Did you somehow manage to miss Melissa Gorga and Theresa Giudice's drama on the last season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Well, they are going to be back for another round of drama this summer with the upcoming Season 5, and now their husbands look to be getting in on the action.
In a new preview video for the upcoming RHNOJ season, which premieres on June 2 on Bravo, Joe Gorga and Joe Giudice get into a major fist fight at a family reunion. Just in case that wasn't enough for you: Jacqueline Laurita continues to come to terms with her son Nicholas' Autism, Melissa is accused of having an affair and Giudice's daughter Milania has somehow gotten even more obnoxious. In one scene in the clip, she climbs up a stripper pole and makes fun of her aunt's rumored past. Ahhh, Housewives.
It's going to be one crazy, drama-filled season of Housewives — but, honestly, would you expect anything less? Watch the season preview video below.
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Ever since Hurricane Sandy reared her nasty head on the Eastern seaboard, celebrities, politicians, and everyday citizens have rallied to support New York City and its surrounding areas. We've seen the MTV commercials that claim that we can (and will) rebuild Seaside Heights, and our hearts were warmed when President Obama and Chris Christie crossed the political divide to focus on helping New Jersey. But amidst the media storm, we've heard very little about the devastating damage to the proud community that lives in New York City's oft-forgotten fifth borough — and this brought Staten Island native and Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi to action.
On Thursday night, I attended a gala thrown by Rossi and his hard-working friends at Staten Strong — a project with no overheads, that puts all donations directly into the pockets of those who need it, in the form of gift cards, clothing, generators, and more. As a native of New Jersey and someone who has directly benefited from community outreach (my own small town rallied to support my family when our house burnt down in '93), I was touched by the spirit, pride, and generosity I saw in Rossi and his friends (who include, among others, SoA stars Ron Perlman and Kim Coates, Twisted Sister, and Real Housewife Jacqueline Laurita). These are people who are hitting the ground running — giving back to their community with no sense of ego, and no expectations to receive anything in return. They simply, and righteously, want to see their communities thrive.
As Perlman explains, Staten Strong began as a simple grassroots organization, formed by citizens who didn't like what they were seeing. "I checked in with Theo [during the hurricane], because he was back here doing a family visit," he said. "He said everything seemed cool. Then about two days into the coverage, I started finally seeing coverage of Staten Island, and how devastated it was. I called Theo back and I said, 'Dude, doesn't look cool to me.' That's when he started telling me how heartbroken he was by what he was seeing, and how angered he was at how lugubrious the response was."
Rossi may have been angry — and readers/viewers may know him as the king of tears — but Juice was nothing but smiles last night, when he spoke of everything he and his friends have accomplished so far. "We just met somebody outside and gave them $1,000 in gift cards to Target," he said. "We're helping families out, directly, at a street level. I don't care what anybody else is doing, all I know is that this is the town I grew up in. Every time I walk around, nothing has been done. A lot of people didn't want to accept help... people have a lot of pride. Now they're realizing nobody is going to help them. That's where we step in — at StatenStrong.com they can fill out forms and put in applications, and we have people there the next day. We're trying to keep it as basic as possible, because we're not that smart."
Love that self-deprication, Theo. But while Rossi doesn't care what anybody else is doing, Perlman does — the New York native expressed a lot of anger towards an agency he used to support, and he's using Twitter to spread the word. "I got about 100 responses [from Twitter followers], and 100 percent of them were negative towards the Red Cross," he said. "In all of the time I was touring Staten Island, I didn't see one piece of evidence that Red Cross was even on the scene. I have anecdotal stories that they were selling cups of coffee for $1 to those who had lost everything. I'm doing a lot of research, but nothing that I've uncovered so far has led me to believe that the $188 million dollars [raised to Red Cross] went to anybody who needed it."
Coates added another organization that did little for Staten — the news media. "My little brother [Rossi] is here, and his mom is here, and his beautiful sisters... they're okay, but when he started walking the streets with his buddies, looking at the devastation, it was mind-blowing," Coates said. "Finally CNN did a story, maybe six or seven days later. [But] Theo got on his horse immediately."
As Rossi said, the Staten Strong website makes it easy for Sons fans or just general concerned citizens to make a difference, but Perlman had one more suggestion on how to spread the word — and it involves a very notoriously outspoken (and frequently profane) showrunner. "Lobby Kurt [Sutter]," he says. "Kurt's got a lot of Twitter followers. I'm sure whatever efforts he tries to put himself behind could make a big difference."
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When you tune in to watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you're probably hoping to catch some crazy cat fight between Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, or tuning in to see if Caroline Manzo's kids have been up to no good. But as fans, we sometimes forget that these women are normal beings just like the rest of us, and that they live and breathe through hardships that aren't always captured on camera. In a very shocking interview with People, Jacqueline Laurita reveals some upsetting news: her three-year-old son Nicholas has recently been diagnosed with autism.
"We had no idea what was going on," Jacqueline says of learning that her son is autistic.
What's so shocking to Jacqueline is the fact that Nicholas appeared completely normal until he was about 18 months old. It wasn't until then that he started having problems with his speech and not responding when people called his name. "You never want to think that your child isn't perfectly healthy," Jacqueline's husband Chris says. "We didn't want to believe it was true."
