We’ve been waiting a year to find out what’s next for our favorite husband-and-wife home gurus. And, while the wait isn’t entirely over, there has been a development. On Wednesday, Discovery, Inc. and Magnolia announced that Chip and Joanna are returning to TV in summer 2020 on their own network. Fans have been living for a release date since Fixer Upper signed off in 2018, and let’s be real, the TV landscape simply hasn’t been the same without the Gaines’ heartwarming brand of home inspiration.
While Chip spilled the beans back in November 2018 that the duo would be returning to television as part of a network collaboration with Discovery, and the details of that partnership are finally coming to light. The biggest takeaway? The multi-platform media company will consist of a television network and the TV Everywhere app, with the new network replacing Discovery’s existing DIY Network. Not that they need the additional boost but, per People, the DIY Network is currently watched in more than 52 million U.S. homes. (Doing our best Oprah: You get shiplap! And you get shiplap! Everybody gets shiplap!) Chip and Joanna will act as co-Chief Creative Officers, while current HGTV President Allison Page will serve as President of the venture.
As for the kind of content you can expect from the Gaines’ new network, it sounds like you can count on much of the same you fell in love with about Fixer Upper. “Our intention with this network is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities. We want honest, authentic programming that brings families together,” Chip and Jo said in a joint statement. “We believe David Zaslav and the team at Discovery are the perfect partners for this ambitious joint venture, and we know Allison Page [the president of HGTV] is the right person to lead this charge. We’re ready to get started and are expectant for all that’s ahead.”
Per USA Today, that inspiring content will even include a new signature show for Chip and Jo. “The difference moving forward is Jo and I are going to be able to tell more of our life stories,” Chip told the outlet. “And so, as opposed to it being a very narrow vein in our universe, which is obviously construction and design and the things we do for a living, for us we feel like there’s a more holistic story to be told here, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”