Reality Roundup

Vito and Lauren (Source: Twitter)

Congratulations are due for Lauren Manzo, daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo. The 25-year-old owner of Cafface Beauty Bar said ‘yes’ to boyfriend Vito Scalia‘s tearful wedding proposal on Tuesday.

“She’s so happy!” Caroline revealed to TBB Reality’s own Tara Cushing earlier this week.

“I’m so incredibly happy!! I’m in shock,” Lauren told Us Weekly. “I’m so excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. Well he was my brothers’ best friend first, but I stole him!”

The couple has yet to pick a date; however, they are hoping to tie the knot in the church at Fordham University, where Scalia went to school.

Vito and Lauren have both been featured on RHONJ but we are not so sure cameras were present to capture this precious moment for Caroline’s new family-centric spin-off, Manzo’d with Children. Reports are that the show already wrapped filming prior to the proposal. However if there’s a season 2 maybe we will see some wedding planning!

(Learn about Lauren’s other recent milestone here!)

Get ready for another season of bloodshed and tears! The fourth season of Vh1’s Mob Wives returns December 5th!

Now titled Mob Wives: New Blood, viewers will witness returning cast members Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola mingle with newcomers Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio.

Alicia will certainly fit in amongst the cast as she is no stranger to being a prison wife. Her husband, Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo, was indicted for racketeering, extortion, and conspiracy to murder. Alicia herself has been indicted and pled guilty to embezzlement. In fact, she is facing a potential prison sentence.

Natalie Guercio is the owner of the Carto Funeral Home—a business known for its mob-related burials in South Philadelphia.

Also returning for a fourth season is Vh1’s Couples Therapy, which will be getting a dose of Real Housewives drama! The season four cast will include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong and her fiancée John Bluher.

Bravo’s head honcho Andy Cohen will be stepping down from his role as Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development at the cable channel this January. It was announced earlier this week that Andy has launched his own production company, Most Talkative, and has earned a multi-year development deal with Bravo.  

Andy will continue to host Watch What Happens Live! and executively produce all platforms of The Real Housewives franchise as well as host the Housewives reunions and specials.

“‘Watch What Happens Live’ is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life — it’s the exact extension of my love for pop culture and fun,” Andy said in a statement released by Bravo. “I’m thrilled to launch my production company Most Talkative and to continue my role as EP of the ‘Housewives’ -– I couldn’t imagine leaving behind women that have become a part of my daily life.”

The current season of Watch What Happens Live! has been averaging over 850,000 viewers per episode, and has attracted some big celebrity guests in the past few months including Cher, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Dina Manzo is officially returning to the hit series next season; however, production for season six has been postponed.

“They were supposed to film at Dina Manzos event but the production team couldn’t get everything in place in time so they pushed back the first filming date,” a source explained to Radar Online about a Project Ladybug fundraiser that took place on November 11.

The anticipation for season six is high as the production team is rushing to capture all the drama surrounding Teresa and Joe Giudice’s legal troubles, including Joe’s most recent offense of driving carelessly in a school zone.

Joe, who has a long history of driver’s license suspensions, was cited by police last week in Montville, N.J. for careless driving in a school zone, according to a copy of the citation obtained by ABC News.

Joe allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic lanes as a police car approached.

“The officer assumed he was texting,” Montville Township Administrator Victor Canning said. “He didn’t actually see him texting but he assumed that’s what he was doing.”

Juicy Joe is currently awaiting trial for a separate driving incident after allegedly impersonating his brother, Pete Giudice, to illegally obtain a driver’s license after his own was suspended for a DWI.

Added to that, Joe, along with his wife Teresa, was indicted on 39-counts of federal fraud and tax charges this past summer. The couple pled “not guilty” to the charges; however, if convicted Teresa and Joe could each face decades behind bars. Joe even faces being deported to Italy if he is found guilty of just one of the 39 counts in the indictment, prosecutors said — as it emerged recently that he is not a US citizen.

Eeach week I will rummage through the Bravo vault to find vintage photos from the past, revisit a classic moment from one of our favorite shows, or update the status of a past Real Housewives cast-member! Recently, we revisited one of the most infamous moments in Real Housewives history—the Teresa Giudice table-flip!

This week, we will find out what one former Real Housewives of New York City star has been up to since her departure from the series.

Alex McCord and hubby Simon van Kempen were staples on the hit reality television show since its debut in 2008; however, McCord was fired from the show in 2011 during a mass firing which also left former cast members Jill Zarin, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon with a pink slip.

Since her departure from the series, Alex launched a linen company, Aluxe Home and Hotel Collection, with her husband.  In addition, the couple made the move from Bravo to VH1 to star on the show Couples Therapy in 2012. The duo also wrote a he-said, she-said book called Little Kids, Big City, discussing their experiences of raising two children in New York City.

Currently, Alex hosts her own web-series, The Real Deal with Alex McCord, on and runs a fashion blog on Sulia. Simon owns and writes the popular  site ,and occasionally gets into it with other Bravolebs on Twitter…check out his site for his recent “chat” with Andy!

