New reality TV show features South Philly/South Jersey natives

    In the new reality TV show, The Big House, Philadelphia natives portray the “new modern family.”

    Times have changed since South Philly native, Lou “Big Lou” Verdi was put in jail for his illegal affiliations to the Bruno Crime Family during the 1970s. And now that he’s out, he’s packed it up and moved to the west coast to live with his son and daughter, Louis Verdi and Michel Verdi-Krymis, in Los Angeles.

    His ex-wife and co-star Dorothy “Dotsie” Marie DAgostino raised the kids just across the bridge in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Now everyone’s living happily in California.

    Michel and her husband Jay own a popular gay club called Fubar in West Hollywood.

    Louis is described as “a shore-loving, night-clubbing, gym rat with a penchant for tanning.” And by the way, he’s gay.

    Recently paroled, ex-mobster Big Lou, and his family traverse the modern world and it’s interesting situations: like when Big Lou meet Louis’ new boyfriend. According to LogoTV’s synopsis, the show documents these “over the top characters” as they “struggle to succeed with humor, heart and a whole lot of drama.”

    The next chance to catch the show is July 31 at 1:30 a.m. on LogoTV.

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