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VH1 teams with Weinstein Co. for 'Mob Wives'

November 18, 2010 | 10:04 am

83_weinstein_brotherslarge_image-1 VH1 is taking it to the mattresses! And they’ve got a few heavyweights to help them.

According to sources close to production, the network is teaming up with the Weinstein Co. and Ben Silverman’s Electus to add yet another show to its reality roster: “Mob Wives.”

If you thought the ladies of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" had mobster connections (table-flipping outbursts tend to imply that), you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Created by Jennifer Graziano, the 10-episode series follows the lives of four “allegedly” associated women who have to rebuild their lives after their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities. 

It's sure to make for some interesting material in the editing room. Hey, the Weinstein Co. knows a thing or two about that. And it helps that the reality genre (and all the drama that comes with it) is familiar territory for the studio. Run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the studio battled with NBC Universal over "Project Runway," a show they produce, in 2006 after they announced the program would relocate to Lifetime. The lawsuit was settled in 2009, with the studio agreeing to pay an undisclosed amount to the peacock network. 

"Mob Wives" is said to begin shooting after Thanksgiving, with episodes expected to air in March 2011.


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Photo: Bob, left, and Harvey Weinstein. Credit: Getty Images