April 17, 2012 1:52pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Mob Wives' Pal Big Ang Gets Own VH1 Series
There's nothing small about Mob Wives friend Angela Raiola, AKA Big Ang, and now she’s going bigger with her own series on VH1.
The cable channel announced on Tuesday that it has greenlit a series starring Raiola with the working title Big Ang for a summer premiere. It will consist of 10 half-hour episodes.
Mob Wives fans have known Big Ang since the series' first season and once you get past the visuals, fans have come to really enjoy her. She’s always there for the wives with advice, a big arm to place between feuding cast members and equally attention-grabbing outfits as any other mafia-adjacent lady.
“I, along with everyone I know and our viewers, fell in love with Big Ang from the very first moment we saw her on screen in Mob Wives,” VH1’s Original Programming and Production EVP Jeff Olde says. “Ang is the definition of authentic. What you see is what you get, no apologies. She’s enjoying life on her own terms – and having had the pleasure of hanging out with Big Ang, her friends and family at [her Staten Island bar] The Drunken Monkey, I guarantee viewers are in for a real treat.”
Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions developed the concept for Big Ang. It is also produced by The Weinstein Company, Electus and Left/Right. VH1’s Executive producers are Shelly Tatro, Kari McFarland, Rick Hankey and Olde with Supervising Producer Sean Gottlieb.
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