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.
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'.
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…"
They say you can't take it with you, so you might as well spend it, right? That seems to be the Giudice's train of thought at least. The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple doesn't seem the least bit faced by the umpteen fraud charges and potential jail time they are facing. Instead, Teresa and Juicywant to make sure that everyone knows they are still the highest rollers in the Garden State…at least as far as their Bravo counterparts are concerned!
The pair recently celebrated daughter Milania's first communion, and Tre and Joe spared no expense at the after-party which included a custom gown for the guest of honor and–thankfully–no family drama. Teresa's sister-in-law (and former nemesis) Melissa Gorga even shared pictures of the happy occasion on Instagram. At least that's a plus!
The couple is still hoping Teresa will be able to avoid jail time and in the meantime are putting on a happy front. With Real Housewives of New Jersey starting days after Teresa's sentence is handed down, one of Bravo's most recognizable stars has been suspiciously absent from any network events – even skipping the Upfronts. (Somewhere Melissa Gorga is doing a happy dance that she is finally number 1! Let's hope Poison didn't take any business tips from his brother-in-law. RHONJ season 9 – Can I borrow your leopard print prison jumpsuit when you're done with it?)
Kathy spoke out to E! News and confirmed she will be back in some capacity, but has largely departed from the show. "I'm so happy to be part of the Bravo family. I have enjoyed being a RHONJ Housewife and have now agreed to terms that give me the opportunity to film the show in a way which better suits my lifestyle," Kathy explains.