The Wrap: 'Fixer Upper' can’t get a reboot with other stars
The network refused to shoot new episodes of "Fixer Upper" with a new cast and said that the show's charm came from Chip and Joanna Gaines.
HGTV's home-updating show "Fixer Upper" ended its fifth season in April. The Gaines bid adieu to the series and decided to work on other avenues of their business.
In an interview with The Wrap, Kathleen Finch from HGTV misses the viewership created by the Gaines but she clarified that there would not be another show under the same brand with a new couple.
Finch heads the network HGTV and also works as chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery Inc. She spoke in detail with "The Wrap" about the aftermath of Chip and Joanna's exit from the show.
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“What made the show special was Chip and Jo. I don’t see that we would ever make it with someone else.”
Kathleen Finch, The Wrap, July 26, 2018
Finch said that she loved Chip and Joanna and the network did not want them to leave the show. She explained that the decision to quit the show was solely taken by the Gaines.
She added that the network did not intend to hinder anyone's way of talent. Finch did not want anyone to work unhappily when "family" was their main priority.
Joanna recently had her fifth child and Finch understood that the couple had a lot of things to juggle in their life. Besides the show, the Gaines have a furniture line, a construction business, a cupcake business, and also publishing.
Finch believed that the conclusion of "Fixer Upper" would open new doors for creative content in the network. She said that the network was in great place with a lot of great talent coming onboard.
Unlike "Fixer Upper," HGTV's "Flip or Flop" that began with Tarek and Christina El Moussa, had five spin-offs. The first four spinoffs, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Ft. Worth, and Nashville, did not fare as well as the original in the Neilsen rating.