With the weird brawl/kumbaya finale over and an uneventful reunion behind us, it’s finally time to speculate about what’s in store for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6! It seems to me that most every RHONJ fan is hoping for a pretty big shakeup for the series given how stagnant the whole Giudice/Gorga feud has become over the last two seasons. It also seems that we’re in luck! Season 6 is shaping up to be a whole new version of drama. Here’s what we’re hearing right now:
Teresa and Melissa
They’re back. Duh. Bravo has definitely heard the outcries of distaste for the incessant back-and-forth between these two. But, rather than fire one of their stars, it seems that producers would rather completely change the rest of the cast. That, along with some careful decisions about where and how filming will take place and likely some creative editing, and I’m betting we see these two sister-in-laws behaving much more civilly toward each other next season. And, with Teresa and Juicy Joe’s legal issues coming to a head, here’s hoping Melissa will play the supportive family role and lay off playing the victim…at least for a season. Recently, Melissa was spotted attending a birthday party Teresa threw for her daughter Gabriella so it seems that even in the off season these two are playing nice.
We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that Jac would not be returning for Season 6. These rumors seem to be solidifying as more “sources” seem to be confirming that she has, indeed, been fired. According to an All Things Real Housewives source, “Jacqueline Laurita will not be returning to the show, not even as a part-time Housewife.” I’m glad that, supposing this is true, Jacqueline at least is leaving on a more positive note than seasons past. And, all the best to the Laurita family as they work on Nicholas’ recovery. At least she’ll have more time to focus on him.
After her appearance on the reunion (yes, she was there), it should come as no surprise that Kathy has been downgraded to “Friend of the Housewives”. It sounds like she and Rosie will both appear in this capacity. Bravo loves Rosie. Without her, most people seem to think Kathy would be out entirely. At least Kathy had a long enough run to get her cannoli business off the ground. As far as Rosie goes, I’m betting we see even more of her next season. Hopefully more of her and Juicy Joe together…have you checked out their popular (and hilarious!) web series on Bravotv.com?
If you somehow haven’t heard by now, Caroline is leaving the show. First we were hearing that her exit would potentially only be temporary and that she would return if her spinoff, Manzo’d With Children was unsuccessful.Now, the word seems to be that nope, she’s out for good either way. That certainly seems to be what she’s saying anyways. She said goodbye to RHONJ via her Bravo blog and was brief and to the point. “I practice what I preach, and as I said on the reunion, I’m done. I simply feel that my role has run its course and I have nothing more to give.” But, who’s to say what might happen a few seasons down the road. Never say never to a Real Housewife! Cue Dina!!
The long awaited verdict seems to be finally in! We recently reported that Dina was considering returning but now we’re hearing that Dina has officially signed her contract and will be back for season 6! With Caroline and Jacqueline out, it seemed like a no brainer to bring Dina back. Dina and Teresa are close so hopefully this will help reestablish some balance and RHONJ won’t feel so much like the everybody vs. Teresa show. And, with Caroline out, hopefully Dina can fill the voice-of-reason void.
So, by my count, we’re down three Housewives and up one. (Caroline, Jacqueline & Kathy out, Dina in). This means there are at least 2 spots that I’m betting need to be filled!
Enter TWINS! That’s right, for the first time in Housewives history, we might have a set of twins starring on RHONJ. Nicole Napolitano and her sister Teresa Napolitano Aprea are from Colt Neck, NJ and have no connections to the current cast. Faux Reality Ent shares a brief bio of the sisters: “Both are affluent, beautiful and intelligent women with strong family values. Teresa Napolitano Aprea and her husband are well known in philanthropic circles in New Jersey. Nicole owns a Diary Queen and is extremely successful. Teresa and Nicole are “40ish” and twins. Family is everything to these two.” Uh-oh! “family is everything” seems to be a familiar theme on RHONJ but it usually means drama drama drama! Another first for the Housewives franchise would be two women of the same name on the same series at the same time. Just how will we know who Andy is talking to at the reunion if there are two Teresas? Will Teresa Giudice have to go by Teresa G??? For a woman who famously can’t even live in a “used house” or share the spotlight with her sister-in-law, how is she supposed to share her first name on HER show?!? But, anyways, so far we’ve heard these two have filmed test scenes and been offered contracts but not sure if they’ve signed. And, as per usual, Bravo has yet to confirm anything.
10/17 UPDATE: It sounds like not only might Bravo be casting these twins, but also a friend of theirs: Amber Marchese. “The show got really dark,” an insider explained to In Touch. “They needed to bring in new faces to get back to some of the lighter drama that everyone loves from the Real Housewives franchise.”
As you can see, Season 6 is shaping up to be a brand new take on life as a New Jersey Housewife. While Bravo has been mum on any of the above speculations (aside from Caroline leaving, that’s official), I’m expecting to find out more in the weeks ahead as the ladies gear up for filming once again.
From losing over half the current cast to adding twins to following Teresa’s legal battle, I’m sure Bravo will not disappoint! What do you think about Season 6? Does it sound like an improvement over Season 5?