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Much Ado About Teresa {Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Premiere}

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My thoughts on the season premiere of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

When I’m asked which of the Real Housewives shows is my favorite (which actually happens quite often), I usually will answer with Beverly Hills (because Lisa Vanderpump, obvi) or New York. 

Even though I’m a born and raised Jersey girl, the Real Housewives of New Jersey never pops into my head as **THE BEST HOUSEWIVES SHOW.**

It just doesn’t.

But then I start a new season and I’m inevitably drawn into the drama. Read More »

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7 Thoughts About the RHONJ Premiere

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The eighth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey kicked off with Teresa’s triumphant return home from jail.

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It’s been almost two years…how is that even possible?

I guess we know who the star of the show is, since Bravo execs decided to hold filming until Teresa was released from jail.

But just until the day she got out (no resting!), because she literally was filming from the moment she got home. Merry Christmas!

Here are 7 Thoughts About the RHONJ Premiere… Read More »

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5 Things We Learned from Real Housewives of New Jersey: First Look

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Here are five things we learned from the first look at the brand-new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey!

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It’s been awhile since the last season of Real Housewives of New Jersey…they had to wait until Teresa was out of jail before they could start filming.

I’ve missed those crazy gals– and I’m so excited we get to spend the summer with them!

The trailer for the new season of the RHONJ debuted today and here’s what we learned: Read More »

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Teresa Giudice’s WWHL Interview (Part Two)

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Teresa answers viewer questions during Part Two of her sit-down interview with Andy Cohen.

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For a recap of Part One of Teresa Giudice’s WWHL interview, click here

I’m still reading her new book, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back AgainIt’s actually very entertaining.

I teared up when she wrote about saying goodbye to her girls the night before she left. Not because I feel bad for her– I believe she knew she was doing illegal activities to get massive amounts of money and I also believe she had several chances to make it right, but didn’t. I just felt bad for her daughters. Read More »

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Teresa Giudice’s WWHL Interview (Part One)

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Andy Cohen sat down with Teresa Giudice for a live interview following her release from prison. Get the details on her prison life and how she’s changed.

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Let me start by saying that I received Teresa Guidice’s new book, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, in the mail yesterday.

I started reading it, but I am nowhere near close to finishing it…hopefully by Friday so I can have a review of it up on the blog for you.

My first observation of it– too much stuff about Teresa growing up. I want the juicy stuff. The prison details. But enough about the book.

Here’s what we learned from Teresa in Part One of her interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live…  Read More »

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Teresa Checks In, Part 3: Recap

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It’s the third and final installment of the Real Housewives of New Jersey special “Teresa Checks In,” and we finally get what we’ve all been waiting for…a visit to the prison!

Just to recap from the past two eps, Joe Giudice is (obvi) on the list of approved visitors, as is Joe Gorga after a six month wait. Not on the list? Melissa. (Also obvi.)

We open the show with yet another glimpse at the terror that is Milania. Asked to feed the fish in the pond, Milania brings them dog food, spills it, and decides to feed them rocks instead. 

Joe: “What the hell is her problem?”

Gabriella: “She has many problems; I don’t know which one this one is.” #burn Read More »

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Teresa Checks In, Part 2: Recap

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How “fine” could things be if Teresa won’t even put Melissa on her approved email list from prison? Seriously.

That’s how the second installment of Teresa Checks In begins. Melissa Gorga picks up all the Guidice girls for a mani/pedi date, while Joe Gorga takes Joe Guidice to work out. Joe Guidice enters the car with a travel mug full of…coffee? Wine? Pasta sauce? None of those would surprise me.

The spa day takes them to Depasquale, a salon in Northern Jersey which I can actually say that I’ve been to. #almostfamous

Things almost get off to a rocky start when Milania practically convinces the salon to give her a latte. (Thankfully, they make it decaf.)

Gabriella attempts to wear headphones the entire time (can’t say I blame her), but Melissa makes her remove them for some good ol’ fashioned quality time. For the cameras. JK. Melissa truly does seem to have her nieces’ best interests in mind, and I don’t think she’s that good of an actress that she’d be faking it. Read More »

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Teresa Checks In: Recap

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Can you believe that Teresa has just over two months left in her prison sentence? This has flown by. For me, anyways. Not sure how it is for her. 

Let us check in with the Guidice family and see how they are coping without Teresa. At first sight, things look normal.

Is Milania still a little troublemaker? Check!

Are there still over-the-top celebrations for minor milestones? Check! Read More »

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The Teresa Guidice Jail Survival Guide

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The real-life Teresa Guidice jail storyline has unfolded before our very eyes and tomorrow she will head to federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve her 15-month sentence.

As the saying goes, shit’s about to get real.

Let’s see if Teresa will still be in denial about her crimes and punishment after the “Welcome to Jail” strip search!

