Mob Wives Chicago

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Mob Wives Chicago
Mob Wives Chicago.jpg
Created byJennifer Graziano
  • Christina Scoleri
  • Leah DeSimone
  • Nora Schweihs
  • Pia Rizza
  • Renee Fecarotta Russo
Theme music composerElle King
Opening theme"Playing for Keeps"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producer(s)
  • Banks Tarver
  • Ben Silverman
  • Bob Weinstein
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Jeff Olde
  • Jennifer Graziano
  • Jimmy Fox
  • Kari McFarland
  • Ken Druckerman
  • Nina Diaz
  • Rick Hankey
  • Shelly Tatro
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkVH1
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 10 –
August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)
Preceded byMob Wives
External links

Mob Wives Chicago was an American reality television series on VH1 that premiered on June 10, 2012, and is a spin-off of VH1's New York-based Mob Wives, with a new cast based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] The introduction for the show was filmed on March 7, 2012, behind Chicago's Cassidy Tire on Canal Street.[2] The first promo for the show aired on April 29, 2012, during an episode of the original series. A preview special of the series aired on May 27, 2012, after the second season Mob Wives reunion special.

On October 14, 2012, cast member Pia Rizza tweeted that "#MobWivesChicago is over now I don't see the need to keep reliving the drama that killed the show time 2 move forward new chapter new time," confirming that Mob Wives Chicago had been canceled.[3][4]


  • Pia Rizza is the daughter of Vincent Rizza, who worked for The Chicago Outfit, then subsequently testified against them and entered the Federal Witness Protection Program.[5][6]
  • Nora Schweihs is the daughter of the late Frank "The German" Schweihs, who was a notorious and feared hitman for the Chicago Mafia.[5][7]
  • Renee Fecarotta Russo is a niece of the now deceased "Big John" Fecarotta, who raised her and was also a loan collector and hitman for the Mafia.[5][8]
  • Christina Scoleri is the daughter of Raymond Janek, a one-time thief and fence for the Chicago Outfit.[5][9]
  • Leah DeSimone is the daughter of Wolf DeSimone, a reputed mafia associate.[5][10]


  • Giana is Renee's 20-year-old daughter. Her father is serving life in prison for murder. Despite Renee's disagreement, Giana remains in contact with her father.
  • Julie is Nora's best friend from Florida who is the only one that met her father. Also a psychic medium.
  • Bella Rizza is Pia's teenage daughter.
  • Dave is Renee's boyfriend, business partner, and one of Pia's acquaintances.


No.TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Fight Night"June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10)0.672[11]
Christina has too much to drink and when she offends Nora, who offends Pia, the situation quickly changes to Pia and Christina's getting into an argument. When glass is thrown, Pia attacks Christina. Hair-pulling and punching occurs and the two women are pulled apart.
2"The Aftermath"June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)0.508[12]
Christina is left alone after Nora, Pia and Renee choose not to talk with her but Leah is the one who offers her advice.
3"You Can't Handle the Truce"June 24, 2012 (2012-06-24)0.487[13]
Pia and Christina end their friendship while Nora invites some of the ladies over for a memorial luncheon in light of the anniversary of her fathers passing.
4"When Renee Attacks"July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)0.419[14]
Christina chooses to talk with Pia and resolve their issues. Renee is shocked when Nora confronts her due to her disrespectful behavior.
5"Heartbreak and Betrayal"July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08)0.481[15]
While angry, Pia says some personal information relating to Nora, which shocks everyone.
6"Party Animals"July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15)0.575[16]
Nora and Pia are resentful towards each other, and choose not to speak. Nora and Renee are also not on speaking terms. Christina wants all of the ladies to come together and celebrate happiness.
7"Sticks and Stones"July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)0.461[17]
Christina's party ends up turning into a drama festival, and Christina is determined to figure out who started it. Pia and Renee attempt to mend their friendship.
8"Daddy Issues"July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)0.555[18]
Giana tries to get answers from her currently incarcerated father, while Renee goes to court. Nora receives more information about her father's burial.
9"Shift Happens"August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)0.505[19]
Christina comes to terms with her divorce and discusses living with her ex. Pia works at jump starting a new career. Nora gathers information to exhume her father.
10"Walk Away Renee"August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)0.454[20]
The ladies gather to support Leah, and her mother who suffered from breast cancer, and walk for a breast cancer charity. Leah asks the group to say together, but mischievous Renee and Pia separate themselves from the group, which angers Leah to no extent.
11"Series Finale"August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)0.526[21]
In the series finale, Nora's long battle to exhume her father comes to an end. Leah is unsure what to do when she is faced with heartbreaking news.

International broadcast[edit]

In the UK it aired on ITVBe. In Australia the series premiered on Arena on May 2, 2015.[22]


  1. ^ "Elle King's "Playing for Keeps" Selected as Theme Song for VH1's "Mob Wives Chicago," Premiering June 10th". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Velasquez, Phil (March 8, 2012). "About Last Night (Photos: Meet the stars of 'Mob Wives Chicago')". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Pia Rizza Twitter Status".
  4. ^ Rackl, Lori (November 29, 2012). "'Mob Wives Chicago' sleeps with the fishes — canceled before second season". Chicago Sun-Times.
  5. ^ a b c d e Steve Rhodes. "The Monsters Behind Chicago's Mob Wives". The Beachwood Media Company. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cast Biography: Pia Rizza". VH1. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Cast Biography: Nora Schweihs". VH1. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Cast Biography: Renee Fecarotta Russo". VH1. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Cast Biography: Christina Scoleri". VH1. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Cast Biography: Leah Desimone". VH1. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
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  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 19, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood', 'Falling Skies', 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' + NASCAR & More". TV by the Numbers.
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  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 3, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'BET Awards' + 'True Blood', European Football, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Real Housewives of NJ' & More". TV by the Numbers.
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 10, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Wins Night, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Falling Skies', 'Army Wives', 'The Newsroom', 'Drop Dead Diva', 'Longmire', 'Walking Dead Marathon' & More". TV by the Numbers.
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  22. ^ "Foxtel in May: 200+ new shows including Wayward Pines, Open Slather, Nashville and River Cottage Australia". The Green Room. Foxtel. April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.

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