The dramatic indictments earlier this week of reality stars Joe and Teresa Guidice of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will not become part of the show’s current season.
That’s because filming on the episodes for the “RHONJ” season — the series’ fifth — was completed “months ago,” a source confirmed to XfinityTV — long before the married couple was arraigned this past Tuesday on 39 counts of fraud, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
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The charges — which reportedly carry maximum penalties totaling a potential 50 years in prison for each of the Guidices — represent a dramatic, potentially life-changing turn of events for the couple.
But the drama happening in this new chapter of their lives won’t be a part of the drama that unfolds each Sunday night on their Bravo reality series. It’s a situation that arises from time to time with reality TV shows: The drama in the real lives of the participants overshadows the drama going on in the show — yet the participants’ real lives and their “TV lives” continue to run parallel to each other, without intersecting.
In the case of “RHONJ,” that situation will continue for awhile because the season still has a long way to go until it has its finale in October, a Bravo rep told us. This weekend’s episode — airing Sunday night at 8/7c and 10/9c on Bravo — is the season’s 10th.
Bravo has issued no official statements about this week’s indictments or, stemming from that, the Guidices’ status on future seasons of the show (or if new seasons of “RHONJ” have even been ordered at this point). And if the Guidices are to be included in a potential Season Six, would their legal travails then become one of the storylines seen on the show?
The silence from Bravo is probably because, with the “RHONJ” episodes for this season complete and in the can, the network likely didn’t think it was necessary to comment on a situation unfolding outside the world of the TV show.
Time will tell if these worlds will eventually collide.