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Waco's "Fixer Upper" nominated for first-ever Emmy

Published: Jul. 13, 2017 at 4:19 PM CDT
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The hit HGTV show based in Waco, “Fixer Upper,” has been nominated for its first Emmy.

The show, starring the popular local couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, is up for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

"Chip and Joanna are honored for Fixer Upper to be nominated,” said Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy.

"Fixer Upper" is competing against five other shows in the same category including “Antiques Roadshow,” “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Lip Sync Battle,” “Shark Tank,” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”

“I mean, getting nominated is such an honor, and the best part is that it’s for a show that is authentic,” said Michael Matsumoto, Executive Producer of “Fixer Upper.”

“A show that is about good people. That can be hard to come by these days. I’m so lucky to be here and part of this.”

Sharing Matsumoto's sentiment, is Co-Executive Producer Robert Zimmerman.

"For our little show out of Waco, Texas to get recognized within the industry like this, it's exciting," said Zimmerman. "There's a lot of really, really good TV out there, but there's something about Fixer Upper that connects with people in a way that I haven't seen before."

Zimmerman said they were actually filming part of Season 5 of the show when they heard about the nomination.

"We were filming this morning and there was this moment of shock when the news broke. Like, we weren’t sure it was true. So I spent our first shooting break on Twitter trying to find a second source to confirm it," Zimmerman told KWTX.

"I have friends all over the country who absolutely freaked out when they found out I was producing Fixer Upper. And obviously, that starts with Chip and Joanna. They’re just genuinely good people who care about what they do, and I think it shows. There’s an authenticity to our show that I’m very proud of."

The 69th Emmy Awards will air September 17 at 7pm CST on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Stephen Colbert.

The Creative Arts Emmys, the umbrella “Fixer Upper” falls under, will be held the week prior.

“We have to get a win for Central Texas!” said Matsumoto.