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New reality series ‘The Capones’ hopes to be a hit for Reelz Channel this fall
Reality TV is getting another helping of the Chicago mob with a new docuseries centered on Al Capone’s restaurant-owning descendants.
A 10-episode series called “The Capones” will debut this fall on the cable network Reelz Channel. It stars Capone’s great-nephew, Dominic “Dom” Capone III, as he runs the family’s eponymous restaurant and pizzeria in Lombard along with his mother, Dawn.
“The spirit of the infamous gangster Al Capone still lives on in Chicago in the form of his drama-filled, lasagna-loving dysfunctional family, the Capones,” reads a Reelz Channel press release. “With a notorious bloodline and larger-than-life personalities, this workplace docuseries follows the goodfellas as they run the family Italian restaurant and try to keep peace at the Capone mansion with the extended family all living under one roof.”
This isn’t Dom’s first rodeo when it comes to being on camera. (The photo at the end of the post was taken in 2007 as a publicity shot for a film project.) He played a mobster in R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” and did a turn as his notorious uncle in the 2001 TV documentary “The Real Untouchables.” He’s also had bit parts in other shows, such as “The Chicago Code,” “Turks” and “Early Edition.”
Press materials refer to Dom as “The Boss,” who “runs this unkempt crew at his Italian eatery with an iron fist.” Apparently, the only one who can keep him in check is his mother, who co-owns Capone’s Restaurant and Pizzeria with her son.
The cast of characters includes Dom’s girlfriend “The Princess” and his ex-girlfriend, “Madness Cherry Lips,” as well as a couple of crazy aunts, drunken cousins, neighborhood troublemakers “Meatball” and “Bart,” an unemployed friend nicknamed Sausage and “an Irishman.” You can’t make this stuff up.
But wait, there’s more. The show also will include movie tips, according to the press release:
“In addition to family and food, ‘The Capones’ cast also love movies and they will give our viewers their personal movie recommendations in surprising and fun behind the scene interviews,” said Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard.
The series is the latest to tap into Chicago’s ties with the mafia. “Mob Wives Chicago” aired on VH1 for one season last year before getting whacked. Some of the women who appeared on that reality show are trying to get another show called “Bo$$ Ladies” on the air this year.