• Baylor couple’s pilot to air on HGTV this Thursday

    HGTV crew films Chip and Joanna Gaines

    From NBC’s The Voice (where sophomore Holly Tucker has reached the top 10) to Chicago Fire and its spinoff, Chicago PD (both helmed by Baylor alums Michael Brandt and Derek Haas), it’s been a good month for Bears on TV.

    Now, another Baylor couple is getting their shot. Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines filmed a one-hour special called Fixer Upper for HGTV last fall, and the show will debut this Thursday at 7 p.m. CT on the network. If ratings are good, Fixer Upper could be picked up as HGTV’s newest series.

    The series shows Chip and Joanna and their remodeling business, Magnolia Homes, renovating a house in Waco’s Castle Heights neighborhood for another Baylor couple, Doug (BA ’03, MSED ’05) and Lacy (BA ’04, MA ’06) McNamee. If the show goes to series, HGTV will shoot up to 23 more episodes covering homes across Central Texas.

    Help out a fellow Bear, and tune in to Fixer Upper this Thursday at 7!

    Sic ’em, Chip and Joanna!

    [July 2013 update: Fixer Upper has been picked up for series! The show will go into production in August and begin airing later this year.]