Margaret Lyons
March 18, 2009 AT 08:36 PM EDT

Bravo’s Real Housewives Hydra has sprouted another head. In Jersey! The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will be coming to a DVR near you starting May 12. Is there something a little culturally tone-deaf about the conspicuous, competitive wealth the Real Housewives franchise embodies? Ha ha, just kidding — cat fight!

TRHoNJ cast, which People got a first look at today, includes sisters Caroline and Dina (who are married to brothers Tommy and Albert), their brother’s wife Jacqueline, and their friends (or will it be frenemies?! Argh, the excitement…) Teresa and Danielle.

The Real Housewives shows run the gamut for me: I love the Atlanta edition (Team NeNe!), will watch the Orange County edition if forced to, but cannot bear to see a single second of the New York one. It’s too soon to know where this version will fall on the delight/disdain spectrum, but it’s clear already who the break-out star is going to be: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Danielle Staub to the pop-o-sphere. According to People: “‘You either love me or you hate me, there is no in between,’ says the single mom of two daughters. She prides herself as one of the first female American Express Black Card members in New Jersey.”

Okay, sweet mother of Bergen County, this is rich. First, statements along the lines of “people either love me or hate me” go in The Reality Show Cliché file, along with “I’m not here to make friends,” and “It’s not called ‘Top [concept other than model, chef, or whatever the show is actually about].'” So she’s already playing her role with aplomb. Second, I cannot wait to see how someone who prides herself on what kind of credit card she has behaves in normal society. Seriously, I just added a reminder about the premiere of this show to my Google calendar.

Your turn, PopWatchers. Are you going to be making horribly obvious yet inevitable jokes about big hair? Or will you be swimming around in gold coins, Scrooge McDuck style, alongside the ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey?

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