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The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week's In Touch Weekly. Credit:

The Giudices have an exclusive photo shoot in this week’s In Touch Weekly. Credit:

Once again  I will be subbing for guru of gossip Brent Osborne. He’s filled me in on the juiciest stories this week, plus I’ve got some nuggets I’ve got to toss in as well. So without further ado let’s get started, and remember, if you join in the conversation you could win a gift card from this month’s Housewife Hot Item sponsor Wrapadoo!

Our first stop this week is in my own backyard with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Though their fans may think otherwise, former prosecutor and legal news commentator Nancy Grace says that Teresa and Joe Giudice are “going down.” These were the exact words she used to describe her prediction of their fate when a caller on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live asked her to weigh in on the couple’s 39 fraud count indictment.

“I think they were in it together and you know what? You can get away with shoplifting, maybe stealing a car, but don’t mess with the feds when it comes to money. Never mess with the tax man. Never mess with the feds, alright? They have no mercy.” 

Grace went on to compare the two to Martha Stewart saying that the Giudices will be “used as an example to other people.”

A source very close to Teresa disagrees. “She didn’t know what she was signing,” the good friend of the 41 year-old Housewives star told me when the story first broke over the summer. “She was busy having babies and shopping, she had no idea what she was signing. When you are in a marriage and trust your partner you don’t always read what they put in front of you.”

Teresa recently broke her silence regarding her legal troubles in an exclusive interview with In Touch Weekly. “Look – every family has problems. Nobody’s perfect. I have to be strong for my kids…especially Gia – she’s the only one who knows anything is going on, so I do everything I can to make her feel comfortable.”

The Giudices are set to stand trial on February 24th.

Things are certainly a lot more cheery over at the Manz-sion. A new show Manzo’d With Children isn’t the only new endeavor for the reality star family. On the heels of the success of their Hoboken, NJ restaurant Little Town NJ brothers Albie and Chris Manzo are opening their next restaurant and soon!

Along with their Little Town partners (Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr of US Weekly reported that the duo will be opening a “Vegas style” sports bar at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment as early as November 23d.  The venue, to be called Victory Sports Bar and Club, will include both private party event space and a weekly night club. They will follow that up with Victory Terrace, a rooftop establishment in April.

These Manzo kids are making their momma proud! Manzo matriarch Caroline tweeted on Thursday.

Last Saturday I was at Little Town and apparently missed the elder Manzo offspring by an hour. “I’m on my way back from city,” Albie texted me via Twitter direct message. Perhaps the ambitious 27 year-old was at a business meeting with the NYC based Sinensky and McGarr. Keep coming back to TBB for my thoughts on Little Town and a special RHONJ surprise coming soon!

Jetting acrosse the country there’s some fresh squeezed OJ coming from The Real Housewives of Orange County. After only once season OC newbie Lydia McLaughlin is saying sayonara. According to an article in US Weekly the decision was McLaughlin’s. She says she was asked back but…”never wanted to make a career out of being a Housewife…I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives…I’ve always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it and that I probably wasn’t going to be doing it again.”

McLaughlin will now be remembered as another one season Housewife wonder like Peggy Tanous also of RHOC and RHONY Cindy Barshop. McLaughlin takes with her; 2 children, a holy rolling marriage, and a pot smoking bunny loving mother. Oh and also Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino who reportedly were not asked back.

Lydia’s co-star and veteran HW Tamra Judge recently fired her PR rep, according to an insider. Apparently the newlywed has been shopping around a book without much success and is pointing her well manicured finger at Illumination PR who had been handling her. However, our source told us exclusively that they had seen Tamra’s book proposal and that it frankly “isn’t that good.”

Judge is not the first Housewife to have been represented by Illumination. The firm at one time handled Melissa Gorga who also moved on to a different rep. 

Vicki Gunvalson is going to have to talk to the judge, and we don’t mean her OC castmate. Legal drama continues with her former Vicki’s Vodka partner Robert Williamson. Williamson who sued Vicki for fraud originally has had the tables turned on him. Radar Online reports that Vicki’s attorneys are looking to have the trial moved to federal court. Vicki claims that Williamson tried to “frame, expose, or blackmail” her and that Williamson engages in illicit conduct like running an unlicensed gambling venture.

Last week was a huge premiere week for Bravo TV and one of its home run shows already has a major strike out. Shahs of Sunset premiered on Tuesday and though Season 2’s premiere attracted over two million viewers, the Season 3 premiere brought in less than 1.2 million leaving us to wonder where half the audience went. Also premiered last week was The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Vanderpump Rules.

RHOA returned with its Season 5 cast in tact, while RHOBH boasts two new ladies Carton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud. Last season Adrienne Maloof made her exit mid season while Taylor Armstrong and Camille Grammar stepped down to smaller roles and are rumored to not appear this season at all.

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