- Chip and Joanna Gaines announced in November that they will return to TV with their very own network.
- They have yet to release details about their new programming, but have bought a castle, , and a building to be transformed into a coffee shop in under a month.
It’s not unusual for Chip and Joanna Gaines to juggle a million things at once. The former Fixer Upper stars are known for their many, many side hustles which include product lines, books, a magazine, and multiple businesses in Waco, Texas. Oh, and they do all of this while also raising five children. Fun!
Lately, though, it seems like the HGTV hosts have been particularly active, adding three properties to their real estate portfolio just in the last month. That alone doesn’t seem so suspicious. But as any longtime Chip and Jo supporter knows, the couple is planning to launch a new TV network with Discovery soon. And if you ask me, these projects sound like the perfect fodder for a new series.
I think you see where I'm going with this: Have Chip and Joanna already started planning their return to the small screen? Take a look at the evidence and decide for yourself:
1. Chip said they’re hiring.
Fixer Upper’s resident funny man announced in November that their former producer, Michael Matsumoto, will be continuing on in the Gaineses’ new network. He also responded to another hopeful producer on social media, and connected her with his assistant, proving they’ve been on the hunt for the right team for months.
2. They’re opening a coffee shop.
Many will remember that Chip and Joanna made the opening of their restaurant, Magnolia Table, a central feature in the final season of Fixer Upper. So my ears immediately perked up when I heard their plans to open a coffee shop by the end of this year. Watching Joanna work her magic on homes is obviously inspiring, but there’s nothing quite like seeing her put her stamp on something that’s personal to her family.
3. Chip and Joanna bought three properties in under a month.
First, it was the coffee shop, then it was the castle (yes, you read that right). Now—just a few weeks later—it’s the historic Fort House. According to the , the Gaineses picked up the 151-year-old museum in March for an undisclosed amount.
A Magnolia spokesperson confirmed the sale to the newspaper, but kept the plans under wraps. Apparently they intend to, “maintain the home in a way that carefully honors and thoughtfully celebrates its heritage.”
4. Many of these are buildings are historic.
Their first two vacation rentals are historic, according to the Tribune, as are Cottonland Castle and The Fort House. Does this suggest an entire series dedicated to renovating specifically history properties? We hope so!
5. They opened the doors to a third vacation rental.
OK, so they already renovated The Carriage House, their latest rental home, during season 3 of Fixer Upper. But we’re still not discounting this! Especially because we can only imagine the influx of tourists Waco will see when the famous designer and contractor return to TV. Perhaps they’re planning ahead?
Details about the network are still vague, so it’s very possible that their latest buying spree is just for fun. But we’re willing to hedge our bets that our favorite husband-wife duo are up to something—and it’s going to be even better than shiplap!