If you can’t get enough of VH1’s hit show “Mob Wives,” I have some good news for you! There will be a spin-off airing in the Spring, this time from the Windy City! Get the 411 below.
As the second season of VH1â€²s ratings hit â€œMob Wivesâ€ continues to captivate fans with the never-ending, real-life drama in New York, the network introduces a new group of â€œSyndicate Sistersâ€ with the debut of the franchiseâ€™s first spin-off, â€œMob Wives Chicago,â€ to premiere Spring 2012.
â€œMob Wives Chicagoâ€ follows the lives of five women allegedly connected to â€œThe Outfit,â€ Chicagoâ€™s version of the Mob, as they bear the cross for the sins of their Mob-associated fathers. With lives that are right off the pages of a story book, each woman has chosen her own way to live her life in the city that was once home to Al Capone, sometimes in spite of and many times because of who her father is. Along the way these women battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do whatâ€™s best for themselves and their children. But ultimately, it is the ghost of their fathers they battle, living and dead, as they try to overcome and persevere in the face of these menâ€™s notorious legacies.
Meet the cast of â€œMob Wives Chicagoâ€:
RENEE FECAROTTA RUSSO: Renee is a strong independent businesswoman who was raised by her uncle, â€œBig Johnâ€ Fecarotta, following the death of her father. An alleged loan collector and hit man for â€œThe Outfit,â€ Fecarotta was Reneeâ€™s mentor and best friend until being gunned down by fellow mobster Nick Calabrese. Fiercely loyal to his memory, Renee still abides by the â€œcodeâ€: never associate with ratsâ€¦take it to the grave.
NORA SCHWEIHS: Nora is back in Chicago to take care of some unfinished business. Noraâ€™s father, Frank â€œThe Germanâ€ Schweihs, was reputed to be one of the most notorious hit men for the Mob. Schwiehs, whose alleged â€œhitsâ€ were not limited to the Mob, has long been rumored to be responsible for the death of Marilyn Monroe. Shortly after his death in 2008, the government confiscated his remains before he could be properly buried. Nora has returned to Chicago to learn the whereabouts of his body. Despite growing up hearing stories of his viciousness and brutality, Nora idolized her father and she continues to defend himâ€¦ even to his grave.
PIA RIZZA: Pia may have a mouth like a trucker, but sheâ€™s spoken zip about her father since she was a little girl. Vincent Rizza was a dirty Chicago cop who worked for the Mob, testified against the Mob and then went into the Witness Protection Program. Pia has struggled all her life to hide from the shame of having a â€œratâ€ for a father. Itâ€™s been especially difficult to avoid the judgments and finger pointing in a town that celebrates the folk heroes and glory days of the Mob.
CHRISTINA SCOLERI: As an unemployed divorced mother of a 9-year-old, Christina is struggling to provide a stable environment for her daughter. Christina is the daughter of Raymond Janek, a one-time thief and alleged fence for the Mob. Serving 20 years off and on for various offenses, Janek finally went straight in 1987, and his relationship with his daughter remains distant. Christinaâ€™s father is a reminder of her own unstable upbringing, and sheâ€™s determined not to repeat the sins of her father.
LEAH DESIMONE: Leah is the over-protected daughter of William â€œWolfâ€ DeSimone, a supposed â€œassociateâ€ of the Mob, but Leahâ€™s keeping mum. Leah never knew, and knew never to ask what her Dad did for a living. Leaving one day in a suit, Wolf would return days later in street clothes with no explanation and none expected. Now â€œretired,â€ Wolf still keeps tabs on his little girl. But as vigilant as he is of her safety, Leah is equally secretive of her Dadâ€™s profession â€¦ if youâ€™re â€œconnected,â€ you NEVER talk about it!
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