Bravo TV's "Real Housewives" franchise is preparing to head back to New Jersey, but which ladies will head up the cast? It was previously announced that "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" regulars Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, who is currently serving out a 15 month prison sentence for fraud, would return to the popular series. It remained unclear, however, who would be joining them. New reports suggest fans should expect to see a lot of familiar faces in Season 7 -- some which haven't appeared on the show in quite some time.
According to reports on Entertainment Tonight, the "RHONJ" Season 7 cast will be made up of many former "Housewives" stars. Sources told the publication it is likely that Jacqueline Laruita, who left the show several seasons ago, will probably return. Another source added that Season 6 trouble-makers Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano have not yet received official invitations to return to the series. As for fresh faces joining the show, ET reported that there is a chance rumors of Tiki Barber's wife, Traci Johnson, joining the "RHONJ" cast could be true, though their sources said nothing has been made official at this time. Kathy Wakile and Rosie Perri will continue to appear on the show as "friends" of the stars.
ET's sources also confirmed that Dina Manzo will not be returning to the show. Dina, 43, reprised her role as a housewife in Season 6. Unfortunately, it seems after finding herself at the center of some very unfortunate drama and rumor-spreading, she has decided it's best not to return to "RHONJ."
As we previously reported, Teresa, 43, has signed on for another season of the show. She will begin filming after being released from prison on Dec. 23, 2015 to complete the rest of her sentence on house arrest. Us Weekly reported that Bravo is hopeful Teresa's new rap-sheet will help boost ratings for the already popular "Real Housewives" franchise. In the meantime, her husband, Joe Giudice, and four daughters are said to be filming a miniseries of their own. The show, which will also appear on Bravo, will follow Joe, 43, and the girls as they try to navigate life without Teresa. The show, which has not yet been titled or given an air date, will film up until Joe enters prison to serve out his own 31-month sentence for fraud and other charges. Teresa will reportedly make over-the-phone cameos on her family's reality series.
No other official casting decisions for "RHONJ" have been made at this time. As was reported by ET, Bravo will finalize the cast by the end of September and begin filming from there. They network has not announced a premiere date for the series.