BRAVO'S DOCU-DRAMA 'FLIPPING OUT' DELVES INTO HIGH STAKES, HIGH DRAMA WORLD OF COLORFUL LOS ANGELES HOME FLIPPING PREMIERES, TUESDAY, JULY 31st AT 10PM ET/PT
"I found a business that validates and celebrates my disorders"
--Real estate investor Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo's "Flipping Out"
NEW YORK � JULY 26, 2007 � You don't have to be crazy�but it helps. Bravo's new series "Flipping Out," premiering Tuesday, July 31st at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo, follows the antics of one of Los Angeles' most colorful real estate speculators, Jeff Lewis. It takes a special kind of personality to handle flipping six multimillion-dollar houses at one time, but Lewis, an obsessive compulsive successful businessman, pulls it off and turns a six-figure profit on every property.
Lewis makes his living with the help of a group of diverse and oft disgruntled employees he counts as friends. These include an assistant who moonlights doing voiceover work, a housekeeper and two house assistants, as well as his official "trash man," who moonlights as an actor and his assistant's husband. Add to the mix his business partner and former boyfriend, his various therapists and spiritual advisors and it's clear that this intriguing cast of characters lives as one big dysfunctional family.
"Let's face it, the people I have working for me aren't necessarily the most qualified individuals," notes Lewis. "But the people that take care of me and my home and my pets are the most important part of this business. They can't leave. I can't do this without them."
In the premiere the episodes, Lewis buys a neglected property that soon becomes more trouble than he bargained for, and he deals with an employee at odds with his overbearing nature. Through it all, Lewis looks to his personal psychic for guidance.
My Flipping Boss at www.bravotv.com
Just like the crew of Flipping Out, Bravo invites viewers to anonymously rant and rave about their boss. Viewers can submit stories online at www.bravotv.com or via text message -- text BOSS to 27286 ('BRAVO). Finalists will appear online where the www.bravoTV.com community will vote for their favorite story and decide who will win an iPod.
Flipping Their Lid
Think your job is bad? Well, at least you don't work for Jeff Lewis! Text FLIP to 27286 (Bravo) to get Flipping Their Lid: weekly messages from Flipping Out's disgruntled crew. Find out their exact job descriptions, qualifications, and what they do to cope. It's a weekly reminder to put a step in your work shoes and thank your lucky stars that you don't have THEIR jobs!
JENNI (Executive assistant)� On Lewis: "He's crazy, but a lot of geniuses are crazy." Jenni is usually seen wide-eyed with disbelief. Ever the optimist, she tries to protect her co-workers from Lewis' rants.
STEPHEN (First house assistant) � On his job: "I have to put the bottles in the fridge with all of the labels facing out or there will be hell to pay." Steve's patience is tested when he is asked to take the cat for acupuncture.
CHRIS (Trash Man) � On his relationship with Lewis: "I think I've been fired five or six times, but I think I'm capable of being the third house assistant." Lewis gives him yet another chance to be the third assistant, but his lack-luster performance has Lewis questioning his decision again. Chris's wife, Jenni, quickly comes to his defense.
ZOILA (Housekeeper) � After moving some pillows for Lewis: "I'm tired. I need to sit down." Zoila proves to be a rock in Lewis' crazy world. Never fazed by his rants, she is there for his every need.
RYAN (former boyfriend and current business partner) - Ryan tries to be the calm one in most situations, but Lewis seems to find something to disagree with him about.
BRANT (Second house assistant) � On working for Lewis. "I don't get paid enough to deal with this." Subsequently, Lewis fires him as he quits.
Flipping Out is produced by Authentic Entertainment, with Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan serving as executive producers. Billy Taylor serves as co-executive producer.
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