Almost 50 new and returning reality shows are coming to television and streaming this week, thanks mostly to the launch of a brand-new network. Here’s your look at all those premieres.
In the eight years since Fixer Upper’s pilot premiered on HGTV, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ brand of farmhouse style has spread well beyond HGTV, taking over home renovation projects and also multiple sections in Target. Now it’s expanding into a lot more reality television, with 22 new shows launching this week alone—and many more to come—as part of a brand-new channel.
Magnolia Network officially launches Thursday, as both a part of Discovery+ and as an app. While the network was originally announced as a cable channel in 2019—it’s taking over DIY Network—Magnolia is instead launching as part of Discovery’s streaming service, Discovery Plus. That tells you how much has changed in just two years, and how much Discovery wants you to pay them (more than you might already be paying for its cable channels), which is also why Discovery’s networks keep moving shows back and forth from cable to streaming.
Discovery+ launched in January with previews of some of these Magnolia Network shows. The network will have “150 hours of premium unscripted content from an ever-growing roster of creators spanning home, food, gardening, design, entrepreneurship and the arts,” according to a press release. The app alone will also have three older shows: Julia Child’s The French Chef, Monty Don’s Gardens, and World’s Most Secret Homes.
All of these shows will premiere—some with several episodes, a few with their full seasons—on Thursday, but then air new episodes every Friday. Here are the launch shows, along with Magnolia Network’s description of them:
- Fixer Upper: Welcome Home: “Chip and Jo are back with new ideas for turning outdated homes into jaw-dropping, innovative living spaces”
- Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines: “Joanna Gaines spends time in the kitchen sharing her favorite recipes”
- Family Dinner: “Andrew Zimmern visits families across America to hear their stories and explore how the cultural, regional and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat”
- Homegrown: “Atlanta-based farmer Jamila Norman helps families transform their outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional backyard farms”
- Restoration Road with Clint Harp: “Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across the country that are in need of restoration”
- First Time Fixer: “First-time house renovators take their home renovation dreams into their own hands and experience the risk and reward that comes with trying something new.”
- Home Work: “Candis and Andy Meredith’s biggest renovation project to date is transforming a 20,000-square-foot historic school into their family home”
- Van Go: “Brett Lewis renovates vans into tiny homes on the road”
- The Johnnyswim Show: “Husband-wife musicians Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez … must adjust to life at home while adapting their music careers”
- The Fieldhouse: “Justin Bane and his staff change lives by restoring and rehabilitating clients from the inside out at this cutting-edge fitness facility”
- Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things: “an in-depth look at how iconic American-made products are created”
- (re)motel: “motel owners across America restore and redesign their historic properties to give them new life and create destination stops for a new generation of travelers”
- Where We Call Home: “Homeowners and designers reveal how commercial properties and unconventional spaces were reimagined into modern homes”
- The Cabin Chronicles: “explores the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes”
- Super Dad: “Father and DIY expert Taylor Calmus, along with his team of skilled builders, help aspiring DIY dads turn their kids’ outrageous backyard dreams into playtime realities”
- Inn The Works: “Lindsey Kurowski and her team at Knotty Pine have set out to renovate the historic Oak Knoll Lodge in Big Bear Lake, CA”
- The Artisan’s Kitchen: “Bryan Ford makes remixed classics and introduces recipes infused with his Honduran heritage and his New Orleans upbringing”
- Growing Floret: “Erin and Chris Benzakein are risking everything to add and rehabilitate 24 new acres and expand” their farm
In addition to the new series, all five seasons of Fixer Upper will be available. That’s a total of 22 shows this week—but that’s not all! Other Magnolia Network shows will premiere throughout the summer.
Buddy vs. Duff, Making the Cut, and other returning shows
Making the Cut is back for its second season, though it will be quite different from season one (Amazon, July 16, Fridays). Also returning for new seasons:
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food Network, Sundays at 9), which is happening even though Duff Goldman has effectively defeated Buddy Valastro twice.
- Serengeti II (Discovery+, Sunday), a follow-up to the original nature doc series
- Families of the Mafia (MTV, Thursdays at 9)
- Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, Saturdays at 8)
- Love & Marriage: Huntsville (OWN, Saturdays at 9)
- Family or Fiancé (OWN, Saturdays at 10)
- Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, Wednesdays at 9)
- Reasonable Doubt (ID, Mondays at 10)
- Explained (Netflix, Friday)
Robert Irvine is hosting a new competition called The Globe (Discovery+, Saturdays), with the first episode also airing on Food Network Sunday night. Four chefs compete in three rounds (sounds familiar!) but the show says that they’ll be “globe-trotting” thanks to “immersive LED screen backdrops.” So in other words, it’s filmed in a studio and they’re not even Los Angeles-trotting.
Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes (HBO, Mondays at 9) is Ronan Farrow’s podcast in TV form, because why listen to a podcast when you can watch it?
My Unorthodox Life (Netflix, Wednesday) follows the CEO of Elite World Group, Julia Haart, and her family, while Riding Phat (Crackle, Wednesday) follows the PHAT Scooters team.
The producers of 90 Day Fiance are behind Love in Paradise: the Caribbean (Discovery+, Sunday), which follows “people who found love in the Caribbean.” For a different take on relationships, try Charmed to Death (Oxygen, Sundays at 7), which recounts “manipulative and deceptively dangerous criminals who use their charm to cheat, steal and lure unsuspecting victims into romantic relationships,” according to Oxygen.
Shark Week started yesterday, and its premieres include Fin (Discovery+, Tuesday), a documentary by horror producer Eli Roth, who investigates the global fin trade.
Finally, here are seven new documentary series and their networks’ descriptions:
- 100 Foot Wave (HBO, Sundays at 10): “the decade-long odyssey of surfing pioneer Garrett McNamara, who, after visiting Nazaré, Portugal in hopes of conquering a 100-foot wave, pushed the sport to ever-greater heights and alongside locals helped transform the small fishing village into the world’s preeminent big-wave surfing destination”
- Heist (Netflix, Wednesday): “three of the biggest heists in modern American history, as explained by the people who pulled them off”
- Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall (CuriosityStream, Wednesday): “explores the work of the iconic Dr. Jane Goodall and the remarkable team at JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo”
- Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (BBC Select, Thursday): “takes viewers behind-the-scenes at some of the world’s most spectacular properties”
- Dark Side of the 90s (Vice, Thursdays at 10): “will examine some of the decade’s most infamous moments”
- Behind the Attraction (Disney+, Friday): is “an exclusive peek ‘behind the curtain’ of the most beloved attractions and destinations at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world”
- McCartney 3,2,1 (Hulu, Friday): “intimate and revealing examinations of musical history from two living legends, Paul McCartney and super producer Rick Rubin”
- Icon: Music Through the Lens (PBS, Fridays at 9): “follows the fascinating lives and often wild experiences of the artists who documented popular music in images, from the earliest darkrooms to the fast-evolving digital landscapes”
- The Machines That Built America (History, Sundays at 9): “the surprising stories and rivalries behind the ground-breaking innovations that turned America into a superpower”