many more years of Mob Wives ahead of us, that much I am sure of. Miami and Los Angeles bring it on! The more Mob Wives, the better!
P.S. Guess where Karen Gravano is this morning? She is off recording the audio version of her new book, MobDaughter, coming out February 14th, 2012. You can pre-order the book now and avoid long lines later!