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VH1 nabs ‘Mafia Wives’

Cabler orders ten episodes from Weinstein Co., Electus

VH1 has found its own real housewives — all of whom are married to the mob. Cabler has given a 10-episode order to “Mafia Wives,” the first collaboration between the Weinstein Co. and Ben Silverman’s Electus.

Reality series centers on four women who are struggling to make ends meet while their husbands or fathers spend time in jail for “mob-related activities.” Show begins production later this month for a March airdate.

Music industry vet Jennifer Graziano created the show through her JustJenn Prods. shingle. She’ll serve as exec producer, while Left/Right Prods. (“I Want to Work for Diddy”) will handle day-to-day production on the show.

“TV is a character-based medium, and the women featured inside this show are so dynamic and interesting,” Silverman told Daily Variety. “Clearly it’s the world of ‘The Sopranos’ coming to life in a reality environment.”

Silverman and Weinstein Co. chief operating officer David Glasser said they brought the “Mafia Wives” stars to several pitch meetings, helping to seal the show.

Graziano first pitched TWC on the idea; Harvey Weinstein and Glasser then opted to recruit Silverman.

“Harvey and Ben had been talking for some time about bringing our worlds together,” Glasser said.

Weinstein Co. is behind “Project Runway” and also produced the Lifetime series “On the Road With Austin and Santino” and HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

Graziano most recently was director of consumer lifestyle marketing at MWW Group, and also ran her own company, Bounce Marketing. As a music industry manager, she wrote the single “F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)” for R&B artist Frankee.

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