Sigh. I’ve heard all the Real Housewives of New Jersey rumors this week and have been ignoring them for many reasons. Mostly because it is a bit early for contracts to be handed out. In general, this is not done until the complete season including the reunion shows are aired. However, it appears that due to the numerous adjustments that are going to be made to the show for next season, the axe is falling and changes are being made already. It’s kind of a good news, bad news situation for me. Tamaratattles EXCLUSIVE sources had a lot of interesting tea today. I did not want to believe some of it but my source has never been wrong so prepare yourself for the news. Please link and credit if referencing on your blog.
Clearly, the headline is good news. Jacqueline Laurita will not be exploiting her child on the Real Housewives of New Jersey anymore. She is out. The shocker is the reason she is out. According to my well-placed spies, Dina Manzo is coming back. Bravo had to make some serious concessions to get her back and the biggest one was to fire Jaqueline. Apparently, these two despise each other like no other. You can expect to start seeing a flurry of drunken Jac tweets at any moment. I expect her to spew hatred toward Dina like a volcano all over the Internet for this.
Dina returning is supposed to accomplish of few things. First Teresa trusts Dina. If Teresa manages to make it through the entire filming before getting locked up, we could get some heart to heart moments between Dina and Teresa. Secondly, Caroline is “leaving” sort of (more on that in a minute) and we need a new level-headed mediator to keep the lid on the pressure cooker. With Jac and Caroline gone, Dina will be civil with most everyone. The show needs a “carrier pigeon” between rival camps. It is unclear whether Caroline left for the spin-off leaving a spot open for Dina, or if Caroline was another of Dina’s casualties as condition of her return. UPDATE: My source says I can stop wishing for Caroline to be back on RHONJ. After five seasons, she has had all she can take of the drama and wants to spend time with her family. She was not fired but left to pursue a spin-off. If her show goes forward, she will have production credits and will have control of when and where filming occurs. If it doesn’t go forward, she is fine with that and done with the housewives franchise. She is leaving in a good place. As of now she is adamant, she is done with RHONJ.
Caroline leaving is problematic for me. Her “spin-off” Manzo’s With Children has not been greenlit as a series contrary to other reports. She is filming a pilot. Big difference. No money is on the table at this time for any number of episodes beyond the pilot. It could end up being a one episode event. Given the fact that I seem to be the only person who enjoys the Manzos I am not overly confident in the ratings leading to a full series. With Dina on the show now, returning to the RHONJ would be highly unlikely unless the current sibling relationship changes dramatically. This worries me.
Kathy has been dropped to a friend of the housewife. She will be around with Rosie but is no longer a full-fledged housewife. Melissa Gorga and Teresa will continue their fambly drama for another season or until Teresa goes to prison.
So that is what is going to happen. Do you think Andy made the right adjustments?