Fixer Upper revival to feature some changes

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Be still, our shiplap-loving hearts. Chip and Joanna Gaines will soon start filming the revival of their HGTV home renovation series Fixer Upper. But this time around, when it airs on their upcoming Magnolia Network, there’ll be some changes.

A casting call for the sixth season says producers are asking people in and around Waco, Texas, to have a renovation budget of $50,000, compared to $30,000 in season 5. That could mean the renos will be extra-extensive and extra-stunning — or that they just don’t have as high a production budget as the show did when it was on HGTV.

Also new: Only applicants who’ve recently closed on a house, or are already moved in, are eligible. In the past, the show featured house-hunting drama at the beginning of each episode, and it’s unclear whether that will remain.

Magnolia Network, a joint venture with Discovery Inc., will replace DIY Network in the U.S. when it debuts. Its Oct. 4 launch was indefinitely delayed due to the pandemic. No word on whether its shows will air in Canada.


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