Upfronts 2017: HGTV Extends ‘Fixer Upper,’ ‘Flip or Flop’ Franchises

Scripps-owned Food Network also talks up ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’ launch

HGTV will look to continue its strong ratings push with a slate of new original programs, network executives said during a Scripps Networks Interactive pre-upfront chat with reporters Wednesday morning.

HGTV, which finished 2016 as a top 10 cable network in prime time, will offer more than 567 hours of original programming in 2017, including new extensions for its most popular franchises Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop

New spinoff series Fixer Upper: Behind The Design will feature Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines as she showcases designs created in each Fixer Upper episode, said network officials.

HGTV will also launch five new location-based Flip or Flop series: Flip or Flop Vegas, Flip or Flop Atlanta, Flip or Flop Fort Worth, Flip or Flop Nashville and Flip or Flop Chicago, said the network.

“The reason we’ve seen consistent success is because we have the ability to create on-air and online content that surpasses expectations for audience delivery in an ever-changing environment,” HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country general manager, U.S. programming, Allison Page said.

In other Scripps Network programming news, DIY will launch several new home improvement-themed series, including Big Beach Builds, Backyard Goldmine, Docked Out, Pool Kings, Amazing Space, Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger, Rustic Renovation and Vintage Rehab, network officials said.

Travel Channel will tap legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau's grandson Philippe Cousteau and his wife, journalist Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, for a new series, Caribbean Pirate Treasure, while explorer Josh Gates will seek out the existence of aliens in a new four-part series, Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials.

Food Network is prepping for the April series launch of Iron Chef Gauntlet, which will pit up and coming chefs against pro chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, while Cooking Channel will launch in April its own cooking competition series, Farmers’ Market Flip, as well as third-quarter debuts of Monster Food and Late Night Eats.

Scripps will host buyers and agencies at a more formal event later today.