With a major delay now behind it, the new channel finally replaces Discovery's DIY Network.
After a long wait, the television debut of Magnolia Network is nearly here. A partnership between Discovery and Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, it launches tomorrow, January 5th, and will do so with an episode of the Christian couple's new show Fixer Upper: Welcome Home leading the way.
The channel is replacing the DIY Network on cable systems nationwide and thus taking over its 50-million home distribution footprint. Magnolia Network will deliver more than 40 programs to viewers, covering things like home remodeling, gardening, cooking and design, and will feature the Gaineses in several of the shows, including that aforementioned reboot of Fixer Upper and Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines.
Originally scheduled to launch on TV in the fall of 2020, the network was hit by coronavirus issues that halted production. It did subsequently roll out on the Discovery Plus streaming platform, so many of the shows and episodes have been available there since last July.
If you're still a cable-TV holdout, however, your time has now come. The switch will be flipped, so to speak, from DIY Network to Magnolia Network tomorrow at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with the premiere of that episode of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home. Chip Gaines also plans to host a virtual watch party on Twitter, which you can join here.