In a surprise announcement, Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced a new original TV series that they are working on… and it will premiere on their own TV network!
Chip and Jo broke some hearts when they decided to end their popular house flipping series on HGTV, Fixer Upper. It premiered in May of 2013, and rocketed the couple to fame. The show continued to bring a heavy dose of shiplap to watchers everywhere until they axed it in April of 2018.
But if you’re feeling lost without your installment of Jo’s designs and Chip’s quips, you’ll be happy to know that the couple is not staying away from the small screen for very long.
The couple, who also own and operate Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas, have been hard at work on a much bigger project than their previous gig.
What’s bigger than a wildly successful TV series? An entire TV network.
Chip and Joanna announced that they’re in the process of creating a whole new network that will feature home design, cooking, and even children’s programs. It is set to launch in 2020.
The new network is a joint venture between Magnolia and Discovery, Inc., and will replace Discovery’s DIY Network. On top of having the network airing on live TV, there will also be an app and subscription streaming service.
While the couple has been hard at work behind the scenes, they have finally announced the first original series that they’ve been working on for the new network.
The first confirmed show for the highly anticipated Magnolia TV network will be Home on the Road, which follows husband and wife Abner Ramirex and Amanda Sudano as they tour with their band Johnnyswim and bring kids Joaquin, 4, and Luna, 1, along for the ride.
If the names sound familiar, it’s because the husband and wife duo have been friends with Chip and Jo for a little over five years now, and are also responsible for the Fixer Upper theme.
“We’ve found some great couples from across the country,” Chip Gaines said when talking about putting together the TV network, adding, “It’s just really cool to highlight these particular stories and sort of, hopefully, bring them to life.”
If you’re still really missing Jo’s designs and Chip’s quips, you’ll be happy to know that the new network will also be home to the entire Fixer Upper catalog, from it’s 2013 debut to the 2018 final episode.
The Magnolia TV network is scheduled to premiere in October of 2020.