Chip & Joanna Gaines to Reboot "Fixer Upper"
The Christian couple announce a new season of the show that propelled them to reality TV fame.
Chip and Joanna Gaines starred for five seasons on the home-renovation show, helping others turn so-called fixer uppers into their dream homes. Now, as part of the launch next year of their new television channel, Magnolia Network, they will roll up their sleeves and dive back into a new season, three years after the original run ended.
Ever given to spontaneity, and with a flair for the dramatic, Chip reveals the big news to Joanna in a promotional video for the show, driving her out to an unknown location - which ends up being a beat-up old house - then springing the news on her, saying, "I signed us up for another season of Fixer Upper!"
Joanna, who during the car ride has been leery of the "surprise" he's planning, responds with her approval: "I've kind of missed it...Let's do it." The couple - tool belt and notebook in hand - then march forward, as the camera pulls up and away from the house.
In a blog post, Chip Gaines calls the last episode of the show's final season in 2018 a "bittersweet" moment for them, knowing they needed a break, but also realizing they'd miss the program. He goes on to make it clear that both he and Joanna are excited to relaunch the show and "feel like a couple of kids" and are "just giddy" about getting back together with their production team. He adds that this next season of the program will feel a lot like the old ones, but not identical.
"In a lot of ways, the show is going to pick up right where it left off. These years in between have taught us a lot about ourselves and how we operate best, so we're likely to do a few things a little differently this time around."
The Gaineses will soon begin shooting episodes for this new season of the show, which will be one of many original programs on the Magnolia Network, which is a joint venture with Discovery Inc. The new channel - that is to replace HGTV - was originally planned to launch this year, but got pushed back because of production delays due to the coronavirus.