Remember when Chip and Joanna Gaines were on The Tonight Show and Chip let it slip that a TV network was in the works?
The channel's going to be a mix of new home design (of course), food and wellness content. And all the old episodes of Fixer Upper will also have a home there. "Our intention with this network is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities. We want honest, authentic programming that brings families together," Chip and Jo said in a joint statement.
The couple has come so far since Fixer Upper hit the HGTV lineup in 2013 and became a breakout hit for the network. They walked away from the show in 2017, took time for their family (and had a baby!) and we can't wait to see what kind of programming they serve up on the new network, where they will be serving as the Chief Creative Officers (the current President of HGTV, Allison Page will also be president of the new network).
"The difference moving forward is Jo and I are going to be able to tell more of our life stories," Chip tells USA Today. "And so, as opposed to it being a very narrow vein in our universe, which is obviously construction and design and the things we do for a living, for us we feel like there's a more holistic story to be told here, and that's what we're going to focus on."
The Gaines' television evolution proves that, sometimes, it's important to listen to your heart and step away from things that are no longer serving you. Making the choice to slow down in 2017 is allowing them to hit the gas now.
"TV is a tough business and we came into this thing sort of shock and awe and we had never had any inspiration on television," Chip said on The Tonight Show back in November. "We didn't know anything about the business and when you step into this universe it takes you a little bit to get your feet under you to say the least."
This power couple has their feet firmly on the ground now, and we can't wait to see them take off running.