Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are returning as the only full-time cast members for season 7 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The Bravo hit is bringing Teresa back once the convicted felon is released from prison.
Giudice is expected to pair up with Gorga as she gets her life back together post-prison and Bravo is making sure that no more legal issues mess with the expected ratings jackpot.
A brand new report from All About The Tea revealed plans for the upcoming “RHONJ” season and Bravo execs seem to have a loose interpretation of the meaning of “reality.” Obviously most reality TV nowadays is at minimum manipulated to cause ratings-friendly situations. “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is possibly the most fake of all the “Housewives” franchises and this is why.
According to the AATT report, Bravo is completely revamping the show and only bringing back Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga as full-time cast members. Bravo knows that Teresa is their cash cow and ratings will be high because her fans are curious about how prison may have affected Teresa Giudice.
We also kind of want to know if she’ll ditch her husband Joe Giudice while he serves his prison sentence. The point is, ratings will be high and Bravo doesn’t want this to get screwed up. Their plan is to completely rehabilitate Teresa Giudice’s image and to revive Giudice’s huge fanbase.
The plan is for Melissa Gorga to be filming her venture into boutique ownership. Gorga is running a clothing and accessorie store called “Envy” and rumor has it, Bravo is helping fund the whole thing to further their premeditated storyline. Bravo is paying top dollar to film Teresa Giudice’s triumphant return with a reported $750k and Melissa Gorga is making bank too at $500k.
As was pointed out in the report, Teresa Giudice will need to be employed when she gets out of prison and Melissa Gorga’s boutique is the perfect place for Teresa to work. The remaining cast are coming in as “friends of the Housewives” despite reports earlier this year that Bravo definitely wanted Jacqueline Laurita back full time.
Instead, Laurita and Kathy Wakile will be returning as friends of the housewives. Both former full-time housewives have allegedly been instructed to get along with Teresa Giudice and help to revamp her image. For their efforts, Bravo is reportedly paying out $30k per episode but Laurita and Wakile obviously won’t be in every episode since they are not full-time anymore.
Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile will be joined by newcomers Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker, Robyn Levy and Christina Flores. Each of the friends were handpicked by Bravo to help Teresa Giudice clean up her image and we’re wondering if things will work out the way Bravo is hoping.
Siggy Flicker has done reality TV before “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Siggy is a relationship expert and Bravo execs are hoping that Flicker can help Teresa and her family to reconnect once she is released from prison. There is the added bonus of Siggy’s brother, Joe Flicker who is expected to help counsel Teresa Giudice.
Robyn Levy and Christina Flores are the first lesbian couple featured on any “Housewives” franchise. Robyn is in public relations and has worked for Teresa and Joe Giudice in the past. Now Levy will be stepping in front of the camera with her wife Christina Flores and we expect that they will play a supporting role in Teresa Giudice’s return.
The concept behind season 7 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and the carefully constructed return of Teresa Giudice is oddly intriguing. Even though the Bravo reality show is blatantly unreal and even on the verge of scripted, all of Teresa Giudice’s fans will be tuning in to see if their “RHONJ” favorite was changed by prison life and how she handles working closely with Melissa Gorga.