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Breaking News: WWE To Develop Its First Sitcom Around Santino Marella

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 26th 2010 8:19AM
"They call me the next one to cross over, the next Hollywood star," smirked 'WWE Monday Night RAW' superstar Santino Marella while disclosing for the first time plans for the 'Santino Morella Sitcom' at last night's 'Monday Night RAW' event in Columbus, Ohio.

The Canadian-born, Italian-American has already turned himself into the comedic foil of professional wrestling with his over-the-top accent, fake unibrow and proclivity to dress in drag in order to wrestle as Santina Marella, the "sister" of Santino. (The National Italian American Foundation should look into being offended by him after they recover from this season of 'Jersey Shore'.)

Now, apparently, he's getting his own sitcom. In it, Morello said that WWE stars Beth Phoenix and Vladimir Kozlov will portray his girlfriend and best friend, respectively."They call me the next one to cross over, the next Hollywood star," smirked 'WWE Monday Night RAW' superstar Santino Marella while disclosing for the first time plans for the 'Santino Morella Sitcom' at last night's 'Monday Night RAW' event in Columbus, Ohio.

The Canadian-born, Italian-American has already turned himself into the comedic foil of professional wrestling with his over-the-top accent, fake unibrow and proclivity to dress in drag in order to wrestle as Santina Marella, the "sister" of Santino. (The National Italian American Foundation should look into being offended by him after they recover from this season of 'Jersey Shore'.)

Now, apparently, he's getting his own sitcom. In it, Morello said that WWE stars Beth Phoenix and Vladimir Kozlov will portray his girlfriend and best friend, respectively.

When pressed further for details about whether it will be a reality show format or traditional multi-camera sitcom, Morello said, "I think we're going to use one or two cameras. It will kind of be like a 'Seinfeld,' but with me. You know, it will only be a reality show if you consider wrestling reality." (No, that's not confusing at all.)

"In two weeks, we're filming the first three episodes," he added. "It will air at first on the dot com, then after that we will get it to a network television."

USA Networks would seem the most likely place to pitch his sitcom, as its been the home of 'WWE Monday Night RAW' for many years.

Chris McCumber, Executive Vice President at the networks, said the company is not actively looking for sitcoms, but they would consider one if it meets their "Characters Welcome" brand. When asked about Morello's sitcom, he expressed interest and said, "I'm not aware of it. I need to see it. He's quite a comedic character, so no doubt he will have a good sitcom."

Also known by his birth name, Oleg Prudious, Kozlov proved his acting chops in the second season of 'The Wire' and Spike Lee's '25th Hour'.

Below, Morella shows off his comedic and rap skills.

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