Teresa Giudice (left) and Danielle Staub
05/17/2011 at 11:00 AM EDT
Season 3 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey
started on a dramatic note Monday night
– with an epic brawl
at Teresa Giudice's nephew's christening.
Plus, there are two new Housewives
– both related to Giudice – in the mix now that the show's villain, Danielle Staub, is gone.
While Giudice is certainly a drama magnet, Staub, in an interview with E! Online
, recently predicted that ratings would suffer in her absence.
"I brought the [drama]," Staub, 48, said. "People either loved me or hated me, but they were paying attention. This [season] is just full out nasty family fighting. Everyone's got that. Where's the element of surprise there?"