Chip and Joanna Gaines announce Fixer Upper Season 5, tease new direction for the show

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New episodes of Fixer Upper‘s current season are scheduled to air well into the spring, but the work never stops for Chip and Joanna Gaines. The first family of HGTV recently announced they’ve resumed filming for the show, and teased the Fixer Upper Season 5 release date along with a preview of what fans might be able to see when the next season airs.

The Season 5 announcement came in typical Gaines fashion: low-key, without prior fanfare, and courtesy of a delightful Instagram shot featuring both Chip and Joanna:

Season five filming starts today!! I'm letting Chip drive today and he's real happy about that… #fixerupper @hgtv

A photo posted by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on

As for the Fixer Upper Season 5 release date, we may have cracked HGTV’s code well ahead of when the network intends to start airing the show again. As we reported several months ago following the official confirmation of the Season 4 airdate, the network likes to begin new seasons of the show on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It did so with both Fixer Upper Season 3 (which premiered on December 1, 2015) and Season 4 (which began on November 29, 2016). If that pattern holds true, Fixer Upper fans should expect to see the first episode of Season 5 on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Leaving this year with hearts full. Excited about the adventures that await in 2017. #letsdothis

A photo posted by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on

Of course, that’s just speculation. It’s entirely possible that HGTV will change up its formula and try for a quick-release summer season of Fixer Upper, or do something else entirely. But one other thing we do know about the coming episodes is that they’ll likely feature even more and bigger changes to the show. Joanna recently revealed a couple of enticing tidbits over on her Magnolia blog. According to her, both a Fixer Upper-themed cafe and a top-to-bottom renovation of the Magnolia Silos are in the works

We have some cool new projects coming that we will keep you updated on as we make progress. Our new restaurant is opening in 2017 which will serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. Chip has wanted a breakfast joint for years and he finally found the perfect spot for it, and I’m not going to lie, he is also super excited about serving ham sandwiches and bacon. The Elite Cafe was one of the oldest restaurants in Waco, but it closed down last year and we are excited about bringing it back to life.

We are going to finally tackle the renovation of the actual Silos! We are finalizing all the architectural details and are planning to start in the next couple of months. If you have been to the Silos you’ve probably seen Chip’s tiny little corner or you may have missed it because it’s that small. He will finally get his hardware/general store that is going into one of the Silos. Our goal is to have that project completed by the end of next year.

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And Chip just published what may well prove to be a major bombshell about the direction of the show. He took the opportunity to address the recent Fixer Upper scandal involving the pastor of the Gaines’ church and his inflammatory rhetoric regarding homosexuality. (Click here for our complete report on the matter, including Chip’s initial response imploring fans to “Do everything in love.”) And, in doing so, Chip appeared to make it clear that he, Joanna, and the whole Fixer Upper family intend to treat people as individuals first and foremost. His post suggests that Fixer Upper may begin renovating more than just houses. You can read the original here. The following is a condensed version:

This past year has been tough. In my lifetime, I can’t recall humanity being more divided. Plenty of folks are sad and scared and angry and there are sound bites being fed to us that seem fueled by judgement, fear and even hatred. Jo and I refuse to be baited into using our influence in a way that will further harm an already hurting world, this is our home. A house divided cannot stand.

If there is any hope for all of us to move forward, to heal and to grow – we have got to learn to engage people who are different from us with dignity and with love. Joanna and I have personal convictions. One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith. That’s all fascinating, but it cannot add or take away from the reality that we’re already pulling for you. We are not about to get in the nasty business of throwing stones at each other, don’t ask us to cause we won’t play that way.

In 2017: We have decided to change the conversation.

You wanna talk about how to build bridges between people that disagree? We want to be a part of that conversation. Do you want to talk about healing and compassion and kindness and restoration? We’re in the restoration business, we can for sure make time for that….Jo and I feel called to be bridge builders. We want to help initiate conversations between people that don’t think alike. Listen to me, we do not all have to agree with each other. Disagreement is not the same thing as hate, don’t believe that lie….Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree. We believe it starts when we operate from a position of love in all things. If your position only extends love to the people who agree with you, we want to respectfully challenge that position. We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside the very people that are most unlike you. Fear dissolves in close proximity. Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side. This is how a house gets unified.

