After branching out on her own in a lackluster spinoff Manzo’d With Children, RHONJ is desperate to save the show with Teresa Giudice‘s departure. Dina Manzo has already stated she is done, and Jacqueline Laurita promises to return and terrorize us all some more, but will Caroline also be signing on again?
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According to sources Caroline has been offered a substantial pay increase to re-join the show, which will also boast a largely new cast, again. Caroline will not be included from the get-go but will be incorporated into the show as the season progresses. According to Hollywood Life, Caroline has already agreed to be part of the seventh season, which has not started filming.
A source from Bravo denies that Caroline is back and says she will not return to RHONJ. They also didn’t comment on the fate of Caroline’s spinoff or whether or not it will be renewed for a second season. The overall ratings were about 1.2 million, which isn’t bad. About on par with spinoffs from Kim Zolciak, which aired it’s 3rd season this year.
However it’s no secret that the show is in a ratings peril, and lately Bravo has resorted to re-hiring ex-Housewives to boost ratings. Has it worked? Eh… it didn’t work with Dina, although last season was a complete and utter mess due to Teresa‘s legal situation. It remains to be seen if it works with Bethenny Frankel on RHONY, but it certainly didn’t improve RHOBH’s ratings so-far.
If you want my opinion Bravo needs to get back to basics in a different way – hiring interesting women with interesting lives who are actually friends. I also believe they need to start incorporating other races and nationalities in their casts. Real Housewives Of Atlanta is by-far the most successful franchise, and other shows such as Married To Medicine have also brought big ratings for Bravo.
Hmmm… I really don’t think Caroline adds anything to this show. Sorry. Other than her issues with Danielle Staub and Teresa, she’s only ever served as the Mommy Dearest figurehead for the show. And although it’s nice to see a family that has fun together and is happy, I really don’t feel she can do much to significantly boost ratings.
SO – SHOULD CAROLINE RETURN? WILL SHE? WHAT DO YOU THINK BRAVO SHOULD DO WITH RHONJ?
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