Big Ang is going out on her own. Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the "Mob Wives" scene-stealer, is getting her own reality show set to launch on VH1 in summer 2012.
"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,'" Jeff Olde, EVP of original programming and production at VH1, said in a statement. "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."
The 10-episode series, titled "Big Ang," will follow the "Mob Wives" star as she hangs out with her friends and family while focusing on her Staten Island bar, The Drunken Monkey. Expect the other "Mob Wives" and her dog sidekick Lil' Louis to appear. The series was developed from a concept by Jennifer Graziano, the creator of "Jersey Shore," in partnership with Electus, The Weinstein Company and Left/Right.
"I've known Big Ang since I was a kid and can always remember thinking, 'this woman is a star!'" Graziano, of JustJenn Productions, said in a statement. "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!"
Big Ang's spinoff joins "Mob Wives: Chicago" in the growing VH1 franchise.