Chip and Joanna Gaines are hard at work making the Magnolia Network everything we’ve been dreaming of and more.
The couple broke hearts around the country when they announced an end to Fixer Upper in April 2018. When one door closes, another opens, however. In November, Chip and Joanna spilled the beans on another project — an entire cable network of their own.
Here’s what we know about the Magnolia Network so far. We know that Chip and Joanna are at the helm, so every project featured will relate to the values that carry through the couple’s businesses and public personas.
We know that Magnolia Network is a partnership with Discovery and will replace the DIY Network. Finally, we know that they will re-air previous episodes of Fixer Upper, although there’s no word on whether new episodes will be produced. Now we’re learning about at least one of the new shows we can expect to see.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are some serious forces to be reckoned with. It seems like every day, there’s a new announcement from the couple about an exciting new venture they’re undertaking. It feels like they can take on the world at a moment’s notice.
We’re getting an update on one of Chip and Jo’s most exciting ventures to date: their very own cable network. The couple announced in November 2018 that they would be heading up their own network.
The announcement was tremendously exciting to fans, especially considering that it came seven months after the show that shot the couple to fame, Fixer Upper, ended. Thankfully, the new network will air previous episodes.
Chip and Joanna’s network, now known as the Magnolia Network, will feature home design, lifestyle, cooking, and children’s programming. That’s a tall order for a couple who doesn’t even have a TV in their own home.
Joanna wrote about that undertaking on the Magnolia blog. “I have to remind myself that it’s possible nobody ever really knows what they’re doing and how it’s ok that we are hitting the ground running while simultaneously learning about this new venture all at once,” she wrote.
“When I think back to what Chip and I have done together over the past 16 years, it all felt insurmountable at the time,” she continued. “Whether it was flipping our first house together, opening our own business or having kids, there were just so many unknowns. When I get nervous or afraid, the part that gets me up every day is that fact that we get to climb these steep mountains together.”
The debut of the Magnolia Network is officially just a year away. With the launch coming in October 2020, we’re learning more about what kind of programming we can expect from Chip and Joanna.
Joanna took to Instagram to share the pilot series for the network, and it has a special connection to the couple. Home on the Road will follow their friends and favorite band, Johnnyswim, as they tour the country.
The six-episode series will follow husband-and-wife duo Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez as they hit the road with their band and their kids, 4-year-old Joaquin and 1-year-old Luna.
“It’s been over five years since we first met Abner and Amanda and have been endlessly drawn to the way they approach everything they do,” Joanna captioned the Instagram video. “They’re dreamers, musicians, artists, storytellers and parents—living life out of a tour bus and making the most out of every town they visit.”
“Amanda and Abner are magnetic,” the couple told People after sharing the news. “Ever since we met them a little over five years ago, we’ve been drawn to the way they navigate family, community, and life on the road.”
“They’re not just musicians, they’re storytellers and together, they are a true picture of the relentless pursuit of following a dream and making it a reality; but their dream doesn’t stop with them—it’s extended to their family and fans and everyone they meet,” they continued.
If the name Johnnyswim sounds familiar, it may be because of Chip and Joanna themselves. The band did the theme music for Fixer Upper and performs each year at the annual Silobration. Chip also hinted their music may have set the scene for 1-year-old Crew’s conception.
The Magnolia Network is definitely off to a good start. We can’t wait to see what else Chip and Joanna have up their sleeves as far as original programming goes. We’re also waiting to see if any DIY Network favorites will find a new home in Magnolia. The year can’t go by fast enough!