Real Housewives of New Jersey replaces Dina and Danielle, releases weird trailer

Bravo announced today two new cast members for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, people who will be essentially replacing departed cast members Danielle Staub and Dina Manzo. The women are relatives of table-flipper Teresa Giudice: Melissa Gorga, her sister-in law, and Kathy Wakile, Teresa’s cousin.

Bravo has released the “this season on” trailer for the show’s third season, and it’s very, very odd–and not just odd in the way that these shows are usually odd. The tone is strange, and it feels like they’re struggling to find drama so they just went for weirdness:

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