HGTV gives hit 'Fixer Upper' a spinoff, finds 'Flip or Flop' solution


HGTV is milking Fixer Upper for all it's worth.

Scripps Networks' breakout hit, its most-watched series for the last two years, is finally getting a spinoff. The half-hour series will focus on one half of the Fixer Upper duo, Joanna Gaines, and her aesthetic approach to the show's weekly renovations. A preview of Behind the Design will air Tuesday, with more episodes expected to follow this year.

The spinoff is just one piece of a broad upfront slate that HGTV laid out Wednesday, but the most interesting bit of news might be that the series Flip or Flop is getting five new versions, set in different cities with different house-flipping couples. That latter detail is the most important.

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Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' home
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Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' home
Played in the dirt this weekend and spruced up the front porch with a variety of hydrangea plants. Now time for a Sunday nap đź’š #homebody #andplantladytoo
It's time for bed but I was determined to find a perfect spot for this metal verse. #fourthtimesthecharm
One day I will show you what's inside this extra large hutch... #dishjunky #farmhouse
May your day be Merry and Bright! #merrychristmas
Rearranging living room today made the space feel so much bigger. #monstertreeisgone #rearranginganditfeelssogood #farmhouse
This rainy day is making it really hard for me to leave for work. #homebody
I may have gained ten pounds today... #christmasbaking
Formal sitting room turned office. Chk out the details on my site. #makeyourspacesworkforyou
Day 10: allergies aren't fun and they got the best of me tonight. So I did some sit ups and called it a day. Showing up is the hardest part #healthybody #healthymind #youcandoit
Excited to announce that soon and very soon you will be able to get the farmhouse style online and at our storefront boutique! #openingmay2014
A farmhouse for the dolls, fairies, and other lucky miniatures. #farmhouse
The hardest thing about bunk beds is when you have to actually make the bed. I just got simple striped sheets #potterybarn and a nice throw blanket #target for the edge of the bed. This cuts the time in half and it still has a finished casual look
Boys bathroom after a good cleaning. #howdoesitgetsodirty #farmhousestyle magniolia farms vanity built by @ckharp
Upstairs reading nook #ifonlyiwasareader #farmhouse
Are you crafting this summer? #imnotbutwishiwas #createandinspire
The jasmine vines are finally doing their thing and framing out the front of the greenhouse
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The Orange County, Calif.-set Flip or Flop has been one of the most popular series on the HGTV schedule, despite the tabloid war between divorcing central duo Tarek and Christina El Moussa.

"The tremendous, consistent ratings success of the original Flip or Flop with Tarek and Christina El Moussa inspired us to take a new look at house flipping programming," said Scripps' U.S. programming and development GM Allison Page. "We saw an opportunity to highlight what works in other regions by featuring successful couples that had mastered the art of flipping in their town."

The new versions will take place in Las Vegas; Atlanta; Fort Worth, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Chicago, while its original is still airing despite the behind-the-scenes turmoil.

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10 facts you didn't know about 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
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10 facts you didn't know about 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines

They both attended Baylor University, but the two actually didn't meet in school! 

Jo's father owned tire shop and he saw a picture of her hanging behind the store counter. He convinced himself he was gonna marry Jo even before they had actually met.

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Jo was a communications major at Baylor University and she had dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. 

Before getting her big break on "Fixer Upper," she actually appeared in commercials for her father's tire shop. Chip eventually used the commercial in a pick-up line when they first met ... and the rest is history!

As for Chip, he had other aspirations, like being a baseball player or politician. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Chip stays loyal to his favorite clothing brands. In fact, he's worn the same style of jeans and boots since they got married in 2003 -- Gap 1969 standard-fit jeans and Ariat boots.

His ladylove, on the other hand, prefers Citizen low-rise skinny jeans and Frye boots. 

As you can probably tell from all their renovations on "Fixer Upper," Jo loves to decorate with pretty blooms and greenery. Her favorite flower? Pink antique roses.
Chip and Jo's Pinterest-perfect farmhouse sits on 40 acres of land, which is just big enough for their 60 animals to roam around in.
Jo knew the value of hard work even when she was very young. Her first job? At an all-you-can-eat buffet. To this day, she says still appreciates buffet lines, but her husband has different thoughts on the matter.

The couple's first fixer-upper home? Their very own abode that they started working on soon after their honeymoon. The 1,700-square-foot Victorian home they currently live in is the ninth home they've lived in and renovated together.

The name "Magnolia," which they named all their businesses after (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms) holds a special meaning. When they first started dating, Chip would bring blooms from Magnolia trees to Jo.

The Gaines family doesn't own a television! They go over to a friend's house every week to watch their own "Fixer Upper" episodes or in their hotel room during trips.

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