There won't be any lazy days of summer when The Real Housewives of New Jersey returns for its seventh season. Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are joined by new Housewives, Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker, along with the return of a true Jersey veteran, Jacqueline Laurita.
Also appearing this season are sisters Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri.
This season, Teresa looks to repair fractured relationships with her family and friends. Although her release from prison brings the Giudice family back together, the reunion is short-lived as they only have a few months before Joe begins his sentence.
After growing closer to the Gorga family while Teresa was away, Melissa now fears it may all crumble and hopes she can start fresh with her sister-in-law, permanently putting the past behind them.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline, whose main focus continues to be helping her autistic son, longs for the "Lucy and Ethel" friendship she had with Teresa and is willing to bury their history if it means a more lighthearted future.
Teresa and Jacqueline's longtime friend, Dolores, is a divorced mom of two, focusing on a road toward independence as she emotionally and financially recovers from two failed relationships.
Siggy, another friend of Jacqueline's, fits right in with the Jersey group with her dynamic personality and high energy, as she navigates her relationships with her children who find her overbearing at times.
But just as these five 'wives begin to form strong bonds, relationships are on the verge of breaking - and when old friends meet new friends, it may mean no friends for some.
Meet the new "Housewives"
Dolores Catania redefines what it means to be a housewife. The Paterson-born Jersey native is the quintessential modern day Renaissance woman. This corrections officer-turned-surgical technician-turned Realtor and owner of multiple fitness centres is not only a mother of two, but is also an active executive member of several charities, a pastime fueled by her devout faith.
Though divorced for 15 years, she and her ex-husband and business partner, Frank, maintain a close friendship. Their two kids, Gabrielle (20) and Frankie (17), keep Dolores on her toes by making sure there is never an empty house.
Whether it's the multitude of kids or array of stray animals they bring home, the Catania household is never dull, and Dolores is mom to all.
Known lovingly as the "real deal" by her friends, Dolores is not one to sugarcoat anything and always brings blunt honesty to the table, along with unwavering loyalty and a great sense of humour to match.
Siggy Flicker is a relationship expert, professional matchmaker and TV personality whose professional opinion has been sought out by a variety of TV programs, syndicated radio shows and publications throughout the country.
Most recently, Siggy added author to her résumé with her first book, Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules of Dating and Relationships, and Finding Love on Your Own Terms.
What makes Siggy unique to the matchmaking game is that she truly practices what she preaches: Siggy wrote her own fairy tale. She met and married Mark Flicker, and after eight years of marriage and two children, Siggy and Mark chose to get divorced with no lawyers, no bitter arguments, and no traumatised children - a divorce done right.
Managing to remain her friend, Siggy's first husband Mark stood up as best man to her new husband, Michael Campanella, when they were married. Now, clients and friends ask for Siggy's help not only in finding love, but also in ending a marriage without collateral damage to family and peace of mind.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is produced by Sirens Media, LLC, A Leftfield Company, for Bravo. Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton, Lucilla D'Agostino, Caroline Self, Omid Kahangi and Tess Gamboa Meyers are executive producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.