“The Real Housewives of Melbourne” headed back to Bravo for a second season last night, and star Jackie Gillies assures People magazine that viewers won’t be disappointed. The show initially aired in the U.S. on Sunday afternoons, but was such a hit that the network decided to not only give it a second season, but move the series to Thursday nights.
People caught up with Jackie to discuss the new season, which she assures them will be full of drama. The youngest of the “Housewives” from Down Under, Jackie won fans over with her intense spirituality and rock star lifestyle. The 33-year-old, who makes a living as a psychic, is married to Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies.
“There’s drama, there’s tears, there’s arguments – happy moments, too. There’s a lot of comedy this season, I will say,” she said.
Not only are everyone’s favorite Aussies back for more – sans series regular Andrea Moss – there are two new cast members: Pettifleur Berenger and Gamble Breaux. The Herald Sun reports that Gamble is a “contemporary art collector and consultant” who “loves all things beautiful,” while Pettifleur, a property developer, is “determined, feisty and glamorous.”
Jackie wasn’t lying. Last night’s episode started the season off with a bang. Star Janet Roach put together a last-minute birthday party, hoping the ladies would be able to leave their troubles in the past. Roach reached out to all the ladies, including Gina Liano, whom she’d had issues with in the previous season. Unfortunately that was quickly thwarted when the new ladies arrived on the scene.
Gillies, who also had a bit of a falling out with Jackie last season, begrudgingly decided to accept Roach’s party invitation and attend with an open mind. She and co-star Chyka Keebaugh arrived at the party with positive attitudes, while Gina and Lydia Schiavello endured a painfully awkward limo ride.
While some of the “Real Housewives” veterans were eager and willing to accept the newcomers, others greeted them with judgment and disdain. Though it wasn’t quite on par with the glass-breaking blowup that played out on episode 16 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” the ladies of Melbourne can definitely hold their own against their fellow housewives.
“The Real Housewives of Melbourne” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.