September 26, 2017, was a dark day for fans of HGTV's power couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, who announced that the upcoming season of their hit show Fixer Upper would be the last. "After five years [on television], we realized we wanted to take a step back and just focus on our marriage, focus on our family, and just kind of catch our breath," Chip told Jimmy Fallon on Sunday night. "And have a baby!" added Joanna. (Their fifth child, Crew Gaines, was born this year.)
But the Gaineses also shared some groundbreaking news with Fallon that have whipped their fans into a frenzy — they'll be returning to television soon, not just with a new show, but likely with an entire network. Details are scarce, but the couple is in the early stages of developing family-friendly programming with Discovery, Inc.
While the couple shot to stardom as the hosts of Fixer Upper, they've also created a lifestyle empire between their many businesses, including, but not limited to, the Magnolia Market store, the Magnolia Table restaurant, and the Magnolia House bed and breakfast in their hometown of Waco, Texas; the magazine Magnolia Journal; a number of books, like a new release on design; and a line of homewares for Target. Clearly the Gaineses aren't ones to take a break for long!
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.