Growing Up Gotti being revived: new reality series will star John Gotti’s grandsons

The format of Growing Up Gotti is being revived more than six years after A&E cancelled the reality show. The new series, which sounds similar to the old series, is being developed by the producers behind the film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, which stars Ben Foster as John A. Gotti, Jr., and John Travolta as John Gotti, Sr.

John Gotti’s grandsons, Carmine, John, and Frank, will be featured on the show, although their mother, Victoria Gotti, who’s now on The Celebrity Apprentice, isn’t mentioned as a cast member.

Variety reports that the show “is being developed by Fiore Films and Ted Field, producers of the upcoming Barry Levinson-directed Gotti feature film starring Al Pacino and John Travolta”; Marc Fiore told the paper, “The boys have that special something that appeals to a very wide audience. We will be working with them to create a series that brings out each of their unique personalities as well as give an insider’s look into the lives of the latest generation of Gottis.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.