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“Fixer Upper” duo Chip and Joanna Gaines to partner with Discovery on TV network

Texas-based designers Chip and Joanna Gaines, the married couple behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is set to return to the small screen in a partnership with media giant Discovery for their ...
November 12, 2018

Texas-based designers Chip and Joanna Gaines, the married couple behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is set to return to the small screen in a partnership with media giant Discovery for their own television network.

On Friday (Nov. 9), while on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Chip broke news of the Gaines’ return to television and their potential venture with Discovery.

“We’re excited to be back,” Chip said on The Tonight Show. “We are actually going to have a network, and we are going to carve it out in a way that makes sense to us, and our family.”

More details of the Gaines’-Discovery partnership will soon be announced.

“Discovery is thrilled to confirm that we are in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines,” the media giant said in a statement. “The Gaines’ are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.”

The Gaines’ announced their intent in September 2017 to wrap-up Fixer Upper, produced by High Noon Entertainment, after its fifth season to spend more time with their family. The home reno series was a ratings hit for HGTV, then-owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, attracting more than 20 million viewers in its fourth season. The show also generated the spin-off series Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, which focused on Joanna’s plans to create the designs featured in each Fixer Upper episode.

HGTV came under Discovery’s portfolio of networks when the company purchased parent company Scripps Networks Interactive for US$14.6 billion this past March.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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