VH1 is giving Big Ang from Mob Wives her own spinoff. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes, and it’s set to premiere this summer. The show will follow Big Ang with her family, friends and and her Staten Island bar, the Drunken Monkey. Sounds pretty rad! She’s most def the break-out star from Mob Wives, and it looks like VH1 is taking what works and running with it. She’s like the Flavor Flav of VH1 without the hoes.
From the press release:
Los Angeles, CA (April 17, 2012) – It’s rare for someone to so completely capture the hearts and minds of a fickle television audience as quickly as Angela “Big Ang” Raiola has done. From the moment Big Ang made her onscreen debut on VH1’s hit series “Mob Wives,” the media and viewing public alike were all asking, ‘Who is Big Ang?’ So, VH1 has decided to answer that question by giving Big Ang her very own television series simply titled “Big Ang” (working title). The 10-episode half-hour series is set to premiere in the summer of 2012.
“Big Ang” will give viewers a glimpse into the life of one of reality TV’s most over-the-top and loveable characters. We’ll tag along as she hangs out with her family and friends, spends time at her increasingly popular Staten Island bar, The Drunken Monkey, and even hangs out with – ‘da wise guys.’ And yes her longtime friends from the original “Mob Wives” series will visit from time to time as will her loveable canine sidekick Lil’ Louis.
Big Ang has catapulted with lightening speed onto the pop culture landscape like no other before her. After only a few minutes of screen time, Jimmy Kimmel had her on his show as a guest as did Wendy Williams. And Diddy himself has tweeted “I love Big Ang!!!!!.” The love-fest isn’t limited to the U.S. People from all over the world are captivated by Big Ang and have visited The Drunken Monkey just so they can meet her.
“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,’” said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming and Production. “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 The Drunken Monkey, I guarantee viewers are in for a real treat.”
“I’ve known Big Ang since I was a kid and can always remember thinking, ‘this woman is a star!’” stated Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions. “It gives me great pleasure to be in the position to show the world what I have always seen in her. Big Ang was on my mind for “Mob Wives” from the start – I believe she was a great addition for season 2 and will be an even bigger force to reckon with on her own show! Watch out America… it’s Big Ang!”