Think about it for a minute: This could be one of the greatest restoration stories of all time.

Who’s ready to get to work?

Fixer Upper Season 4 continues Tuesday nights at 9 PM on HGTV.

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(Photo credits: Fixer Upper Season 5 release date via Instagram)

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  • Kate Kack

    Ok let’s see a gay or lesbian couple on the show to show how “compassionate” they are. I will be boycotting them along with others who think they are homophobic trash.

    • biffula

      You leftist. You’re all just phony hypocrites. You’re no better and even WORSE than the ‘homophobe’ by calling them trash. You’re just too stupid to see it.

    • seasoned

      Only trash I can see is you. Leave them alone. They see people as individuals not the “politically correct” bubbles you see. When you are that evolved, let us know but, by then, you might actually be a better person and you won’t need to spout any nonsense. So sorry for you now–grow a little.

    • Patti Funk

      They (gay or lesbian) are such a small part of the house buying and fixing up group of peoples.It’s too bad you are so small mined about these talented people. Patti

    • Bee Jay

      They have had gay couples on the show as well as interracial. Watch them. Gee whiz

    • rance

      what a nice little bigot you are.

    • Chuck Valentine

      Ohhh shut up. Nobody cares if you boycott. Y’all are so over dramatic. They just gave their peace on love and you’re too ignorant to understand that. Keep ranting you homo trash. The pastor from their church said something and now you want to attack the Gaines family. Gay or not gay, you are just flat out DUMB.

    • gamemaker2

      Drop dead divk

  • anjealka

    These shows are far from reality. I watch sometimes the reveals to see ideas or just the transformations. Chip and Joanna don’t do the work, the have a large crew that does the work and they show up for filming. Plus the people on the show are mostly investors or want to flip or rent or airbnb the houses. The average couple does not have 80k cash for renavations because the average bank home loan does not allow you to buy a 35k house and loan you a 100k to redo it.

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      • anjealka

        Wrong that banks loan people 100k to redo a 50k house? I would love to see those loans? or wrong about the filming. I have watched HGTV film in person as well as ABC, NBC and TLC and reality tv is FAR from reality. Chip and Joanna cant do all the work on 100+ houses, they have over 300 employees, you can look up their company.

        • Just Me

          I just did a rehab on a house. The bank had us submit a bid from a licensed contractor for the proposed work to the house. The appraiser then estimated the value once the renovations were completed. They loaned us the money to buy the house plus the renovations based on that value, with a 1 year time limit to finish. When we were done, the bank sent the appraiser back out to verify the work was done. This house had no plumbing, no HVAC, needed a entire new kitchen, new electrical throughout. There was no shower, only a bathtub. Not mention all new paint, etc. So yes, banks do make loans on fixer uppers!

        • Bee Jay

          Is there a problem with them providing jobs?

          • anjealka

            No, it is great they provide jobs. It is just the show makes it appear as if Chip is doing the work and Joannna the decorating. people are just as excited to hire magonolia homes yo get a nice house as to have chip and Joanna help them and are suripsed to find that most homeowners don’t deal with them or meet them, it is only those selected to be in tv that do or a few others.

  • biffula

    Sounds like a bunch of gobbledy-gook. Just restore buildings/houses. Enough of the touchy-feely cr ap already.

    • Karim Immanuel Chemlal

      And that attitude is precisely why the divisions in society are so raw. Civil society and giving those we disagree with the benefit of the doubt is fundamental to a healthy democracy.
      If its gobbledygook we need a hell of a lot more of it before we lose everything that makes life so good.

  • Karen Dando

    I love Chip and Joanna and really like the fact that they won’t get drawn into the BS. Of course there are several people working behind the scenes to make the show happen. They’ve been very open about that. Not to mention, it’s just common sense. There’s no way Chip could remodel that many houses in one season by himself. I’m hoping the show continues for a long time, and being from Texas and having roots in Waco and Central Texas, I’m happy to see a show make it from a small town.

  • chughett57

    I love this show and the Gaines. So sad to hear about someone going to their farm and killing two of their goats. Have these people been caught yet?