On Sunday night, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are going to return to Bravo with a new season, and after a subpar season of the Atlanta series, we have to admit to having some nerves.
Why? It’s all thanks to what happens when someone stays famous for a rather extended period of time — they change. Even if the drama is still “real,” it’s a different sort of drama than what we were accustomed to seeing in the early season. For example, watch how different the “Jersey Shore” castmates from the first season were treated compared to season 5. With fame comes little freedom, as well as certain limitations. Another issue? If you have already made up your mind about some of your fellow cast members, then you don’t want to spend time with them. We saw this with NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak on the “Atlanta” series, and there refusal to actually spend time together led to there being little to no drama on the show itself.
Thankfully, there are still some reasons to be hopeful about the “New Jersey” season.
Continuity – Rather than stopping filming an allowing some of these new cast members to develop and ego, Bravo kept the cameras rolling for season 3 and season 4. This left little time for any of the drama to diffuse between some of the ladies, and it also allowed some big stories for Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita to start to form.
Caroline Manzo – The anchor of this series, Caroline has been one of the few people who legitimately has not seemed to allow fame to change her in any way. She’s smart, opinionated, and she also does a good job and handing down objective advice.
Staying over-the-top – One of the benefits of “New Jersey” is simply that there is so much potential for everything to stay intense and also ridiculous. Melissa Gorga’s recording two more songs! There are more lavish parties! There is also so much family involved here that the stakes are raised, and no one can really avoid the drama so much as on some other versions of the show.
Do you think this season has the potential to be as good as some of the others, or are you worried in any way? Check back late Sunday night for a full review of the premiere episode!