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    >>> after the explosive finale of season two of "the real housewives of new jersey" and the departure of the despised house wife , many viewers wondered if the drama would dissipate.

    >> the reality series premiers tonight with veterans theresa , carolynine and new additions, melissa and kathy.

    >> that sounds hawaiian not italian.

    >> it's not italian.

    >> what is it?

    >> lebanese.

    >> tell us how you're connected through family on this show.

    >> theresa is my sister-in-law. i'm married to her brother.

    >> theresa is my first cousin. her father and my mom are brother and sister.

    >> did you recruit?

    >> are you the recruiter of the people or did it just kind of happen?

    >> i'm not the recruiter. it just happened.

    >> i only saw the promos. it looked like a knock-down drag out at a christening.

    >> all hell break loose.

    >> a christening, how did we get to that point?

    >> anybody want to tell us what we are going to see?

    >> it's my son's christening you're going to see tonight. it's extremely deep. it's real. there are a lot of emotions going on. it's unfortunate. the cameras caught it all. it happens.

    >> you know the cameras are there.

    >> of course you know it's there. i don't know if tough's seen the episode. it's very deep.

    >> you knew this was going to happen when you got into it. nobody is forced to be part of a show like this.

    >> that's right.

    >> did you hesitate saying i don't want cameras in my face or my children's lives being chronicled?

    >> absolutely. i thought about it for months and months. i was nervous this was going to happen, and of course it did. here we are and i signed on the dotted line.

    >> caroline you are kind of the conscious. there is the connect with people. how is this season different? we look at this promo and think here we go again. give us a sense of what we are going to see.

    >> i think when you say chronicle, that's a good word. it's the lives of five children and their children and ups and downs . stuff happens .

    >> you are dealing with the boys leaving.

    >> my babies. who told them -- i'm sitting here. still standing.

    >> where are me going?

    >> they are living life. i am so proud of them. they are out there in the world doing their thing, doing what we taught them to do.

    >> do they have jay obes and they are soaring and flying high . proud mama.

    >> danielle was the lightning rod . who is the lightning rod this time?

    >> depends on who you're talking to, what day it is.

    >> what time is it?

    >> yeah.

    >> are you ever all tempted to say that is it, a many out of it?

    >> absolutely. it's draining.

    >> and any cohen says what?

    >> you know that charming thing he is.

    >> he tries to get you to look at the positive side.

    >> you have so many wonderful opportunities. it's been a tremendous roller coaster of the good and bad. if you want a great adventure, this is it.

    >> theresa , you're at a point where you can look back and say i'm in the middle of this thing. are you glad you're doing it? honestly, is this something you're pleased you're a part of?

    >> it is a great experience to be on the show. i was able to write my two books. but there is ups and downs . you're scrutinized. i didn't know getting into it. i was never on tv before. like i've heard, it comes with the territory.

    >> you're so quiet back there what do you bring to the table with this group of women?

    >> i am married to my best friend over 20 years, almost 20 years. i have two teenagers. it's just a little peek into our lives and how we relate to one another. melissa and i spend a lot of time together. i think that each of us bring a little something different. i think it will be a really good glimpse. see the emotion and passion and follow us.

    >> we can see it all tonight.

    >> season three of "the real housewives of new jersey" appears on our sister network bravo.

    >> how to beat the bloat.

    >>> you diet, you exercise, every time you glance down you can't believe the belly you

updated 5/16/2011 9:08:32 AM ET 2011-05-16T13:08:32

You'd think with Danielle Staub gone, Teresa Guidice's life on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" would take a turn for the better, right?

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Well, it's just not so. In fact, things actually appear to be worse. And I'm not even talking about her husband Joe's money problems....

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The show's two new "Housewives" happen to be related to Teresa. Melissa Gorga is her sister-in-law (she's married to Teresa's only sibling, younger brother Joe). Kathy Wakile is Teresa's first cousin.

Sadly, Teresa doesn't appear to get along with either of them or her brother.

In the premiere of season three, airing May 16, a full-on brawl actually breaks out during Melissa and Joe's christening party for their son after they exchange nasty words with Teresa.

It wasn't always like this.

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Teresa and Joe were once best friends, but the relationship apparently fell part after he married Melissa. What happened isn't clear, but it's very obvious Melissa and Joe are no fans of Teresa's husband, Joe. "It breaks my heart," Teresa told me recently from Chicago, where she was promoting her second cookbook, "Fabulicious! Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook." "That's why you're going to see a totally different side of me this season. It's really sad. I cry a lot on the show and it's very hard for me."

Teresa insists she was excited when Melissa joined the family. She even asked her to be her daughter Gabriella's godmother. "I was really happy for them," Teresa said. "I wanted him to get married so bad. That was his third fiance, so we just wanted him to get married. We always said we wanted our kids to grow up together. And I really wanted her to become the sister I never had."

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Well, that didn't happen. In fact, Teresa says, no one from the family told her that Melissa and Kathy had joined the "Housewives" cast. "I didn't find out until I had heard from Bravo," she said. "I got the phone call from Bravo and I was like blown away. I was like, 'Really?' And then that's what made me a little upset because I was like, 'Wow, it would have been nice for my brother to call me or my cousin to call me. It's just weird to me. It really is. Just blows my mind."

The siblings seem to agree on one thing: They try not to discuss the problems with their parents. "What you see is not what our family is really about," Teresa said. "I mean they were straight off the boat and we grew up in a very respectable home. We loved each other so much and it was all about us four—my parents and me and my brother."

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