Reality Roundup: Texas Home Improvement Shows Set to Hit the Airwaves

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Andy and Ashley Williams will become the latest Texas-based home renovation stars when their “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” debuts next week on HGTV (Photo courtesy HGTV).

From the final season of “Fixer Upper” to the freshman season of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” Texas is home to several home improvement or design shows this fall. HGTV, the DIY Network, and even Great American Country, locals are ready for their close-ups.

As shows begin to roll out their season debuts, we thought we’d take a look at the ones who have been blessed with a full season run, and a couple that are still out there fighting the good fight to get picked up.

Flip or Flop Fort Worth

Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Central
Network: HGTV

Andy and Ashley Williams are both military veterans, and have made a commitment to hire fellow veterans to assist on their projects, HGTV said. That commitment will be a part of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” too.

Andy is a real estate agent and home renovation expert and Ashley is a designer. They take some of Fort Worth’s ugliest houses and turn them into stone-cold stunners (much like the original show).  The two met while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, and are mom and dad to two young children, too.

“Each property we buy has its own unique problems,” Andy said in a media release. “Ashley and I have learned that when doing a flip, we need to make the best use of the home’s space. This is the most critical change we can make to add the most value.”

“Our flips can get a bit chaotic,” added Ashley. “But that’s good when flipping a house because it means things are rolling and you’re getting closer to selling the home for top dollar.”

Fixer Upper

Premiere Date: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Central
Network: HGTV

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It’s the juggernaut that made Waco a mecca and the Texas couple behind it superstars. And Chip and Joanna Gaines are returning for a fifth and final season of “Fixer Upper” this fall.

By now, you’d have to be living under a rock and much better at hiding from all references to current pop culture than the average bear to have not heard of Chip and Jo.  And since this is the last season, if you’re a lover of all things Magnolia you’re gonna need to savor the 19 one-hour episodes you’ll be getting.

Matt and Samantha, a couple moving to Waco from Austin, will be featured in the first episode of the season. “To make the renovation more personal, the Gaines secretly ask Matt’s grandfather, a woodworker in Kansas City, to build hand-crafted end tables for the couple’s home,” the network said.

And because it’s the last season, you can also expect guests like former First Lady Laura Bush and Tim Tebow (who HGTV’s press release calls a football star, but for real, no, seriously).

“We are really, really proud of season five. We laid it all on the field and didn’t hold anything back,” Chip said in the network’s media release.

“We love renovating homes for all these beautiful families,” Joanna added. “It has become such a big part of our lives.”

Fixer Upper fans are going to love this season,” said Allison Page, general manager, U.S. Programming and Development for HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. “Chip and Joanna’s love for their family, their admiration and respect for each other, and their genuine passion for home renovation inspires everyone who watches the series.”

But just in case you are worried you may suffer shiplap withdrawal, a spin-off series will hit the network in May 2018. “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design” will look at the process behind the Texas duo’s designs.

Texas Flip ’N Move

Next Episode: Tonight, 8 p.m. Central
Network: DIY Network

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(Photo courtesy Myers Jackson)

So we’re a little behind on this one, but “Texas Flip ‘N Move” kicked off its season on Oct. 6.

The series follows a cast of real estate investors that compete to buy flips, renovate them, and then sell for top dollar.

“The agents have one major hurdle to overcome — they must enlist house movers to literally pick up the old home and haul it to a new location,” the network explained.  The cast and characters on the show include Grapevine auctioneer Myers Jackson.

“Texas Flip N Move is action-packed home reno at its best,” said John Feld, senior vice president, original programming and production. “Old homes are always full of surprises, but the added twist of moving the houses before they can be renovated and flipped is exhilarating to watch.”

Waiting in the Wings

Two more Dallas-Fort Worth based shows are still waiting for their shot, too — so there’s always the possibility that we just might see Paige Poupart and her dad, Doug Broadbent, and their show, “Renovation Gap,” on the airwaves at some point, too. You can keep tabs on possible re-airings here.

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(Photo courtesy Paige Poupart)

Hannah Hargrove, who became the owner of the venerated Orr-Reed Wrecking at 23 when her father passed away, told customers and fans on Facebook that a show based on her business was still in the works for Great American Country (another network in the HGTV family). The pilot aired last Sunday.

“Over the last 10 months, Orr-Reed has embarked upon a journey, without any idea of what is to come,” her announcement said, asking customers to tune in. Future re-airings of the pilot will probably appear here.

“Even then, the process is not over and that is where y’all come in, amazing customers of Orr-Reed,” she said. “We need you to tune in this Sunday, watch it, record it, and use your friends’ remotes and record it there, too!! Please join us on this adventure and help us make sure we stay on your TVs!”

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