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 instalment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York and Atlanta, it has aired six 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; the sixth season line-up consisted of Giudice, Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Aprea, Amber Marchese and Nicole Napolitano. Of the original housewives, Dina Manzo stopped filming during production of the second season before returning for the sixth; Staub left after the second season; Caroline Manzo left after the fifth; and Laurita was a "Friend of the Housewives" in the sixth. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Gorga in the third and Aprea, Marchese and Napolitano in the sixth. Kathy Wakile was featured in a starring capacity in seasons 3 through 5, and was a "Friend of the Housewives" in Season 6.
Overview and Casting
The Real Housewives of New Jersey was first announced when Bravo released its 2008-2009 programming on April 15, 2008. 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. Dina and Tommy Manzo would later end up separated.
With the first season averaging 2.55 million total viewers, Bravo announced the renewal of the second season on October 6, 2009. Season 2 premiered on May 3, 2010, with Dina Manzo departing the series after the seventh episode. Part 1 of the second season garnered 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. Both of these milestones would be surpassed in future seasons or by other of Bravo's Real Housewives series.
The third season renewal was announced on August 31, 2010. It was later revealed on September 7, 2010 that Danielle Staub would not be returning to the show. Season 3 premiered on May 16, 2011 as a 90-minute episode, as well as introducing new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile. 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 but was later surpassed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta. After Season 3, The Real Housewives of New Jersey was the only Real Housewives series within the franchise that featured a main cast who were all married, until The Real Housewives of Miami also met the criterion starting with its third season. Season 4 announced on June 7, 2011, with the fourth season premiering on April 22, 2012. All of the Season 3 housewives returned in Season 4.
Bravo announced that Season 5 would premiere June 2, 2013, with same cast returning. Kim DePaola and Jennifer Dalton joined the fifth season as "Friends of the Housewives". The fifth season reunion was filmed on September 4, 2013, and took 15 hours to complete.
On October 13, 2013, Caroline Manzo announced that she would not be returning for Season 6. Jacqueline Laurita also departed the series. In April 2014, Bravo announced that the sixth season would premiere in mid-2014. It had been reported by several news outlets that twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea, and Amber Marchese would be the cast additions for the season. On May 14, 2014, Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of New Jersey would return for its sixth season on July 13, 2014. It was confirmed that Dina Manzo would return with new additions Amber Merchase and twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano joining as main housewives. Kathy Wakile was demoted to a recurring role and made numerous appearances during the season, as well as took part in a reunion show. Former housewife Jacqueline Laurita appeared in multiple episodes as well.
Timeline of Housewives
|Current Main Housewives|
|Former Main Housewives|
|Friends of the Housewives|
|First Aired||Last Aired|
|1||10||May 12, 2009||June 18, 2009|
|2||18||May 3, 2010||August 23, 2010|
|3||21||May 16, 2011||October 9, 2011|
|4||24||April 22, 2012||September 23, 2012|
|5||22||June 2, 2013||September 29, 2013|
|6||19||July 13, 2014||November 20, 2014|
|The Real Housewives of New Jersey|
Children: Gia Giudice | Gabriella Giudice | Milania Giudice | Audriana Giudice | Lexi Manzo | Antonia Gorga | Gino Gorga | Joey Gorga | Giovanni Aprea | Joey Napolitano | Anthony Napolitano | Michael Marchese | Sebastian Marchese | Corbin Marchese | Isabella Marchese | Ashlee Holmes | CJ Laurita | Nicholas Laurita | Albie Manzo | Lauren Manzo | Christopher Manzo | Christine Staub | Jillian Staub | Victoria Wakile | Joseph Wakile
|The Real Housewives of New Jersey|
Main Instalments: The Real Housewives of Orange County | The Real Housewives of New York | The Real Housewives of Atlanta | The Real Housewives of New Jersey | The Real Housewives of D.C. | The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills | The Real Housewives of Miami | The Real Housewives of Vancouver | The Real Housewives of Melbourne | The Real Housewives of Cheshire