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Desperate Housewives: Bravo Holding ‘RHONJ’ Focus Groups, Begging Cast For Storylines As Future Looks Bleak

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Jan. 8 2015, Published 7:48 p.m. ET

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Is there any way to save the Real Housewives of New Jersey? As RadarOnline.com has reported, the show is on the chopping block ever since Teresa Giudice went to prison. But producers haven’t given up hope just yet. According to insiders, the network is convening focus groups and begging cast members for storyline ideas in a last-ditch bid to save the series.

While the future of RHONJ looks bleak, "Bravo is busy conducting focus groups to determine if there is even any interest from viewers in the New Jersey franchise,” the insider said. "Teresa and Joe's legal issues brought a very dark cloud to the show.”

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"This past season, Teresa was on her best behavior for obvious reasons,” the source continued. "The dynamic among the ladies changed because of Teresa holding back, and it got boring. Having Jacqueline Laurita come back to film scenes after filming for the season had already concluded, was a big sign that the show was in big trouble ratings wise."

Meanwhile, they’re asking cast members to come up with their own storylines, according to the insider. The source said, "Producers have reached out to all of the ladies with the exception of Teresa, because she is now in prison. There is no interest in having Joe and their daughters on the show."

Radar broke the story: The ladies of the Garden State are on the chopping block because of Teresa's prison sentence.

No one has begun filming for RHONJ,” a source previously told Radar. “The future of the RHONJ is clearly in jeopardy, as there hasn’t been any talk about beginning anytime soon.”

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