Made in Staten Island is the new MTV reality show that shines a light on young people who grew up in the borough of New York City “with family ties to the street life.” Former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano is the executive producer. One of the seven stars of the show is Gravano’s daughter Karina Seabrook, who is nicknamed “The Mob Princess” as she is the granddaughter of Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, former underboss of the Gambino crime family in New York.
Her grandfather cooperated with the Feds in 1994 and testified against mob boss John Gotti who was sent to prison for life. Gravano left Witness Protection and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where he later pleaded guilty to running an Ecstasy drug ring. His wife Debra, daughter Karen (Karina’s mother) and son Gerard were also arrested on drug charges. After serving 18 years, Gravano was released early in 2016, and is now under Arizona supervision until March 2019.
In the series premiere of Made in Staten Island (January 14), Karina receives a call from her grandfather. He wants to know where she plans to go college (she’s not sure yet) and encourages her not to make mistakes like he did. “You’re the oddball (in the family) going in the right direction,” he tells his granddaughter, “It takes guts and brains.” Made in Staten Island airs Mondays at 10 pm on MTV, right after Teen Mom 2.