HGTV boss says no to new ‘Fixer Upper': ‘What made the show special was Chip and Jo’

HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” wrapped its five-season run in April, and though HGTV boss Kathleen Finch certainly misses Chip and Joanna Gaines (and their Nielsen TV ratings), don’t expect another version of the home-updating series with a new couple.

“What made the show special was Chip and Jo,” Finch told TheWrap. “I don’t see that we would ever make it with someone else.”

Please take zero offense to that, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who have seen their own HGTV show “Flip or Flop” spun off five times. Solid joke and comparison by us, as “Fixer Upper” was the only HGTV show with better ratings than “Flip or Flop.”

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Jo is always working.. #LookAtME!!
Tonight's episode is a unique one... Watch us take on a different kind of #fixerupper 9/8c @hgtv #🚣🏻🎣
"We were together. I forget the rest." - Walt Whitman & @jimmydon522 Happy Valentine's Day @joannagaines
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Joanna Gaines attends The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
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We had so much fun. Thanks so much for everyone that came and @johnnyswim for killing it. We should do this every weekend. #nofilter #silobration
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines discuss their hit show 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brook Christopher/FilmMagic)
Y’all have heard me say it before that I’ve created a monster with this woman— I love watching Jo’s dreams come to reality and we are so excited to share this next project with you all! Hint: it's not a baby.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: The Build Series present Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines to discuss their new book 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
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THE CHEW - Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as Victoria Justice are the guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOANNA GAINES, MICHAEL SYMON, CHIP GAINES
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Joanna Gaines attends The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
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Chip taste tested (stuffed his face) all the final flavors for the bakery today. His personal favorite, the strawberries 'n cream cupcake. 🍓 We are super close to opening the new place! #chiptested #chipapproved #fixerupper 📷: @matsumoto818
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines discuss their hit show 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brook Christopher/FilmMagic)
Oh me oh my. Chip getting ready to work the stage at our Magnolia employee Christmas party. #imscared
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Finch, who heads up HGTV — among other networks — as chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery Inc., expanded upon the couple’s decision to walk away from their hit series after the successful run.

“Obviously, we didn’t want them to go because we love them,” she said, but added that the decision was theirs and theirs alone. “We’re never going to stand in the way of talent… we understand that when family calls we don’t want anybody to be unhappy in their job.”

Finch pointed out that the Gaines’ recently had their fifth child, and with everything the duo has to juggle — between the show, furniture line, their construction, design, publishing and even cupcake businesses — it wasn’t too much of a surprise to her. “It was just too much for them to handle.”

Finch sees the conclusion of “Fixer Upper” as a chance for something new to break out, pointing to rookies such as “Restored by the Fords.”

“We have got so much great talent coming on board at HGTV,” she said. “We’re in a great place.”

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Stock up on crescent rolls

To get that homemade feel you don’t always have to make everything 100% from scratch. In Magnolia Table, Joanna relies on refrigerated crescent roll dough for a few tasty recipes, like her quick orange-walnut sweet rolls and her classic chicken potpie. This cuts the prep time down significantly, and the results can taste just as good as something made all by hand.

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Save time with rotisserie chicken

While everyone loves a perfectly roasted chicken for dinner—and then the leftovers used in tasty dinners all week—it can be hard to find the time to roast one on a busy evening. That’s why Joanna grabs a grocery store rotisserie chicken to use in a handful of recipes, like her cozy chicken potpie.

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Turn tricky dishes into casseroles

Have a favorite dish that you always order at a restaurant but is just too tricky to make at home? Joanna says turn those into a casserole! She explains in her book that Chip loves eggs Benedict, but making individual servings at home can be a real hassle. So to get that same flavor with less work, Joanna turned it into an easy-to-make, easy-to-serve casserole. Genius! 

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Use store-bought crust

Pie crust serves as the foundation for so many of our favorite dishes—pie (obviously!), quiches and tarts—but making your own crust from scratch is sometimes too time-consuming. According to Joanna, don’t worry about it! She writes in Magnolia table that she subs store-bought crust for homemade all the time, especially when she’s whipping up a tasty quiche.

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Refrigerated biscuits are your friend

We all know that Joanna is a true Southern gal with an authentic recipe for buttermilk biscuits (you can check out how to make them right here), but we also know she’s a busy woman! That’s why when it comes to chicken and dumplings, Joanna says that you can easily substitute packaged biscuits for her biscuit and dumpling recipe.

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Focus on the main dish and take shortcuts on the sides

In Magnolia Table, Joanna explains how enchiladas are a family favorite in her house. The cheese-filled chicken enchiladas are the star of the show and the side dishes—beans and rice—are just supporting players. So when time is tight, focus on the main, and used packaged rice as a quick substitute. Joanna prefers Knorr brand Mexican rice mix.

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Transform your condiments 

We love our sandwiches layered with flavored aiolis, but we never think to make those fancy types of mayonnaise at home. After all, mayonnaise from scratch can be a real chore. But to get that same effect, Joanna takes her favorite mayonnaise (she says she prefers Hellman’s) and stirs in a handful of herbs and spices. For her version, add chopped chives, garlic, dill, parsley, paprika and a bit of lemon juice. Feel free to add your favorite flavors to dress up your sandwiches.

Have a boxed pancake mix on hand

While Magnolia Table has an exceptional recipe for fluffy pancakes, Joanna writes, “I always have a boxed mix in the pantry for when I just don’t have the time.” It’s always smart to have these backup plans, plus boxed mixes serve as a great foundation for all sorts of recipes like these pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and even this five-star breaded catfish.

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Use basics as a base

Even the most unassuming ingredients can turn into a craveable snack. In Magnolia Table, Joanna describes how her friend makes the tastiest seasoned crackers, perfect for parties. Try our version with these seasoned crackers—only four ingredients!

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There's always pizza

No matter how carefully you plan or how carefully you read a recipe, sometimes dishes can just go wrong. If something goes wrong and your dinner flops, take this advice from Chip and Joanna from Magnolia Table, “there’s always pizza.”

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