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Former Fixer Uppers Chip And Joanna Gaines Delay Launch Of New Network Because Of COVID-19

WACO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — They took Waco worldwide with their remodeling and design show, but just as Chip and Joanna Gaines were set to take their second foray into television the coronavirus crisis hit.

The Magnolia Network's planned October launch is being pushed back because of production delays related to the COVID-19 disease. A new debut date wasn't immediately announced.

The pandemic has brought most TV and film production to a standstill.

Discovery Inc.'s DIY Network will be re-branded as the Magnolia Network when the joint venture with the husband-and-wife team's Magnolia company launches.

To tide viewers over, the DIY Network will air a special Sunday previewing some of Magnolia Network's series and revisiting "Fixer Upper," the HGTV renovation series that launched Chip and Joanna Gaines' TV careers from Waco.

The four-hour "Magnolia Presents: A Look Back & A Look Ahead" will offer sneak peeks at shows including "Family Dinner" with host Andrew Zimmern, and the England-based remodeling series "Bespoke Kitchens."

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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