Three of five Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members are related

Three of the five main cast members in The Real Housewives of New Jersey are related by blood or marriage. Bravo announced the cast of the fourth Real Housewives franchise today, and also said it will preview the new season, which debuts in mid-May, on April 7 at 11 p.m. ET, and part of that preview is already online.

The cast includes “two sisters, who are married to two brothers, and one sister-in-law bringing a whole new level of familial drama to the table,” according to Bravo’s announcement. The sisters are Caroline Manzo, who runs “two successful businesses, Opus Properties, a real estate firm and 4 My Mom, a children’s accessories line” and has three kids; and Dina Manzo, who Bravo says “is a family woman, a business owner, and the founder of the non-profit organization Project Ladybug” and works “as an interior designer and owner of a successful event planning company.”

Caroline and Dina’s husbands run a catering company, The Brownstone, while their brother, Chris, is married to the third cast member, Jacqueline Laurita. Bravo says she “is a former cosmetologist in Las Vegas turned full-time stay-at-home New Jersey mom.”

The cast also includes Danielle Staub, who’s a single mother and “one of the first women in New Jersey (and 14th person in the country) to have a Black American Express Card” and has a “history of celebrity hook-ups,” but is, surprise, “[a]n active member of her local parish.” And Teresa Giudice “spends most of her time raising their three … daughters Gia, Gabriella and Milania” and “teaches them all how to be ‘fabulous.'” She also “serves as a committee member for Project Ladybug, a foundation created by Dina Manzo.”

The New Jersey season was announced last April as the third series in the franchise, but Atlanta came first.

On Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the Hair is Big… [Bravo press release]

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

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Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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