Just as the Beverly Hills ladies take a break, Bravo brings out another series from their successful franchise to appease addicts like myself. For some reason, I can’t get enough of the Housewives (The OC being the sole exception). I can’t seem to quit them. Oh well, I’m sure there’s a support group out there for people like me.
After two seasons of everyone ganging up on Teresa Giudice on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 5 is all about healing and reconciliation. Hard as they try (Bravo and the other ladies), there is no way to knock off Teresa as the queen. Her fans are so diehard that they completely ignore that fact she’s probably the most unintelligible and inarticulate Housewives on the Bravo payroll. I don’t mind Teresa, but just wished she knew how to argue better.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t any drama this season. Before heading to therapy, the ladies are bound to get into squabbles. Once united though, trouble comes in the form of a trio of instigators. I’m surprised all the rumored new additions (Kim D., Jennifer Dalton and Penny Drossos) aren’t REAL Housewives yet. Bravo will probably test run them like RHOBH’s Brandi Glanville. If they win fans over like Brandi did, they’ll get promoted to Housewives and get the honor of swishing their dress while delivering their signature tagline. And don’t forget about the return of Danielle Staub to the mix. Season 5 should be EPIC.
Check out the official description for the upcoming season below, along with cast photos and bios. Be sure to catch all the action when RHONJ returns on June 2 on Bravo. PS. It’s nice that the ladies are once again civil to each other so that they can pose together for the cast photo. Season 4’s was just a rehash of Season 3 but with Photoshop magic changing the dress colors.
Official Bravo Season 5 Description
Season 5 welcomes back the entire cast as Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile pick up right were last season’s contentious reunion left off. This season they are on a mission for redemption, scrambling to pick up the pieces of their fractured relationships. The women also find themselves shifting through rubble after Hurricane Sandy leaves much of the Jersey Shore in ruins, including some of their homes. A sense of communal rebuilding encourages Teresa to rise above the past drama with her brother and sister-in-law, Melissa, and mend her family for good. Jacqueline struggles to cope with her son’s autism diagnosis while tensions from her fallout with Teresa push her towards her breaking point. As Caroline fights to shed her reputation as a bully and Melissa strives to break free from the weight of her husband Joe’s family drama, Kathy attempts to step out of her husband’s shadow to find her own voice and launch her career.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 5 Cast
Caroline Manzo is the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman. Always putting family first, she is a devoted wife and mother of three children, Albie, 27; Lauren, 25; and Christopher, 24. Caroline has been married for more than 29 years to her husband Albert who runs The Brownstone, a very successful catering facility in Paterson, NJ. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in the state. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time managing the household, her family has been known to run her ragged as she supports BLK Water, Brownstone Sauce, and Cafface Beauty Bar. Caroline also has a new Podcast on iTunes, “Let Me Tell You Something,” which is a Manzo family roundtable each week. Caroline is affiliated with several charities including SCTNOW, a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking within our own borders, CROC, a foundation dedicated to helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, Wounded Warriors Project, and The PG Chambers School, a NJ facility dedicated to educating children with physical and mental disabilities. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all — family, friends and a career. In her opinion, that is what makes her a “Real Housewife” of New Jersey.
Jacqueline Laurita, one of the original cast members on RHONJ, has been married for more than 11 years to her husband Chris, who is also the brother of another original cast member, Caroline Manzo. Chris is president and CEO of BLK Beverages. The couple has two sons, CJ, 10, and Nicholas, 3, and Jacqueline has a daughter, Ashlee, 22, from a previous marriage. Jacqueline has been a cosmetologist for over 20 years. Aside from spending time with her family, Jacqueline continues her passion and career in the beauty industry as an owner of a beauty Medspa in Oakland, N.J. called, “Altruistic Beauty Medspa” that should be opening late summer/early fall 2013. The spa is dedicated to those who are unselfishly devoted to the welfare of others. This sanctuary is all about giving back. Jacqueline always tries to see the good in people, but can hold her own when challenged. Jacqueline does not take anything for granted and believes that true wealth is about love, family, friends, personal growth and helping others in need. As a Warrior Mom, her mission is not only to recover her youngest son, Nicholas, from Autism, but also to help many other families by becoming an active advocate in the Autism community. You can follow her Autism Journey in Parenting Magazine from February-July 2013 as she is a contributing editor for the magazine as well as having an online blog on their website as well as her own.
Since last season, Kathy has developed her hobbies into a career as a domestic diva. Juggling home, career, and family she manages to find time to be involved in raising brain tumor awareness, a cause close to her heart. Her Goddess Eye jewelry line gives a portion of sales to the National Brain Tumor Society and The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Kathy’s dessert line called “Dolci della Dea” — Goddess Sweets — launched its debut product the Cannoli Kit on QVC and is aspiring to branch out to other retail venues nationwide, including Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC, LA, and Miami. Kathy believes in having your cake and drinking it too. She has found a way with her “Red Velvet Cosmo” cocktail. She resides in Wayne, New Jersey with her husband of 21 years, Rich, and their two children, Victoria,19 and Joseph, 17. Despite all the changes in the last year, Kathy still loves to party and live life to the fullest. While keeping her finger on the pulse of so many different things she effortlessly continues to find the balance in everything she does.
It’s all about family for sassy Italian Melissa Gorga. She and her husband Joe Gorga have been married for eight years. They have three beautiful children — Antonia, 7, Gino, 5, and Joey, 3. A housewife and proud of it, Melissa blends old school Italian values with a modern lifestyle that allows her to follow her passion. She turned her dream of becoming a recording artist into a reality with multiple songs breaking the top ten Dance/R&B charts on iTunes, including On Display and How Many Times. Melissa is just getting started. Along with her blossoming music career and chasing after three high-energy kids, Melissa has written her first book, Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage, coming out in September 2013. Little Miss Everything (as Joe calls her) has a lot going on. It’s hard work juggling career(s) and kids, but somehow Melissa makes it all look easy!
Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey Girl born and raised. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met Joe, her loving husband of 13 years. Teresa devotes herself to her four beautiful daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana. A graduate of Berkeley College with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management, Teresa is an inspirational working mom. She launched her own professional hair care line, Milania, and a line of bottled bellinis, Fabellini, and will soon introduce a line of ready-to-use gourmet foods straight from Italy, Skinny Italian-Fabulicious Foods, as well as Fabulicious Desserts. Teresa has also taken the publishing world by storm with her three New York Times bestselling cookbooks Skinny Italian, Fabulicious! and Fabulicious! Fast & Fit. Her fourth book, Fabulicious! On the Grill will be released in May. In 2012, Teresa showcased her business savvy by starring on NBC’s hit show Celebrity Apprentice where she raised $70k for the charity NephCure.
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