RHONJ Season 8 Primer: New Cast Members, Businesses And Family Woes

The new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey begins Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. Wochit

From left, "Housewives" Margaret Josephs, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker.(Photo: Bravo, Rodolfo Martinez/Brazo)

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The drama returns tonight during the Season 8 premiere of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," the reality show following affluent housewives in North Jersey often peppered with arguments and antics.

The season premiere airs on Bravo at 9 p.m. Oct. 4. 

We've rounded up our RHONJ coverage to give you everything you need to know before you hit the couch. Meet the cast, get up to date on the latest Giudice legal and family drama and get acquainted with some notable venues you may see on screen in the weeks ahead.

Once the season is in swing, don't miss our live coverage of the series and episode recaps by Zac Croce. Follow him on Twitter at @ZacCroce for live tweets of the show.

Here's what you need to know beforehand.

1. Meet the season 8 wives

The cast revolves each season, but Teresa Giudice, one of the original housewives, has been in the spotlight through it all. This season she's joined by former housewife Danielle Staub, who's returning to the main cast, as well as a new housewife, Margaret Josephs.

Also, don't forget to watch the season 8 trailer. The story continues below the video.

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Bravo's teaser video for season 8 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Bravo

2. Meet new housewife, Margaret Josephs

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Margaret Josephs of Tenafly strikes a pose as new "Real Housewives" cast member. (Photo: Bravo.)

The newest addition to the RHONJ cast is Margaret Josephs of Tenafly, a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in marketing and fashion. She owns the MacBeth Collection by Margaret Josephs, a lifestyle brand she debuted in 1999.

Along for the ride on the show will be Josephs' first husband, her current husband, her mom and a handful of business associates. Her kids though, have declined to be involved so far.

We spoke to her to find out why she chose to join the show known for heated arguments and occasional table-flipping, the explanation behind her signature pigtail updo and more.

3. Former housewife dishes on her fashion favs

Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes can be seen on and off screen in mostly blazers with vintage and graphic T-shirts peeking out from underneath. Though it doesn't appear she'll be featured in the new season, she's got tons of tips to keep you looking your best, whether out on the town or glued to the screen.

4. Teresa Giudice may go back to court

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It looks like Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa Giudice, is headed back to the court room. NorthJersey.com

Earlier this year, a Morris County judge reinstated a legal malpractice lawsuit filed by Teresa Giudice, alleging that her former bankruptcy attorney’s work landed her in federal prison.

Giudice completed her prison sentence in December 2015. Her husband Joe is currently serving a 41-month sentence. 

The lawsuit alleges that Kridel’s handling of Giudice’s bankruptcy forced her to accept a plea deal for mortgage and bankruptcy charges. It alleges Kridel’s work cost Giudice “her freedom” and forced her to lose income, incur legal fees, lose income and damaged her reputation. Settlement talks for the lawsuit broke down in August.

5. RHONJ-linked The Legacy Castle now open

The Legacy Castle, a luxury castle-themed banquet hall in Pompton Plains, opened in September and has already hosted weddings and events. Since it's tied to former housewife Caroline Manzo, viewers may get a peek inside this season.

The venue is a business venture by Badanco Holding Co. which consulted Albert and Thomas Manzo, owners of The Brownstone in Paterson and relatives of Manzo.

The 82,000-square-foot banquet hall at 141 Route 23 sits on 42 acres surrounded by water on either side. A look inside shows floor to ceiling detail work, marble floors and sparkling crystal chandeliers.

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6. Giudice gets real on her marriage in new book 

Giudice released a new book "Standing Strong," Oct. 3,  the day before the season premiere. The book delves into her troubled marriage to Joe Giudice that she described as a "nightmare" at times.

Her husband is still in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. Previously Giudice, also spent 11 months in prison as part of the bankruptcy fraud.

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She said she's standing by her husband for now, though, and will see how she feels when he's released from prison, according to Bravo's website.

7. Stay up to date with our real-time coverage and recaps

Now that you're all caught up, don't forget to tune in to Bravo at 9 p.m. tonight for the premiere. Staff writer and digital producer Zac Croce will live tweet during the episodes and post recaps of each episode after the mayhem has concluded. Be sure to check back for more RHONJ and follow @ZacCroce on Twitter.

Here's a bit more about Zac.

Zac Croce is a digital producer at NorthJersey.com and The Record, and a reluctant watcher of Real Housewives franchise (his girlfriend is the real fan). Prior to joining the digital team at NorthJersey, Zac worked as a community editor in Rockland County for Daily Voice and as a reporter for the South Bergenite newspaper, where he covered Lyndhurst and North Arlington.

When Zac isn’t forcing his girlfriend to watch soccer, the Yankees or the Giants, they’re probably watching one of the Real Housewives franchises, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, or 90 Day Fiance. His friend once tried to persuade him to grab a bite to eat at the Oakland Diner because “Danielle at there with Danny that one time.” 

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