I don't know about you, but I wasn't surprised when I heard former Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines would be getting their own TV network. I mean, the power duo singlehandedly transformed Waco into a tourist destination, took over the shelves of Target's and Anthropologie's home sections, wrote bestselling books, and more, all while raising five children.
Thankfully, though, we will be able to welcome their wonderful faces back into our homes sooner than later because Discovery's CEO David Zaslav and the Magnolia masterminds themselves have confirmed important details of the couple's television return. Here's everything you need to know so far:
You can officially watch the network in Summer 2020.
After fielding many offers, Chip and Jo decided to go with Discovery for this venture.
The yet-to-be-named network will take over Discovery's DIY Network.
Zaslav suggested adding their programming to one of Discovery's existing networks to take it from eh to next-level. "Discovery already pulled off a similar move a decade ago when it teamed with Oprah Winfrey to create OWN, which replaced Discovery Health," Deadline noted.
Today, Chip and Jo exclusively confirmed with that it will takeover Discovery's DIY Network, which currently features shows like Nicole Curtis's Rehab Addict. The mission, the CEO adds, is to take "big characters and big personalities that people love and want to spend time with," and make them stars. So, naturally, that's Chip and Jo.
The couple will star in a new show on the network and other possible series as well.
The duo shared with USA Today that the new channel will likely be "branded with some variation of their Magnolia banner."
HGTV's President, Allison Page, will be leaving her current role to run Discovery's new venture with Chip and Jo.
"We’ll have stories about family and community, food, garden, of course design, wellness, entrepreneurialism. There are so many facets, at least in television, that people have not seen from them," Allison told USA Today.
The network is an effort to continue expanding the Magnolia "ecosystem."
Zaslav emphasized the Magnolia "ecosystem" the power couple created in the hopes that the TV network will expand revenue opportunities as they continue to grow. After all, it is, in fact, an empire—so Discovery is smart to not let that go.
Chip and Jo originally Announced Their Return to TV on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
"We signed a non-disclosure..." Chip Gaines began on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in November 2018 as Joanna giggled nervously, trying to stop him "no...wait." But, amid all the excitement, he couldn't stop himself. Can you really blame him, though? The Roots were right there.
"[The NDA] said quote-on-quote 'you can tell your mother, but that's it.'" Chip continued staring directly into the camera. "So mom, I just wanted to make a quick announcement...We are coming back to television!"
A later confirmed his announcement, but adding a little more information, "This isn't a done deal quite yet but we are all really excited about what we've got in mind: our own cable network! We want to create a space on television unlike anything that exists today. A lifestyle channel aimed at inspiring and looking at the world in a new way."
ORIGINAL: November 2, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. EST
On April 3, 2018, the hearts of millions of TV viewing fans were shattered when the final episode of Fixer Upper aired. Today, after months of healing, there's officially a few glimmers of hope for us. The first, there's a chance you could be the next big HGTV star, and the second? Chip and Joanna Gaines could potentially come back to television. (In which case, you should really audition to be cast on the network so you can be their BFF).
Though nothing is set in stone, Chip did share some great news: "We never rule out anything." *Heart explodes with excitement* I know, it's bad to get my hopes up, but let's be real: if Chip and Jo decided they wanted a television show, networks would scramble to snatch them up (considering it was a ).
"[Fixer Upper] was amazing and we are so thankful for it, but it’s also a whirlwind where, if you are not careful, it will flat run you over," Chip told before sharing how much the couple desperately needed a break from the camera after their fifth and final season.
But now that they've had time to focus on family—including welcoming baby Crew into the mix—and run their Magnolia empire, maybe they'll be ready to grace our small screens again soon. Fingers crossed.
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