On Tuesday morning, at an upfront presentation to the media hosted at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Craft on East 19th Street, Bravo executives announced they will be expanding their Real Housewives franchise.
"The newest edition of Bravo’s successful "Real Housewives" franchise brings big homes, big hair, new money and drama," the press release promised. "Shot through Bravo’s pop culture filter, welcome to New Jersey, home to five of the Garden State’s most affluent ladies and the families they run. These best friends do everything over-the-top, from their decorating, to their dating and their fighting. The Real Housewives of New Jersey showcases the McMansions and lavish lifestyles of these women and all the drama that money can buy."
Bravo also announced that The Real Housewives of Orange County would be returning for a fourth season; and that The Real Housewives of New York City would come back for a second.
During her presentation, Bravo programming executive Frances Berwick declined to say exactly where in New Jersey the series was being shot, saying only that it was a "wealthy community."
Afterwards, Bravo played an early rough clip from the series, which–spoiler alert!–appears to be trying to mine similar New Jersey real estate to HBO’s The Sopranos.