No one can argue that The Real Housewives has been incredibly successful, so it's no surprise that someone over at VH1 decided to be really original and say, "Hey, let's do a show that's like Housewives meets Sopranos. It'll be called Mob Wives!" GROAN. It seems like whenever a TV show franchise takes off on one network, the others scramble to create a ripoff their own version. Sex & the City begot the failed Lipstick Jungle ... American Idol begot The Voice ... Project Runway begot The Fashion Show ... and ugh, I guess we all have Paris Hilton to thank for the many Kardashian series currently on the air.
In summing up last night's premiere of Mob Wives, critics deduced that the show's basically Real Housewives -- Staten Island. Sounds like fun, I guess ... if your cup of tea tastes like stale, back-stabbing drama. I mean, seriously, haven't we seen this show 80 million times before?
It goes like this: Find a handful of women who are Botoxed, fake-baked, and manicured within an inch of their lives. Follow them as they lament how hard they have it (despite the wads of cash they have from God knows where), and then pick fights with one another over silly bulls**t. Then, at some point, they'll have a reunion where they passive-aggressively claw one another's eyes out kiss and make up.
I'm sorry, but it's a formula cable TV has been following for years now, and they think we're stupid enough to fall for it all over again. Sadly, when there's nothing on except re-runs of Teen Mom you've already seen 10x apiece and depressing news you've already heard about 10x, you could find yourself getting sucked into a show like Mob Wives.
Then you seemingly care about people like MW "star" Karen Gravano, daughter of famous mob informant Sammy (The Bull) Gravano. Gravano (who had been living in Arizona, because her father was sent there as part of the witness protection program after he sent more than a hundred of his mobster buddies to jail) seems to have a classic case of "Reality TV will make me a real star!" syndrome. Mob Wives will trail her EPIC move back to Staten Island! Oh, and did I mention -- not only is Gravano writing a book, but BIG NEWS has emerged that she was arrested in 2000 as part of a massive ecstasy ring. Oh noes!
Obviously, "news" like this is supposed to tempt us to watch horrible TV Mob Wives. I don't know about you, but I'd rather "sleep with the fishes" than take the bait.
Do you care about Mob Wives?
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