Reality Roundup

Will Dina keep her word THIS time? photo: OWN network

Will Dina keep her word THIS time?
photo: OWN network

By Tara Cushing

It was a week of return and guest appearance rumors. We have been tracking the biggest ones and are ready to sort them all out for you.

As usual there’s much to report in our very own backyard. Have you ever noticed the crescendo of gossip that occurs right before a Housewives franchise returns for a new season? As always, this is the case with The Real Housewives of New Jersey which returns to Bravo TV in only two short weeks. Returning with it is party planning, decorating, new age-y, born again Housewife Dina Manzo, who is back on the heels of the departure of her sister Caroline Manzo and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita. 

Dina told Us Weekly magazine that her returning to the show was independent of her estranged relatives’ exodus. “I didn’t get anyone fired. One of my first questions for the producers when I was invited back was, ‘You’re not getting rid of anyone because of me, right’? and they said, ‘Absolutely not.’ “

Dina went on to tell US about the riff between the two female relatives and her brother Chris Laurita , saying she will never appear on a show with her family members again. “Other than my daughter (Lexi) I will never do a reality show with family ever again. It’s just not a healthy environment.”

I wouldn’t be so fast to say never, Dina, as you told Oprah Winfrey on your Where Are They Now special that you would never do Housewives again.

To see what Caroline says about Dina’s return, and her own forthcoming series Manzo’d With Children, read our April interview here.

Returning to the series along side Dina is Melissa Gorga. Rumor has it that it will be the first season for the singer/author/mother of three, free of the family drama between her and sister in law , Teresa Giudice. However, this doesn’t mean it will be all puppies and rainbows in the Garden State. She talked to Wet Paint about her new cast mates; twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Apree and ex friend Amber Marchese.

“I think they fit in well,” Melissa said of the three new HWs .”It’s fresh and different…but it’s a bumpy road…There’s a lot of things you won’t expect to happen.”

On working with Dina, Melissa says they met long before their RHONJ days through Dina’s Project Ladybug, a charity that helps children fighting cancer. Melissa, however, also makes it a point that she “love(s) Caroline to death.” So will it be Mel, Tre, and Dina against the brand new triple threat? One thing we can expect is somebody always fighting with a woman named Teresa and either way, it looks like that will be the case in some form.

Will the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills be getting some company? Somebody started circulating a rumor that Three’s Company and Thighmaster queen Suzanne Somers was joining the ladies of the 90210. E! Online, however, has squashed it.

A rep for Suzanne told the outlet, “We do not have any comment, since no one has contacted Suzanne about these talks.” Somers, is friends with many of the women on the show, but when asked on Access Hollywood she said that being a Housewife is not something she desires, “That’s not my nature. I don’t fight.”

Somebody who you will see on the series, however, is veteran RHOBH, Kyle Richards. “Yes, it’s coming back and I’m coming back” the ring-leader of drama on the series (at least I think she is) told US Weekly. She said, “I’m looking forward to a new season. I think it’s going to be a really good season and I’m excited. I’m curious, like the viewer, to see things unfold and see what the relationships are like.”

As we reported last week, producers were trying to find new additions to the cast by searching the ladies’ own contacts, after fans failed to connect with Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.

Kyle confirmed her feelings about the departure of the one season wonders saying, “One is fine with me and the other one, well, you know! Joyce and I got along very well and Carlton was never nice to me. She went out of her way not to be. We were never friends so there is no love lost.”

Kyle had no input as to who the replacement wives would be, but she did say that sister  Kim Richards would be back, despite reports of the opposite.

Last week we reported that all members of The Real Housewives of Atlanta would be back for season 7. What we didn’t know, however, was that one may be bringing some guest stars with her. In response to her The Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion scuffle with Porsha Williams it seems the ever over-the-top dramatic Kenya Moore is at it again. An unnamed source told Hollywood Life , “When Kenya has to tape with Porsha, she’s considering having bodyguards surrounding her, with the police on speed dial.”

Personally, I think the police right now are more concerned with co-star Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida, who is set to be jailed on July 8th for fraud charges.

Apollo, who could get as many as 30 years in the slammer, has been partying hard before his little, umm, vacation. “So, it was a party and $8,000 was spent. But it doesn’t matter if it’s $5,000, if it’s $8,000. If that’s your vice and if it’s your money and that’s what you want to do, cool, because guess what? There’s no difference-and I hope you word this right,” Apollo reportedly said according to The Epoch Times. Sounds to me like he’s still drunk, because really, WTF is he talking about?

In May Apollo stated, “I take full responsibility for my actions. It was a dumb situation I put myself in. I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things.” He was referring to a nervous breakdown he says he had as a result of trying to maintain the lifestyle associated with being a Househusband. Will Nida be serving his time before the Giudices? Looks like it as their sentencing has once again been delayed.

Finally, I have to mention one more Bravo TV cast that is on board…literally. Below Deck will come back for a second season on Tuesday August 12th.  Captain Lee, chef Ben Robinson, stewardesses Adrienne Gang and Kat Held, and deckhand Eddie Lucas are all returning along with some new crew. For more info check out All aboard!

What are your thoughts on this week’s news? Do you want to see Mel and Tre join forces? Are you excited to have another dose of Dina? Will you watch Below Deck’s second season? Leave a comment below, we love hearing from you!

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