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My Latest Obsession: The Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey

Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey

Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey

It’s springtime, so you know what that means! No, not cleaning out your apartment or the return of hay fever, silly! It’s the return of two of my favorite Housewives series (the other favorite is Beverly Hills), The Real Housewives of New York and The Real Housewives of New Jersey!

I know that for every fan of the Housewives (pick your favorite city or cities and insert here) franchise, there is someone who just can’t stand the ground that any of them walk on. I’ve been a big fan of the RHONY since their first season. It was the first “Housewives” show that I bothered to tune into, mostly because of my love of New York City. I initially wasn’t into RHWONJ, but one of my friends kept talking about it at work and out of sheer curiosity, I decided to tune in. Now I’m hooked! There’s never a dull moment with this bunch, and I gotta admit, it’s refreshing to have a Brunette Brigade on TV, instead of it being all about the Blondes!

Since I don’t want to rehash everything that has gone on this season (I couldn’t do the real thing justice if I tried), I want to point out a few moments and “Bravo-lebrities” that have kept the shows entertaining this season.

The Good:

Just when you thought that RHONJ was going to be “boring” without Danielle around, think again! Since the extended Manzo family worked out so well for the show, producers have turned to Teresa, the only other cast member that they could have turned to (sorry Kim G and Kim D) for fun family fodder (say that three times fast!). Enter Melissa and Joe Gorga (Teresa’s brother and sister-in-law) and Kathy and Rich Wakile (Teresa’s first cousin and her hubby) to make sure our weeks start off with a healthy dose of family rivalry. Melissa REALLY wants to be on TV and she’s going to make the most of her camera time. I’m sure this will not sit well with Teresa, who’s used to being the resident sex kitten and center of attention, so expect antics for attention to escalate as the weeks unfold. The first episode featuring a punching match between the two Joes and other family members/guests at a Baptism reception as well as the wailing and gnashing of teeth from a son to a father about lineage and family allegiance. Forget table flipping this season, folks. We’re WAY beyond that.

The Bad:

Since RHONJ just started, I can’t really tell what’s going to be bad, other than the sound of Melissa’s voice and Chris Manzo’s “cajunese.” That’s funny when my 5 year-old nephew does it, but not so much when you’re 22. Gibberish….gibberish….gibberish…just talk normal…gibberish…gibberish….gibberish…(if you saw the season opener, that will make sense to you). And speaking of voices, Simon is now a “recording artist” and has a single out. Honestly, can I be on a Housewives show just so I can get a recording contract?! One season would do me just fine and I would actually sing on my selection, not bluff my way through it via auto-tune. Plus, I would look a hell of a lot better in blue leather pants (weren’t the red leather pants ENOUGH???!!).

Special mention also goes to Sonja, who I really adored last season, but can’t stand this year because all the attention she got for being the most “real” has gone to her head. I predict that she will get an attitude adjustment just like Jill did last season when her fan base starts to turn against her. Reality fans are such a fickle bunch!

The Crazy:

Oddly enough, Kelly seems to be the least crazy person on RHONY this season. Everyone else seems to have some issue that they just can’t get past and reside in Crazy Town during certain moments in the show. Ramona is drinking too much and the crazy eyes are out in full force; LuAnn is butting into everyone’s business and showing off her boytoy; Alex found her voice at the end of last season and now won’t stop talking and is a model; Jill is trying to “redefine” herself, but just can’t help gossiping; Sonja can’t stop staring at herself, is “poor” but manages to have more staff than anyone and brings up the ridiculous notion of a “pecking order.” I don’t think that Cindy has been on the show long enough to develop her own brand of crazy. Personally, I hope that this season’s RHONY brand of crazy doesn’t rub off on her because she’s the one cast member who I actually knew about prior to her entrance (I’ve actually used her products) on the show. I really want her to be the powerhouse that she initially started out to be. Time will tell what happens with her.

After all that, if you’re not with me yet on these shows, I have a feeling you soon will be. If nothing else, tune in for the fights!

Until next week (and my next obsession)!

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