Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion: Are the Housewives for Real?


Real Housewives of New Jersey ReunionWatching the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion last night got me thinking are the RHONJ for real?

So much has been made of reality shows that aren’t really real (*cough* The Hills), and there was so much insane drama between the ladies… it’s gotta be fake, right?

First, to back up a bit. I’m not a regular Real Housewives of New Jersey watcher nor am I a faithful follower of any of the Real Housewives installments, so as an on-again/off-again viewer, I may not have the big picture.

Last night’s RHONJ reunion show was insane to me the name calling, the fighting, the pushing! Wow! These ladies are either really pissed off at each other or really good actresses. Or both?

Case in point, let’s get back to The Hills, which by all accounts was a docudrama of sorts part reality, part producers and directors setting up shots for maximum dramatic effect.

So, are the Real Housewives of New Jersey really, truly, real? While no one who works on the series is going to come out and say that they are playing it up for the cameras, I have to believe there is some coaching by behind-the-scenes folks to get the dramatic results that gets the viewers tuning in.

Otherwise, how boring of a show would that be? There has to be conflict… and boy-oh-boy, did the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show deliver (don’t forget, there’s more excitement to come in next week’s part two!).

In an Entertainment Weekly article, Jacqueline Laurita comments on just how real the series is, saying, “It’s actually probably worse off camera. Actually, we might even tone it down a bit [on camera].”

Somehow, I find that hard to believe.

Did you watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show?