Last night was our first introduction to the season that Bravo hopes will redeem Real Housewives of New Jersey's viewership. After season 5 suffered from sinking ratings because of stale drama and regurgitated storylines the network has infused new and recycled blood into the franchise and given us orange-er skin, more be-sprayed hair, and a let's be happier facade!
Everyone is treating Teresa Giudice with the nice-ies – maybe it's because they recognize that this may be her last season due to jail time and the throne will be open for a new RHONJ queen! Dina Manzo is back to be Teresa's lady in waiting, but she also has a whole new lease on life because she's single and ready-ish to mingle. Mingle with species other than cats - of both the hairless and ferocious Jersey tigers out for her blood varieties! I missed Dina – I like her dry candor. And her cats.
With all the new and returning reality TV shows headed our way this summer, we thought we'd take a minute to weed through the mess and try to gauge which ones our readers are anticipating the most. There are so many to choose from that surely our DVRs are going to be smoking by July! That's assuming that most of you will be recording shows to watch in the evening since you'll be outdoors this summer, enjoying some fresh air, sandy beaches and fruity drinks. But of course you'll have your phone along on those long hikes and whilst lounging in your lawn chair so you can read Reality Tea while getting your exercise and rest, right? We hope so!
Making their debuts this summer are a slew of new shows that include Kandi's Wedding, Bachelor in Paradise,LeAnn & Eddie (unless VH1 cancels it before it even starts..), Ladies of London, Little Women LA and so many more! We also have a handful of returning shows – like Real Housewives of New Jersey (so excited!), Big Brother (voyeurs raise your hands!), Sister Wives, Don't Be Tardy and others.
Take our polls below to tell us which shows are at the top of your reality TV viewing list! And tell us in the comments which ones you're hoping that we cover here on the site.
Now that she's divorced, Dina Manzo is back in the dating scene! Where's Patti Stanger when you need her?! But that's not the only change in her drastically shifting life!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star started her reality TV career with her invisible husband Tommy. The couple separated while Dina was taking a 'I'll come back when you fire my relatives' hiatus. "Everything that I know is going away," Dina acknowledges, but she is ready to embrace the challenge.
After Jacqueline announced that she will not be returning for the upcoming 6th season of RHONJ (but she will have a guest role on CarolineManzo's spinoff Manzo'd With Children), Ashlee got on twitter to slam the show that made her weave-tugging, aimless misbehavior (and terrible hatwear) a national 'What Not To Do'.
The Diesel Duos spread features a picture of Melissa and Joe in Miami and reads, "Hotter together: Shredded sweeties love to flex on the beach!"
Melissa and Joe share the page with Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union, Peter Facinelli & Jaimie Alexander, Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts & Danny Moder, Simon Halls & Matt Bomer, andBachelor couple Sean Lowe & Catherine (Giudici) Lowe.
Could this be Joe Giudice's last birthday of freedom? Too mean to joke at a time like this? Aaahhh… it's my job!
Anyway, Juicy Joe, my favorite Neanderthalian (I know it's not a real word) Real Housewives of New Jersey husband just, celebrated his birthday with a low-key dinner that included Teresa Giudice and his four daughters.
Teresa shared some photos on twitter of the family. I have to say, good for T-money for resisting the urge to splash out on a big fancy party, I mean given that this could be Joe's last birthday out before he goes "away".
Above, Teresa captioned the photo "Happy Birthday to my Love…"