By the end of last season, I was ready to be done and over with watching this show – all that dark and angry family drama just went on for too too long and with very little light and humor mixed in. That said, I am hoping that this season will be a little better. I know it's going to be serious with Teresa and Joe'sfraud case front and center and of course the typical friendship drama, but I'm still crossing my fingers for some humor and lighthearted moments this time. And these newbies will hopefully breathe some new life in!
Updated: Caroline Manzo also confirmed that she is officially not returning to the show. "Thanks 4 all the love today, I decided 2 leave #RHONJ but I'll be back this fall on @bravotv with Manzo'd With Children! Love you guys!"
This season there will of course be tons of focus on Teresa and Joe Giudice's impending indictment for fraud as the couple pretends to be attempts to prove they are innocent. Dina returns to be a shoulder for Teresa to cry on, but also struggles with her own divorce from husband Tommy.
Melissa and Poison will attempt to embark upon yet another career to stave off their own bankruptcy in the sanitation business as Melissa continues to pursue her passion for auto-tune singing. Also, Melissa's friend from the past, and new Housewife Amber, joins the cast to spread more Melissa rumors. Cause we haven't had this storyline for the past three seasons. YAWN!
New Housewives Nicole andTeresa are twins with an over-the-top Jersey style. And that includes their tempers! Bravo describes the season as shocking and says, "The six wives begin to form a strong bond, but when shocking rumors of infidelity and backstabbing surface, it threatens to tear their friendships to pieces."
Well, at least there is some silver lining on the Guidice's excessive legal issues. A Bergen County, New Jersey Superior Court judge has dismissed the charges in a fraud case against Teresa Guidice. Woo hoo! Oh wait. I guess I should mention that they weren't those charges in that case. Small victories though, right?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was cleared of any involvement in the mortgage fraud allegations brought against her by Juicy Joe's former business partner Joseph Mastropole. Fortunately, most of the charges against Joe have been dropped as well. Unfortunately, this case has nothing to do with the multitude of bankruptcy fraud charges which could mean jail time for Joe and Tre.
Is she or isn't she? Dina Manzo is reportedly back in the saddle when it comes to Real Housewives of New Jersey, but is she jumping back on the horse when it comes to love? After announcing her split from her husband (although no divorce proceedings have been filed) , there have been several rumors galloping around about her relationship status.
Heck, just this week, we here at RT wondered if Dina was dating radio personality Kenny Arena. A source close to Dina told us that "Dina may not be divorced but Kenny Arena and her are dating and they have been," revealing, "They are a couple." Are they?
If twitter is an indicator of fact, the sisters-in-law have laid their battle axes down and are at least getting along-ish for the children. Our source confirms the SIL at war storyline is all but dead. Thank you Jesus! "Season 6 of RHONJ is nothing like the past few seasons," our source assures us!
"Teresa and Melissa were forced to play nice. Off camera, they have NO relationship. The kids do see each other and have interaction. But, that is about it," our source adds.
Kathy Wakile's daughter Victoria has just undergone surgery for a brain tumor!
This the second time the 20-year underwent surgery for a brain tumor. When Victoria was 10 she fainted on the beach during a family vacation and after numerous test discovered a benign brain tumor. Unfortunately the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have had to relive the terrible nightmare all over again.
Kathytells Ok Magazine that Victoria has been feeling off and a second tumor was discovered. "We just passed her 10-year anniversary of the surgery, and she’s telling me that she’s just feeling off. She’s saying, ‘Mom, I just don’t feel right.’ She’s been experiencing some major headaches. She said, ‘Since it’s my 10 year anniversary, maybe we should make an appointment for a follow-up, an MRI just to check on things.’ The radiologist, he read it right on the spot. He said, ‘I think that there is some obstruction.’"
I think we can all admit that one of the most toxic Bravo franchises is Real Housewives of New Jersey. There is straight up malice and manipulation which seems to eclipse the regular ol' mean girl antics of the other series. That said, I believe that all the women on RHONJ are both guilty of the abhorrent behavior as well as victims of it. Case in point? Jacqueline Laurita. There were so many instances in which I felt sorry for her, yet as the seasons progressed, she became part of the problem.
Of course, when her son Nicolas was diagnosed with autism, Jacqueline's priorities shifted away from the drama, and there were several rumors circulating that she wouldn't return for a sixth season. Her daughter Ashlee recently debunked this gossip, but nothing has been confirmed. Perhaps if she does return, Jacq will use the opportunity to show viewers the woman we first met in season one.
Caroline admits her relationship with Teresa was strictly business, "She was never a friend. She was someone I worked with. Someone I knew." Caroline met Teresa through sister Dina Manzo and they quickly formed a tight-knit group on RHONJ – or so it appeared. Caroline claims she tried to have a legitimate relationship with Teresa, but Teresa wasn't interested!