Coronavirus-related concerns prompt the Christian couple to delay the planned launch.
The October 4th start date for Magnolia Network is now off, and no new launch day has been publicly announced. A venture between former Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery, the new channel will replace DIY Network - also a Discovery property - and take over its existing 50 million home distribution footprint.
As with virtually all other TV and film production in America, the coronavirus has brought the outfit's work to a halt. In an interview with Deadline, Joanna Gaines makes clear that the well-being of the network's staff is paramount, so they will not launch until they can "safely resume production." She is, however, anxious to get going.
"We have an incredible team behind us and we look forward to the days ahead when we can get back to work, telling good stories that encourage, motivate and inspire hope."
In the meantime, Chip and Joanna will host a preview of what's to come on their new network once it does launch. That show - a four-hour marathon event - will look back at Fixer Upper, where it all began, and then get into what viewers can expect from their coming channel. If you'd like to watch, the preview program will air on DIY Network this Sunday, April 26th, starting at 5:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM CDT.
And to read that entire article with Deadline, click this link. It features a list of many of the shows that are slated to run on Magnolia Network, so it may be worth taking a gander.