by Anna Alford, Staff Writer
The following story was written by a student on the staff of The Jaguar Times as part of Hilliard Bradley High School’s Journalism Production course.
In early 2018 Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of Fixer Upper, decided to end their show on HGTV. After five entertaining seasons, the couple wanted to spend more time with their family. While relaxing, they took the past years off to build their company, Magnolia. Most commonly known for their restaurant and bakery in Waco, Texas, the Gaines began to promote the new Magnolia Network that will launch July 15th on Discovery+ app. According to the Magnolia website, the new network will have different shows such as Magnolia Table and current fan favorite, Fixer Upper.
After years without new Fixer Upper episodes, fans are excited to see Chip and Joanna back on the screen. While there is a Magnolia blog, it’s not the same for the arts and style enthusiasts. Bradley students like Alice McAnespie (12) are the same way. Alice enjoys seeing the progress on TV shows. Alice McAnespie says, “I loved watching them renovate houses, so I’m excited to see more of what they can do!” On Fixer Upper Chip and Joanna would find the rundown, broken houses in Waco and turn them into family’s dream homes, which McAnespie enjoys.
The Gaines have a specific, yet unique style that catches viewers’ attention. Ella Richardson (12) thinks, “they are so successful because they have very likable personalities and their style from Fixer Upper is so beautiful.” During Fixer Upper on HGTV, the Gaines’ personalities shined through and made for a great show. Richardson also believes that “they know their audience and play to that! People who loved Fixer Upper were also likely to love everything else they made because of their Magnolia brand.” Chip and Joanna Gaines have lovable characteristics that entrance viewers and make for a unique show.
Chip and Joanna decided to continue their magic on Fixer Upper when the Magnolia Network begins. Viewers enjoy that their personalities and creativity inspire them to have dreams of their own. Carter Stanley (12) says “watching their shows makes [him] excited to have [his] own house in the future.” Magnolia was made to let the Gaines’ inventive minds work and share with different people. To see the newest adventures with Chip and Joanna, check out the Magnolia Network this summer!