"I spend all my time researching what we can do for him," Jacqueline (who is also the mother of Ashlee, 21, and C.J., 10) adds. "[Now] I worry about him being independent when he's older."
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So, we can all agree that last night was the best night of Teresa Guidice's life, right? Not only did her star-making vehicle, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, return to Bravo, she could also be seen on Bravo's big bro NBC in Celebrity Apprentice 12: Judgment Day. In my head, the Gorga/Giudice family is currently in turmoil, because Teresa wanted everyone to play at her house because her face was on TWO big shows on the TV. Melissa only had one show (A sentence which the Teresa in my brain repeated many, many times). Cookies were thrown in the garbage. Gia recited Latin verses in the corner. Joe Gorga was crying. Joe Guidice broke three teeth and hit a deer with his car, while Milania waited with lighter fluid and a match, ready to watch the whole thing BURN! You stupid mouse. Yay yay yay, welcome back to Jersey!
We began in the summer, which, according to Kathy, people from New Jersey just LOVE. People hate summer everywhere else. But this summer would be a difficult one for the Gorga/Giudice/Wakile/Manzo/Laurita bunch: Teresa's cookbook, "Cooking With Pasta and Passive Aggressive Insults" was a best-seller, and the other ladies all had varying theories as to why they were attacked. Just kidding! "She's jealous of me because she has an abusive, alcoholic jailbird husband" was the overall consensus. I mean, she even made up a front porch to attack Melissa. Things were getting serious.
At this point, it already seemed that this season of Jersey was going to be a total repeat of last season: Gorga vs. Giudice: The Reckoning. But then, from an inconspicuous patio chair, an angelic voice spoke up: "I'm not a good reader. I'm like all stupid." She's back! Rosie, Kathy's take-no-prisoners, sweatpants and hat lovin' lesbian sister, was back to put things in perspective for the rest of those middle-aged Bratz dolls. "It pisses me off a little bit," she said of the cookbook. "Because if anybody I love and care about is attacked, I'm going into freakin' protect mode, and I will rip your heart out and eat it." She's going to make this season so, so much better.
Unfortunately, before we get back to the Bratz dolls and their fun little outing to the Jersey Shore, something needs to be addressed: That horrible soul-sucking hipster, Ashlee/Ashley/Ashleigh/Whatever. Henceforth she will be called Useless. So, Useless was already physically preparing for a move to Los Angeles, stocking up on blonde hair dye, piercings, and bad decisions. (If this b**ch ever goes west of Doheny, I'll be waiting.) Jacqueline moaned and Chris fumed, until they eventually sent her to that magical place where all wanton children go to learn about morals and good decision-making: Las Vegas.
Back to the action: Right after Caroline created a rainstorm with her eyes to get Teresa to stop talking, the Gorgas, Giudices, and Wakiles headed to Toms River, a magical, untouched Garden of Eden on the Jersey Shore, where you can't even tell you're in Jersey anymore. (Not true.) Milania, my love, made packing a little difficult: "Yeah you stupid pooper!" she screamed at Gia, when Gia was commanded to help the boring one find her Ipod Touch. When Teresa told her to apologize, she responded with a definitive "I'm chewing gum."
Everyone had problems on the way: Teresa had to deal with her miserable husband pseudo-bragging (in front of their children) about his business trip with "ladies," Melissa was upset because Teresa said she'd leave Joe for a richer man, and Kathy had to figure out how she could have a decent vacation with all of these loons in her house. When the Giudices pulled up to their tiny shore shack that would undoubtably cause Camille Grammar to say, in horror, "There isn't enough space here for us," they faced yet another tiny dilemma. There was a mouse in their pool slide thing, which isn't really important but it led to Milania freaking out screaming "You better not come up here you little stupid mouse," so I was a fan of this scene overall. I was not a fan of the following scene, which had Joe Gorga saying "There's going to be lots of orgasms happening," so let's skip that and move on to the inevitable drama.
Teresa finally confronted Joe about the fact that he might be going to jail and was probably having affairs, and all of this gossip was appearing in national magazines. "That's the life you chose," he said with a disinterested scowl. You guys, I'm clearly no fan of Teresa, but her home life is heartbreaking. Of course, the rest of the family discussed her problems behind her back for the rest of the episode, until Grandma screamed "Enough!" Thank you. Enough. Rosie also offered some words of wisdom: "I always get along, because I'm not a threat to her. I'm chubby, she's skinny. She's got beautiful long hair, I've got short hair. She's got her big f***king glamourous house, I live with my mother." Bravo: MAKE ROSIE A HOUSEWIFE!
The next day, the gang hit up Jersey's beautiful white sand beaches. Joe Gorga and Teresa ruined the day by having one of those nonsensical, Housewives-brand arguments where no one ever really listens to each other, nothing gets done, and both parties leave worse for the wear. See: Any argument between Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin, ever. The Jersey housewives and husbands typically end these fights with a passive-aggressive "Let's move on" or "Let's just go forward," but everyone know that this is never going to happen. Bravo Andy has no time for happy people.
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