Chip & Joanna Gaines Delay Launch Of Their New Magnolia Network Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines originally planned to launch their new Magnolia television network on October 4th. But, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple has revealed that they will postpone the launch because of production shutdowns.
“Right now, it’s important that we all continue to look out for one another by upholding the guidelines set forth by the experts, leaders and front-line heroes working tirelessly to get us all through this difficult time,” said Chip and Joanna.
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Join me and @chipgaines for a 4-hour special as we take a walk down memory lane to where it all began with Fixer Upper AND take a look ahead at what's to come on the new Magnolia Network. ⠀ ⠀ We just couldn't wait til the official network launch to share what we've been working on, so join us for an exciting sneak peek! ⠀ ⠀ See you Sunday, April 26th at 5/4p CT on @DIYnetwork. (Or you can stream for free after it airs on the DIY Network GO app)
The couple added that they have decided to delay Magnolia Network’s launch until they can safely resume production. Chip and Joanna say that they have an incredible team behind them, and they look forward to the future when they can get back to work and tell good stories that encourage, motivate, and inspire hope.
According to Page Six, the Magnolia network is a rebranding of Discovery’s DIY Network and the Gaines’ have already revealed the original series that will premiere on the channel. The lineup includes eight unscripted shows which mostly focus on home renovation and cooking.
The new shows include Bespoke Kitchens, Family Dinner hosted by chef Andrew Zimmern, The Lost Kitchen, The Fieldhouse, Restoration Road, Super Dad with actor Taylor Calmus, Home Work, a series about the Oak Knoll Lodge in Big Bear, California titled Inn the Works, Growing Floret, and Home On The Road.
Currently, DIY Network is available to approximately 75 million homes in the United States because of a free preview during the COVID-19 lockdown. Normally, approximately 50 million homes have the channel as part of their cable, satellite, or streaming packages.
Even though fans have to wait longer than expected for the new channel, Chip and Joanna promised a special preview where they will give fans a sneak peek into what they have been working on. They will also share a little bit about what’s to come for the network they are building.
Chip and Joanna Gaines will host Magnolia Presents: A Look Back & A Look Ahead beginning on Sunday, April 26th. The four-hour preview – that will begin with a look back at Chip and Joanna’s time on Fixer Upper – will be available on the DIY Network.
To prepare for the upcoming rebrand, the DIY Network will also start airing select episodes of Fixer Upper before the series completely migrates from HGTV to the new channel.