I’ve been getting lots of requests to talk about what is going on with the filming of Real Housewives of New Jersey. I’ve been hearing things for quite a while but not enough to warrant a blog. Now there is all of this ex-boyfriend of Melissa drama going on and I might as well try to sort of catch y’all up to speed. I warn you in advance it isn’t any shocking tea. Let’s start where I left off last season. Remember this shocking post where I (at least temporarily) professed myself to be a Tre hugger? I still believe that Tre was set up in Strippergate by production and that Jac Laurita was fully aware it was going to go down. It appears that a certain producer is no longer working on RHONJ. I also said that on the new season, Tre was going to get the good edit and the story arc would be Melissa getting a turn in the crappy edit chair. It turns out I was at least half right there.
I think New Jersey is about mid-way through filming and the hammer seems to be dropping on Melissa. Recently, an ex-boyfriend of Melissa’s has shown up on twitter and SHOCKINGLY RadarOnline has picked up the story. The guy is named Bryan and he claims to have been Melissa’s boyfriend before Melissa married Joe. I should point out that Melissa got married almost 8 years ago in 2004. Isn’t it interesting that this guy turns up on the season where Melissa has been cast as the villain? Basically this guys tweets say that Melissa lived with him and his parents while working at Lookers and at some point his father threw her out of the house. He claims Melissa hid in bushes and stalked him. He also says that Melissa gave him an ultimatum to stop seeing other women or “she would marry the millionaire.” This is supposed to paint Melissa as money hungry. Really? Is this news? Find me a housewife that didn’t consider finances when marrying these “rich” people.
To add drama to insanity, Bryan apparently has a brain tumor. It sounds as though it may be a second event of cancer in his brain. Let me just say that with all the fake cancer, fake brain tumors, fake drama on twitter and the Internet in general I can’t help to be sceptical. But never fear, there are plenty of twitter idiots who spend their time defending their housewife of choice by taunting people who allegedly have brain cancer. I’ll spare you the tweets. I have a pretty high threshold for vile behavior on the internet and some of these Melissa fans have managed to cross it.
The bottom line on that drama is that it may be brought up by other housewives during filming but I doubt we will see Bryan on the show. The storylines have long been written and he’s not in them. There is a lot of speculation about the timing of Melissa’s first born son. I don’t like to get into the kid’s issues, so I will leave it at that. Melissa will be getting abuse from many directions this season though. So I was dead on about that.
As for Teresa, it appears the producers are TRYING to give her the good edit. They are focusing on her business ventures and giving he lots of free advertising as a reward for enduring the shit edit last season. However, Teresa being Teresa is still managing to make herself look bad. It seems that in order to deflect from her shaky marriage with Joe (is he in jail yet?) Teresa is going after the marriages of pretty much everyone else on the show. It’s not just Melissa and Joe or Kathy and Rich, Teresa is going all in on Caroline Manzo accusing her husband of cheating. She makes allegations about Melissa’s oldest child. You know how Adrienne Maloof accused others of selling stories when it was really her all along? Well that seems to be Teresa’s approach attack other people’s marriages as a way to deflect from hers. We may or may not see this in the final editing, but the word is that Teresa is not giving production enough material to give her a completely positive edit this season. Which I suppose is good for us.
So that’s the RHONJ filming update for now. Who do you think will be on Melissa’s side?