Magnolia Network, Discovery’s joint venture with Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, has delayed its launch, originally slated for October 4, due to production shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The network, which will take over Discovery’s DIY Network after a rebrand, also has unveiled its inaugural slate of original series. It includes eight new unscripted shows — mostly in the home renovation and food space — Bespoke Kitchens; Family Dinner, hosted by Andrew Zimmern; Restoration Road; The Fieldhouse; Super Dad, starring Taylor Calmus; Home Work; The Lost Kitchen; and; Inn the Works, about The Oak Knoll Lodge in Big Bear, Calif. They join previously announced Growing Floret and Home on the Road.
Viewers will be able to sample the 10 series during Magnolia Presents: A Look Back & A Look Ahead, a four-hour preview on DIY Network featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, beginning Sunday, April 26.
DIY Network is distributed to 50 million homes across the country, but currently available to approximately 75 million households as part of Free Preview offerings during the coronavirus crisis.
“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 Joannna Gaines. “With this as our top priority, we’ve decided to delay Magnolia Network’s launch until we can safely resume production. We have an incredible team behind us and we look forward to the days ahead when we can get back to work, telling good stories that encourage, motivate and inspire hope. In the meantime, we are hosting this special preview where we’ll give you a peek into what we’ve been working on and more of what’s to come for this network we’re building!”
The four-hour network preview event will kick off with “a look back” at where it all began: Fixer Upper—at its peak, with nearly 17 million weekly viewers tuning in to watch the beloved HGTV series. In the preview, the Gaineses share intimate, never-before-seen footage complete with candid commentary and previously untold stories about their five-year Fixer Upper journey.
Leading up to the rebrand, select episodes of Fixer Upper will begin airing on DIY in the coming weeks. The total Fixer Upper library will remain on HGTV until Magnolia Network’s launch when it will migrate to the new channel.
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SOURCE: Deadline, Nellie Andreeva