‘Fixer Upper’: Joanna Gaines Said She Was ‘A Little Rusty’ Filming the New Series — ‘We Dusted Off Our Boots’

It’s been two agonizingly long years since we last watched Chip and Joanna Gaines transform “the worst house in the best neighborhood” on their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper. This renovating duo captured the hearts of TV audiences thanks to their extreme talent and amazing on-screen chemistry. Everyone wanted to be best friends with the Gaineses — and coveted the dream homes they created.

But the Fixer Upper hosts devastated their fans when they announced the end of Fixer Upper in 2018. Now two years later, they’re hard at work on a reboot of the show for their new Magnolia Network. Only it’s not coming as naturally as they expected.

Chip and Joanna Gaines quit ‘Fixer Upper’ to focus on their family

Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Brook Christopher/FilmMagic

The Gaineses announced their intention to end Fixer Upper after five seasons mostly because it was affecting quality time with their family. And that announcement came just in time — just after the finale aired, the couple welcomed their fifth child, Crew Gaines.

“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with,” they wrote in a statement. “Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”

Fans were sad but understanding when the news broke. But then it all changed once the Gaineses decided to launch Magnolia Network.

The Gaineses’ Magnolia Network is launching in 2021

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Magnolia Network doesn’t just include shows about home renovating. It’s mostly filled with lifestyle content that’s unique and special, from a series about an organic flower farm (Growing Floret) to a show about a restaurant that only accepts reservations via postcard (The Lost Kitchen). The Gaineses put so much thought and care into creating their new network, which will launch in 2021 and replace DIY Network in the Discovery family.

There was no Fixer Upper replacement planned. But then, to everyone’s delight, the Gaineses announced they’d be returning with more episodes of their beloved series in the form of a reboot. “The day we wrapped our final episode of Fixer Upper, we really believed it was a chapter closed,” they wrote in a statement announcing the show’s return.

“We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath. But we also knew we weren’t done dreaming about ways to make old things new again. These past few years, we’ve continued tackling renovations and projects, doing the work we’re passionate about, but I don’t think either of us anticipated how the show would become such a permanent fixture in our hearts.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines are out of practice filming new ‘Fixer Upper’

Now the Gaineses are hard at work getting the new episodes of Fixer Upper ready for the network launch. But Joanna recently spoke to People, saying they’re feeling a little out of practice during filming.

“At first we were a little rusty,” the Fixer Upper host told People. “Getting back on camera, it was like, ‘What? Where do we look? What do we do?’ But I think we’re starting to get the hang of it. It feels kind of like we dusted off our boots and this is Fixer 2.0.”

Fans are absolutely thrilled to catch new episodes no matter what. The Fixer Upper reboot is scheduled to launch in 2021.