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[09/02/04 - 12:00 AM]
Home-Improvement Competitors Turn Outdated Estate Into Castle in TBS's New Reality Series 'The Mansion,' Premiering OcT. 2

[via press release from TBS]

Home-Improvement Competitors Turn Outdated Estate into Castle in TBS�s New Reality Series THE MANSION, Premiering Oct. 2

Hyundai Motor America, E-Loan, Intel and Reckitt Benckiser To Sponsor

TBS, television�s �very funny� network, is upping the ante on home-renovation with THE MANSION, a new original reality competition series in which eight supercharged competitors will renovate a Cincinnati mansion that one of them will eventually get to keep. THE MANSION, hosted by Mark L. Walberg (Temptation Island), comes to TBS from Evolution Film & Tape, Inc. (Fear Factor, Big Brother), with Douglas Ross (Fear Factor), Dean Minerd (Clean Sweep), Greg Stewart (King of the Jungle) and Kathleen French (Switched, Bands Reunited) serving as executive producers. THE MANSION is set to premiere on TBS Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT).

THE MANSION is set in Cincinnati in an outdated estate in need of repair. Enter eight amateur home remodelers determined to turn the mansion into a paradise and walk away with the keys. For the next seven weeks, the eight competitors will live in and work together on the house, one project at a time. Before beginning each challenge, the renovators will elect one competitor to serve as project foreman. That person will lead the group to complete the project, juggling assignments, making tough decisions, managing the budget, distributing the project paychecks and trying to maintain group cohesiveness in the face of mounting deadlines and flaring tempers. THE MANSION will culminate with TBS viewers voting to award one of the eight competitors the keys to the newly renovated dream house.

TBS and Evolution film & Tape, Inc. conducted a nationwide open casting call to find the eight competitors for THE MANSION. Here are the chosen ones who will vie for the deed to the estate:

Sandi: This 28-year-old from Upland, Calif., owns and operates her own car-detailing business. In her spare time, she coaches cheerleading. Sandi is skilled in interior painting, tiling, sewing, furniture refurbishing, gardening, landscaping and wood staining.

Michele: A 30-year-old teacher from Brooklyn, Michele is a perfectionist when it comes to decorating. Her skills include painting, dry walling, interior design, sewing, gardening and grouting.

Amanda: At 28, Amanda is a single mom from New York who has earned success as a safety coordinator. Among her home-improvement skills are decorating, painting, tiling, gardening, sewing and reupholstering.

Kim: A 39-year-old grandmother of twins, Kim lives life with a spark that is second to none. This unpredictable children�s hospital coordinator from Rising Sun, Indiana, is skilled in interior design, painting, plumbing, electrical work, tiling, gardening and structure modifications.

Dan: This vivacious 28-year-old from Strasburg, Pa., is a theatrical performer who freaks at the first sign of confrontation. His skills include interior design and faux finishing.

Elvis: From his impressions of �The King� to his crazy bowling shirts, 31-year-old Elvis from Willoughby, Ohio, is certain to keep the laughs rolling. This electrical engineer is skilled in electrical wiring, interior painting, carpentry, dry walling, tiling, masonry, grouting and design.

Jeff: Home improvement�s version of Russell Crowe, Jeff is a handsome 34-year-old salesman from Cincinnati. This highly motivated, extremely well-rounded tool man is skilled in painting, crown molding and dry-walling.

Andrew: Mortgage broker by day, nail pounder by night, 28-year-old Andrew hails from Bethlehem, Pa. He brings to the table his painting skills and, in his own words, �sex appeal, definitely sex appeal.�

Sponsoring the series are Hyundai Motor America, Intel, E-Loan and Reckitt Benckiser, each of whom will have their products and services creatively incorporated into THE MANSION. Advertising partners will enjoy a wide range of integrated marketing elements that are custom designed for each participating sponsor.

Walberg, who most recently hosted TBS�s House Rules, is also well known for his work on the popular series Temptation Island. His other credits include On the Cover, Russian Roulette, Anything For Love, Test the Nation and The Mark Walberg Show. He also served as executive producer of the cable series Sunday Dinner. Walberg�s other credits include playing himself on an episode of Son of the Beach, as well as competing in and winning a celebrity TV host edition of The Weakest Link. Walberg also serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Southern California.

Evolution Film & Tape, Inc., producers of the premiere seasons of Fear Factor and Big Brother, as well as TBS�s reality competition series He�s a Lady and House Rules, is a full-service creative team and production company known for innovative and diverse reality programming. Established in 1987, Evolution is currently producing for a broad list of outlets including VH1�s Bands Reunited, ABC Family�s teen reality hit, Switched!, TLC�s Clean Sweep, and Animal Planet�s King of the Jungle. Evolution�s critically acclaimed docu-soaps include Bug Juice, Totally Hoops and Totally in Tune for Disney Channel, as well as Bravo�s hit series Gay Weddings and Boy Meets Boy.

TBS is television�s �very funny� network, serving as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; high-profile original reality series, such as the upcoming The Real Gilligan�s Island; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. TBS also offers action-packed sports from the worlds of Major League Baseball and Pac 10 and Big 12 college football.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.





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· BIG BROTHER (CBS)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· FEAR FACTOR (MTV)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· REAL GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, THE (TBS)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· TEMPTATION ISLAND (USA)





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