What Happened to MTV’s ‘Made In Staten Island’?

by Jeremy Spirogis

Fans of the VH1 collection Mob Wives had been delighted when MTV introduced a brand new collection, Made in Staten Island. The present would characteristic the kids of among the ladies featured on Mob Wives, together with Karen Gravano and her daughter, Karina Seabrook. 

When Made in Staten Island mysteriously disappeared from the air after just a few episodes, followers questioned what occurred. Here’s how Made in Staten Island grew to become Families of the Mafia. 

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Made in Staten Island | MTV

‘Made in Staten Island’ solely ran for 3 episodes 

In 2019, MTV premiered a brand new collection known as Made in Staten Island. The collection adopted the younger adults of a number of households who had ties to the mafia and felony exercise, together with Seabrook, Dennie Augustine, and twins Taylor and Joe O’Toole. 

The Staten Island group was disillusioned within the present’s illustration of the island, claiming it “[was] built on the premise that kids from Staten Island all grow up surrounded by the mafia in their lives; this is far from the truth.” The group requested that the present change its title or be faraway from MTV altogether. 

MTV stopped airing the collection after three episodes however returned in April 2020 with Families of the Mafia. The newly named collection has the identical focus as Made in Staten Island — younger adults with connections to notorious mafiosos — however with out point out of the situation.

Was ‘Made in Staten Island’ canceled? 

After solely airing three episodes, MTV eliminated Made in Staten Island from the air. Gravano spoke out concerning the collection on The Wiseguyz Show podcast, addressing the rumors that it had been canceled.

“We are working. We weren’t canceled,” Gravano defined. “We just had a couple of things come up and felt we wanted to add more layers to the show, so we’re still working on it. We’ll definitely be back.” 

And again they got here, within the type of a brand new collection titled Families of the Mafia. 

‘Families of the Mafia’ is in scorching water 

Spyglass Media Group (previously the Weinstein Company) owns the VH1 collection Mob Wives, which ran from 2011 to 2016. The collection adopted Gravano and plenty of different ladies with ties to the mafia together with Drita D’Avanzo, Renee Graziano, Ramona Rizzo, and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola. 

Because Families of the Mafia options among the similar ladies, themes, and tales as Mob Wives, MTV was despatched a cease-and-desist for copyright infringement.

MTV nor Spyglass have commented on the authorized matter. “Mob Wives centered on the ladies,” Gravano informed Page Six. “[Families of the Mafia] focuses on the mother and father elevating their youngsters. It’s a multigenerational present that basically comes full circle whenever you see the struggles the mother and father come from and wanting the youngsters to do higher and study from their errors.”

The first season of Families of the Mafia is barely six episodes. Whether or not that is as a result of authorized concern is unclear.

Will there be a ‘Families of the Mafia’ Season 2? 

As of proper now, MTV hasn’t confirmed a second season of Families of the Mafia. Considering the copyright infringement case in opposition to the collection and the influence the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the manufacturing of many exhibits, it’s doubtless that will probably be a while till we discover out whether or not or not the collection will return for Season 2. 

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