For NJ....I think the story line is nearly dead. How many years can we watch Melissa and Teresa go at it? Same old, same old. I sense that we might see them all make up this season - at least learn to function with one another. Even Teresa and Melissa seem weary of it. They are smart to move on to other endeavors while they show is still alive.
I also think some major changes are in the works in NJ. Caroline's kids are no longer kids and we don't see them as much, Joe G's trial is coming up I believe, Jacqueline is dealing with an autistic son, Teresa's dad is in poor health, Kathy is trying to start a business (which I really hope works for her), etc. These are serious life events that impact the nature - and future of the show. It isn't light fodder the way it was in the beginning.
All these things are a different kind of drama - real drama. It will be interesting to see how the show changes to adapt to it.
Reg. Melissa...she strikes me as being a little desperate this season. The last episode was ridiculous. Melissa is worried about putting personal information about her father in a book that only a few thousand will likely read yet she's splashing it all over the cameras for millions to see??? She's playing the sympathy card but it ain't working.
I don't dislike Melissa. I just don't think she's genuine, and karma's a bitch. I believe she married Joe for money and that she never did love him (strong like at best). While Joe gives her a good quality of life, with fame from the show, she could do much better and she knows it. I think this is eating at her a bit, and she is trying to figure out a way to break free. The book might be one of the steps she is trying to take.
I've also noticed her look into the cameras a few times this season, which tells me she is very aware of them and playing up for them a bit.
She and Joe are such a mismatch that it's painful to watch.