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Ha, oh there will be cameras! I smell a Discovery special—very special premiere episode(s)—to launch the new Gaines show, er, sub-network.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines turned their home-renovation business into a huge industry and became household names, thanks to HGTV series "Fixer Upper."

But they have bigger things in store for their new cable network, now in the works from HGTV parent Discovery.

The channel will be launched in summer 2020 and replace Discovery's DIY network, the couple exclusively tell USA TODAY. It is expected to be branded with some variation of their Magnolia banner, which grew out of their construction business. 

More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2019/04/10/exclusive-chip-and-joanna-gaines-reveal-plans-new-tv-venture/3412816002/

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I totally agree. Basically, we're gonna have HGTV with Prop Bros & Love it or List It, 5 versions of Flip or Flop,  3 million House Hunters, and The Gaines Network. 

I was just thinking today how I missed all the other shows we used to have - the Crashers, the Sarah Richardson shows, Candace,  I Hate My Bath/Kitchen, Desperate Landscapes (remember when HGTV had actual "G" in it?).

Also the Mike Holmes shows, Bryan Baumler, Scott McGillvery - the Canadians! They're still all making shows - we're just not allowed to see them.

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There are some shows on DIY that are filming new shows - Maine Cabin Masters, Bargain Mansions. Hopefully those shows will stay and it won't be the Gaines' 24/7. However, they can drop Rehab Addict yesterday.

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Apparently the head of DIY/soon to be Gaines TV, is the head of HGTV, so it's more of a transition with a lot of Gaines, than a total change.     HGTV has also been showing some of the DIY shows from time to time, so maybe they will put some of them on their home channel.   

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Or maybe go to Great American Country, or another Discovery property. Many DIY shows have gone that route. 

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HGTV, DIY, GAC (Great American Country) are all owned by Discover Communications since they bought Scripps Network (former owner of all of these including Food Network, Cooking Channel).

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On 4/11/2019 at 1:43 AM, CruiseDiva said:

They're going to replace DIY network? Well, that just sucks.

It really does.  I don't care about their views on raising kids, cooking and eating, faith, yada yada (paraphrasing from the new CEO).  I thought they'd get their own, new channel and never dreamed they'd take over one I loved.

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The takeover has happened before.   The Oprah network used to be very different, OWN I think it's called now.    Or as I call it, the Dr. Phil network.   Then, years ago one of the discovery channels became the Green channel, with some green slants, but that didn't last for long either.    Style (formerly part of E!, which I think is part of Lifetime network group) changed to something else too.     

I'm hoping the change in network focus will bump the shows I don't enjoy, and keep the others I do (Mike Holmes).      I noticed Bargain Mansions is showing up on HGTV occasionally now, so maybe they'll put Fixer Upper on Gaines, and shift others over from DIY to HGTV.     And there are a lot that show up on GAC, and D-Life from other discovery channels (TLC, HGTV, etc), so I bet that will keep happening too.   

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I noticed Joanna and Chimp's book on Amazon Unlimited some time ago and since it was "free" I downloaded it to my Kindle. I couldn't make it through the entire thing. It was self-serving and cutesy beyond belief. 

I imagine their "network" will be more of the same.

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On 4/11/2019 at 9:15 AM, chessiegal said:

There are some shows on DIY that are filming new shows - Maine Cabin Masters, Bargain Mansions. Hopefully those shows will stay and it won't be the Gaines' 24/7. However, they can drop Rehab Addict yesterday.

Maine Cabin Masters announced a couple of weeks ago that they're moving to HGTV (and were very excited about being on the bigger network). MCM is now filming Season 4 (thank goodness - it's one of the few shows I watch on TV these days).

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And I stand corrected on Bargain Mansions - I see it's going to be on HGTV this season.

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On 4/12/2019 at 11:11 PM, Kitty Redstone said:

It really does.  I don't care about their views on raising kids, cooking and eating, faith, yada yada (paraphrasing from the new CEO).  I thought they'd get their own, new channel and never dreamed they'd take over one I loved.

I don't care about them, their views, or anything else about them.  IMO, they're obnoxious fame whores who want to pretend that they aren't spending most of their time making money rather than with their kids.  You can't tell me that they aren't gone a good bit of time, which is their choice, but I just wish they wouldn't try to act like their priorities are different than what they say they are.

Let me be clear that if they didn't insist on ending their show to spend more time with their family and insisting that their faith is their focus, etc., etc., when in reality, they're all over the Today show and People magazine while starting their own network, then I wouldn't see them as the hypocrites I find them to be.  

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1 hour ago, HighHopes said:

This was a rather interesting (and long) Buzzfeed article on Chip and Joanna and their brand and how they have kind of taken over the city of Waco. “Fixer Upper” Is Over, But Waco’s Transformation Is Just Beginning

I just read this article an hour ago.  Is it just a nasty rumor that the Gaines are being sued by a lot of homeowners (who purchased houses and had them made over on the show)? You'd think that would've been mentioned in this article.  I've heard 2 people say this but never saw it in print so I really didn't believe it.

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There were several articles when former clients had their house ,across from a very busy intersection, hit by a drunk driver.   

 They claimed that Magnolia Realty (apparently their realtor that found the house for them), had sold them a bad house in a bad neighborhood.     Except they bought the house before the episode ever aired, applied to be on the show, and the neighborhood didn't change.    I noticed the neighboring houses didn't look that great, and it's right across from a convenience store/bait, and other stuff shop.    So it's not exactly the suburbs.     

The Barndominum also was in court, because the owner who bought from the people on the show was renting nightly, and the neighbors were up in arms.    

There have also been complaints from neighbors of the over the top, expensive remodels ruining the tax assessments for neighbors.  The assessor says that houses are done individually, especially when one has been dramatically remodeled, and the neighbors assessments go up because their house values have gone up.  

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Why oh why does HGTV run marathons of this show which is no longer in production for 6 to 12 hours almost every day?

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16 hours ago, chessiegal said:

Why oh why does HGTV run marathons of this show which is no longer in production for 6 to 12 hours almost every day?

Annoying, isn't it? My guess is that they aren't putting a lot of effort into new shows on HGTV and are spending a lot of time and money behind the scenes on the Wackos From Waco channel that is replacing my beloved DIY. Even new episodes of House Hunters are getting scarce some weeks.

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