Cabler greenlights series on gossip journo
A&E is getting Gotti.Cabler has picked up the pilot “Growing up Gotti” to series, ordering 20 half-hours of the project, which trails New York personality Victoria Gotti as she raises her three teenage sons and works as a gossip journo. Show has been in development since late last year (Daily Variety, Jan. 22). Channel shot demo footage for the series in Gotham at that time featuring Gotti dealing with such celebs as Courtney Love, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Liz Smith. A&E documentary programming veep Nancy Dubuc said the skein would be similar to MTV’s celeb-centered hit “The Osbournes” but would have broader appeal. “She is a single mom and very grounded. I think that because of that, more people will connect to her in a more relatable way than they do ‘The Osbournes.’ Her three teenage sons are really like the guys next door.” As for Gotti’s familial roots — she is the daughter of the late mob boss John Gotti — Dubuc said it will certainly play a role in the show. “Victoria contends that her father’s business lifestyle didn’t come home. She said he was very loving, and I think that intensity about his family comes across in the way she raises her kids. And John is still clearly a presence in her life — when you walk in their home, there is a portrait of him hanging right there, and one of the children is named after him.” A&E is planning to premiere “Gotti” in the third quarter. In January, Gotti was named editor-in-chief of Red Carpet, a new mag from Star publisher American Media. Gotti also penned the novels “The Senator’s Daughter,” “I’ll Be Watching You” and “Superstar.” “Gotti” continues A&E’s expansion into reality TV — “Airline” was just picked up for a second season (Daily Variety, March 3) and the upcoming series “Family Plots,” about a family-run mortuary, will launch April 19.