Magic Mike Inspired Male Stripper Reality Show Coming To TV

Inspired by Channing Tatum's Magic Mike, Flip The Strip is a HGTV reality show following construction workers by day and male strippers by night.

By Sean Thiessen | Published

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It’s been over 10 years since Magic Mike shined a spotlight on male strippers, and now HGTV will follow suit with a new reality show. Last week saw the release of Magic Mike’s Last Dance, and this summer, Flip the Strip will hit the small screen. As reported by Deadline, the series follows members of the Las Vegas show Australia’s Thunder from Down Under as they use their construction skills and lavish sensibilities to deliver dream homes to their clients.

Ben Cleary, Dan Paterson, Liam Black, and Malik Wills-Martin dance as male performers in Las Vegas by night, but by day, they are construction workers. “The minute we found out that these guys … were working as renovators by day,” said Loren Ruch of HGTV, “we knew we had to put them on HGTV.” The stars of Flip the Strip may live the Magic Mike life during their Vegas shows, but the reality show will blend their over-the-top flair with their construction know-how.

The crew will be joined on the show by interior designer Kelly Stone. Together, the team will bring creative solutions to home renovation, using practical knowledge acquired by years of construction spiced with Las Vegas showmanship. It may not be Magic Mike, but the new reality show owes the Channing Tatum franchise for paving the way for the subject matter.

Magic Mike sparked another reality show, HBO Max’s Finding Magic Mike. The male performer competition show released in 2021 and was executive produced by Channing Tatum and Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. Tatum is also the mastermind behind the Las Vegas show Magic Mike Live, a show that recreates routines from the films in sexy and hilarious fashion.

Magic Mike was a massive hit in 2012. The film grossed over $113 million at the box office against a mere $7 million budget and sparked a franchise spearheaded by Channing Tatum and featuring the good looks of stars like Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, and Salma Hayek.

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Selma Hayek and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance

Magic Mike’s Last Dance hit theaters last weekend ahead of Valentine’s Day. The movie has performed well for a February release, riding the high of the romantic holiday to fuel its ticket sales, though it is unlikely that the final stop for the franchise will reach the box office heights of the original. But the legacy of Magic Mike lives beyond the films by inspiring projects like the Flip the Strip reality show.

With the Magic Mike saga at its close, Channing Tatum won’t be joining in the HGTV reality show fun, but he does have several films on the way. Tatum is set to star as a mysterious and sinister tech billionaire in Pussy Island, the directorial debut from Zoe Kravitz.

Also on the docket is Project Artemis, an Apple TV+ film chronicling the 1960s space race. Tatum will star alongside an all-star cast including Scarlett Johansson, Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, and Jim Rash. Wingmen will feature Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the director’s chair and on screen next to Tatum as two pilots who crash land in Las Vegas.

The impact of Magic Mike has turned out to be bigger than anyone ever thought, inspiring a live show, a dance competition, and even a reality show on HGTV. And when Flip the Strip rolls out this summer, the weather won’t be the only thing heating up.