As Real Housewives of New Jersey fans, we know that there have been numerous stories and sources saying a bevy of things about season of 7 of RHONJ.
On Tuesday, reports floated around the internet that Bravo finally decided they were putting a hold on the New Jersey franchise of the Real Housewives until Teresa Giudice was out of prison.
Bravo and Andy Cohen have been completely mum on the subject of RHONJ. Neither ever confirms or denies any reports on the status of the franchises.
Even though Bravo isn’t talking, RHONJ cast member, Jim Marchese, is speaking out and giving us his thoughts on the filming status of season 7.
Jim spoke with Fox 411 and made it pretty clear that he thinks filming will go on without Teresa.
“From what I understand, it takes a three or four-month break after filming. The time frames I would start to expect shooting wouldn’t be for a month or two, and from the storylines — people’s lives — there’s so much that can still go on.”
While the Housewives franchise’s thrive on drama, Jim thinks the RHONJ has more to offer than just Teresa’s drama.
“It’s not about just one character. It’s all the characters. There was one episode that drew a lot of attention and she (Teresa) wasn’t even there,” he said. “The show does well because of the dynamics of the group and the interaction of the group. I believe the show can go on without Teresa.”
Fox 411 did reach out to Bravo, who declined to comment.
Back in November, I sat down with Amber Marchese, and she had similar sentiments to her husbands.
“I think they have an excellent cast as is and you know we can carry on. I mean I don’t think she (Teresa Giudice) is going to do the full 15-months. She’ll be back season 8 very easily so I think it would really silly if they were to do that. They’d lose a lot of fans. They should really focus on getting to know the new girls and everyone has an amazing story and I think they need to focus on the dynamics of the girls – less fighting. You saw the lost footage…you saw we were getting along and they cut out all of that and they went right to the drama and there was so many things that happened before that. New Jersey’s about fun, were about strong personalities, were about family and the Italian way and were just so different and it’s unique and everyone brings something to the table.”
While I think that RHONJ can go on without Teresa a big part of the show will be missing but (I can’t believe I’m saying this) I agree with Jim. RHONJ can survive one season without Teresa, beyond one season I’m not so sure. I think it might be interesting to see what the dynamics of the show would be like without Teresa because without her there it leaves room for a lot of other people’s dirty laundry to come to light. RHONJ has been so focused on Teresa as it should be since she’s the star of it that we’ve missed out on focusing on other drama.
What do you think of Jim’s comments? Do you think RHONJ can survive one season without Teresa? Let’s Discuss!