Chip and Joanna Gaines will launch a reboot of their hit series, Fixer Upper.
Fixer Upper Reboot
The revamped show will be aired exclusively on the couple’s Magnolia Network. The new channel is a joint venture with the Gaines and Discovery Inc. Magnolia Network was originally going to launch in October, however, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will officially launch in 2021.
“The day we wrapped our final episode of Fixer Upper, we really believed it was a chapter closed,” Chip and Joanna said in a statement. “We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath. But we also knew we weren’t done dreaming about ways to make old things new again. These past few years, we’ve continued tackling renovations and projects, doing the work we’re passionate about, but I don’t think either of us anticipated how the show would become such a permanent fixture in our hearts. We’ve missed sharing the stories of these families and their homes with you, and we’re excited to do that again very soon.”
The original Fixer Upper aired on the HGTV Network from 2013 through 2018. The final fifth season had an impressive 19.6 million viewers.
All About Magnolia Network
Along with the reboot of Fixer Upper, there will also be shows based around entrepreneur Jonathan Morris and designer Brian Patrick Flynn. No titles or information has been announced yet.
The company is currently filming in places where it is legal and acceptable to do so amid the pandemic. However, the show will also be filmed in the family’s hometown of Waco, Texas and produced by their production company, Blind Nil. “It is very case by case, depending on the state,” Magnolia Network president Allison Page told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “There are also been places where we’ve started filming and then stopped again. Adherence to safety guidelines will never be sacrificed in order to meet a deadline. So we’re asking, ‘What is a full season?’ Do we need 13 episodes? 10? 8? We think that can work and give us a good runway to see what people like.”
To give fans a taste of what the channel will bring, the network sampled some of their programmings that aired on DIY Network in a four-part special series. Over 2.5 million tuned in which was the highest-rated day in DIY’s history.
“We will bring over some of the most beloved DIY titles,” Page added. “We’re talking to that audience now what they want to see on Magnolia. I think DIY represents a strand of our DNA, though that’s certainly not all of what we’re offering.”