HBO Max is getting a makeover! The premium cable streaming service is reportedly adding a number of popular shows from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. Under a featured page curated by the Gaines couple, HBO Max will host shows like The Lost Kitchen, Magnolia Table and all five seasons of Fixer Upper beginning September 30. HBO Max will also bring a new series called Fixer Upper: The Castle to the streaming platform on October 14.
The recent addition of Magnolia Network content follows a tumultuous stretch for HBO Max. Most notably, Warner Bros. and DC Films made the decision to axe Batgirl after it was filmed and remove it from the HBO Max content schedule. More recently, films like Charm City Kings, Moonshot, The Witches, Superintelligence and An American Pickle. Not to mention, the LeBron James and Maverick Carter-produced House Party reboot was removed from the HBO Max content scheduled just a few weeks before it was set to debut.
As fans react to these sudden changes, Indie Wire‘s Executive Editor Tony Maglio reports that HBO Max and Discovery+ could soon be merged into one streaming service.
“A long list of films and series [are] being pulled off HBO Max and Discovery+ as Warner Bros. Discovery executives prepare to turn two SVOD (subscriber video on-demand) services into one,” Maglio reported.
“The content being targeted for removal tends to be shows and movies that are not performing on the service but have an opportunity for a partial write off.”
It’s unclear what this transition will mean for subscribers and how long it will take, but it is something to keep an eye on. For now, the Magnolia Network will be the next chess piece to move in this realignment.