Fixer Upper (TV series)

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Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper logo hgtv.png
GenreReal estate
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes79
Production
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)High Noon Entertainment
Release
Original networkHGTV
Original releaseMay 23, 2013 (2013-05-23) –
April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)
External links
Website

Fixer Upper is an American reality television series about home design and renovation aired on HGTV. The series stars Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, a married couple who own a home renovation and redecoration business in Waco, Texas.[1] The show's pilot aired in May 2013,[2] with the first full season beginning in April 2014,[3] season two began in January 2015,[4][5] season three began in December 2015, and season four began in November 2016. The fifth and final season premiered on November 21, 2017.[6][7]

Fixer Upper became popular soon after its debut, and the series is largely credited with the rise in popularity of "Farmhouse-chic" interior design in the late 2010s.[8][9] In 2018, Zillow reported that homes with architectural features mentioned on the show, such as wainscoting, shiplap, clawfoot bathtubs, and barn doors, sold at an average of 30 percent above expected value.[10] In addition, the show has generated an increase in tourism and economic development in Waco, Texas, where the show was filmed.[11]

Premise[edit]

Fixer Upper is produced by High Noon Entertainment producers Scott Feeley and Jim Berger, producers of the cooking show Cake Boss. Prior to Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines worked with clients on buying and remodeling homes. In total, the couple had worked on over 100 homes.[12] On the show, Joanna and Chip start by showing one couple three potential homes for purchase in central Texas, each of which requires a varying amount of repair or renovation. Once the couple chooses their home, Joanna designs it and Chip is the lead contractor.[13] The buyers typically have an overall budget of under $200,000 with at least $30,000 in renovations.[14]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113May 23, 2013 (2013-05-23)July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
213January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
318December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)
417November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)
518November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)

Spin-off[edit]

In March 2017, it was announced that Chip and Joanna Gaines would be getting a Fixer Upper spin-off series entitled Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. The half-hour show showcases how Joanna comes up with the designs seen on Fixer Upper.[15][16] The show premiered on April 10, 2018.[17]

Other business[edit]

As of November 1, 2017 Joanna has teamed with Target Corporation to offer her Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection. The collection, available in stores and online, features 300 pieces including bedding and lifestyle products.[18] In February 2019, Joanna created an exclusive collection for Anthropologie of "globally inspired" rugs and pillows.[19]

On April 10, 2019, Chip and Joanna announced the launch of a 'new media company.' Chip and Joanna Gaines will serve as chief creative officers and current HGTV president Allison Page will serve as president of the new joint venture, which will reportedly include a TV network and a streaming app.[20]

In November 2019, Chip and Joanna opened a coffee shop, Magnolia Press, in Waco, Texas. This new store is in addition to two others that they already have, Magnolia Table and Silos Baking Co.[21]

Legacy[edit]

Fixer Upper is largely credited with the rise in popularity of "Farmhouse-chic" interior design in the late 2010s.[22][23] In 2018, Zillow reported that homes with architectural features mentioned on the show, such as wainscoting, shiplap, clawfoot bathtubs, and barn doors, sold at an average of 30 percent above expected value.[24] In addition, the show has generated an increase in tourism and economic development in Waco, Texas, where the show was filmed.[25]

Thanks to the show's popularity, the homes featured on the show have become desirable to either purchase or rent. At least six of the homes are available to rent through Airbnb or VRBO. Owners are renting them for anywhere from $250 to $350 a night.[26]

The Barndominium featured in Season 3, Episode 6 went up for sale in April 2017 for $1.2 million.[27] The Barndominium's owner was found guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $1 in November 2017 for renting out the home after being denied a vacation rental permit by the city. The owner intended to appeal the verdict.[28]

Legal issues[edit]

On April 27, 2017, Chip Gaines was named in a fraud lawsuit filed by former business partners. The former partners alleged that the Gaineses persuaded them to sell their interest in Magnolia Realty to him for $2,500 each without disclosing plans that had been in the works to develop the Fixer Upper reality television show.[29]

His attorney, Jordan Mayfield, told KWTX-TV, the CBS television station in Waco, Texas, “We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines."[30][31]

