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Real Housewives of New Jersey season premiere

The reality TV viewer numbers are in – and Real Housewives of New Jersey failed to draw a big crowd. The season 6 premiere attracted 2.14 million viewers overall. However, in the key demo, it was the lowest rated premiere episode in the history of the show. For comparison’s sake, season 5 premiered to 2.842 million and the season 5 average was 2.29 million.

Also on Sunday, 2.3 million watched Khloe move on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, 1.212 million tuned in to see the series premiere of Game of Crowns, and 1.64 million, a season high, watched the Browns meet the Richards on Sister Wives. On Monday, Lizzie’s disastrous dinner party on Real Housewives of Orange County garnered 1.725 million, Mimi’s sex tape release on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta attracted 3.88 million, and Noelle’s pot stirring on Ladies of London logged 782,000 viewers.

As for the rest of the week, the Married to Medicine reunion shows averaged 1.14 million viewers, 2.2 million welcomed back Teen Mom 2, 1.131 million tuned in to see Carole’s birthday party on Real Housewives of New York, and 1.122 million watched the season premiere of Don’t Be Tardy. The series premiere of LeAnn & Eddie on VH1 didn’t make the Top 100 Cable Broadcasts list, however, VH1’s Dating Naked made the list with 826,000 viewers. So I think it’s safe to assume LeAnn & Eddie flopped.

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Amber Marchese red dress rhonj

Brand spankin’ new Real Housewives of New Jersey star Amber Marchese has come out guns blazing against former friend Melissa Gorga. And she’s about to get a baptism by fire in being on a reality TV show!

However, it turns out neither Amber, nor her husband Jim Marchese, are strangers to drama! Their lives are definitely worthy of a reality TV show. 

Amber’s husband Jim has quite an interesting past – and it turns out he’s definitely not one to duck and cover either! In 2002 Jim reported his former employer Cell Therapeutics to the federal government on the grounds of Medicare fraud. 

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Lynne, Lori-Ann, And Susanna React To EarBite at Game of Crowns Premiere

Last night was the premiere of Bravo’s new pageant-based show Game of Crowns. I’m quite surprised we don’t have a Mrs. Pageant girl amongst our Housewives, but perhaps Bravo was saving all of them for this new gem of a show!

Of course with wives that are so much drama, it’s only natural that their husbands follow suit! Last night at the GoC premiere party things got violent between  Vanassa Sebastian ‘s husband Brian and   Leha Guilmette ‘s husband Nick. 

The party was held at Foxwoods Casino in CT last night to watch the premiere episode of the show, but the husbands were too busy biting and snapping at each other to let their wives bask in the glory. No word on what caused the incident but witnesses report that the husbands got into a raging brawl and Nick “went ballistic” and bit Brian’s ear TWICE! during the altercation until security stepped in. 

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 Game Of Crowns - Season 1

 It’s go time! In Game of Crowns’ preview special, we were introduced to the cast of middle-aged, um, beauty queens who are in contention for this season’s Mrs. America pageant. Here’s the formula for this show: Toddlers and Tiaras, plus 40 years, minus any Trace of Youthful Innocence, plus Plastic Surgery = Game of Crowns! Let’s get started.

We open at Shelley Carbone’s Connecticut house, where she’s practicing saying the word, “prestigious” in the mirror while wearing a crown and sash. Fellow former competitor Vanassa Sebastian arrives, blinking and smiling as much as her frozen facial features allow. She reminds us that she is a certified nurse anesthetist and puts people to sleep for a living. Vanassa asks the viewers, “What other Mrs. America contestant can say that they pass gas for a living?” Groan.

 Game of Crowns cast

They’re called Mrs. Pageants. And they look like they’re going to be the perfect combo of women-of-a-certain-age shellacking themselves and each other into dresses and hairpieces, meaty husbands supporting (threatening?) them in the background, poor-man’s Vegas costumes, and a healthy sprinkling of good ole fashioned backstabbing.  Game of Crowns is a hot mess, missus style.

We meet Vanassa Sebastian first, the alpha female of the group, a breast cancer survivor and Native American from the Passamaquoddy tribe. Vanassa is no pageant virgin, having competed and placed in a former Mrs. America pageant, and formerly won Mrs. Connecticut. Vanassa’s husband, Brian, co-owns Foxwood Resort & Casino (Where my uncle goes to play the dollar slots on the regular. My aunt does not approve. Foxwoods is spoken of in hushed tones in our family circle.).

Game of Crowns cast

Bravo‘s new summer show, Game of Crowns, screams mindless summer fun, and I cannot wait. Think Real Housewives meets Toddlers and Tiaras. Can you imagine Phaedra and Kenya OR Teresa and Melissa for-real competing for a title and a crown? Um, hell yes, I’d watch!

Game of Crowns follows six pageant wives competing on the ‘MRS. CIRCUIT’ whose lives revolve around glamour, perfection, and winning at any cost. The cast includes Shelley Carbone, Lynne Diamante, Leha Guilmette, Susanna Paliotta, Lori-Ann Marchese, and Vanassa Sebastian. From trophy wives to pageant moms, these ultra-competitive ladies share their love of the game and will stop at nothing to win pageants for beauty queen status. The ladies will compete to snatch the spotlight while viewers watch their intense preparation, which includes obsessing over the perfect swimsuit, working tirelessly with trainers, and honing their interview skills. How will the women settle their scores both on the stage and off?”

Game of Crowns premieres Sunday, July 13 at 9/8C on Bravo. Check out the cast photos and bios and the trailers below.

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