The Real Housewives of New Jersey

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The Real Housewives of
New Jersey
Genre Reality television
  • Current housewives
  • Teresa Giudice
    (season 1–present)
  • Jacqueline Laurita
    (season 1–5; 7-present)
  • Dina Manzo
    (season 1–2, 6-present)
  • Melissa Gorga
    (season 3-present)
  • Teresa Aprea
    (season 6-present)
  • Amber Marchese
    (season 6-present)
  • Nicole Napolitano
    (season 6-present)
  • Former housewives
  • Danielle Staub
    (season 1–2)
  • Caroline Manzo
    (season 1–5)
  • Kathy Wakile
    (season 3-5)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 101 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Rebecca Toth Diefenbach
  • Valerie Haselton
  • Lucilla D'Agostino
  • Jim Fraenkel
  • Omid Kahangi
  • Caroline Self
  • Andy Cohen
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s) Sirens Media
Original channel Bravo
Picture format
Original run May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)  – present
Preceded by The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Followed by The Real Housewives of D.C.
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey (abbreviated RHONJ) is an American reality television series that premiered on May 12, 2009 on Bravo. Developed as the fourth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, and Atlanta, it has aired five seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New Jersey.

The series originally focused on Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub. Dina Manzo and Staub left the program during the second season, and were replaced by Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile beginning in the third season. In the sixth season, Caroline Manzo departed the series while Laurita and Wakile transitioned into supporting capacities; their original positions were filled by the returning Dina Manzo and new housewives Teresa Aprea, Amber Marchese, and Nicole Napolitano.

Overview and casting

The current cast, from left: Marchese, Manzo, Gorga, Giudice, Napolitano, and Aprea.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey was first announced when Bravo released its 2008–09 programming on April 15, 2008.[1] It was later announced that the series would debut on May 12, 2009, with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub as the cast. For the first time in the franchise, the series followed housewives who are related to one another: sisters Caroline and Dina are married to brothers Albert and Tommy Manzo, and Jacqueline Laurita is married to Caroline and Dina's brother, Chris Laurita.[2] Dina and Tommy Manzo would later end up divorced.[3][4] With the first season averaging 2.55 million total viewers, Bravo announced the renewal of the second season on October 6, 2009.[5] The second season premiered on May 3, 2010, with Dina Manzo departing the series after the seventh episode of the season.[6] Part 1 of the second season reunion gathered 3.9 million viewers, making it the highest-rated episode of the season — at the time — of its airing and the second highest rated episode of the franchise after the January 30, 2011, episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[7][8] Both of these milestones would be surpassed in future seasons or by fellow Real Housewives series.

The third season renewal was announced on August 31, 2010.[9] It was later revealed on September 7, 2010, that Danielle Staub would not returning to the show.[10] Season 3 premiered on May 16, 2011, with a 90-minute episode as well as new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.[11] The third season delivered the highest rated season premiere in the network's history and the highest rated season premiere in The Real Housewives franchise[12] but was later surpassed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta. After season 3, The Real Housewives of New Jersey was the only The Real Housewives series within the franchise that features a main cast who are all married until The Real Housewives of Miami also met the criteria starting with its third season. Season 4 was announced on June 7, 2011,[13] with the fourth season premiering on April 22, 2012.[14] All of the Season 3 housewives returned.[14] Bravo announced that the fifth season would premiere June 2, 2013, with same cast returning.[15][16][17] Kim DePaola[18] and Jennifer Dalton joined the fifth season as a "Friend of the Housewives". The fifth season reunion was filmed on September 4, 2013,[19] and took 15 hours to complete.[20]

On October 13, 2013, Caroline Manzo announced that she would not be returning for the series' sixth season.[21][22][23][24] Jacqueline Laurita also departed the series.[25]

In April 2014, Bravo announced that the sixth season would premiere in mid-2014.[26] For the sixth season, Dina Manzo returned.[27] It had been reported by several news outlets that Nicole Napolitano, Teresa Napolitano, and Amber Marchese would be the cast additions for the season.[28][29][30][31][32] On May 14, 2014, Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of New Jersey would return for its sixth season on July 13, 2014.[33] It was confirmed that Dina Manzo would return with Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea, and Nicole Napolitano joining as main housewives.[33] It was revealed on September 3rd, 2014 that former housewife Jacqueline Laurita would be returning to the series during the sixth season in a recurring role. [34]

On October 2, 2014, Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison; Joe received a 41-month sentence, followed by potential deportation to Italy. Together, the couple must also pay $414,000 in restitution. The couple are allowed to serve their sentences separately, so one parent may be allowed to stay with their children.[35][36] Giudice will begin her sentence first, which is set to begin after the Christmas holiday, on January 5, 2015, leaving her involvement with season 7 doubtful. Although she is expected to return to the series after her 15 months in prison. [37]

Jacqueline Laurita confirmed on Twitter on October 19th, 2014, that season 7 was currently filming, and that she would be returning as an official housewife.[38] It has also been confirmed that Teresa Giudice will film season 7 until she has to turn herself into prison on January 5th.[39] There have also been rumors that former housewife Danielle Staub will be returning to the series, a move that has been publicly supported by Giudice, Dina Manzo, and Laurita, though Staub confirmed on Twitter that as of October 19th, 2014, she has not been offered a role on season 7.

Timeline of housewives

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Current Housewives
Teresa Giudice Main
Jacqueline Laurita Main Friend Main
Dina Manzo Main Midseason Guest Main
Melissa Gorga Main
Teresa Aprea Main
Amber Marchese Main
Nicole Napolitano Main
Former Housewives
Caroline Manzo Main
Danielle Staub Main
Kathy Wakile Main Friend
Friends of the Housewives
Kim DePoala Guest Friend
Kim Granatell Friend Guest
Rosie Pierri Guest Friend
Jennifer Dalton Friend


Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion DVD Release Date
1 10 May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12) June 18, 2009 (2009-06-18) June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23)
June 25, 2009 (2009-06-25)
March 2010
2 18 May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03) August 23, 2010 (2010-08-23) August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)
September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06)
January 9, 2011
3 21 May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09) October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)
October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
April 24, 2012
4 24 April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22) September 23, 2012 (2012-09-23) September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)
October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
June 5, 2013
5 22 June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)[40] September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)[41] October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)[42]
October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)[43]
6 19 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13)[33] October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19) TBA TBA


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