In another matter, in June 2017, it was announced that they "settled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that they violated rules for the safe handling of lead paint during home renovations." They paid $40,000 in fines and will comply with such regulations going forward, and "remain committed to raising awareness in our community and our industry."[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' hosts share fave decorating accessories - TODAY.com". TODAY.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Waco-based HGTV home-remodeling series begins". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Neglected North Waco houses transformed as HGTV cameras roll". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Magnolia Homes: Exciting News to Share".
  5. ^ "Fixer Upper Season Two". Magnolia Homes. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ Savitsky, Sasha (2017-09-26). "'Fixer Upper' ending after Season 5, Chip and Joanna Gaines announce". Fox News. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  7. ^ "Our last season - Magnolia Market". Magnolia Market. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  8. ^ Lauren, Amanda (May 15, 2018). "The 'Fixer Upper' Effect: Farmhouse Designs Dominate The Starter Home Market". Forbes. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Mandell, Lisa Johnson (July 9, 2018). "Joanna Gaines Reveals Easy Ways to Add 'Modern Farmhouse' Flair to Any Home". Realtor.com. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Matthews, Lyndsey (May 4, 2018). "These 'Fixer Upper' Features Can Make Your Home More Valuable". House Beautiful. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Smith, J.B. (November 21, 2017). "'Fixer Upper' effect: Waco's economy benefits from Chip and Joanna Gaines lifestyle empire". USA Today. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Waco construction couple waits for word about TV series, fields inquiries from across nation". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  13. ^ Los Angeles Times (10 February 2015). "'Fixer Upper' hosts propose useful home projects for 2015". latimes.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  14. ^ "HGTV program looking for Waco fixer-uppers". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  15. ^ "'Fixer Upper' Spinoff Series to Premiere on HGTV". HGTV.com. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Chip and Joanna Gaines plan HGTV 'Fixer Upper' spinoff". USA Today. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Haynes, David L. "New Chip and Jo Spinoff Series 'Fixer Upper: Behind the Design' Comes to HGTV". HGTV. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Morgan, Brittney. "Joanna Gaines' New Hearth & Hand Holiday Collection Will Get You So Excited For Christmas". House Beautiful. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  19. ^ "6 Gorgeous Picks From Joanna Gaines' New Anthropologie Line". realtor.com. realtor.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Chip and Joanna Gaines' TV Comeback Revealed: Get the Scoop on Their New Network". eonline.com. E!. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Chip and Joanna Gaines' Coffee Shop Is Officially Open for Business! See Inside". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  22. ^ Lauren, Amanda (May 15, 2018). "The 'Fixer Upper' Effect: Farmhouse Designs Dominate The Starter Home Market". Forbes. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  23. ^ Mandell, Lisa Johnson (July 9, 2018). "Joanna Gaines Reveals Easy Ways to Add 'Modern Farmhouse' Flair to Any Home". Realtor.com. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  24. ^ Matthews, Lyndsey (May 4, 2018). "These 'Fixer Upper' Features Can Make Your Home More Valuable". House Beautiful. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  25. ^ Smith, J.B. (November 21, 2017). "'Fixer Upper' effect: Waco's economy benefits from Chip and Joanna Gaines lifestyle empire". USA Today. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  26. ^ Hoover, Carl. "'Fixer Upper' houses becoming popular vacation rentals around Waco". Waco Tribune-Herald. Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  27. ^ "'Fixer Upper' 'Barndominium' for Sale: What Do Chip and Jo Gaines Think?". realtor.com. realtor.com. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  28. ^ "The Owner of the 'Fixer Upper' Barndominium Was Just Found Guilty of a Misdemeanor". Country Living. Country Living. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  29. ^ By TOMMY WITHERSPOON twitherspoon@wacotrib.com. "Former Magnolia partners allege fraud, sue Chip Gaines | Business". wacotrib.com. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  30. ^ Carroll, John. “Fixer Upper” star Chip Gaines named in million dollar lawsuit, KWTX-TV, April 27, 2017.
  31. ^ Char Adams (2013-05-06). "Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Sued Over HGTV Deal: Report". People.com. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  32. ^ "HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Will Pay Fine Over Lead Paint Violations". Retrieved 2018-11-26.

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