Dina Manzo Lands Acting Gig on Soap Opera-Inspired Series (EXCLUSIVE)

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" castmember will star in the dramedy that goes behind the scenes on daytime dramas.

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Dina Manzo is making the leap from reality to scripted.

The former castmember on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and star of HGTV’s Dina’s Party has landed a role on a new series that portrays the behind-the-scenes on daily soap operas called Tainted Dreams.

Created by Emmy-winning director and soap opera veteran Sonia Blangiardo (General Hospital, As the World Turns, All My Children, One Life to Live), the new dramedy casts Manzo as Allessandra DiGiacomo.

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"Coming from a large Italian family, I was immediately drawn to the character of Alessandra's family dynamic,” Manzo says in a statement.

Regarding the casting, Blangiardo says, “I created the role of Alessandra with Dina Manzo in mind, and we are thrilled to have her join our cast. Her constant support of the gay community and her talent makes her the perfect choice for this series.”

The director created Tainted Dreams after the last of the NYC-based soap operas, One Life to Live, shut down production in November of last year.

“I was struck by the loss of this unique art form that had been such an integral part of NYC for decades. I wanted to somehow capture my own two decades working behind the scenes of three different NYC-based soaps,” Blangiardo explains.

“As a long-time fan of One Life to Live, I am excited to be part of a project centered around the rich, proud heritage of NYC-based daytime drama," Manzo adds.

Manzo joins Tainted Dreams’ already announced castmembers, which include All My Children stars Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey Kelley and Michael Lowry; and As the World Turns stars Menighan Hensley and Marnie Schulenburg.

Tainted Dreams is produced by NYC Brand Productions, which has yet to finalize a distribution deal for the series. Production begins in May.

Manzo left Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey during its second season in 2010. Dina’s Party premiered on HGTV in 2011 and showcases the reality star’s event planning business.

Do you think Dina will knock this acting gig out of the park?

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  • tb

    I really like what I have read about TD...can't wait to actually watch it! Dina sounds like a great addition. And it's cool that the part was written with her in mind and she was a OLTL fan :).

  • gailg523

    Wow, this is great news. I so excited that Sonia Blangiardo is doing a new show! Dina Manzo is amazing and I can't wait to see her as Alessandra. I can't wait to watch Tainted Dreams.

  • Randy

    Wow, Dina Manzo with some of my favorite soap stars, how cool. Sounds like great fun. Can't wait.

  • Banou

    Dina is a good addition to the TD cast. I'm getting excited.

  • Stosh1574

    Great addition to the cast. This show keeps getting better and better and it's not even airing yet. Can't wait!

  • Spin's Vixenella
    Spin's Vixenella

    I love that Dina Manzo loves One Life to Live! Very excited for this show. Dina is just beautiful.

  • Denise Mcmann
    Denise Mcmann

    Sounds like this is gonna be a fun show, one this Soap Fan is really looking forward to.

  • Laide Akao
    Laide Akao

    Tiffany, I am right there with you! I'm going to have to set up a series' recording for this show!

  • Tiffany P
    Tiffany P

    Dina is so mesmerizing!! Can't wait to record and watch it!!!

  • I love soaps
    I love soaps

    I love Dina, she's just the opposite of her sister Carolyn.

  • Jethro Nededog
    Jethro Nededog

    Bonnie, I'm sure you're not alone in your excitement.

  • Bonnie Duvet Caruth
    Bonnie Duvet Caruth

    That is AMAZING! Happy to see her in an acting role.