Television screens got a little dimmer and hearts broke across America when Chip and Joanna Gaines announced the end of their show on HGTV, Fixer Upper.
But now, the popular house flippers from Waco, Texas, are coming back to the small screen, but with a much bigger project than their previous gig. Here’s everything we know so far about their new venture.
Chip and Joanna have been hard at work putting together more than just a TV show. The couple announced that they’re creating a whole new network featuring home design, cooking, and children’s programs. The network is set to premiere in October of 2020.
The new TV network is a joint venture between Magnolia, the Gaines’ company, and Discovery, Inc. It will replace Discovery’s DIY Network. It will also have an app and subscription streaming service, so you can still access all their shows with internet service if you don’t have cable.
But if you really want to get excited, the couple has issued a press release announcing the first original series that they’re working on for the network!
The official name of the show hasn’t been set, yet, but it has the working title Home on the Road. It will premiere as part of the new network’s initial programming.
The project focuses on husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, as they tour with their band JOHNNYSWIM and bring along kids Joaquin, 4, and Luna, 1, along for the ride.
Chip and Jo became friends with Abner and Amanda a little over five years ago, and they say that The Ramirez clan is “magnetic,” and they were “drawn to the way they navigate family, community, and life on the road.”
“We’ve found some great couples from across the country,” Chip Gaines said in a recent interview, adding, “It’s just really cool to highlight these particular stories and sort of, hopefully, bring them to life.”
If you’re still feeling a little lost without Chip’s quips and a heavy dose of shiplap, don’t get too sad. The new network will also become the home of every episode of Fixer Upper, from its debut in 2013 to the final episode in 2018.