Get ready to see a new New Jersey. Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey returns with new episodes in July, complete with four new castmembers. Well, three new castmembers and one returning one. So what brought Dina Manzo back to the fold?
"Well, I'm asked back pretty much every year to be honest with you. It never felt right," Dina told E! News at the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts. "This year, it kind of felt right between the changes going on in my life, and Teresa and I have organically gotten closer this past summer because of what she's going through…We became close friends again, hanging out, and it organically just happened. And they asked me last-minute. I came in last-minute."
Dina is of course referring to Teresa Giudice's legal woes. She and her husband Joe Giudice are facing federal fraud charges and could get prison time. Dina joins returning castmembers Teresa and Melissa Gorga, and new faces Amber Marchese, Nicole Mauriello and Teresa Aprea. Expect the drama to come from these new ladies and not between Melissa and her sister-in-law.
"Obviously with what my sister-in-law is going through, I think the drama is irrelevant at this point and it's nonsense. When push comes to shove, we're family and I'm here to back her up, so is her brother," Melissa said. "I think where you're going to get drama is with these new girls that are coming in."
"I keep saying they're swinging from the chandeliers and we're trying to catch up with them," Dina added. "They're a lot to handle, but they're a lot of fun. They're great TV. Their one-liners are amazing and they don't even realize how funny they are. They're those kind of girls."
If the Real Housewives of New Jersey season-six trailer is any indication, along with the conflict there will be some lighthearted moments. "I feel like it was a fun season," Melissa said.
One thing we definitely won't see: Danielle Staub. Rumors swirled that the former RHONJ cast member would be making a comeback. "She is not on season six, I can assure you that."
Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres Sunday, July 13, at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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