On Wednesday, May 14, the premiere date for the upcoming season was announced by the network, via their official website.
On "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" page of Bravo's website, fans have been informed that the cast will return for season six on Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m. The network has added the cast photo and details to the page, as well, revealing who is back and who has been added to the series.
According to the Cast & Info section of the page, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are the only women returning to the series from season five in their roles as official housewives. Joining them for season six are Teresa Aprea, Nicole Mauriello, Amber Marchese and Dina Manzo, who was part of the series when it began, but left after season two.
The description of the upcoming season is as follows:
"This season, Teresa and her husband, Joe, fight to keep their family intact as they embark on a very public legal battle for their freedom. Teresa's oldest friend and veteran Housewife, Dina, returns to help her soul-sister, but ends up revealing her own private pain. With a divorce on the horizon and her daughter, Lexi, heading off to college, Dina attempts to face her fear of dating in the 21st century. Things do not come up smelling like roses this season for Melissa, as she partners with her husband, Joe Gorga, hoping to begin a career in the sanitation business. Melissa's friend from the past, Amber, a no-nonsense Jersey native and breast cancer survivor, tries to rekindle their friendship, but stirs up trouble in the process. Nicole and Teresa are identical twins with an over-the-top Neapolitan style. Teresa and her husband, Rino, own one of the most prestigious Italian restaurants in Little Italy. Nicole is a two-time divorcee, struggling to balance her career as a jet broker and her new relationship with a man her family doesn't approve of. The six 'Wives begin to form a strong bond, but when shocking rumors of infidelity and backstabbing surface, it threatens to tear their friendships to pieces."
Noticeably absent from the show announcement are Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Manzo would move on from the series with her own show, Manzo'd With Children, which will air on Bravo later this year or early next year, so her absence isn't all too shocking. Laurita was also said to be leaving the show.
However, Wakile's role was assumed to be returning, although it had been said that she would no longer be an official housewife, so not seeing her on the official cast announcement is a bit surprising. Typically, even friends of the wives who will regularly appear are on the cast page, but since she has not, it is now unclear if she will be featured at all.
Don't miss season six of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" when it debuts on July 13 at 8 p.m. on Bravo and check out the trailer now!