I’ve watched Orange is the New Blackso I’d like to think I’m kind of an expert on what it takes for one to survive in prison.

I’ve drawn up a little list for Teresa to help her. I call it The Teresa Guidice Jail Survival Guide a.k.a. 9 Tips to Stay Fabulous in Prison. Read More »

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10 Things About Bravo This Week

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Have you recovered enough from your Thanksgiving food coma to be able to stomach hearing not one, but two, Real Housewives of Atlanta talk about how gross their feet are?

Me neither.

For this week’s “A Hot Cup of Reali-Tea,” we’re doing it list-style.

Here are 10 Things About Bravo This Week… Read More »

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Apollo and Phaedra in Trouble, Plus RHONJ & Pump Rules

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Lots of Real Housewives action this week…finally!

Real Housewives of Atlanta returned on Sunday, while Real Housewives of New Jersey ended after Parts 2 and 3 of the Reunion aired.

Apollo and Phaedra were a huge source of discussion in the RHOA premiere, while Teresa got emotional in the RHONJ season ender.

Here’s my take on all of that, plus some Vanderpump Rules criticism. Read More »

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Are Tom and Ariana Still Together? Plus Dina Gets Grilled & the RHOBH Trailer

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Finally! Some good reality TV.

The Season 3 premiere of Vanderpump Rules aired last night, plus we had an informative Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion on Sunday night.

Let’s find out what happened and answer your most pressing Pump Rules questions, like are Tom and Ariana still together? Is Katie still a dud? And did Stassi finally get a good hair colorist? Read More »

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Apollo Nida and the Worst Real Househusbands of All Time

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This post was inspired by my annoyance with Jim Marchese during this season of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Add to that the rash of Real Housewives’ husbands (Joe Giudice and Apollo Nida) heading to jail for stupid sh** and I’m just SICK OF THEM.

Get it together, fellas!

You get a cushy paycheck, some fleeting fame, and probably some other perks for appearing in a few dozen scenes of your wife’s reality show. Would it be so hard to simply behave?!

So here is my list of the top ten Worst Real Househusbands of All Time. This list is in no particular order, and we shall start with Apollo Nida. Read More »

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RHONJ Secrets, PumpRules Returning, and Bruce Jenner Wants to be a Woman?

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Another slow-ish week in the Bravo world with only one new episode of Real Housewives airing and it wasn’t even the Reunion. Just some dumb “Secrets Revealed” episode.

But where the Bravo “news” may be lacking, there are other big stories in the reality TV world. Important, breaking news like Bruce Jenner painting his nails pink. Is it true that Bruce Jenner wants to be a woman now? And if so, do we even care? Read More »

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The Latest on Teresa Giudice, Return of Pump Rules, & More

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Lately it seems like the drama going on off-screen dwarfs the drama onscreen for the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast. At least with the latest on Joe and Teresa Guidice, anyway.

Let’s see what happened in the world of reality TV this week, beginning with Joe Giudice’s latest legal issues…

Joe’s Continued Legal Woes

Joe Guidice was back in court yesterday to face charges that he was driving with a phony driver’s licenseRead More »

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Teresa and Joe on WWHL

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Is anyone else shocked that Teresa and Joe on WWHL actually happened?

I’m not sure if she was contractually obligated to appear on Andy’s show or if she’s just trying to do damage control for her image (she’s going to need it if she intends to make future money off her name), but in any event this was eagerly anticipated by Bravo fans. Read More »

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Thoughts on the Teresa Giudice Sentencing

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I didn’t anticipate the Teresa Giudice sentencing to be as big of a deal as it ended up being yesterday.

I knew that Teresa and Joe were scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 A.M. in Newark, so I figured I’d sit by my computer for a half hour until we learned what the verdict was.

I had promised my Facebook page followers that I’d keep them posted on the latest developments, so I basically was refreshing my Twitter feed constantly, waiting to hear updates from sneaky courthouse spies. (Federal court isn’t televised.)

I didn’t realize that it would take half the day before we learned that Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in jail and it would be nearly 5:00 P.M. before we learned that Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in jail. Read More »

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The Bitch is Back…Or Is She?

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Let’s get to the latest news of the day… is Bethenny is back on RHONY?!

BREAKING NEWS: Sorry, Bethenny– you’ve been preempted for this update on the Teresa and Joe Guidice sentencing. 

And the judge has declared the following: Read More »

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Who Won Big Brother?

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I can’t believe I really even have to say this, but SPOILER ALERT! I will be discussing the Big Brother finale in this post.

I have been kind enough to put it at the end, just in case you accidentally open the post and didn’t want to see who won Big Brother.

Other than that, all we have to talk about is a less than juicy ep of RHONJ comprised of the travel day of the Florida trip plus some filler material courtesy of Jacqueline and Kathy. Read More »