For six seasons, Jeff Lewis, and his merry band of cohorts have toiled away at creating luxurious abodes for various clients on Bravo's hit series, "Flipping Out." What has ensued has been anything but strictly business as the group excels at high humor, often amid chaos of their own doing.
Now back for ten more amusing episodes, Lewis is joined once again by loyal assistant Jenni Pulos, his partner Gage Edward, employees Vanina Alfaro and Andy Coleman, as well as maid Zoila Chavez as he works to please his high-end clients and expand his business by launching a new paint line at the same time.
Watching this particular group juggle all of this is what makes “Flipping Out” so engaging, explains Lauren Lexton, Co-Founder Authentic Entertainment and Executive Producer of the show. “It’s really a workplace drama-edy centered around Jeff and this funny, crazy ensemble cast. He’s surrounded himself with these people that clearly have their own issues and aren’t afraid to just let them out. The stakes are high in that they’re actually running a business, but the comedy in this workplace is really able to come through in a way that not a lot of shows are able to do.”
There are plenty of things going on this season that seem serious – the impending birth of Jenni’s first child and the effect her absence will have on the inner-workings of the company, the continued friction between Gage and Andy, Zoila’s attempts to take on more responsibility, and Jeff’s frustration as he attempts to keep the business thriving -- but while these issues are significant, with this troupe that doesn’t translate into something humorless. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; it seems like the higher the stakes, the more opportunity for calamity.
Lewis’ celebrity clients this season include television stars George Eads, from the CBS series “CSI,” and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best known for his turn as a member of the classic ensemble show, “Saved by the Bell.”
Drew Hoegl, also an Executive Producer of “Flipping Out,” says, “As with any clients, famous or not, a strong personal relationship has to be built between everyone involved to make it all work. This season, I guarantee that the evolution of these relationships between Jeff and his clients will be very interesting for viewers to take in.”
Having your home remodeled is one thing, having it done in front of cameras watching your every move and every decision is something entirely different. Many people might not be keen to having this process on display, but Hoegl assures that both Eads and Gosselaar were onboard all the way. “Yes, a lot of people might not choose to go this route, but some people embrace it and fortunately, these are the latter.” He goes on to explain that he really believes it’s the appeal of Lewis that draws people in, saying, “Jeff’s the kind of person that when you meet him you're either onboard or you’re not, and if you’re in, you’re all in.”
And, viewers of the show should prepare themselves to be ‘all in’ as well for this may be a ‘workplace comedy,’ but the conversations and situations that occur with this group are unlike any people are liable to experience in their own office. There are graphic exchanges that some might find inappropriate in such a setting, and while much of it is very humorous, the correctness is an issue that becomes a very prominent, important running thread throughout the season.
Hoegl insists that this is the very thing that makes the show authentic, saying, “A lot of people look at reality television with a bit of a jaded eye, but this show is really a document of what goes on with this group of co-workers. It’s very real in so many ways it’s a bit hard to explain, but there’s no coaching here. This is stuff that really happens.”
Lexton agrees, adding, “Drew is being completely truthful about this. We do not step in and ask anyone to do anything. What you see is what you get and that’s not always the case with ‘reality’ shows. Viewers are just so savvy now that when they see things that are semi-scripted, they know it. That’s not the case here and I can’t emphasis that enough. This is one true reality show; a true look at this very funny world.”
During the course of the six previous seasons, Lewis and company have evolved both personally and professionally, and continue to do so. Season seven is no different, but could the evolution be slowing down to the point of completion? Lexton believes that this just isn’t the case here, “As long as Jeff Lewis is in the world, this show can continue because he's someone you want to watch. He’s constantly creating this kind of whirlwind of events and surrounding himself with people that are engaging as well. All of that is always entertaining and enjoyable to watch and always interesting. What happens in each particular season can change because Jeff is changing in so many ways. He's constantly making business deals and reaching into new areas. So, next season could be completely different because of those deals and his desire for expansion, but one thing that’s a given is that Jeff will always be changing and growing and that will never be boring, so there will always be something new and exciting to see in Jeff Lewis’ world. “
Season seven of “Flipping Out” premieres Wednesday, March 5th at 10e/9c on Bravo.