By SOTG News Service
Though the stars of HGTV’s hit series “Flip or Flop” are going through a bitter public divorce, the network doesn’t seem to be ending the show anytime soon. Instead, HGTV is transplanting the series to five other locations, including Nashville, with new couples helming the franchise in each respective city. The other locales include Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, and Las Vegas.
The Nashville spinoff of “Flip or Flop” is called “Joined at the FLIP” and features former Titan turned contractor DeRon Jenkins and his ex-beau Page Turner, a Nashville-based real estate agent. A pilot episode for the new series, titled “The Cluttered Cottage,” premiered as an HGTV Sneak Peek on March 9 and airs again on Thursday, April 6 on the network. Turner and Jenkins hosted a red carpet event celebrating the pilot’s premiere on March 23 at the WKND Hang Suite in Midtown.
Turner and Jenkins hosted a red carpet event celebrating the pilot’s premiere on March 23 at the WKND Hang Suite in Midtown. Around 50 of the pair’s friends and family, along with local media, attended the lively happy hour affair. Over food and drinks, the two chatted it up about their excitement for the show, which is set to premiere for a full run in 2018.
“The premise (of ‘Joined at the Flip’) is that we are flipping homes,” Jenkins explained. “The backdrop is we dated, so we’re exes, but we still work together. There is no drama, but we still butt heads, and that makes it interesting.”
“Yeah, you’ve got to have some entertainment in between, but the reality is the audience wants to see a good real estate agent find a property, a great contractor to complete the renovations, make it beautiful, make it special, and the house sells,” Jenkins continued. “That’s the basis of the show.Everybody wants to see a good before, during, and after shot on the houses.”
Turner is the principal owner and broker of EGAP Real Estate Inc. She also once served as president of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. DeRon Jenkins is the owner of DY Construction Inc & DY Properties LLC. He played for the Titans for one season in 2001 and played college football at the University of Tennessee. The pair has worked together over a decade, having learned the real estate business inside and out. A web page on the HGTV site says the two “are willing to fight the market, and each other, to get the best return on their investment.”
“With the original Flip or Flop, we found that what resonated with viewers was the authenticity, the expertise, the experience and the results they saw in the show,” HGTV exec Allison Page said in a statement. “Because every market is unique, there was an opportunity to highlight what works in various regions by featuring successful people in different locations who had mastered the art of flipping in their town.”