Waco: Chip and Jo are set to go with new network's first original series
The first original series for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new network "Magnolia" will focus on husband and wife Abner and Amanda Sudano Ramirez as they tour North America with their band, JOHNNYSWIM and their two children, Joaquin, 4, and Luna, 1.
“We decided early on that we want to spend as much time together as possible…so when we go on tour, we all go on tour,” the musicians said.
The six-episode series with the working title “Home on the Road,” will premiere as part of the new network’s initial programming rundown set to launch in October 2020.
“Amanda and Abner are magnetic,” the Gaines said in a press release Tuesday.
"Ever since we met them a little over five years ago, we've been drawn to the way they navigate family, community, and life on the road. They're not just musicians, they're storytellers and together, they are a true picture of the relentless pursuit of following a dream and making it a reality; but their dream doesn't stop with them—it's extended to their family and fans and everyone they meet."
The series will highlight the band’s tour stops in Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., New York, Chattanooga, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., Los Angeles and Waco.
"We've found some great couples from across the country," Chip told KWTX about the shows to be seen on Magnolia. "It's just really cool to highlight these particular stories and sort of, hopefully, bring them to life and then it will be interesting to see just how people engage with these stories and what works and what doesn't."
The couple opened up about the network in a recent interview with KWTX.
"For the shows that we're interested in, we're still just kind of in the works of what is it exactly that we want to kind of open up with, so we're still in the works with that," Joanna said. "But we're also just focusing so much on the other stories that it's just been a blast."
The Gaines announced the new TV network, a joint venture between Magnolia and Discovery, Inc., in April.
The venture includes a TV network that will replace Discovery’s DIY Network and an app and subscription streaming service, they said at the time.
The network will also become home to the complete library of episodes of “Fixer Upper,” from the shows debut in May 2013 until the final episode on April 3, 2018.
The series made the Gaines true celebrities and helped put Waco on the map, serving as a catalyst for an explosion of growth and development in the downtown area.