The themes of Season 5 of The Style Network's "Jerseylicious" are pretty much the same as those of the past four seasons, as described by castmate Jackie Bianchi.
"It's about love, friendships, family, drama, anxiety, backstabbing," she said. "It's basically our lives outside of the salon."
Several "Jerseylicious" stars gathered at Route 46 Lounge in Totowa Monday night for a premiere party for their show, which depicts hairstylists at work at Green Brook's Gatsby Salon, owned by Bridgewater resident Gayle Giacomo. The castmates were joined by other reality television stars such as Ashley Holmes and Kim G. from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
Bianchi, a Montville Township High School graduate, said this season of the show will explore more of the home lives of the stars and follow them on their personal journeys.
"I think that's what's going to make this season the best," Bianchi's best friend and castmate Olivia Blois Sharpe said.
Viewers will watch Blois Sharpe, also a Montville Township High School graduate, go through relationship ups and downs in her love life. What the season will not feature as much, Blois Sharpe said, is the drama, as far as she is concerned.
"I'm not really involved in the drama anymore," she said.
Blois Sharpe and stylist Tracy DiMarco have had a tumultuous relationship and one that has spanned four seasons, at times culminating into catfights complete with hair-pulling and fast food-throwing. But Blois Sharpe said viewers will instead get to watch DiMarco have drama with Gigi Liscio. DiMarco and Bianchi may also have their moments of drama on the show, including the reunion episode filmed last week.
"You really get to see the real side of Tracy," Bianchi said. "I will never talk to her again."
While viewers may see more about who the stars really are in this season's show, what may not be seen is their background and the things that helped mold them into the adults they are. Bianchi and Blois Sharpe said they still have family in Montville, although neither of the ladies currently live there, and that they head back into town often.
"Jerseylicious" now airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on The Style Network.