Caroline Manzo

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Have any of you been missing Dina Manzo since she bid farewell to Real Housewives of New Jersey?  Well, fear not, because she's back…and her name is now Alessandra DiGiacomo.  That's right!  Dina's an actress now, y'all!

I'm actually really excited about this news.  Following in the footsteps of Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, Dina has landed a role on an upcoming scripted dramedy.  The series, called Tainted Dreams, portrays the drama among soap opera actors behind-the-scenes of their daily stories (was my grandmother the only one who called soap operas her "stories"?).  How very Melrose Place of Dina!

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Oh wow.  I bet y'all didn't even know that it was possible to have a short, sweet Real Housewives of New Jersey post, but I'm here to restore your faith.  After the jump, I've got some great gossip and some hilarious Caroline Manzo news.  It won't disappoint.

Let me throw out some buzz words in hopes of sparking your interest.  We've got a former Basketball Wives star hanging out with a pole dancing "prostitution whore" from seasons past of RHONJ.  We've also got Caroline's face popping up in a very odd place.  It's amazing.

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It's the casting rumors that never end!  Yes, they go on and on my friend!  Gossip has been swirling around the Real Housewives of New Jersey and who may or may not be joining the cast.  Apparently everyone from last season will be returning, but there seems to be some confusion whether there will be any new full-fledged housewives.

The ladies left off last year on not the most positive of notes.  Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile faced off against Teresa Giudice at the reunion, and many media outlets speculated that Bravo would be bringing in more allies for Teresa.  And maybe they are…but they will just be labeled "friends of housewives."

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Even though it's my job to blog on reality shows, and while I love every housewives franchise for different reasons, I have a hard time following the rumors swirling around the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New Jersey…mainly because it's exhausting.  One minute Jacqueline Laurita is bowing out, the next minute most of the cast is being replaced by people who will actually film with Teresa Giudice.  Add in the off-again-on-again family relationships and friendships, and my head is spinning!

However, this new gossip is beyond awesome.  Two words: Lil' Kim.  I'll get back to that later, but it's hilariously amazing.  According to sources in the Garden State, all of the women will be returning for another round.  Yes, that means we'll all be getting our fill of Jacq, Teresa, Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile.  Not only will all of the ladies be back for more, we'll be treated to some additional familiar faces as well as some newcomers.  Count on some Kims, that's for sure!

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Oh, it's so sad when the holidays are over. I don't know about you but I get post-Christmas depression. So instead lets gawk at how our favorite reality stars spent their holidays! Below are tweets and photos for the holiday wrap up. Enjoy! 

Above Fashion Star host Jessica Simpson confirmed she was pregnant again with the above photo! ""Merry Christmas from my family to yours!" she tweeted

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It seems the only requirement for getting a book deal these days is semi-relevance on a reality TV show. Clearly I took the wrong approach… Anyway, with almost every lady on Real Housewives of New Jersey scoring a book we thought we'd give the readers a chance to weigh in on whose literary fete is the most interesting! 

First up, Caroline Manzo's book Let Me Tell You Something… hits stores in March and Caroline is providing fans with a sneak peak of all her Christmastime advice.

In a chapter titled "There's No Such Thing As The Perfect Christmas," she talks about dealing with holiday stress and discusses how she's handled it herself. It sounds just like Caroline. Whomever is ghost writing this sucker is good.

 

I believe that in response to Honey Boo Boo being an example of the dumbing down of our country, it was Bryan who replied that Twitter was actually even worse.  Truer words, Bryan, truer words.  Now Real Housewives of New Jersey's Caroline Manzo has come under fire on the social media site.

Caroline was a recent co-host on Anderson Live and she shared her experiences of getting death threats in the Twitterverse from some pretty rabid fans.  Seriously?  Don't people realize that they don't actually know the stars of these shows?  I highly doubt many of them would give any of us a second thought.  Not that they aren't decent people, but they've got their own stuff to worry about!  Anyhoo, some Caroline haters have been sending her less than stellar messages via Twitter, and she wants to remind us all that–breaking news!–it's just a television show!

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It's always fun to hear stories about fan encounters with celebrities – especially reality TV stars because they are so much more unfiltered than your typical celebs.  Sometimes it pains me to find out a favorite star is a complete diva or jerk (I won't mention any names), but it gives us a twinge of hope when a celeb is cool. One of our readers (user name Desiday) shared her recent Real Housewives of New Jersey encounter with us and gave us permission to post it – along with her great photos! Desiday met up with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita at a blk. water tasting and meet 'n greet this past weekend in L.A.  Desiday lucked out and before any crowds arrived, she was able to hang out with the RHONJ crew and get some juicy deets! 

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